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        08-10-2010, 11:14 PM
    I really hope that your friend makes a speedy recovery to riding - it really sounds like he loves his horse! And that is AWESOME that he is staying spry and riding!

    This seems to have been turned into a thread about people being TOO HEAVY for their mounts. I'm inclined to put my two-cents in and just say that a horse should never be asked to carry more than 20% of it's body weight... 1000lb horse, 200lb weight limit (and that is really pushing it). I don't know what ever ended up happening to it, but I found an ad one time that had a picture of a man clearly over 400 lbs on a horse that they claimed was 15.2. In the description of the horse, the ad said "No buck, rear or bolt..." My first reaction was "Well, if that is his rider, I'm sure that's not the only thing he can't do - probably can't walk very well, either!" I wish I could find it - I swear the ad had to be a joke. However, I'm not sure the man was edited ONTO the horse (that part looked very sadly REAL - the horses legs were sort of splayed to keep itself balanced)...

    PS - the sizes of the horse/rider combo probably wouldn't have helped much in the way of preventing the accident. Has anybody kept up with Courtney King-Dye's blog? She had a similar accident (sans helmet) and has a long road to recovery ahead of her. Important to note that she is ITTY BITTY and rides giant warmbloods: no weight bearing issue here that caused he accident, that is what it was: an accident, could happen to anybody.
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        08-11-2010, 03:12 AM
    Yikes! Yes, helmets are paramount
        08-16-2010, 10:32 AM
    Hey guys sorry I was on vacation. Wow this thread went in a weird direction so I'll clear a few things up. We have three different people that measure our horses when we get them to make sure they are the height they are claimed to be when being sold(I've heard of peple not knowing exactly how tall their horse is, it's very common.) Our three people are the man in the video(had horses for over 40 yrs), our vet(been practicing for 30 or so years) and our friend who is a trainer(for 25ish yrs). So we are positive of Taffy's height at 15.3. Also Taffy's weight is around 1200 ish lbs of all muscle. She is a very stong horse and routinely picks bubba off the ground when he tries to de-worm her(he was working on training her out of that before the accident.but now it will have to weight, which he's upset about) Bubba only weighs about 210 and he is only about 5' 6" I am 5'5" and he stands just above me. He has been riding for over 40 yrs and is a very good rider....I have never seen his horse take a bad step or him lose his balance or the horse lose it's balance because of him and I've been riding with them for over 5 yrs now. Other horses tripped in the back of the arena that was a 13.2 pony with a 95lb rider on his back he tripped in the same spot but his quick little legs helped him recover pretty fast. The dirt was just a little too deep from the previous events. After this they raked the whole arena.

    Thank you all for your concern I know it is a small video and hard to tell these things but I assure you everything is okay Bubba would NEVER harm a horse in any way shape or form. :)

    Also as an UPDATE on him: he is doing very well still has headaches and his right arm is very sore as he tore his rotory(SP?) cuff, his 2010 show season is over....he'll be able to ride again around october(our shows end early october) Taffy's back is fully healed and vet said she could be ridden again in a few weeks.
        08-16-2010, 03:26 PM
    Helmets are overrated^^
        08-16-2010, 04:03 PM
    Originally Posted by luclaq    
    helmets are overrated^^

    A helmet is what saved his matter what anyone says it's a very good idea to use one.
        08-16-2010, 04:19 PM
    Originally Posted by Phantomcolt18    
    A helmet is what saved his matter what anyone says it's a very good idea to use one.
    It is a good idea however - IF the fall is specific - a helmet CAN save lives. Unfortunately wearing a helmet is not 100% fool proof. Christopher Reeves was wearing a helmet and he still ended up paralyzed. In his case there are those saying if he had not been wearing the helmet, he would of been ok. The helmet caused his head to 'stick' in place instead of sliding on the footing.

    I'm sure there are many here that can relate stories of those who were saved by a helmet (or vest) and those who still died due to injuries.

    Bottom line - each riders choice. (or barn/event rules)
        08-16-2010, 05:19 PM
    Yes it's definitely 100% the riders choice I just felt it wasn't the right place to say helmets were overrated about this particular situation.....but as you said it is 100% the riders choice and everyone is different in their feelings for it. :)
        11-02-2010, 09:00 PM
    Phew! He doesnt realise just how luck he is to come out alive after that!
        11-02-2010, 09:35 PM
    I know it was scary seeing it I can only imagine how he felt when it actually happened so fast he probably didn't have time to think. He is doing fine now his right arm is still very sore as he tore his rotator(sp?) cuff, Taffy is back to competing but his friend is competing her as his doctor told him he couldn't bounce around much anymore 1) due to his age 2) his injuries and Taffy was very upity... so he got a mellower horse to work with and she is a total dream her trot is like sitting in a chair
        11-02-2010, 09:53 PM
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    It kind of looked to me, with my untrained eye, that the horse hit the bad spot trying to avoid running into that other horse. It also looked pretty...mushy. I'm glad the horse and rider are ok. Looked like a really bad fall.

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