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Endurance and Long Distance Equine Disciplines

I live in the middle of the woods, so there isn't really any space to ride on my property. When I want to ride for any length my only option is to take the horses out on the back roads around my house. Now this wouldn't be a problem except for that the most recent time I have ridden out there was the first real ride outside of the yard for my young stallion. Everything was going well, he is a dream to ride and was ripping up the trail like we do it every day, crossing water etc like an old pro. However various types and sizes of cars/trucks travel these roads and a couple of them refused to slow down/get over. One of them (blue dodge #1) Sadik and I were in the middle of a very small road, maybe 6ft across and the driver came around a corner at us, I held up my hand in the stop signal and she kept driving at us, I was attempting to get him calmed down enough that I could get off and get to the side of the road, he wasn't having that truck coming at us, it was making him really nervous. I finally bail off him and get to the side of the road when she is less than 2 ft from hitting us with the front of her truck. I  try to explain to her that he is green and that I am putting miles on him and she scoffs at me from her brand new truck telling me she would never take a green horse on the trail.

A few miles later after getting plenty of respect riding along the side of a paved road we are back on dirt, a small truck comes towards us, slows down and gets over, the truck behind them (blue dodge #2) neither slows down nor gets over, this is a 10ft road at least and Sadik and I are on the side of it, as he is blasting past, Sadik who has clearly had enough of people endangering him and his person turns and nails the side of this guys fancy dully with a back hoof. He only left a small scratch and this guy was all fine and dandy until he realized that we must have been the poeple that the "lady" in the first blue dodge told him about. He proceded to get all stupid and told me that before I take any horse on the trail I should "run them to death in a pasture until they listen" Meanwhile the laws here clearly state that moterists are to give ample room and respect to anyone on/ handling/ or diving a horse on ANY road. We left when he continued to spew ignorance about how (based on his assumption of my age) he has ridden more horses than I ever will.... I wonder how many of them were because he rode them to death?

I am so ready to move *sigh*

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Comment by Sandrow Belanger on December 28, 2010 at 10:21am
yup,exactly they are also easier to mount for short people no that I am short of course I can almost see over the dashboard of my truck lol
Comment by Cordy Brannan on December 28, 2010 at 2:54am
I have always loved the smaller horses, the odd ball in my yard is the one thats 15 hands, everyone else is less than that. I always tell people that its a smaller distance to fall :D
Comment by Sandrow Belanger on December 27, 2010 at 3:56pm
Have a Blessed day
Comment by Erin Leigh Mardis on December 27, 2010 at 3:52pm
Running to pick up my son... will be back tomorrow :)
Comment by Sandrow Belanger on December 27, 2010 at 3:50pm
You still there?
Comment by Sandrow Belanger on December 27, 2010 at 3:43pm
Visit MT. You will love it.
Comment by Sandrow Belanger on December 27, 2010 at 3:31pm
Khadesha is about 950 and 14 hands I love that horse!!!
Comment by Erin Leigh Mardis on December 27, 2010 at 3:31pm
Comment by Sandrow Belanger on December 27, 2010 at 3:30pm
I like little horses. 14 to 15 hands at the most Why? cause I can haul my old carcass up to the saddle
Comment by Sandrow Belanger on December 27, 2010 at 3:28pm
They don't know for sure what cuts off the blood supply. I don't fit the normal profile for the Illness. I have never used steroids and never drank more than moderately. They just don't know.

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