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Riding horses versus Dirt Bike Riders – why race them at all
This is something I have been pondering about for a while, trying to figure out the right angle to come at this topic. Because This topic has been at the cross roads for many generations, and probably more still to come, of that I am sure. But still though, I think we have all been going at it all wrong.
Sure we can throw them into the arena and have them go around the poles, and the barrows. But what is that really showing us, not much that means anything. It puts on a show and shows us that a horse is good at being a horse, and obviously the dirt bike is going to do what it does, rip it up. Yes they might take corners alittle different, one is faster in the straight away. Once again this is just showing us to look the wrong way at this. Does one thing have anything to do with the other?
What about taking these two to the woods for a trail ride. Ahh now what, first off you are talking once again about a horse and a dirt bike. There is no comparison, it’s A HORSE and A Dirt Bike. I mean yes we can time them one at a time to see who gets to the other end first. I am going to stop you there first. Listen trails are rough for a dirt bike, never mind what it might do to the poor horse. Take a second, close your eyes and think back to when you were in the woods, what is mostly in the woods, well in my neck of the woods. We have big rocks, and a lot of roots, and washouts everywhere. So not too many horse owners would even think about doing a race of any sort in the woods. But once again folks, this is not really what we are all trying to figure out anyways. This is all just smoke signals for what the real question is. The one that we are seeking. It has been something that has mystified me, along with others im sure.
The Real Question- who are we
Can dirt bikes and horses ever ride together, probably not, even with the new almost silent Electric Dirt Bikes that are up and coming, I am not to sure if that could ever happen. But here is a theory of mine, I believe that we are one and the same people.
Well if you are sitting there saying to yourself, yeah that’s not very true, just think to yourself, on the weekends if you are going to ride your horse, where do you go most of the time. Well my girl owns a horse, a beautiful pony named shy, so I can tell you first hand, that she is going to, or in shows almost every weekend. 2 a month at the very least. So how about you as a dirt bike guy, how often would you say you go to the track, or the woods to ride. Every weekend if you could right. lol. Yeah me too.
We just established that we are both crazy people, when it comes to our sport. But are we the same crazy. Let’s dive a little deeper into this. O.K. look, it’s obvious to anyone that knows horses and dirt bikes, horses are the much harder to take care of. besides washing my bike changing an oil filter and some oil, a couple other little tweaks, there is not a lot of pampering that is needed for the bike to feel good, nor does the bike care. But horses can make people go plum crazy on how much is really involved. My girl goes to the barn and disappears into a time warp, and I don’t see her for hours. Honestly if you have sons or daughters out there 2 wheels would be the cheaper way to go for sure. But once again, this is just my opinion on the matter.
I put horses in the same category as well, a boat. What is the motto of a boat owner on an average lake cruiser, just add another grand. Well with a PONY, not much of a difference from what I have seen. Not to say dirt bikes are cheep, depending on which one you own it’s pretty damn expensive. But still not even close to the horse. So we have established that we both spend money on our sport, just pony a little more I would say.
The kind of People that we all are
Well , Let’s take a look at the people who own a horse, and or a dirt bike. They love spending as much time as they possibly can, playing with their horse, and or dirt bike. We travel all over the place showing them off, and in conversation if brought up, you can talk forever about your bike, or pony. These people take care of their own also. Meaning if you are lucky enough to get into one of the smaller micro circles and or groups, you all end up becoming family. A family who looks out for one another is priceless. Is that not what makes us feel at our greatest, when we are sitting around our trucks and trailers, hanging with family and friends sharing the best of times, taking pictures, and talking about the days activities. Some of these activities even last all weekend, and you can camp out, so it’s like a mini vacation with some of your favorite people every weekend, what could be better than this my friends.
We have now established that we both, dirt bikes along with riding Horses, travel around in tight packs, once they get together they have a blast. A wolf pack if you will, and just like a wolf pack we don’t like you messing with our people, so be aware. don’t poke them, they do bite. I am just kidding, or am I.
Let’s us move to a subject that I do think that we should cover more, and this is etiquette in the trails, because this is the one place that we are definitely not the same. One is a machine with a motor, and one is a living being with a heart, and some horses that are in the trails can be very skiddish, when it comes to dirt bikes and their noise. But I believe this too would not be as bad when it comes to electric dirt bikes because of the low to no noise factor. So when you do come up to each other they might not be so scared of a quiet bike as much as a loud bike, just a theory .
Similarities on the ride
What are the similarities of the two? This is a very good question, that has a few answers to clarify for you. Let’s say for instance you are riding on the trail, where are you looking? the correct answer to this is, you look ahead not down. You want to see what’s in front of you so you have that reaction time, not just see something when it’s too late to react. The next thing that we both should do as good riders is to be relaxed when we are riding, if you are stiff, chances are you are not going to have a good ride no matter what you are on. You have to stay relaxed, almost calm like. This actually is when I am at my best when riding, it is almost as if the body takes control and you are just along for the ride. The bars and the reins, are also similar in that you are not holding on to these, more to just steer the animal or bike the way you want to go. O.K. there is a little more than that but you aren’t holding on for dear life by the reins, or handle bars. When you are on the bike you hold with your knees or thighs. With the horse correct me if I am wrong I have done some horseback riding, but still just a beginner. You push down-and-out with your legs giving you more control. Both cases your legs are the support and arms for steering.
Well to tie this up, I think that between the horses and the dirt bikes the trails are pretty busy. So Let’s be considerate of each and every one of us that use these trail, and try to have some etiquette when you are blasting down the trail.Try to remember that something big might be around the next corner, so why risk it. Just by taking a few precautions you might save someone from getting hurt. Remember if you encounter a horse and you are on your dirt bike, pull as far off to the side of the trail that you can, turn the bike off, and wait till they have gotten past you a little ways before restarting. Remember these are Dirt Bikes and Horses, there is plenty enough room for all of us to ride and have fun, We all want to go home to our families. So to my friends with horses enjoy and be safe, and for my fellow 2 wheel junkies, keep ripping
P.S. We would love it if everyone did their part in keeping our woods SAFE, and CLEAN.
Thank you for reading, and please once again, if you have something you would like to say. Do not be shy, we wont.