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    04-17-2011, 09:20 AM
  #11
Yearling
If I am on my horse, yes. I don't make a habit of it but sometimes I'll answer a text or call while I'm riding.

I probably wouldn't do it much on other horses I'm not used to.
     
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    04-17-2011, 09:34 AM
  #12
Green Broke
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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    04-17-2011, 09:45 AM
  #13
Showing
I keep mine with me in case I need it, I ride a lot of youngsters & am alone 99% of the time. I don't turn off the ringer but do let it go. I figure if a ringing phone is going to spook them, better it's just one and at home instead of in a show pen where there is soooo much more random noise than one phone ringing. If I am just doing conditioning rides on my broke horses I will admit I am guilty of talking/texting while riding...but these are also horses you could fire a gun off of and they wouldn't flinch.
     
    04-17-2011, 09:49 AM
  #14
Trained
I usually have it with me. I will sometimes answer calls and texts [mostly from my boss telling me to come to work early] but mostly I like to just have it on me incase. I ride alone a lot and I have young horses.
     
    04-17-2011, 10:37 AM
  #15
Foal
I don't like seeing people talking or even TEXTING on their cells while they're riding. It's really unsafe :/. Just having a cellphone in your pocket for safety reasons is fine in my opinion. I never do though because my breeches don't have pockets and my jackets/hoodies don't have pockets that can zip closed. I'm just afraid it'll fall out .

Though I've never went trail riding by myself yet so I never really needed it.
     
    04-17-2011, 10:44 AM
  #16
Banned
I couldn't think of anything *less* relaxing than riding and trying to answer texts. I am distracted enough with my own brain!
     
    04-17-2011, 10:52 AM
  #17
Started
My phone is always turned off when I'm on a horse. Not just because it's not safe, but because I do not want to be bothered when I'm with my horses. That is my quiet time, and anyone who interrupts it will be very, very sorry. When I'm spending time with my horses, Leave. Me. Alone.
     
    04-17-2011, 11:02 AM
  #18
Yearling
Meh if im out hacking I will answer my phone or text. My phone wedges on the inside of my chinstrap so I have both hands on the reins, I rather not chat as I am normally nattering to whoever I am riding at the time or correcting myself out loud
     
    04-17-2011, 11:19 AM
  #19
Green Broke
I carry my phone with when riding, mainly for emergency. I don't get many calls or texts in the first place, so it isn't often that I get one on the horse. I don't see a problem for a random call or text, besides saftey. It really bothers me if someone is constantly on the phone though.
     
    04-17-2011, 03:49 PM
  #20
Weanling
I do unless im on a young horse. But my mare I ride half the time without holding the reins anyway she'll continue walking along the arena rail or down the trail no matter what
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