WHAT is the matter with you? I don't LIKE to do ANY of those things! They are NOT badges of courage, just foolhardiness, and I don't ride alone or knowingly hurt myself with knives and hooks more than ONCE!
As someone who works on a farm and rides green horses day after day (sometimes with no one around) as a job things happen. I've cut myself with barbed wire, snapped fingernails off with pliers, been bucked off and had broken bones, gotten fish hooks stuck in almost every inch of skin at one point or another, and have broken bones and then drove myself to the hospital.
I don't do these things because I 'enjoy' to get hurt or be foolhardy. I do these things because when it goes right I'm the happiest I've ever been. I LOVE farming, I love doing my job, I LOVE riding green horses and training. I know the consequences, but, as my father would say: "Buck up or give up".
Cramp your style because you get a rush from behaving recklessly?!?
My DH (35 years married) and I have a PARTNERSHIP. Yes, we have both been injured by horses, but nothing was serious. Have you not read some of the recent posts of people in the hospital recovering from injuries CAUSED by the very same activities that you have posted. I hope to NEVER get hurt around my horses EVER again! I also WORK at safety.
I don't mind that my DH doesn't clean a stall. When I have needed money for my horses, and didn't have it HE paid for it!! i don't mind tacking up a horse, and then going to the house to tell him the horse is ready for him to ride. We have always planned our horse vacations. MY DH wants a slide in camper, but he is entertaining a new horse trailer with 3 horse slant and living quarters so that we will BOTH be happy.
I have NEVER felt cramped in the last 30 years that we have owned horses TOGETHER.
Your DH is FAR more important that ANY green horse that you think you need to climb on board who will not care about you after you are thrown and writhing in pain. You should re examine your priorities.
That's fine that you feel that way Corporal, but some of us don't. I work on a farm and I get hurt. (I don't know of any farmer who doesn't). I'm happy with what I do and injuries and all it's what makes me me. If my SO can't handle that or doesn't want to that's fine, but I can't just STOP doing these things.
My father is a hard core survivalist. When I was little we would pack up with a box of matches and rags and spend a week or two out in the woods. My mother never held that against my father. She understood it was what he enjoyed. My father was scared to death about me riding horses. He'd been drug by a horse twice and thought (still thinks) one day I'll die because of a horse.
I still enjoy going out into the woods with nothing but some rags and matches. I like riding green broke horses and going on massive trail rides. It doesn't make me 'stupid' or mean that I don't care about my family/SO, it means that it's something I like to do.
My mother always said she'd rather see us happy, than feel guilty that she was stopping us from doing what we loved. As long as your upfront with your SO about what horses entails than I'm cool with it.
For instance I've told many a passing boyfriend that I ride green horses which means that sometimes I get hurt. And sometimes (though thankfully rarely) they will get a call saying I'm in the hospital, or to drive me home. I've never downplayed it and some of them were cool with it and some weren't. But it didn't mean I didn't care about them or put the horses first. I put them and my farm on the same level and if their cool with that than I was cool with whatever they wanted to do.