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post #21 of 38 Old 06-09-2011, 08:53 PM
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I know we all can't say how we would or would not act in a situation but what i think could have avoided that whole thing is if the driver of the initial horse turned him straight into the wall. he was obviously trying to stop the horse at first by pulling on the reigns. when that didnt work, where did he go? did he fall out or did he bail?
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I am assuming that you have never driven before...so I will tell you that you cannot just turn the horse into the wall like you can a saddle horse. It doesn't work that way.

The guy got tossed out, so he couldn't really do anything. And honestly, if he had bailed, I wouldn't blame him. It is absolutely terrifying to have a horse take off like that and have no control over it. When they are spooked and scared like that, you can't do much to control them. Especially when they start rearing.

At the track, there have been numerous horses caught by someone stepping out in front of them, and grabbing the lines (not reins), and no doubt at driving competitions as well. You catch the head, you catch the horse.

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post #22 of 38 Old 06-25-2011, 01:23 PM
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I see no reason for tears. The only thing I could be angry about would be the stupidity of those two horses who decided to run into the other ones blindly. I know they can't see behind them, but hell they definitely can see in front!
Just makes me never want to buy an Arab lol.
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post #23 of 38 Old 06-26-2011, 09:31 AM
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Just makes me never want to buy an Arab lol.
Right, because ONLY Arabians panic and run blindly when they're being stung by bees. :roll:

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post #24 of 38 Old 06-26-2011, 09:58 AM
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Yikes! I had not seen that before!! How terrifying that must have been to be in that ring--the owners of those horses must have been beside themselves.

Honestly, I think that they handled it the best they could have. I wonder if the horses running into the other horses was based on the horses looking for the security of another horse but they were so panicked that they ended up knocking them over....
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post #25 of 38 Old 06-26-2011, 07:58 PM
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I saw that awhile back.

I'm glad no one was injured, but it really is terrible how horribly they handled that. Where were the men on quarter horses in western saddles ready to herd up any wild horse? Horses are herd animals, and that really is the safest way to handle this situation.

Just goes to show how unpredictable life can be.
Are you seious? So when they are trying to "herd them up" and they get hit by the flailing cart then whAT?
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post #26 of 38 Old 06-26-2011, 08:02 PM
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What would you do? (Cautionary note here: can't see the video but I'm 95% sure I know the video being discussed - the Country Pleasure driving accident where the horse goes down in the end.)
In my opinion it was handled fairly well considering the situation. The horses were moved in, and they tried their best to keep the loose horse to the outside. Stepping out and w"making yourself big" can divert or stop some horses - obviously not one so panicked though. They grabbed at the reins in an attempt to be able to regain control. That didn't work, and they started trying to get the other horses out to limit additional accidents, and did it in such a manner to avoid letting the loose horse out.
What else could have been done? What would you have done differently in a high-stress situation like this, OP? No humans or horses were really hurt - it all ended very well, considering. Pretty? Nope, but that's what happens in situations like that.
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In driving they warn when an accident happens you do not try and stop the horse. You want to keep it running on the rail and it will tire and eventually stop. I didn't watch the video recently but my bet is them trying to catch the horse possibly made it run off the rail and make it worse and go into the center. I also think that when the guy lost control in the biggining it is possible that the horse had it's tongue over the bit because he didn't have any control early on
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post #27 of 38 Old 06-26-2011, 08:05 PM
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The only thing that I saw as stupid was the fact of how long people took to get out of their carts and either hold their horses/unhook and hold hold their horses instead of letting their butts sit in their carts in a possible position to get hit.
The one British comment I read in all caps was absolutely hilarious though. ;p
I believe that if the other drivers would've gotten off and got their horses (and stayed closer to the middle!) no more than the first horse's issue would have happened.
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You should NEVER exit the cart in a situation like that. ALWAYS stay in the cart. If some headers had been there that would have been helpful. If your horse takes off you can possible control it but you can't from the ground.
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post #28 of 38 Old 06-26-2011, 08:06 PM
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Wow! Just goes to show how anything can happen in an instant. Cudos to the announcer for remaining so calm and professional throughout. Not sure I would be able to have done the same.

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post #29 of 38 Old 06-26-2011, 08:13 PM
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How ignorant to make an entire breed assumption from an incredibly scared and possibly stung horse. I would be genuinely amazed to see any horse stand calmly and quietly when it geta stung by a bee, wasp, etc. Blind ignorance and stupidity are a big problem in perpetuating false stereotypes, but I guess someone has to keep them going, right? If love to tell you all the stories about our "crazy" arabs - including the pb stallion my 6yo daughter has been riding (around mares in heat no less *gasp* since she was 3. *rolls eyes and walks away from thread muttering under her breath*
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post #30 of 38 Old 06-27-2011, 03:19 PM
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That horse obviously dislikes driving..

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