11-02-2011, 12:00 AM
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Sorry, but a helmet is not a "plastic bubble"...it's called being safe. It's called being smart. It's called being RESPONSIBLE.
I don't care if your horse is "respectful and not spooky at all", he's an ANIMAL who is instinct-driven and unpredictable. He's not going to care if he hurts the little kid if he steps on his lead rope and freaks out because his head is tied down. Like how dense do you have to be to think what your doing is safe for the kid? You're supposed to be the adult here, this child knows no better.
And it's really hilarious that you think you can save your niece if something were to happen. A horse can throw a buck or kick in a matter of a second, no way in hell are you fast enough to react to that. This child can have brain damage before you even know what "perfect horse" did. And you wonder why there are so many "accidental" deaths from children being hurt by horses because the adult/parent THINKS what they're doing is fine...and they blame the horse. It's their stupid and irresponsible actions that cause "accidents" like that.
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