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Shaking off Trailriding Cobwebs

Published: 3/23/2010
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By Maddy Butcher

If the bike had attitude, weighed 1,100 pounds, startled at sudden movements and loud noises, then YES! -- Riding for the first time every spring would be just like climbing back on that bike.

Every spring, we hop back in the saddle and head into the Perfect Storm of fresh horse, unfit body, and a greater public who hasn’t seen a horse on the road since…well, sometime before deer season.

A doctor once told me he saw the most motorcycle-related injuries on that first warm day of spring. The same could be said for equine-related injuries.

My first ride was relatively uneventful. But even with my calm and collected horse, we needed to revisit those obstacles (traffic, flags, dogs, ATVs, etc.) and learn again that we’d live through them.

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3/23/2010 Marilyn
3/23/2010 Estelle
That was awesome!!! Thanks! And what a great horse you have!
3/23/2010 Beth
Maddy, You always crack me up. I can't stop laughing....You excel in the video dept.
3/23/2010 Anne
Whoa...I'm impressed! Those charging chickens were frightening!!!
3/24/2010 Maine Horse Community
Too cool Maddy! Keep up the good work!!!!
3/25/2010 Gena
So true - you are so funny!

"Some of my best leading men have been dogs and horses" - Elizabeth Taylor