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    04-10-2013, 06:53 PM
Originally Posted by oh vair oh    
A good example of why you should wear a helmet?
More like, a good example of why you should not be riding at all.

Sorry to say, I haven't worn a helmet in eight years and have had no incidents, and this doesn't encourage me to wear one yet. HOWEVER, this does encourage me to seek advice from a professional when I have problems with my horse, and to not do cheap tricks for the sake of ego.

I'm sorry, but snow + bareback + poor training = what do you think was going to happen?

Glad she was wearing a helmet. Sad her brain is already damaged.
I agree...wish I could go back and change the title to When an idiot rides horses!
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    04-10-2013, 06:57 PM
Well look at this way... I can break a horse and ride it for the first time... It had better not try a rear. That is way to dangerous in my books!
When I was young and dumb (well, I still am), and riding my first horse without experience, I pulled her into a rear (not intentionally) and flipped her onto me. I should have been killed, instead of walking away with a bruised hip and thigh. Bucking I can work through with a new horse, rearing is never an option. Mind you, I don't push them so hard that they think they need to rear to escape.
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    04-10-2013, 07:02 PM
IMO rearing should be curbed from the ground up, meaning it's a lesson that should be taught/learned before ever being in the saddle. It is never acceptable, period. I'm willing to bet this horse was perfectly fine before she started riding it, but she has taught and instilled such bad manners that he, like most any horse will, has learned that he can do what he wants and get away with it.
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    04-10-2013, 07:17 PM
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I have to say my little guy when he gets his little herd bound ticks, well when I first bought him he had no forward and was a wreck, he would do little rears of refusal to go forward but he hasn't done that since the first 3 weeks I had him and is becoming less and less herd bound every time we ride.

This girl needs to step back and evaluate her situation, she was lucky this time but next time he could nail her square in the face/neck/back etc that isn't protected by her helmet and seriously injure or kill her. I don't feel bad for her in the least.
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    04-10-2013, 07:50 PM
Hmm... I wonder, if his kick had been a couple inches lower and got her square in the face, shattering her nose, jaw, kicking out her teeth... would she still claim it was an "accident" and that they have a fluffy happy bond? One of these days she's going to be seriously hurt. Sadly she'll probably blame the horse instead of realising its her own fault! (Not that the horse wasn't at fault, but she's probably caused him to get to that point).
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    04-10-2013, 08:13 PM
Not sure how this means "The helmet saved my life". It looks to me like the horse missed the helmet. But her risks in riding have nothing to do with helmets or not...

    04-10-2013, 08:28 PM
Where are you guys seeing all these photos?
She's extremely lucky to be alive and intact and not a vegetable. That horse deliberately kicked her, definitely. My rage sure peaked when I saw him stop, swing over, and take aim...
    04-10-2013, 08:45 PM
I would imagine she already has multiple TBI's (traumatic brain injuries), whether she knows it or not; the amount of impact her head has had with the ground in very disturbing. I teach horseback riding to people with disabilities, physical and cognitive, I was flinching the whole video :/ . A good example of someone thinking that the more they fall off, the more experienced they are because they get back on. I agree with everyone else, where the heck are the parents? They'll be the one taking care of her the day she gets a spinal cord injury and winds up in a wheelchair, or worse...
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    04-10-2013, 09:01 PM
Originally Posted by Palomine    
Oh, but horses only kick out of FEAR or SHOCK! Never out of aggression.
No, never. Because they love us and we love them. And if something loves us it would NEVER EVER hurt us. He was probably just really happy and didn't see her there.
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    04-10-2013, 09:07 PM
If this were my kid, she'd be grounded with a sore backside and that horse would be gone.
What blows my mind is that she encourages the kicking, the bucking, the bolting, the rearing - she's training her own death machine.
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