Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I do, even though I probably shouldn't. There are times when I'll put my phone on silent and not pay any attention to it at all.
At shows I normally leave it at the truck where I'm sittin or in the trailer, since I'd rather not have it fall out and get run over. ;;
On trails I have it on vibrate or low in my pocket, regardless if there's someone with me or not. My mum seems to find the perfect times to call (only calls for important stuff when I'm at the barn) while either my horse, or one of the other horses is freaking out or trying to take off. I usually one hand it (coz the horses I ride can usually be neck reined and will stop if I cue them). I will not answer my phone on any hill though. Some of the leaders enjoy letting the horses run up the hills, and they seem to think they can all do it, all the one. ;; And let me tell you, a bucking/kicking horse cantering diagonal up a 70degree hill is -not- comfortable.
In the indoor arena I'll always answer it, but in the outdoor it's iffy..since he likes to tear off for the gate back to the barn..I really have to fix that...
But overall, I think each person has to judge what risks they're taking on each specific horse. I know my BO will run a barrel pattern on her ADHD paint while having a conversation with someone on the phone, but I wouldn't even trot a barrel pattern with only one hand trying to control Dude (gate sour and not finished with training) and talk to someone at the same time. I'm pretty sure whoever wants to talk to me can wait less than 30 seconds.
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