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post #11 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 02:37 PM
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This may sound awful, and I think it's terrible and I hope the injured people recover without complication, but does anyone know the condition of the horses? The report says they ran into something that stopped them, and in the video, you can plainly see one PLOW a car, and keep going. I'm guessing they must have been hurt too.

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post #12 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 02:40 PM
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This accident was all over the news and our paper, they said the horses were fine. What a terrible thing to happen, especially on a holiday.
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post #13 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 02:40 PM
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I'm betting they were too, Apachie.

Oh, and the woman who died? She was the driver's wife, not some random bystander.
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post #14 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 02:49 PM
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That is a tragic accident. Unfortunately, those things just happen sometimes. Often in parades around here, I see people on horses and driving teams that have not been properly prepared to be in a parade situation, they have never been through town, are only half broke to begin with. Even with proper preparation, things can happen. I have seen videos of people throwing things at the horses from 2nd story balconies just to see if they would spook. We had a team of mules that we used for everything, parades, hay rides, advertising, etc and we never had any incident with them at all. Sometimes things happen and other times they don't. Even cars have brakes fail and kill people.

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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind View Post
Um, first you say this:

And then a couple of posts later you say this:

You even capitalized the word EVER in your first post.

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It is a tragic accident.

You can not legislate away tragic accidents. Geez.

You're definitely "alwaysbehind" in taking the effort in writing an intelligent reply to threads, quit trying to pick fights.

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post #16 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 02:52 PM
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Yes, smrobs, it amazes me how appallingly idiotic people can get around horses and other large animals. "Ooo! Ooo! Let's see if these fireworks will make it bolt into the crowd!" "Hey, I'll bet hitting it with this bottle will make it jump straight up!" Those people need a cattle prod where the sun don't shine.
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post #17 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 02:55 PM
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Was not trying to pick a fight. I was pointing out the conflict in your two posts.
You can not have it both ways.

And most mounted horses are really just every day horses. All the mounted patrols in my area are police officers first. Most have no horse experience prior to joining mounted.

I was at a horse show many years back. Two ring one day hunter type show. Lots of trucks and trailers and horses every where.

Short version, a parked car rolled thru the place (bounced off some trailers, etc) and took out the registration tent. People and all. One woman ended up with a broken back.

It was a tragic accident.

Should we make having vehicles parked in the field at horse shows against the law because a bad thing can happen?
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post #18 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 02:59 PM
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Education before legislation. I, for one, do not want my right to ride my horse on the road(or sidewalk lol) taken away because people are to stupid to act appropriately. Maybe if people would stop banning things, and actually teach people how to handle sticky situation instead of "protecting" them by taking away my/our freedoms. We would have less stupid people...?
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post #19 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 03:01 PM
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Well said GreyRay!
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post #20 of 22 Old 07-08-2010, 03:13 PM
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Since this was the product of a tack malfunction, I think the mayor should put a double check rule on parade buggys, saddles, coaches, etc. before any horses are allowed to enter the parade route.
Yes it is tragic, but the fact that this could be prevented from happening again should be dealt with.
I'm not saying take horses out of parades altogether, I'd be mad if they did. The fact the mayor isn't doing anything to raise awareness or prevent another freak accident irks me.

We need to learn from accidents and improve our defenses against them, not ignore it and just eliminate the threat to keep it from happening.
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