A dear young friend of mine, Jessica, died on 2/6/8 from what appears to be a riding accident.
The point of the message is to increase the awareness of the dangers of horse back riding. When done properly and safely it is a intensely rewarding and enjoyable thing to do. For all those horse riders out there, the point of this message is not intended to scare anyone. Please use your heads when you mount your horse.
Where's my helmet?
Does someone know I'm riding?
Is someone around to keep an eye on me and help me if something were to happen?
Is what I'm doing safe?
Does my tack fit properly?
Is my horse trained and capable to do what I'm asking of it?
Am I trained and capable enough to ask my horse to do this?
Would what I'm doing be considered dangerous by my trainer, family, friends?
Is the ground in good enough condition to do what I want (i.e. Muddy)?
Is it safe to be riding in the pasture?
Is it safe to be riding bareback?
I beg each and everyone one of you to assess what you are doing when you mount a thousand pound animal. Please don't let Jessica's death be in vain. If all riders were able to learn from a tragedy like this and possibly prevent other deaths, then it takes away a small piece of the pain of this terrible loss.
All horses are unpredictable to some extent, so do everything you can to make sure you are as safe as possible every time you swing your leg over your horse.