[QUOTE=avjudge;1970808405]My apologies if this is a typo and I'm reading too much into it, but is this a direct translation from your language? I ask because I believe the standard English construction "my friend's horse" is short for "my friend his horse" - but the full form with "his" disappeared from the language many centuries ago. Interesting if it's still around somewhere.
Also interesting to read about the emphasis on body protectors. While helmets are becoming de rigueur here in the US, at least for English riders, very few riders on the flat - at least in my experience, in my area - use body protectors. Jumpers/eventers use them, and I've heard of trail riders with previous injuries using them, but that's about it.
In my language both constructions are used. You can use the ' sign with an s to indicate that the horse is owned by the friend or you can write her horse. It's the exact same construction in my language which is a germanic language like English. Mijn (my) vriendin (friend, female) haar (her) paard (horse) OR mijn (my) vriendin's (friend's) paard (horse).
You're welcome. I like languages too. :)
I am one of the only adult riders wearing a body protector. In the western riding sports most people don.t wear anything but a cowboyhat and even in english riding lots of riders think you are uncool or not a good rider when you ride with a helmet. But that's starting to change... :) I am a not so good beginning rider so I definately wear protection. :) Yesterday I went riding in the western riding school and I same some trainers with a hit air vest and body protector so I guess some professionals do use protection?? But I see more adult riders and kids without helmet or protector of any kind... I think you should protect your kid... Come on now, they're kids... If an adult wants to ride without protection it's your own decision... but a tiny 10 y old kid.... hmm...