watch out for bears – horsePosted: September 25, 2012
My youngest often rides a horse bareback as we explore the mountain trails. It’s a great way to ride but a little hard on the pants, and certainly some horses are more comfortable than others.
One day she and her mother were out riding when they spied a black bear. Now black bears in the wild are shy unless there are cubs around, but a wild animal is always dangerous and you can never tell what your horse will do. It might shy, it might jump or buck, it might turn tail and run. That’s part of the fun. You hope under your calm presence your horse will trust your wisdom to keep both of you safe. With no saddle to grip, the chances of coming off are much higher.
In Megan’s words, “Mom pointed out the bear, and I dug my hand deep in the horses mane and got a firm grip. If that horse wanted to get me off, I was taking some hair with me.”