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    04-17-2011, 02:20 AM
  #1
Weanling
Texting/talking on cell phones while mounted

Opinions please?
     
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    04-17-2011, 02:39 AM
  #2
Green Broke
Not a good idea IMO. If my horse should suddenly spook, I'd like to be paying attention and have full control of my reins, not juggling them and a phone.

I carry my cell phone with me when I ride and have a specific ringtone for my husband, my lil brother (who lives with us and babysits for me) and my kiddos school. If it goes off, I bring my horse to a stop and slide off before answering.

I know plenty of people that ride around chatting on their phones. If they feel it's safe for them, more power to them. I'm not about to though, especially with my wacky lil 5yr old.
     
    04-17-2011, 02:43 AM
  #3
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Delfina    
Not a good idea IMO. If my horse should suddenly spook, I'd like to be paying attention and have full control of my reins, not juggling them and a phone.

I carry my cell phone with me when I ride and have a specific ringtone for my husband, my lil brother (who lives with us and babysits for me) and my kiddos school. If it goes off, I bring my horse to a stop and slide off before answering.

I know plenty of people that ride around chatting on their phones. If they feel it's safe for them, more power to them. I'm not about to though, especially with my wacky lil 5yr old.
I carry mine when im riding alone, for safety reasons. But I never use it, and its in silent mode. I saw a girl texting while on her horse and I just wondered if its considered acceptable or not by most.
     
    04-17-2011, 02:50 AM
  #4
Yearling
I keep a chin strap attached to my saddle horn for that and other reasons. Clip it to the reins and it prevents them from slipping down (I had a bad experience with that) encase of a spook or random grazing moment. I do not text friends or make conversations. My cell phone use on horse back is strictly to let someone know where I am because I ride alone 99% of the time. My friends can wait till I am back home.
     
    04-17-2011, 02:54 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Mine is not silent but I know the noise won't spook my horse and if there are other people riding with me (which is rare) I leave my phone in the barn with a heads up for someone to answer it or come get me if it rings.

My phone has rang so many times as the school is required to call if my child gets any type of medical attention (IE a bandaid!!) and my one kiddo is a walking accident that my horse automatically stops when it starts ringing. He knows that noise means, I'm going to hop off and he's going to get a lil break!
     
    04-17-2011, 03:01 AM
  #6
Banned
Hey I take phone calls and even smoke if I am on a relaxed ride.

I am an English rider, but Western riders ride one handed all the time. If there was ever a problem the phone or cig would be dropped in a split second.
     
    04-17-2011, 06:57 AM
  #7
Green Broke
To each his own, but why would I want to be talking on the phone (except for some emergency) while I'm out enjoying a nice day riding the countryside?
     
    04-17-2011, 07:52 AM
  #8
Yearling
If the horse is used to all possible ringers, then it is not an issue, but I don't like to be bothered with phone calls when I am riding.... the phone is for my convenience and so I don't feel like I have to answer it immediately when it rings :)

I do take it on trail rides on silence though, for obvious "what if" reasons....
     
    04-17-2011, 08:05 AM
  #9
Weanling
I always have my cell phone when I ride in case I am injured. If it rings I usually stop my horse and check it. Sometimes I answer sometimes I don't. It depends on my environment and my horses mood. If I am in a crowded arena, or my horse is jittery that day I don't answer.
     
    04-17-2011, 08:08 AM
  #10
Weanling
When I ride I put my mobile in my jodphur pocket ( on silent) if it rings or I get a text I will bring it out and see whos ringing or texting and put it back in. I would never bring it out and call somebody up for a chat.
I was once at a show and this man riding a 4 year old was jumping about 80/90cm while talking on his mobile!
     

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