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post #1 of 88 Old 11-17-2009, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Why do we keep riding when it is so dangerous?

Question in the title really, i know some of us have had some serious accidents and in my case i have decided it is too dangerous for me to ride again but for those of you who are brave enough why do you keep in the saddle when we know that one more fall could be the end of our normal life. and why do we take it up when it is one of the most dangerous sports out there??
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post #2 of 88 Old 11-17-2009, 06:32 AM
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Good question! People ask me why I ride when I have a Bad Back, but the worst injuries I've had were nothing to do with riding a horse! I've only once damaged my back coming off a horse, and bashed my elbow badly earlier this year when my horse 'threw' me (he thought it'd be fun to pretend to be a bucking bronco - he's decided maybe not so much now tho' )

It must be a form of madness!!!!

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You can't live your life in fear. You have to do what you love. If nobody ever did anything dangerous we wouldn't have airplanes or electricity. Nobody would have ever seen the top of mount everest, or seen wild animals in the depth of Africa. If I never did anything dangerous I would have missed out on the beauty of a foggy Venice night, the joy of a good ride on a good horse, or even the convenience of driving my car.
I take proper precautions of course, I ride my helmet, and train my horse to be as safe as possible. But I am not one to live in fear and miss out on the best parts of life. I will never stay on the ground out of fear of flying.

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post #4 of 88 Old 11-17-2009, 09:46 AM
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Now, I'm about the biggest scaredy-cat out there. Horses, to me, seem to be one of the safer sports, when approached with a bit of caution. I find that the fact that there is a live animal that weighs ten times what I do involved makes me more careful. I wear a helmet every ride, I check my tack for problems while I tack up, before I mount, and as I untack and out things away. I make sure I have control of the horse on the ground before I mount, etc. Most of the statistics about horse related injuries/deaths include not only experienced riders/trainers on seasoned mounts who encounter unavoidable accidents, but also the drunks, the inexperienced in over their heads, and the plain idiots and people taking stupid risks.

I could be killed half an hour from now, hit by a bus on my way to class. Shoot, I could be seriously injured falling down the stairs to get outside to meet the bus! You look both ways, you hold the banister. Use common sense and be safe, but if you cut all risk out of activity you'll end up sitting in a dark room sipping weak tea and living on vitamins for the rest of your life.

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post #5 of 88 Old 11-17-2009, 09:57 AM
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Well one reason why we keep riding is because we come to love being around horses. Now I know we need not ride them but for me to be on my horse on a nice summers morning up in the woods - just me and my horse, the birds and the gentle rustle of the breeze
on the way to the pub for a glass of red. Perhaps to meet along the way with someone walking their dog.
That is privilege - that's what is good in life.

And those folks who have never done it - well they don't know what they are missing do they!

As for the danger well, yes. No doubt. But you can cut down the odds of a painful injury by choosing the horse very carefully, by knowing what you are doing and by never ever getting so cocky as to think it won't happen to you. Cos sooner or later it might.

If you really like horses, then you are never going to give them up - but you might have a little time off.

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That's like saying that automobiles are dangerous and I might be killed so I will walk everywhere I go. Many people have potentially dangerous hobbies. The chance that you may get hurt isn't enough to stop them.
Its not nearly as dangerous as skydiving

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I love it. That's enough for me. Sure it might kill me, but there's worse ways to go and everybody's gotta die sometime. I also ride a motorcycle, that's dangerous too. I refuse to live my life in fear of what might happen to me. A life lived in fear is a life not lived. One of my goals is to go cage diving with great white sharks... Why? Because I've been terrified of the water since I was a child, so I will face my fear.

Besides just breathing will kill you someday, might as well enjoy yourself until that point!
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I've had my fair share of horse accidents including being flipped at a water jump on a XC course, the horse landing on top of me and breaking all my ribs, puncturing both lungs, shattering my collar bone and breaking my legs in about 5 different places. I still ride, and I still event. I break and school young horses for a living so hit the dirt a few times a week LOL.
I love to ride and ride to live. Freak accidents happen all the time no matter what you do with your life so why not live doing what you enjoy. I was on life support a few years ago for a kidney thing and was released from hospital a week after I was taken off it. Three guesses what I did when I first got home? Yep, you guessed it, I rode my horse!!
Any sport has its risks, I think because we know horse riding carries higher risks we are actually MORE careful than someone playing lawn bowls for example cos they actually think nothing CAN go wrong - and then they put their back out LOL
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post #9 of 88 Old 11-17-2009, 04:09 PM
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Maybe for me its because I really dont care about staying alive, and if I were to die that way, what a story.
And of course, I love it with all my heart
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post #10 of 88 Old 11-17-2009, 04:57 PM
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It's....because it's a way of life and its always going to be there no matter what. I see horses in a field and when I'm not riding I'm always thinking about in one way or another. I've had several horse related injuries so I'm careful, I always wear my hat, rarely go out with a body protector on even if it's just for support since I have a bad back due breaking my shoulder and ripping the muscles thanks to a bucker. I always wear boots because I've had my foot broken twice and nearly ended up in plaster. I don't ride just after it's rained or raining nor do I ride when it's icey or really sunny due to the higher risks involved riding at that time. I've been bitten, kicked, trodden on, reared on, bucked with, bolted with and I'd never give it up. The lonest break I've had was a year due to breaking shoulder and then I got back into horses now I'm going to be getting my own in a few months.

Can I just ask why you've got two colts if you find it too dangerous? I assume you're going to drive with them instead?

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