Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
In defense of beer, I know quite a few people who will go out on group rides that involve a few cases, never has a horse died or been injured because the rider/other riders were drunk. Albeit, most of them can't even possibly stand on their horse without falling, I doubt anyone who is experienced with horses and knows how much they can drink before they're just plain 3-yr old stupid wouldn't do that to their horse.
A lady I know, who also has a trail horse I would die for (that has been ridden drunk/wasted/hungover multiple times at 7yrs old), goes on a lot of weekend camping trips with the horses. From what I understand, about every-other-weekend she has off work and she goes camping every weekend that she has off. I feel that if there was a huge risk of someone doing something stupid enough to get their horse killed because they were drunk, more than just that horse of hers would be dead, because others on the rides use her horses. Many normal people that understand things have very little risk of doing something that puts their horse at extreme risk. I know people that are sober that want to run as fast as they can through the trails I use to ride; right after it rained, after it snowed, while the ground was frosted over, etc. I'd much rather go for a trail ride with this woman who drinks that I know than the 27-29yr old woman who runs her horse through the trails that are rather risky (IMO, but the horses are use to it) at a walk in quite a few places.
When we had the more experienced riders together for a trail ride, we'd always go up around the hay field and race back to the other end where the gate back to the barn was. We were all sober, but that same exact thing that happened to that drunk man could've happened to any of us. A new groundhog hole that was never there for 10yrs could've popped up, there could've been something discarded from one of the houses that border the field the horses could've slipped on, etc.
Now, don't get me wrong in the least, this is an absolutely horrible incident and I'm sorry that it happened. I'm devastated for the poor horse, it sounds like it was very well trained for it's age if this guy wasn't bucked off, or the such before the ACCIDENT happened. While I can't speak for this man personally, I know a few people who wouldve done the same thing, without having any alcohol in their system. People make lapses in judgement, regardless ifthey've been drinking or not, but no one can say that this isn't exactly one of those situations as well.
But like I said, it's a **** shame..but without knowing the man personally, and well, no one can blame it all on the alcohol and not just a devastating accident, or the act of an everyday idiot.
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