Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Nope, never said anyone would die without a trainer - over exaggeration much?
Yep, I was wrong and immature and had no clue what dangers I was putting myself in at the time. You betcha. I was irrisponsible and never thought about the consequences when I was that young, inexperienced and unknowledgable - especially when I was riding strange horses.
Then, I joined Pony Club and grew up and realized how important it is to have an educated eye with you when schooling over dangerous fences. Everytime I look back at those days before I even knew what a fence was and what a trainer was, I realize how **** lucky I am to be fully intact today.
I know how **** serious this sport is, and NEVER for ONCE ever take it for granted. Don't you dare! Don't you dare take a fence for granted and those courses and fences DEMAND the respect that they deserve.
The terrain demands the respect as well - but if you want to go out and school CC without educated eyes on the ground, by all means, it is your neck, not mine.
But you're right, it is the person's perrogative and choice. I choose to not go out on a CC course without educated eyes standing by me and working with me one on one, and it is other's choice to go out without.
Fine by me. Not my horse, not my neck, not my choice.
But do not, encourage others to do the same.