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post #1 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 03:15 AM Thread Starter
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Sportsmanship comes before your check.

So while I was away at State for equestrian team, I got a text from back home. it details that two of my good friends were in a head on collision during a team speed event and both horses went down, and landed on their riders. That's what happens when you bump knees going mach 5 in a team barrel race.

Apparently all was well, everyone was fine, just very banged up and frazzled. I hear of black eyes, majorly bruised knees, a choke mark from a necklace, and horses being pretty sore and a bloody nose. However, I was touched to find out one of our other friends and fellow barrel racer lent out her prized gelding to one of the girls and my dear friend to end the day out on in the rest of the events, when she felt she should not finish the day out on the horse she rode in on.

It's just nice to see such a comradeship between us all locally. I know I would of given her Selena had I of been there as well.

Here's a picture, Desiree on her loaned horse and in the middle of telling her husband why she's going to be coming home with bruises. Both she and the other girl she rode with were real troopers, I hear.

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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 03:18 AM
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I don't ride western, and I honestly try not to judge things I don't know, but then there's common sense. And this is just is stupid event.

Glad your friends and horses are ok.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
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I'm afraid I don't understand why you would call it a "stupid event", or what warrants such a statement in the first place.

Thank you for the well wish, I will pass it on.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 05:33 AM
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I have been in a similar accident, during mounted games - Head on collision at a gallop during a changeover when one horse ducked over at the last second. Not fun at all - Thought my horse had broken his leg though luckily just a pinched nerve.

Best wishes to them, it is a very scary accident to have, glad both horses and riders where ok!

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post #5 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 08:59 AM
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There was something or other about a head on collision with a double run barrel race pattern or something with two contestants in the arena going top speed to win. I don't think the outcome was very good. I would avoid games like that. It's only an accident if you take precautions to avoids injury. It's wrecklessness otherwise.

I'm glad everyone was ok but there could have been some broken necks in that kind of event. And I'm glad someone loaned them some extra horses. Though if it were me, I would have taken my horse home to doctor it and rest it up.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 09:26 AM
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The two involved were very lucky to walk away with just bruises. It is hard to say the one learned a lesson, as it appears she is unaware of the horse while on her cell phone.

And what about the other girl? You said that this was a team event. Did she get another horse to ride, or did she ride the horse who just fell on top of her?

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post #7 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 09:43 AM
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Last year at the state show in MN two horses did the same thing. It was that race where theres a set of barrels in each end then they cross in the middle. One horse didn't make it I believe and the second horse spent a lot of time in the uofm vet hospital. Don't remember if he ended up making it or not. Both riders were hurt and at least one of them was hauled off to the hospital.

I personally would never participate in such an event. But glad everyone is ok this time.
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post #8 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 04:07 PM
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Oh gosh, glad everyone was ok, and I think everyone is missing the heart of the post:

Good for the girl who lent her horse. Perhaps if she didn't, other girl wouldn't have gotten back on, and may have developed some type of fear from not getting back in the saddle. Sportsmanship is not seen enough.
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post #9 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 04:25 PM
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Oh goodness, glad to hear everyone is ok. That's great that someone lent their horse to her. :)

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post #10 of 15 Old 05-20-2013, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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I have been running at several of these events since I was a small child and this is the first accident or collision I have ever heard of happening or seen. There is also event on high school equestrian called team biwrangle I have ran for years as well with no issue.

Just like any other sport, this was a freak accident, with two very experienced riders and horses. I've seen it more often in the warmup pen then anything.

Actually Des' horse was taken home by someone else. Facebook report said she was fine this morning with no ill causes, and was checked by the vet the day of the wreck. The other girl and her horse were in similar conditions with no serious injury. I don't really see how talking on your cell phone while sitting on the very well broke and calm 20 yr old gelding counts as a bad idea...Especially when it is to alert your loved one of what happened.

This is a video of the girl I was referring to, on the horse she crashed on, from Finals a month or so ago. As you can see she is a great hand with a horse. it's just to prove that accidents happen. We see it every day with great riders and great horses.

I simple posted this thread to show what Debi did. Austin is her prized winning gelding who she loves more than anything, and it was wonderful of her to let Desiree use him. It was very heartening to me, I have known both of them for a long time and the way we care for each other in the organization never ceases to amaze me and make me feel proud to be apart of it.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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