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post #1 of 11 Old 07-16-2010, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Overprotective.....or am I being irrational?

Today my mom decides that we're all going to wear mouthguards and eventing vests whenever we ride. I was astounded. Was she kidding?! No, she was dead serious and stubborn about me not riding if I wasn't going to honour her requests to wear an eventing vest and mouthguard whenever I ride.

I told her I was willing to talk rationally with her about this if she agreed to look at this open-mindedly. She said she'd heard about someone who played polo with her boyfriend who'd broken her arm playing, and another girl had gotten four of her teeth kicked out by a horse. How does an eventing vest protect your arms?! I know how to fall, which considerably raises my chances of getting away unscathed. Am I going to have to wear a mouthguard whenever I step outside, too, because a horse could break loose, run to the front porch, and kick me in the face?

I told her when I eventually do cross country on my TB, I will wear an eventing vest and maybe a mouthguard. But trail riding on horses I know?! Practicing dressage? I would trust my one gelding to carry my butt through a thunderstorm bareback and bridleless, with me sitting backwards and blindfolded! I realize all horses are unpredictable and anything can happen, but I still think her request is completely unrealistic. She wants me to wear an eventing vest and mouth guard when I'm riding around the yard or on our trails. I just don't get it....if I'm wrapped up in bubble wrap, what fun is there in riding?! I can't talk to friends while I ride if our mouths are stuffed with rubber. I hate the taste of rubber. The smell of new stall mats makes me puke.

She's then grasping at straws, bringing up the scenerios of the two aforementioned people. She tells me my mare's trainer used to wear a mouthguard when she rode. My trainer? She was a steeplechase jockey in England. Do you think she wears one now, when she's retraining fresh OTTBs?

Ugh. Am I beiung irrational?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-16-2010, 01:40 PM
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Are you a minor?

If so, I am sorry to say you have to do what your mom says.


I think the mouth guard is a little extreme. I know it would make it next to impossible for me to ride.

The safety vest probably would not bother me near so much.


I say let it go for a few days and this, like so many mom reactions to things, will blow over.
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I don't see a problem with the vest. I might try to discuss the mouth gaurd... but mom is mom....

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At one point in my lifetime of riding I fell off my horse hard and lost so much confidence I considered wearing a safety vest every time I mounted, a safety vest isn't really strange, but a mouth guard?

I'm sorry but I have NEVER heard of anyone using a mouth guard while riding, you're mom seems a bit like a worry wort.
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Ahhh thank you! The mouth guard I will not wear. I refuse. Eventing vests....I'll wear one when I'm jumping but not just everyday riding!
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Youve ridden with out them for 12 years... I understand the vest for eventing and if your jumping or galloping or something but the mouth gard, no way.

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I totally get the vest but the mouthguard is a little extreme.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-16-2010, 07:40 PM
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I understand the vest, I do wear one for everyday riding as well as more dangerous aspects such as jumping because I have broken my shoulder riding and I don't want to repeat that plus it helps me keep a straight back so my back doesn't ache as much when riding from that injury.

I can also see her point about a mouthguard but maybe first whittle her down to just letting you wear that for eventing then when she's happy with that before talking about the vest.

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I would worry about myself choking on the mouthguard, or suffocating xD because I wore mouthgaurds when I played lacrosse (you can also get ones that don't actually have a smell or taste btw) and I COULD NOT BREATH! Haha I was sure I was dieing when I worked to hard. Lol.

A vest I can understand, ooo I can just imagine landing on a tree branch or something on the trail x( that would HURT!

....I don't think a mouthgaurd with protect a horse from kicking your tteeth out,they protect your teeth from being knocked out with hockey or lacrosse sticks..... but a horse is a lot stronger then a little rubber mouthguard can handle! Lol

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Lol I totally agree.....flying through the air at 60 mph off a horse's back and landing on your face....well, I just don't see how a little rubber thing is going to protect my teeth from damage.
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