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post #41 of 43 Old 08-08-2012, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by FeatheredFeet View Post
I really don't - or shouldn't, need to post a thread about it. I'll bet if you do a search on this forum, you'll find a ton of similar posts about the problems of children and adults, riding without helmets.

If you really want to defend the 'no helmet' idea, tell that to a lady I met many years ago, when I went to see a horse she had for sale. I didn't end up buying the horse, but knew her on and off through the years. Her daughter, who was a reasonable little rider and competed here in S. Cal., was just coming back from a Saturday afternoon ride with some friends.They were all standing and talking, under trees on their property. My friend's daughter's horse, was startled by something and jumped to the side. The little girl fell off and hit her head. My friend has been taking care of this young lady now, for over thirty years. She remains in a semi-vegetative state. The little girl was twelve years old when it happened. She was not wearing a helmet. And I admit, in those days, I didn't always either. I did after meeting that lady and insist my own daughter did and my granddaughters too.

I didn't get off topic, but answered the OP. Just brought up a potentially dangerous situation, seen in the pictures posted.

I don't need to defend anything my dear. IT IS A CHOICE NOT A LAW. Don't "care" what happened to the lady that is in a vegetative state. Not my concern. It is up to me or my son whether to put a helmet on his kid. Do you think we are stupid and don't know the risks?

Your opinion but as stated before it doesn't need to be commented on every picture of a kid/person without a helmet. Do you wear one on a bike, motorcycle? Well, guess what I don't nor do the kids on the bikes but they do on motorcycles. IT is a law in my state you have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle if you are under the age of 18.

You want to wear a helmet please do. If others choose not to respect their RIGHT not to :)
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post #42 of 43 Old 08-08-2012, 10:05 PM
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Have to laugh as you were me about 2 years ago, almost.

Ok, I am 42, male, a little over 200lbs, and never owned a horse until February of 2011. I spent probably 2 years looking at different breeds with no intention of showing, driving or anything other than trail riding. I first looked a off the track thoroughbreds, then something, not sure what got me going on drafts. The lady who was helping me at the time had a friend with a belgian mare. She was going to show the mare and had her to do some training about 2-3 weeks before the show. She wanted me to handle and ride this mare to see if I really wanted a draft. I fell in love with drafts at that point. She was around 17 hands and just the sweetest demeanor for such a huge horse.

Short story is, I ended up getting a 14yo Clydesdale mare who is awesome. I didn't even have her a year and took her to my first show which I said I was never going to do. I attached a photo of my mare and a friend riding her. She rides her quite frequently as well as several others at the barn where I board her. They all love her and say its like sitting in a sofa when your up there. I couldn't have chosen a better horse for me as a beginner.

Hopefully this coming February, good lord willing, I will have my first foal from her on the ground. As the saying goes "real horses weigh a ton!" Go to some breeders and see how you like the drafts. But as I was told, don't get a young one. Get an older trained one and let them teach you.

Good luck and hope you get as lucky as I did. I found the perfect horse for me with help from the breeder I got her from.
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post #43 of 43 Old 08-08-2012, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ThatDraftGirl View Post
Most cowboys weigh over 200lbs and they ride around on 15h Quarter Horses all day, every day. A short stocky QH with a short strong back and good legs will EASILY be able to carry you.
Not sure what cowboys you're looking at that weigh over 200 lbs. When I quit working cattle i weighed less than 150 lbs. The heaviest rider we had was a lanky 6' 1" cousin who weight about 185. With the exception of Glenn, who's 16 hand QH cross was carrying maybe 220 lbs including his tack, the rest of our QH carried less then 200 lbs including all our tack.
I've never met a heavy person who worked cattle daily (not just sitting on a saddle watching and counting ). With two exceptions, the guys I use to work cattle with still don't weigh near 200 lbs (Glenn does , but he's tall) and none of us have worked cattle in a very long time. That work will keep you pretty lean.
People who use horses to work cattle try to keep the weight the horse carries down. The horse has to hold up all week and be ready to do it again after a day or two of rest.
Don't know if they still do it, but I've known "Dude Ranches" that place weight limits on riders that are going to ride on their horses for a view days of trekking. That's because it's not the distance you go on a horse that will break it down, it's the weight you put on it.
Most people never experience these effects with their horse and it has less impact, because most are weekend riders. The horse carries a load for a day or two (often for just 4 or 5 hours in a day) and gets the rest of the week off.

But I digress, since this has nothing to do with riding drafts.
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