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post #11 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 03:11 PM
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I definitely wouldnt have a loose horse in an arena where I was riding. That isnt safe at all!

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post #12 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 03:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Tennessee View Post
Dude people, chill out. She can wear a helmet if she wants to. And I go without shoes all the time bareback, you don't really need them unless you are in a saddle.
I strongly disagree. I was once a teen w/ a horse and little adult supervision as well. I did things that I look on and think, man I was DUMB. That movie the horse whisperer, where the girl gets hit by the semi? My horse Pistol and I raced to the edge of a field and then I expected him to stand quietly while cars went by... NOT.

I remember looking straight at the dodge symbol on the grill of the caravan and then I screamed and he reared and we fell over backwards, he kicked the side of the van as his feet flew up. I remember yanking his reigns and saying "get up so I can see if your hurt"... he left me standing in the road while her ran back to the barn! He was fine, scrapes and bruises. But it was a humbling experience. It could have been the end of my horse, and it would have been MY fault for not using my common sense.

I've been riding for over 20 years and I could give tons of stories, my stupidity and others.

My point is, I come into these threads with my moderator hat on and I tell people to be fair. (I admit it, I've been there). But the thing is, READ the advice, take it or leave it but when people offer comments, they are only trying to help. And NOT just for the horse, it's for the rider too....

BE SAFE... Ok I'm done and no, I'm not wearing my moderator hat right now. I'm wearing my Mommy hat and it's a much, MUCH bigger one!

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post #13 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 03:48 PM
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I did a quick search on google.. turns out Michigan does not yet have a helmet ordinance for equine activities (which I think it stupid)

But maybe these two stories will change how you think about helmets. I'm not saying everyone HAS to wear a helmet, but before you get on, think of those that you'd leave behind if something ever happened to you....

"On December 8, 1998, 15 year old Amanda Vranizan was riding her horse in Plantation when the horse bolted into a fire hydrant, throwing the teenage girl to the pavement. She was not wearing an equestrian helmet and died of massive head injuries almost immediately. About two weeks later, Amanda’s 14 year old friend, Edrick McDonald, toppled off a horse and landed on his head. He survived with only minor injuries because he was wearing a helmet."
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post #14 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 04:03 PM
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-Sigh- To be honest, this whole thing wasn't great.
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post #15 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 04:05 PM
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I recall months back getting into a discussion about flip flops because there was a video of a very horse savvy poster lunging a young horse in flipflops. Much debate followed. However let's face it, riding w/o shoes, no helmet and another fairly young horse in the arena is just asking for trouble.

Yes they were all just calm and everything went fine, but next time who knows? I think Morganshow you are just a horse crazy nice young lady but you obviously have no adults watching out for you on the equine front and I seriously worrry about you. I also worry about your horses. I wish I was there and could help you. I mean that.

Yesterday I was a bad example and hopped on bareback a pony I know well and just rode him around for a few mins w/o my helmet did have on my riding boots). My kids at the barn gave me such a hard time and I agreed with them. You never know when something could happen. I was wrong! even a few mins was dumb.

One of my kids fell off her very slow easy going horse when she unexpectedly spooked after a great lesson and she fell forward, the horse jumped over her and nicked her arm but also her head, thank goodness she had a helmet on or the emergency room visit would have been way worse.

There are so many stories like this and worse ones where people die or are disabled, etc.

So getting off my soapbox, just be careful!!!

Here in florida it is a law to wear helmets.
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post #16 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 04:08 PM
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I think Morganshow you are just a horse crazy nice young lady but you obviously have no adults watching out for you on the equine front and I seriously worrry about you. I also worry about your horses. I wish I was there and could help you. I mean that.
I agree completely with the above.
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post #17 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 07:58 PM
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I'm glad that in Tennessee the helmet law is 13 and under. I never wear a helmet. My cowboy hat is protection enough.

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I am glad to see you riding without a bridle :) I bet Diamond was much happier. Diamond has a big heart and is a very trying horse. I thought it was a nice vid and I enjoyed it.

As to the helmet, it is your body you do whatever you choose. BUT because you are on another person's property, with respect of those barn owners - you should be wearing safety gear. Reason being is if you did get hurt -then they are liable, and you don't want that now do you?

And yes, I am in Michigan - and there due to insurance laws, the BM/BO must have all boarders, riders wearing appropriate safety riding gear. If they are not, and they get hurt on their property - the BM/BO is very liable.

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post #19 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 08:14 PM
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A cowboy hat is no protection if a horse steps on your head.

The only time I consider going without a helmet is when i'm swimming my horses in the daem, and when I show at ASH shows (The accepted headwear for the ring is an Akubra) Any other time? Helmet, helmet, helmet.

I fell off my snowboard recently and knocked myself out. If you can get knocked out falling from NO height, imagine what you can do falling from a horse?

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post #20 of 81 Old 08-03-2009, 08:31 PM
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I believe safety is in the eye of the beholder, and anyone over 18 is able to make their own decisions and shouldn't have to defend them at every step.

However, I must say I'm a little surprised the boarding barn you're at allows this. I grew up "rough and tumble" but I did so on my grandpa's farm. I've never been to a boarding barn yet that allowed minors to be so reckless with safety. You'd think with the laws, they'd be more concerned about what's going on?

I agree with MIEventer. It's your choice, but just make sure you're decision to abstain from safety procedures isn't going to result in your barn being sued by your parents if things go wrong.

Cute video though, Diamond looks like an absolute doll.

I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.

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