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    Default Is There a CotH Rider Wiling to Try This?

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    I'd probably be stupid enough, since my Dad said down is easier and safer than up....
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    Try setting your broomstick to fly at a lower altitude.


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    Alagirl do you have a horse? That slope is not easy.
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    That is an amazing shot. Not only a skilled rider who looks very much in balance, but what a brave/obedient horse who looks so relaxed and focused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rabicon View Post
    Alagirl do you have a horse? That slope is not easy.
    No, not currently.

    That is why the operating word is stupid.

    hills and slopes don't scare me, but put a 12" jump in front of me and I get scared - even though I could hop over it on foot.

    I have actually navigated hills similar in nature, come to think of it, just not as manicured. Just don't get sideways.....(and did I mention I was young and stupid?)

    Ok, one more thought....you gotta have to get up there first, right?

    Ok, maybe I better take my hand down.
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    I think I did that accidentally at 13 on a school pony. Oh- you mean intentionally..,and stay on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pennywell Bay View Post
    I think I did that accidentally at 13 on a school pony. Oh- you mean intentionally..,and stay on?
    I don't think staying on was mandatory.
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    We did that regularly in our trail rides and called that fun.
    Ours were slides down sandy steep drops, not man made as that one.

    The soldiers we were riding with, that many had only been on a horse a few weeks by the time they went there, they were scared to death at first, even seeing us kids having such fun.

    In years of that, I only had one little arabian colt I was starting, guess I didn't pay enough attention and he got cross wise and we both tumbled down, none worse for it.
    I learned to pay attention better.

    You do have to sit exactly like the fellow is in that picture.
    That is the hardest to teach a beginner, in a short slide of a few feet.
    Normally humans want to lean far back and that would slingshot them over the horse's head at some time, putting the weight also wrong for the horse to carry you, not over the front end.



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    Great info Bluey! I'll be posting the video tomorrow of that this photo came from.
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    I wanted to add, horses also think that is fun, we didn't have any not want to go down and many, in the sandier places, would sit and slide.

    The most important, be sure to keep the horse perfectly straight, don't let it start to veer off, then they lose their balance, not enough level footing for their mass distribution.


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    We have some pretty steep hills where I live – and when I was a young, and *fearless* rider, I took my horse down some pretty impressive slopes. He actually had a habit of planting his back feet and would let those slide, as he slowly walked with the front end. (sitting as Bluey described)

    I would also ride up hills so steep it would cause my stirrup leathers to drop off the stirrup bars.

    But this was also when I would set all of my fences at the highest holes and proceed to jump them!

    I am much older, and more cautious now – and I would pass on this hill!


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    I swear, Cowboy Hill where I rode growing up was that steep I know it wasn't really but it sure seemed like it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alagirl View Post
    No, not currently.

    That is why the operating word is stupid.

    hills and slopes don't scare me, but put a 12" jump in front of me and I get scared - even though I could hop over it on foot.

    I have actually navigated hills similar in nature, come to think of it, just not as manicured. Just don't get sideways.....(and did I mention I was young and stupid?)

    Ok, one more thought....you gotta have to get up there first, right?

    Ok, maybe I better take my hand down.
    You rode a horse down a slope that steep?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LauraKY View Post
    You rode a horse down a slope that steep?
    pretty near, yep, with rocks and trees, too.

    And no, no pictures. 25/30 years ago small cameras were not really affordable.

    (I actually can ride. Not well, but hey)
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    Hell yes I would love to give it a try!


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    I definitely would. My mare would think I was an idiot, but she would do it if I asked. Looks like fun!!!


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    I am VERY impressed by how balanced and relaxed both horse and rider look. I've ridden down a derby bank, albeit a small one, and that was terrifying. Horsey thought it was a blast and threw in a little happy buck for good measure at the bottom
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    That fellow has a beautiful position.

    I have a similar picture - only it is a lady riding sidesaddle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Appsolute View Post
    We have some pretty steep hills where I live – and when I was a young, and *fearless* rider, I took my horse down some pretty impressive slopes. He actually had a habit of planting his back feet and would let those slide, as he slowly walked with the front end. (sitting as Bluey described)

    I would also ride up hills so steep it would cause my stirrup leathers to drop off the stirrup bars.

    But this was also when I would set all of my fences at the highest holes and proceed to jump them!

    I am much older, and more cautious now – and I would pass on this hill!
    We used to ride in the sand pits (sand and gravel) when we were kids and do this too. Ahh....ignorance is bliss.
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    Oh good Lord NO. I will gallop UP hills all day long, but ride DOWN?! No thank you!
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