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.
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...