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post #11 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 03:13 PM
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Good :) that means it doesn't matter who was wrong or right. It was simply an experience. Let him have his opinion, and you have yours, and be okay with it.
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post #12 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 03:14 PM
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By the time I was 9 I'd been run over, run away with, fallen on, and fallen off several times. My horses were "trained" but would occasionally take the opportunity to do whatever they heck they felt. My poor niece took her first fall at 1.5 yrs old or so? Off a full sized horse and she still rides today.

I feel for you and your sister, it can be a very frightening and traumatic experience, but it's probably time to let it go or get some counseling to help yourself get over this incident. Besides you can't let fear rule your life.
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post #13 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 03:15 PM
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Then get somebody with experience and LEARN. nobody can expect to just hop on a horse and win the World Show. you have to get experience.

i know I couldnt control the first horse i rode. i was 2. but my parents helped me out, they got me a trainer, and i learned.

another thing is, sometimes even if you know HOW to control the horse, any 11 yr old trying to muscle a horse around is gonna end up losing. horses can be tricky, and are very smart...plus if it was an experienced trail horse, that had alot of non-experienced riders, it would know tricks to get away with it
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post #14 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 03:51 PM
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Get over it dealing with horses is always risky whether ypu know what you are doing or not. My first ride i qas 2 however that same horse ended up being my first horse when i turned 7 and he was no dead head amd my parents were un horsey. My second horse was a 3 yr old extremely green buck at everything but a walk mustang and by 9 i had a concussion many bruises mant falls and mt first 8 second bronc ride. My next horse was a kids 25 yr old mare, she spooked at a large gelding rearing by the trail we were on and my foot caught on a bush making me summer sault into the dirt/ rocks / sticker bushes endinh with deep gasheds in both shoulders thay was all before age 11. Now at 17 ive had several other falls, freak acvidents but you bet i don't blame any body or stop riding.
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post #15 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by wetrain17 View Post
I'm sure there are many kids out there who would love for their father to take them out for a day and do something fun. More then likely, thats what your dad wanted to do for you and your siblings, spend a day together. He didnt know how it would end up.

If you got into a really bad car accident on the way there, would you hold that against him and never drive? You need to give your dad more credit. To me, this is just another example of a product of the "me generation"
I don't fault my Dad for spending time with his kids. I do, however, fault him for placing me and my 9 year old sister, with no training whatsoever, on a 1200 pound dangerous animal and them fault them for not being in control of a potentially aggressive animal 20x their size.

Does the name Christopher Reeve ring a bell?
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post #16 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 06:46 PM
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if youre trying to get us to say that all horses are dangerous and it should be banned then i dont know how yu think this is gonna turn out.

people get hurt all the time....not just on horses. ive been kicked straight in the face....i still ride.

people have gotten broken bones, been hospitalized and some have been killed. but thats not gonna make people quit.

you learn from it. Theres a reason that people have the saying "get bucked off get right back on" because if you dont you are going to be afraid. face your fears, dont go at people who have a passion for something you are afraid of, trying to prove some point....everybody knows that it can be dangerous. and everybody is okay with that if they ride.

i highly doubt those people would have put you on those horses if they thought you would be hurt....NOBODY wants that kind of thing to happen. and NOBODY wants the lawsuit that could potentially come of it.

maybe the horses were just barn sour, maybe they spooked at something, and ran to the safe place(barn) maybe they were having an off day...or maybe they knew that they had 2 very novice riders on board and figured theyd get away with going back home.

maybe your dad overreacted. no its not really plausible for a young novice rider to be able to control the horse. his bad.

but thats not really a big deal. my parents used to blame me when my mare would knock down a barrel, or i would miss my cow, whatever in competitions, and that was when i became more experienced....it happens.

how is bringing up chris reeves or other accidents relate to this?

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post #17 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 06:56 PM
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I don't think he should have put young kids on unruly horses and going on a trail ride as your first ride with no instructions isn't ok either. I dont think it's okay to blame kids when they didn't get instructions on how to handle a horse. My own mother used to blame me and my sister for EVERYTHING even if it wasn't our fault, but I've grown up and gotten past it. So I do see your point. That was not okay. I feel this needs
to be let go though. He is lucky you guys didnt get hurt.
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post #18 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 07:34 PM
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Originally Posted by toonces302 View Post
I don't fault my Dad for spending time with his kids. I do, however, fault him for placing me and my 9 year old sister, with no training whatsoever, on a 1200 pound dangerous animal and them fault them for not being in control of a potentially aggressive animal 20x their size.

Does the name Christopher Reeve ring a bell?
I don't see why Chris Reeve applies here..?

Like I mentioned previously, no reputable stable would put children on an unsafe horse. I will assume you went to a reputable place.

And again, horses have a mind of their own. Why would you blame your dad for something out of his control? Those plodding trail rides are generally safe, but releases must be signed for a reason--sometimes things happen.

And if you consider a 9 and 11-year-old too young to handle a horse... You will find many on here who vehemently disagree.

Like I said before, try riding again! In fact, I dare you! It will build character and accomplish far more than trying to convince a bunch of horse lovers that horses suck. :)
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post #19 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 08:48 PM
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Too much unknown.

Had you ever been on horses before? Were there trail guides present? It sounds like the blame should be on the facility. Giving your dad the benefit of the doubt, he probably acted like a jerk out of fear for you.

Yes it was scary but I don't understand the point you're trying to make. You're now scared of horses. Okay. Lots of people are. They choose to address it or not. There's definitely some other issues going on with your dad.

My first horseback riding experience had very bad instructions: kick to go forward, kick twice to trot, kick real hard to canter, turn left for left, right for right, pull back hard to stop. Hold the horn, wrap the reins around your hand.

Too much wrong in those instructions to go there in this post! I was around 10.
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post #20 of 47 Old 08-27-2012, 09:19 PM
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Is this a real post.... Sorry, that's the first thing that comes to mind
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