Horse back riding.

Dayton, Ohio
October 15, 2008 1:33pm CST
Have I veer told you all about the first, and last, time I ever rode a horse? No? Didn’t think so. Well, I was at my friend Gene’s family reunion, it was held at a large campground. Our friend John also was there. One day during it (it ran the weekend) John and I were sitting around a campfire and Gene comes up to us and says “Hey, they are giving horseback rides for$10.00!” I had never been on a horse before, so we went off and found the place where they were giving the rides. Well, we paid up and they found us each a horse. They helped me onto mine and …I hated it. I was way higher off the ground than I was comfortable with. I decided I would get used to that though (since I had already paid.). They gave us a brief lesson on how to handle a horse. It didn’t make a lot of sense. They told us that the horse may try to graze and that we shouldn’t let it (This I later found out is like saying “The sun may try to set. Don’t let it.”) So off we go. The horse starts off. Now at this point right here before we got more than a few steps away, I should have said “Ok! I’m done, get me off this thing!” The feeling of a walking horse is indescribable. Some adjectives do come to mind though. Terrible. Awful. Horrible. But I figure I can bare this, I have paid my $10.00. So we are off. We get a certain part of the way and the Horse (I later find out named Pepper) starts to graze. I try to figure out a way to stop it from grazing, short of hurting it. I don’t want to hurt the horse. I just want it to stop grazing. Well, the way to get a horse to stop grazing is to wait. It will shortly notice that the other horses have gotten ahead of it and it will canter to catch up with them. How to describe cantering. It’s amazing. Amazing my heart didn’t explode, or some vessel in my brain didn’t break. This of course was a series of events, stop, graze, canter, stop, graze, canter, etc. We start heading for this hill and going up it. Now remember, I’m on the back of a horse. Hating every second of it. This is a contender for the worst $10.00 I have ever spent. Oh yay. We get to go up a hill.[/sarcasm]. I decide that as long as the horse doesn’t stop at the top of this hill. I can finish this ride. The horse stops at the top of the hill to graze. I’m done. No more ride for me. I stop and eventually the horse guide at the front of the line notices (I don’t even remember how) that the horse at the end of the line has stopped. He asks me if something is wrong. I say “Get me off this horse.” He says, “It will be fine.” I say “Get me off this horse.” He whistles to the horse, trying to make it come. Well, the one thing that I did learn from that lesson is how to make a horse stop. We didn’t move. The horse Guide comes back and says that he will get me off the horse, as long as, I lead it the rest of the way back, and I keep up with the group. I acquiesce. I lead the horse back and rather enjoyed that. I like horses, as long as I have my feet on the ground. So, have you ever had an experience you thought you would like and it just turned out horrible? Or have you ridden a horse? Was it good for you?
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
15 Oct 08
I've been on a horse twice in my life. One was in a tourist park in the Philippines and the other one was in a state park here in California on a full moon. Both were very fun and memorable. Of course, the first experience was nerve-wracking but the trees, the breeze and the sights distracted me a lot. I enjoyed the trotting part. I'm sorry that you didn't really get to enjoy the $10.00 horse riding that much, darksorrow. I always got sore thighs and a sore bum afterwards though. PS- The last horse was called Peanut and I was always the last one in that group.
• Dayton, Ohio
15 Oct 08
Glad that you had a good time, soreness not withstanding. Horse back riding isn't for everyone...
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@missybear (11396)
• United States
15 Oct 08
When i was about 7 my dad took me horseback riding. I never even made it out of the stall the horse was bucking so bad. My dad had to get me of cause i was crying and the horse kicked himm big time. That was my one and only horse experience. Never again.
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• Dayton, Ohio
15 Oct 08
Wow, your experience was WAY worse than mine. Some people just love riding a horse, I guess we will let tham have that...
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
16 Oct 08
lol I have one for you I went rdding with a friend an they asked if I have ever ridden before I said yes cause I have so they gave me a horse named dynomite ok no problem then they ask me dont let no other horses pass him cuase he has a thing about the other horses passing him ok right near the end of the ride a horse got near him an he bucked an ran my side into a fence to get away from the other horse we paid 25 bucks to get my lfet leg all bruised I think that horse needs to be retired
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@SaintAnne (5454)
• United States
16 Oct 08
Oh, enola, I'm sorry that your left leg was bruised. But you must have been very brave to take on a horse named Dynomite. They gave me a horse named Peanut and I was happy with that. Not too intimidating and not too dangerous.
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@enola1692 (3325)
• United States
16 Oct 08
not really if they would of told me he bucked like that i don't care if his name was snoopy O would of walked lol
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• Dayton, Ohio
16 Oct 08
Ouch sounds like a painful trip, glad it wasn't worse!
@littleowl (7157)
26 Oct 08
oh DD you had me in stitches with that, no I have never ridden a horse but would love too, it would be a good experience and if I don't like it I'd do what you did-get off!!-but the way you explained it made me roll up hehe..personally at this precise moment I can't think of a 'worst' thing I've done but am damn sure there must be a lot ..hugs littleowl
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• Dayton, Ohio
26 Oct 08
Hey LittleOWl, I'm glad that you enjoyed the story. I was trying to make it humorous, but I think most people missed that. It is all true though. Never again...
16 Oct 08
I love riding and so does my 13 yr old daughter - please don't let one bad experience put you off a fantastic sport and pastime.
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• Dayton, Ohio
16 Oct 08
I'm glad that you and your daughter enjoy it, but there is no part of that experience that I enjoyed, except the telling...
16 Oct 08
Hi DarkDancer, Wow!! what a wonderful experience, but you have made me laugh, I love to go horse riding but never had an opportunity, I love horsed but I'm a afrad of them, I have been on horse and carriage and I was safely in the carriage while on holiday in Spain, I reall love to go horse riding. That £10 was well spent my frined, wish I could have seen your face, hehe. Tamara
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• Dayton, Ohio
16 Oct 08
Well, Tamara, it may have been worth $10.00 to see my face....
@yerikau (53)
16 Oct 08
Horse back riding is the best hobbie ever!!!!. I enjoy it so much. Specially because you feel free!!!. I had the opportunity of doing horse back riding in a beach, the feeling of it is the best!!!!! If you really like it like me you should try it on the beach!!!!!....You can feel freedom and the wind running on your face leaving you a state of peace!
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• Dayton, Ohio
16 Oct 08
Glad you enjoy riding. I didn't feel free, I felt completely out of control. The horse was the one dictating where we went and how fast. All I could do was...stop....