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post #1 of 11 Old 04-27-2009, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Be safe be smart please

Its spring in most parts of North America and many folks are heading out on their horses for the first time in a few months. I wanted to give a word of warning to all of our members to remember the horse you got off of last fall may not be the horse you get on this spring. They may look like the same horse but they have grown horns over the long winter nights. They are waiting for the first warm spring day for you to come throw your saddle on expecting to go for a nice horse ride with your old friend.
Then BAM...you're kicked, bit, bucked off or reared up on. That spring time devil horse brain goes into overdrive and you may get hurt or worse.
The news is full of horse related injury's and deaths this time of year. A woman was killed last week near here (I didn't know her). Her horse bucked her off, that's all I know. It got me thinking about all of you, so I figured I would put a bug in your ears about keeping safe this spring.
Please remember my words when you stick your foot in the stirrup. Be aware, prepared and on guard. Have a plan in the back of your mind what you will do in each scenario ie buck, rear etc.
I want to see you all coming to the forum safe and healthy
Happy spring to you all!


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post #2 of 11 Old 04-27-2009, 08:51 PM
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That is excellent advice, vida.

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A rider died in wellington on Friday schooling in the jumper ring at a show. Not sure the details.
All the injuries lately have reinforced the need for helmets, how dangerous it is WITH a helmet, why risk riding without one? Anything can happen at any time
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post #4 of 11 Old 05-03-2009, 01:53 AM
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Im glad you took your time to write that Vida it shows you care:)

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post #5 of 11 Old 05-03-2009, 07:03 AM
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Yes, good advice. Although we ride throughout the winter here, I'll add to be sure you keep your horses' "spring hormones" in mind.

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post #6 of 11 Old 05-03-2009, 07:10 AM
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Yea I also ride through the winter where I am:)

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post #7 of 11 Old 05-03-2009, 07:20 AM
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Good "heads up" Vida. Here in Maine and the rest of New England states, we have all experienced a "new" and "interesting" horse with each season change. Must say though, spring and fall bring the liveliest mounts here!

Thanks for caring enough to remind us all.
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Its spring in most parts of North America and many folks are heading out on their horses for the first time in a few months. I wanted to give a word of warning to all of our members to remember the horse you got off of last fall may not be the horse you get on this spring. They may look like the same horse but they have grown horns over the long winter nights. They are waiting for the first warm spring day for you to come throw your saddle on expecting to go for a nice horse ride with your old friend.
Then BAM...you're kicked, bit, bucked off or reared up on. That spring time devil horse brain goes into overdrive and you may get hurt or worse.
The news is full of horse related injury's and deaths this time of year. A woman was killed last week near here (I didn't know her). Her horse bucked her off, that's all I know. It got me thinking about all of you, so I figured I would put a bug in your ears about keeping safe this spring.
Please remember my words when you stick your foot in the stirrup. Be aware, prepared and on guard. Have a plan in the back of your mind what you will do in each scenario ie buck, rear etc.
I want to see you all coming to the forum safe and healthy
Happy spring to you all!

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Found out my horse was as much out of shape as I was. He was way too lazy to do more than huff and puff around the lunge circle.......but then so was I !!!!!
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post #9 of 11 Old 05-03-2009, 09:07 PM
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My horse had his break from July-December because of an injury. So far he has been good except for one ride back in Febuary he was indeed a devil. It was on a trail with more than thirty riders and two or three sleds. He was bucking, throwing his head all over and taking off randomly. It was not fun. The next day we went out with a much smaller group and he was perfect. Such is the way of the horse, I guess.
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post #10 of 11 Old 05-03-2009, 10:00 PM
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Great advice!!! My friends and I ride year round (in the indoor arena of course, here in OH!), but it's totally different when the weather starts getting nice and changing and you go out on the trail for the first time all year. I went out with a group the other day and one of the horses was being "naughty", which set the entire group's mood...pretty soon, we had a pack of antsy "dancing" horses, one of which threw his rider and took off across a field, spooking all the rest of the horses!

We're very lucky we were all wearing our helmets and the rider who was thrown is okay...but it did make us ALL a bit more cautious about those first few trail rides of the season, and riding in general!

Great post, and thanks for caring

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