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post #1 of 24 Old 02-09-2011, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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OMG! I guess this is why I RIDE, not drive! Scarey!


I just watched this video on youtube...just a random video search...it is scarey...

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post #2 of 24 Old 02-09-2011, 09:55 PM
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Oh man! The horse down at the end made me cry because it wasn't even his fault. And I literally never cry :(
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I've worked with race horses (including harness horses), and shown both riding and driving. I have seen waaaaaaay more riding accidents than driving accidents. I've seen countless people fall off over fences, during games, and on the flat.

That particular scenario is rare. Still scary though!
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I would put money on the harness not being properly done up and attached correctly to the shafts. I doubt that horse would have bucked if everything had been right.

The people trying to catch the horses were wrong to try and do that....much better for the horse to run around (on the rail in this case) until it slows down. But no...they had to try and catch it instead of pushing it to the outside, letting it possibly injure other people and horses.

We had a mare get loose at the track and she crashed the race bike into the light posts, and went several laps around a half mile track before she got caught. The insides of her back legs were pretty raw as even though the bike broke, the shafts ended up between her legs for a bit. I love the quick hitch harness, but if this had still been the old style wrap and strap down, the shaft would have just fallen out, instead of being fixed hard into the harness.

I also had a Morgan mare who was supposedly retired from pleasure driving because at a show she got caught in a snow fence and ended up dragging it along.

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There's a story to this video somewhere, it might be in the description. It says what spooked the first horse and tells about his owner and stuff. I can't remember what it was though.
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Its animal planet: untamed and uncut, country pleasure ride gone wrong or something along those lines. Someone commented on the video with it. I agree they handled the situation pretty badly and the screaming croud made me mad but it's still scary!
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There's a story to this video somewhere, it might be in the description. It says what spooked the first horse and tells about his owner and stuff. I can't remember what it was though.
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Yeah, I found the Animal Planet video after I watched this one...maybe I should post that one here as well.

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And I think the main reason why I would be leary of driving a horse is because IF the horse does ever totally freak out, there is absolutely no way to reverse the flight instinct, because the cart just scares him more...and then if he does get loose like that, other people, and horses get hurt, because the carts add so much more complication to the matter. Atleast on the back of a horse, you can manuveur and get out of the way of the said horse, or someone could ride along side, and capture loose horse, without getting hurt, like with the carted horse.

I have driven horses before, and it is fun, just wouldn't want something like that to ever happen! Actually several years ago, something like that DID happen with one of my mom's horses...he got freaked out for some reason, dumped her, and proceded to head toward the road...the cart came undone, so he was just dragging his harness gear, but he was still freaked out...I had been leading my mare, and I let her go (she actually just followed me) and shooed the other horse out of the road and back into our yard, and just let him go up the driveway, where he stopped by our garage. Mom's hip was messed up over that one, and she never drove him again, because he wigged out everytime you tried to hook him up to the cart; I wasn't home enough to retrain him for her...she just didn't know how to get through his fear.

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honestly, the people that were "trying" to stop him were not really trying at all. They'd act like they wanted to then step off to the side when he came galloping.

I've stopped a galloping horse before. Grab the reins and pull.

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That video made the rounds of all the horse BBs several years ago.

As far as convincing me not to drive, it worked just as well as the ones showing horrific riding accidents did on convincing me not to ride. I'm getting a driving pony in the spring, and learning to drive.

Crap happens. Horses are large, unpredictable, prey animals. If you think some of the activities for which they're used aren't something you want to do, then don't do them.

'Acceptable risk' is different for everyone.

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