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    07-14-2011, 02:30 PM
Green Broke
^^ That's a great idea, how do you keep it in there? Is it somehow attached on the inside, or do you just kinda shove it up in there when you put it on? ;)
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    07-14-2011, 04:13 PM
Green Broke
That is a good idea ^ but how would someone know where to find it?
    07-14-2011, 07:03 PM
If you have the opportunity to, have a riding buddy so you aren't riding by yourself. At my old barn when we would ride on the trails, we either went as a group in a lesson, or my instructor had us take a buddy with us so we could ride together!
    07-14-2011, 07:07 PM
Put on a helmet and hold on tight.
    07-14-2011, 08:53 PM
Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
^^ That's a great idea, how do you keep it in there? Is it somehow attached on the inside, or do you just kinda shove it up in there when you put it on? ;)

I think I wrote it on a small piece of paper and attached it to the tag for size. I just figure that if I was unconcious, eventually they would remove my helmet.
A tag of some kind would be great, it's just that I always remember my helmet and might not rememnber some sort of tag to put on my arm.

What I DO need to do is put info on the saddle : horse's name, my phone, his barn, his vet. So if he runs off and someone else finds him. This DOES happen.
    07-14-2011, 08:59 PM
Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
... Always wear leather soled boots...
I wear leather soles riding Western. I normally ride English with the rubber pad removed. If so, I use rubber soled boots. Leather on steel is VERY slick.

Other advice?

Jumping is one of the most dangerous activities done with horses (10-80 times greater risk). That doesn't make it wrong, mind you. I still consider eventing to be the ultimate equine sport, although I'll never do it. However, I see young kids jumping and wonder if they have the skill level needed to take up jumping. Some have, but the Dad in me would want to see real evidence of skill in general riding before trying jumping.

Helmets - not a helmet fanatic, but studies indicate they cut the risk of serious head injury by about 50%. I don't always wear one, but they are a good risk reduction tool.

Understand the risk. Studies indicate riding horses is riskier than riding motorcycles on public roads. That means riding can be fun, but the sort of fun where you also take it seriously. It seems lots of riders are content to be OK rather than good, and I don't understand that attitude. If my 13 year old daughter took it, I'd ground her from horses.

Ban "The Black Stallion" movie. OK, I like it, but it is NOT a guide to training or riding your horse...
    07-15-2011, 02:06 AM
Definitely keeping your personal information somewhere on you and on your horse is a great tip.

For trail, keep your cell on you, not in a saddlebag. If the horse runs off, you want that cell on you.

Definitely don't over-horse yourself! I swear this is the biggest issue among women my age. It seems like middle aged women are insecure about their age and their weight, they see these young girls at the barn riding these huge Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods and they think they need an even bigger horse. Most ponies can easily hold a small adult. The smaller the horse, the shorter the fall. Look for a thicker horse versus a taller one if you are a beginner.

I have a question....... is there any info on whether there are more injuries in western vs english riding? I'm so, so sorry if it's a question that's been beaten to death. I googled and cannot find any info on it. I'm just curious if horse injuries are broken down by the type of riding and the discipline.
    07-15-2011, 02:55 AM
Well, bsms said jumping is statistically the most injury prone.
But one wonders, because cowboying has got to be a dangerous job!
    07-15-2011, 05:22 AM
There is alot of talk about leather soled boots, but im a firm believer that no one pair of boots can stop you from poor riding, it shouldn't matter the boots you simply shouldn't have your feet so jammed into the stirupps that they get stuck. Also having a proper seat will save your life, I have ridden probably 60 horses of all breeds in my short life calm, crazy, and broncho status, and I swear my best tool was having a good seat and patience, so far I have only been thrown once..knock on wood.

Anyways riding safe in my experience really has to do with rider awareness. For example many people trail ride while with friends to be safe, I do it all the time. But the fact remains many of us get to talking and don't always pay attention to what is in front of us! Big no no! A lot of accidents happen this way.

Also getting complacent while riding can be a huge issue! I'm guilty of this too, for example I was sitting on one of our really quiet lesson horses one day, bareback, and with really loose reins...i spooked her accidentally with a water bottle crinkle noise...i was on the ground ten seconds later. We need to be constantly training ourselves and our horses to handle these situations. I'm not saying be paranoid, but be prepared to respond.

Lastly, if your getting on a "yeehaw horse" have someone there or at least a phone. At the rescue I worked at for five years, the younger girls (me), were recruited to jump on the new horses (those who were healthy) to see what they could do. Sometimes they were old barrel horses who took off, others were jumpers, some fresh off the track, and once a peruvian paso whom I accidentally got to rear on command (he reared vertically). Lesson here you never quite know what you could get no matter how good the rider.
    07-15-2011, 05:50 AM
Originally Posted by Heelsdown    
...I have a question....... is there any info on whether there are more injuries in western vs english riding? I'm so, so sorry if it's a question that's been beaten to death. I googled and cannot find any info on it. I'm just curious if horse injuries are broken down by the type of riding and the discipline.
Yes and no. In most of the studies I've found, jumping is much riskier than riding dressage or western, at least for head injuries. But dressage is also English, and I don't know of any statistics on dressage vs western for injuries.

See this thread for some of the studies:

Helmets and injuries - some studies (LONG!)

As a sample: In a study of eventing, "It comes as no surprise the jumping phases accounted for 86% of the injuries. Dressage accounted for only 1% and the stable area and other accounted for 12%, again indicating the surprisingly large number of unmounted injuries."

That was when dressage had no helmet requirement, BTW.

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