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post #31 of 50 Old 03-09-2017, 01:07 AM
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Accidents can happen even on the safest horses but it's about measuring the risk and recognising how to fix or remedy the fault and how you can make yourself a better rider/handler.

One of my injuries last year was a complete fluke, I was getting on my TB bareback from a large container got on and slipped off the other side fell on my back and fractured my radius in my left arm! It's funny now and I laugh about it as well!
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post #33 of 50 Old 03-10-2017, 12:34 PM
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I guess what we're all trying to say is that you can't put a horse in 'park', take the key out of the ignition, and expect it to stay where you put it.

They are alive, they have eyes and ears and preferences and fears. If you're going to be with them, you have to be "WITH" them.

And as others have said, THAT is the JOY of horses.

Courage is taking just one more step...
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post #34 of 50 Old 03-10-2017, 01:05 PM
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Horses can be dangerous...but there sure are a lot of us willing to take a chance.
The more you learn the safer you will be.
Start with a gentle well-trained horse.
Pay attention!
Learn to be a rider, not just a passenger.
This hobby is not inexpensive.
AND have fun. That's the whole point.
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post #35 of 50 Old 03-10-2017, 01:29 PM
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A few other thoughts from someone



1) Remember that bad news travels faster and more often than good. As a result you'll hear of injuries and deaths from horses FAR more than you will of good rides and good days. Especially from those who are not horse people. You'll hear about all the risk and all the dangers and by the end of it you'll work out that the front end is deadly; the middle bit is deadly an the back bit is super deadly. But that's a heavily biased view.

2) To go along with the "other stuff people do that's dangerous" consider white water rafting; climbing; diving; rugby - all more dangerous sports and activities that people do every day which come with risk.

3) When you're new its very hard to do it all at once. You'll see experienced people notice things in the horses behaviour that you won't see or won't find time to see. Most of these people won't need to "look" as such, but will be looking all the time. They've learned enough of horses and of an individual horse to know what signs to look for in the body language. At the same time the other activities that htey are doing they've done a thousand times before so they know them well enough to not have to think about doing them either.

It's like driving. When you start its hard to remember clutch control at the same time as paying attention to the road signs; and the other drivers; and the driving instructor; and the radio and and and etc... In time, with practice and good instruction and more practice you learn how to manage all those things at once. Horses (and most activities) are just the same. You won't learn it all at once; you won't learn it superfast; but with dedication, practice and regular training/interaction most people will.


In the end you have to decide if your desire to work with horses is greater than your fear of them and the risks involved. Note that some people don't see risk early on; others do. If you're one o the ones that do then keep a mind that its a good thing to see potential risk, but at the same time it can stifle you if you let it rule you.
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post #36 of 50 Old 03-11-2017, 03:02 AM
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Hi, yes life is dangerous! Play hard! horseriding is no more dangerous than many things, if youre careful & aware & not doing 'extreme' stuff. And less than driving a car on public roads.

I was never going to be an overprotective parent, but putting your kids on a horse sure teaches you the meaning of fear imo!! But if i thought they were in great danger riding, i wouldnt do it. I'm going to be a mess when they start driving i reckon!

As well as taking other precautions, learning about equine behaviour, psychology & learning how to understand & consider their point of view - not just make them understand yours, is vital, imo, to staying safe.
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post #37 of 50 Old 03-11-2017, 03:18 AM
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Horses are dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle!

Riding is a 'risk' sport, for me, less dangerous than skiing, less dangerous than motor racing, more dangerous than sewing or knitting.

I am a fatalist, what is to be will be. Look at the racer Michael Schumacher, all those years of racing cars and he was relatively unharmed yet had a terrible accident skiing.
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post #38 of 50 Old 03-11-2017, 04:17 AM
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Here is my opinion on the matter. I think more, less severe injuries occur when riding in the ring (doing jumping or anything else). I think the most severe injuries occur on trail but they happen less often. Take your pick with the risk! In the arena you are jumping over obstacles, making tight turns, learning new things and could fall off. BUT the horse cannot get far in the arena. The footing is soft so it hurts far less when you fall in an arena, and there are typically many people around the help you if something happens. Also, you are probably not far off the beaten path if you are in a ring so if an ambulance is needed it can get to you. If you are out on trail, your horse can take off at any second extremely fast. Falling on the trail hurts much more than in the arena especially if you fall on some rocks. You may not have cell service and an ambulance may be unable to get to you.

Like many other people have said, just being around horses is dangerous for the reasons they said. In my opinion, you just have to love horses enough to take the risk. I just found out that I might have to have surgery in the near future and the very first thing that came to mind when I heard that was, "How soon will I be able to get back to riding?" It's my life. I'm not complete without it. Any and all risks are 1,000% worth it to me. You have to decide if it's worth it to you.

You can never fully avoid danger, but you can definitely try to prevent it. Make sure you have your phone securely on you and not your horse when you go out. Make sure you go with someone or tell someone where you are going. Use common sense when riding. If you think something might be dangerous, don't do it. Always wear a helmet that fits you well and is not old and make sure you ride a horse that is not generally spooky or hyper.
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post #39 of 50 Old 03-11-2017, 04:23 AM
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I've always said if I'm going to be seriously injured or die young it better d*mn well be from horseback riding because that's the only thing that's worth it!
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post #40 of 50 Old 03-11-2017, 07:07 AM
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Lease a horse first

Yes it can be dangerous but you will know at first whether the risk is worth it. I have owned horses for 30 yrs, and have have fractured hip, cervical compression, broken arm, and countless bruises from kicks or being thrown or just falling off when they spook. Some people get a horse and within months figure out how difficult it is and regret it (not unlike when I bought a parrot because I thought it would be neat to have a talking bird!). But I suggest you lease a horse first at a stables that has riding instructors. They will teach you every thing you want to know and guide you to the horse that is right for what you want. Also it will help you decide if owning a horse is right for you. I hope this helps...good luck!
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