Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Northern United States
• Horses: 0
The best way to keep yourself safe is to wear proper safety gear: a helmet, heeled shoes, a reflective vest if near a road at night, even a jockey vest depending on what you're doing. Even if you don't think you need a jockey vest or would get embarrassed wearing one, it can be comforting to know it's there "just in case" if you're really worried but want to ride. Don't hesitate to ask questions if you want something clarified. When I first started working with horses (grooming, tacking, leading) the equine manager was always within earshot, but didn't hover. If she saw I was doing something wrong she would calmly correct me and explain why the other way is correct. With experience, you'll learn how to handle different situations, e.g. learning how to fall off a horse to reduce injury. Don't be afraid to ask "What should I do if..?" questions either on here or to your instructor.
"As I stared Death in the eyes, I realized I have always been on the edge of Paradise."