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NoBite

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We Rode The Gap!
« on: June 04, 2018, 07:45:38 pm »

Ride the gap


You might recognize some of the riders in this video that just rode the gap!
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John Maldaner, western Kentucky
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2018, 08:22:20 am »

Wow!  I'm claustrophobic. That trail would give me fits
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2018, 04:28:20 pm »

I've ridden the Gap many years ago.  Tight going up for sure!
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2018, 04:44:47 pm »

We are at Big South Fork right now..where is this trail???
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2018, 06:10:16 pm »

We are at Big South Fork right now..where is this trail???


This is in the Shawnee Forest of southern Illinois.
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2018, 06:26:23 pm »

Gotcha...
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2018, 01:50:15 pm »

Wow!! That's amazing!! Might want to wear knee pads on a wide horse!
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2018, 07:12:46 pm »

Instructions were to pull your feet out of the stirrups and keep them like jockey at least.
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2018, 07:27:41 am »

I remember that area when we rode out that way.  It was a great trip, but I really wanted to be able to say I road coast to coast some day.  I really don't see it happening now.  Seems like everyone that I that has done it have had major breakdowns doing it.  And that gets very costly.  So now we have been staying more local or just a ways west, usually to southern OH and KY.  We like the south riding too.  But when you end up in big repairs pulling a big L/Q trailer to riding areas and have to pay for repairs all the time, it just is not worth it.  We have not given up finishing a trip across to the west coast, but we are not as likely to do it when Steve retires then we had planned before. 

First thing will be getting moved to a retirement home.  We are pretty set on KY.  We love that area and the people there that we have met.  Just waiting for Steve to give up working and retire.

Jeanne
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #9 on: June 27, 2018, 03:58:03 pm »

I thought we were narrow!  Willis Slot Canyon - Utah

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeyEQ24Mxt8
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #10 on: June 27, 2018, 04:09:23 pm »

That is beautiful!  But definitely more than one horse wide.
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JMR - Scout and Cisco

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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2018, 03:08:36 pm »

I remember riding on trails like that when we went out further west on a vacation trip.  I wasn't really fond as we were riding along, but it was beautiful and fun.  Now we stay much closer to home, rather than traveling long distance. 

Jeanne Root
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #12 on: July 28, 2018, 06:13:48 pm »

Shoes or boots definitely needed for that trail! Reminds me of some of the trails we rode in Colorado. I'm not so sure G would go through there, he is claustrophobic as it is.
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Re: We Rode The Gap!
« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2018, 07:22:37 am »

Actually, my horses do better barefoot even on this type of terrain.  Their hoofs are made for them to be able to ride on all sorts of rough  terrain. They just need to be ridden with out shoes or boots to start some on first.   When we first switched over to bare foot, everyone said that they would not be able to keep up and would be sore footed.  My horses started out with boots, but found them more of a pain then just letting them go barefoot.  Some may actually need boots for a while, but all 4 of my horses do great barefoot.  And we have ridden the most rough terrain with no problem.  If the wild horses can do it, there is no reason for our horses not to do it.  We just got Missy this spring, and she  had not been ridden in 3 years, just had her feet kept trimmed.  She was always in shoes before they stopped riding.  We picked her up and took her for a ride around our area on the dirt roads and around some of the neighbor trails we can use, and she did perfect.  Not a bit of problems being ridden on the dirt road, trails and all around our home trails.  So, she is doing this because she sat around for 3 years not being ridden, just out on pasture with some rocks and rough areas, and we brought her home, got out on her first ride, and she was perfect!!  She had become use to the walking around her pasture with her feet just being trimmed, and the pasture gave her enough hard ground with some rocks to keep her feet in good shape to be ridden with out shoes.  And Ron's son kept her feet trimmed the entire time.  Now Steve is riding her a lot, she is too tall for me,  and she is doing wonderful with out shoes for the 3 years that she did nothing. 
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