10-26-2012, 03:49 PM
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In my first driving class ever, I was so nervous I dropped a rein.. and then ran it over. This created my own domino effect and my horse's head was yanked to the right. The ring on his snaffle hooked onto the end of the shaft and presto. One horse ready to fall over and me terrfied in a neon orango blazer. All eyes on eyes. The horse was self-freed almost immediately following our sharp-without-a-flip 180 degree turn. The ring attendant who should be paying attention at all times was on it the second trouble popped up. All horses were directed to circle on the far half of the arena and the attendant came right to my aide. I was able to recover, horse was fine and we retired to the center of the ring to sit out the rest of the class because I personally was shaken.
I've never seen this video but it could be talked till we were all blue in the face. Passing on the inside verses the outside, why safe training tactics were not enforced to slow the horse or regain control, why on earth did it take so long to clear the arena, Why didn't anyone be quit when told? So many factors....
Any event has risks. I love driving but I will say you can get just as hurt as a rider can!