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melxvengeance

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riding in the dark?

 is riding in the dark a big no-no??

 

example...in the winter Minty and Loki will still need exercised, but we have no arena and field isn't suitable in winter to ride in, only thing i can do to exercise them is to hack them. however i'm at college from monday night to thursday night so tues, weds & thurs my sharer comes up to ride and feed, but she's only 14 so has school, so doesn't get to mine until about 5ish. in a months time it will be dark by this time, but i don't want Minty or Loki going without exercise for 3 solid days. she is a perfectly capable rider, and very sensible, always carries phone with her etc, so if she kitted herself out with reflective gear, then would it be okay to ride on the road in the dark? our road is very quiet, when out hacking for about an hour you will only meet 2-3 cars, and all live around the area so know us. Minty is very safe in traffic and isn't bothered by just car headlights in the dark (i have hacked him in the dark before and he's been fine). i also want to get Loki used to hacking in the dark, and seeing cars headlights in the dark (obviously will build this up by leading in-hand first)

 

so basically after that long-winded explanation, is it okay to hack in the dark, obviously with full reflective gear?? (tabard, leg wraps, hat band etc)

Norwegian Fjords - the golden horses with the golden hearts. Minty, Loki, Teiko, Willow, Cherry & Charlie - my lovely ponies :)

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: riding in the dark?

One lady I know likes to ride at night around her estate but no one has ever taken up her offer to join her as she tells everyone she does it in the nude. Have been around her estate, she has donkeys as well which spook a few horses its hate at first sight, my old Cob was friendly with them, but the biggest problem was mole hills which were a night mare if you did not know about them in the day light so lethal in the dark to you and your horse. Then there was the electric fences which had places to cross and if you got it wrong as a few on our ride did and their horses stood on the electric fence cable being told it was off and ok found out otherwise including my wife and son woke them both up.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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XxMaddixX

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XxMaddixX says:

Re: riding in the dark?

I personally wouldn't. There's been a few people locally involved in accidents whilst riding at dusk let alone the dark and I wouldn't like to take the risk. However someone at the livery yard down the road does (at dusk)and she hasn't had any problems.

xx RIP Fenny- You gave me so much happiness and so many great memories xx

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MrsHutt

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MrsHutt says:

Re: riding in the dark?

 Not something I would ever do myself, and as someone mentioned the horse won't die if its not ridden for 3 days! But I suppose if you feel you have to, then I would say you should be lit up like a Christmas tree!  Every single reflective thing they have going and all the flashing lights you can fit!  I know, as a driver (who is careful and aware of horses) that we pass a yard whose riders have to go along the road for a while to get to their hacking, they are impossible to see at dusk, never mind dark.  We always slow down when passing there (unlike some other drivers, of course) and I can't tell you the number of times we've nearly hit someone (they don't seem to believe in hi-viz!)

Also, the point about hazards for you and the horse being more difficult to see is very true.  Carefully, carefully! 

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bexc3

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bexc3 says:

Re: riding in the dark?

Im going to go against the majority and say i would never ever ride in the dark even with tabards and lights on. To me its really not worth the risk of my or my horses life, no matter how many cars normally go up your roads or if its only villagers, they've only gotta be glancing the other way on a blind bend and it could end up in a nasty accident for you, your horse and your fellow villagers. Please dont think im having a go, its just my oppinion. I know it must be a nightmare to have no where to ride in the winter especially with a youngster.

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claireandsmokey

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Re: riding in the dark?

I wouldn't bother on the roads that we live, purleyfor the fact the cars seem to think the road becomes a race track once the sun goes down.  Last winter I was walking our pony from the field and it was just turning to dusk he had hi vis on as did I however the car driver (who probably wanted his tea) failed to see us until he was about 10ft away.  He then had the ordasity to tell me it was dangerous to walk that animal out at this time (approx 5.15pm)  and when i stated that perhaps he should slow down on the road if he couldn't see us never mind wandering livestock (we had highland cattle the week before)   he actually put his glasses on to look at his dash board / clock/ speedo  .  So even if you do everything by the book there are still others out there who just want to get home and dont really care whats on the road before they get there.  could you not section off a corner of your field to ride in on the nights that you get there late????

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melxvengeance

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Re: riding in the dark?

claireandsmokey said:

.  could you not section off a corner of your field to ride in on the nights that you get there late????


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unfortunately i can't as my field is on a steep hill, it all slopes downward so it can't be ridden in at all pretty much, and even if i could - where would i get lights?

 

and to the people who said that my horses wouldn't die if not being exercised for 3 days. they might not die, but i could. minty can become very dangerous if he isn't ridden every day!!

Norwegian Fjords - the golden horses with the golden hearts. Minty, Loki, Teiko, Willow, Cherry & Charlie - my lovely ponies :)

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