Horse Riders

Commuting, Day rides, Audax, Incidents, etc.
DavidT
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Re: Horse Riders

Postby DavidT » 11 Aug 2014, 8:43pm

Flinders wrote: [
You were dead right. Horses can reverse 'under orders' with a rider on board, but only slowly and one step at a time. And it requires a bit of training, surprisingly enough. (It's called 'rein-back').
If a horse is going backwards at any speed, that's going to be the horse's decision not the rider's, and something is very wrong. You were very right to be cautious! :shock:



Thanks for the additional insight into the technicalities of this. Interesting. :D

skicat
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Re: Horse Riders

Postby skicat » 11 Aug 2014, 9:42pm

Flinders wrote:Horses have to be exercised to keep fit, including at times when bridleways are too muddy and arenas are waterlogged.

Many of the larger stables have horse-walkers. Just a big round cage with an electrically driven harness in the centre that rotates slowly and makes the animal walk round and round. Looks like something you might see at a fairground. I could never figure out why you couldn't put a large bag of carrots 6 feet in front of the horse and link it up to a generator instead of a motor. That way you'd get energy out of it rather than having to put it in. :roll:
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Re: Horse Riders

Postby Postboxer » 11 Aug 2014, 10:56pm

Or a stick to prod them.

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Guy951
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Re: Horse Riders

Postby Guy951 » 12 Aug 2014, 8:25am

Postboxer wrote:Or a stick to prod them.

And when the juice runs clear... :mrgreen:
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Flinders
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Re: Horse Riders

Postby Flinders » 12 Aug 2014, 11:08am

skicat wrote:
Flinders wrote:Horses have to be exercised to keep fit, including at times when bridleways are too muddy and arenas are waterlogged.

Many of the larger stables have horse-walkers. Just a big round cage with an electrically driven harness in the centre that rotates slowly and makes the animal walk round and round. Looks like something you might see at a fairground. I could never figure out why you couldn't put a large bag of carrots 6 feet in front of the horse and link it up to a generator instead of a motor. That way you'd get energy out of it rather than having to put it in. :roll:

:D
I see those horse walkers in action quite a bit, and the horses don't seem to mind being on them, but it must be a bit boring. I get exceedingly bored on a turbo- so much so that I just don't use it when I ought to and get unfit if the weather is bad. I must get around to working out a way of getting a book stand on the handlebars.....
:wink:

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[XAP]Bob
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Re: Horse Riders

Postby [XAP]Bob » 12 Aug 2014, 10:14pm

Flinders wrote:
skicat wrote:
Flinders wrote:Horses have to be exercised to keep fit, including at times when bridleways are too muddy and arenas are waterlogged.

Many of the larger stables have horse-walkers. Just a big round cage with an electrically driven harness in the centre that rotates slowly and makes the animal walk round and round. Looks like something you might see at a fairground. I could never figure out why you couldn't put a large bag of carrots 6 feet in front of the horse and link it up to a generator instead of a motor. That way you'd get energy out of it rather than having to put it in. :roll:

:D
I see those horse walkers in action quite a bit, and the horses don't seem to mind being on them, but it must be a bit boring. I get exceedingly bored on a turbo- so much so that I just don't use it when I ought to and get unfit if the weather is bad. I must get around to working out a way of getting a book stand on the handlebars.....
:wink:


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