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post #1 of 19 Old 02-07-2008, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Riding Tragedy...

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.
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post #2 of 19 Old 02-07-2008, 11:14 PM
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Oh wow that is really sad, my heart goes out to you, jessica, her family and anyone that has been devastated by this Tragedy. Ya horse back ridin is dangerous and you need to have a check list in your mind before ridin.. Its like when you get into a car, you make sure you have your seat belt on, mirrors are good, tires are good, etc.. well we need to apply that to horse back ridin and use what you have listed as our list.

I don't know jessica, but i will definantly pray for her tonight..

Thank you for postin this topic, its just a SERIOUS reminder of the dangers that come along with ridin.

I am so sorry for your loss!! :(
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post #3 of 19 Old 02-08-2008, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for your kindness.
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post #4 of 19 Old 02-08-2008, 02:19 AM
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oh my.....thank you for posting this!

prayers to your friend and her family

god bless
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post #5 of 19 Old 02-08-2008, 10:59 AM
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Prayers from me too, and thanks for posting the list. I try to do a short form safety check-list every time I ride, and keep my what if actions in the back of my mind at all times. I also have started wearing a helmet and think everyone else should consider doing the same. If I could wear full body armor I would. Again sorry for the loss of Jessica

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post #6 of 19 Old 02-08-2008, 11:53 AM
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I am so sorry for your loss. I think everyone gets so caught up in the moment of riding that we forget the small things that could save our lives.

I will pray for you, Jessica, her family and everyone else affected.

once again, I am so sorry for your loss
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post #7 of 19 Old 02-08-2008, 07:09 PM
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Sometimes it is easy to get cocky on horses...we tend to forget the dangers...

This is a good post...I am sorry the accident happened...I will say a prayer for her too.
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post #8 of 19 Old 02-08-2008, 10:08 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear this!! :(
My prayers to the family.

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post #9 of 19 Old 02-09-2008, 01:13 AM
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I am so sorry... :(
Her & her family have both my sympathy & prayers; I am so sorry that has occured.
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post #10 of 19 Old 02-09-2008, 06:51 AM
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what an awful thing to deal with :( im sorry for your loss
its such a powerful reminder that the things we do everyday could one day even kill us. thanks for posting your check list :)

"I whisper but my horse doesnt listen...So I yell!!...He still doesnt listen"

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