I have to remind myself every time I pick up a rope not to wind it around my hand, figure of 8 all the way, but then I'm old now, and what young people call over cautious....
Want to know why?
Because rope burns HURT, I mean REALLY HURT, which is why I usually wear gloves when handling horses these days.
Black and broken toes HURT, I mean REALLY HURT, which is why I wear boots around horses.
I also wear a hard hat when doing lots of things, there are lots of safety precautions that take now that young people will laugh at, just as I laughed at the old people when I was young.
Just as you will be laughed at when you are fed up of getting bruised and battered by these unpredictable, ever changing gorgeous animals of ours, and start taking the safety precautions. That is if you are lucky, because there are the unlucky ones who have been buried, or are pushed around in their wheel chairs, or have their food cut up for them by others, because they forgot the ONE safety rule, and paid in a big way...
I don't care how switched off, broke, laid back your horse is, I don;t give a **** how magikal a bond you have, he weighs 5 times what you do, and it only takes one panic attack to make you toast.
Here endeth the safety announcement.