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        04-17-2011, 03:54 PM
      #21
    Trained
    I do it all the time unless I'm on a colt.

    I have my phone on me so they're pretty used to hearing all the beeps it makes, and like someone mentioned if the horse were to spook, I'd drop the phone and gather my horse.
         
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        04-17-2011, 03:57 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    I think it depends on the horse really. I always carry my phone with me just in case, but I can't text because the second I lessen the contact on the reins, Lottie will start to swing round and walk back to the stable block

    I try to avoid calling too, since when I ride I would rather be focusing 100% on my riding and Lottie's responses. I can always call/text back in an hour unless it's an emergency.
         
        04-17-2011, 03:59 PM
      #23
    Showing
    ^^I do the same as SD. I'll answer it if I'm on a horse that is broke and I know that I have absolute control over it but if I'm riding a colt, I usually just let it ring and then check it later when I have time. I'm with MHFQ about leaving the ringer on, that's just one more thing that they need to get used to and if they are going to freak out about it, I would much rather they do it with me than with their owner after they go home.
         
        04-17-2011, 04:38 PM
      #24
    Banned
    I have no problem answering my texts or phone calls but, if I am on a spooky horse, absolutely not. I always keep my phone on me whether it's in the arena on one of the posts or in my pants back pocket, either way it's on me.

    My horse knows my ringtone and my text message, there was one time he RAN over to the phone because it went off. I also take it as a training experience, if your at a show and a cell phone goes off and your horse doesn't know what the heck it is, don't you know it could be a scary monster and come and get you?

    But, if my horse should happen to spook while i'm on the phone, I have no problems throwing the phone down and correcting, I don't care who I am talking too. I also keep my phone on me at all times because, there is no one at my barn 99.9% of the time it's just me there and NO ONE else. Yes, the BO lives on the property and she can pretty much see what's going on if she looks out her window but, i'd rather have my phone on me.
         
        04-17-2011, 05:00 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by JamieLeighx    
    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!
    Just as a question....if your phone is on silent, how would you know you got a call or a text? Silent would mean no beeps, no vibrations at all....


    I would probably text and talk on my phone, if I had the opportunity to do it. Even though I ride only in a lesson, I still carry my phone on me--especially in the summer because of bee/wasp allergies. It has my emergency contact numbers in it, so it would be stupid to not carry it. Even though my coach is right there, its still better to have the phone on you so no one has to run into the barn for the barn phone.
         
        04-17-2011, 10:13 PM
      #26
    Started
    I always ride with a cell phone in case I fall off and need to call someone. I don't think it's a good idea to be riding a spooky horse but I do text or call once and awhile when I'm on one of my horses that I trust(:
         
        04-18-2011, 07:11 PM
      #27
    Foal
    The only time I ever text or talk on the phone is when I'm giving the horse a break and I'm on the ground. Never in the saddle or around a horse I don't trust. I've been around to many crazy horses to learn not to pay attention to them. When I'm working them that's what I'm doing, everyone else can wait unless its am emergency. I remember I went to a riding interview at a college for their horse training program and one of the students had a young 2 or 3 year old cruising at a canter around the arena. Hardly holding the reins and he was just texting away for a few laps. Not a great image for the school. I've been on way to many unpredictable horses and in some close situations that even taking my phone out would be a recipe for disaster. All of them require my complete undivided attention unless its an absolute emergency.
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        04-18-2011, 07:18 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    When I ride, usually my sister is there so she holds my phone for me, but if I am alone I keep it on my on silent so if I get hurt i'll have it but if someone calls or texts me the sound won't spook my horse. If for some reason I was going to call/text someone I would dismount just to be safe.
         
        04-18-2011, 07:29 PM
      #29
    Foal
    It depends realy what mood my horse is in but if someone does ring my my riding hat is great I just use the harness around my ears and the chin strap as a cradle for my phone I slip it in can talk on the phone and still have two hands on the reins!
         
        04-18-2011, 10:00 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    I'll admit I was on a trail ride once and a friend phoned and not knowing it was a friend just hearing the ringer I pulled out the phone. I stopped my horse and saw it was a friend, picked up and told them politely that I was on top of my horse. They tried to start a conversation with me I was like, "I'll call you back!" The only reason I picked up was because 1. I didn't know who was calling till I had my phone out. 2. It's incredibly hard to put my phone back in my pocket once it's out. 3. My friends are notorious for spam calling my phone till I pick up.

    I'd never intentionally call someone up/ text them though on horse back. I'm not that desperate to chat!
         

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