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post #21 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 05:53 PM
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Never ride too close to a horse in front of you, in the ring or on a path.
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post #22 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 06:03 PM
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Because of the high risk of barn fires.
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Outside of the barn..? I know I don't ride inside the barn, and I only know one person that has an arena built inside their barn.
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post #23 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 06:24 PM
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Never be in a rush and take short cuts in handling. I would say 90% of the injuries I've seen are from people doing something in a rush, getting hurt, and then saying "I know better than to......"
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post #24 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 06:45 PM
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I am guilty of smoking when I am riding out on the trails. I don't just toss the cigarette though as I don't like to litter and I don't do it if its been super dry and hot with no recent rain. I pinch it off and will pocket the butt to throw out when I get home.

I am always taking pictures/videos while i'm trail riding but I know both my horses and know what they are going to do before they do it. I am a little more cautious with my standardbred as she is still green but nothing seems to spook her and she gives me warning signs.

As for the jumping downhill, well as an eventer this is something i'm used to doing. But unless you are an experienced jumper I don't recommend trying it.
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post #25 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 07:50 PM
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agree with never tying by the neck, I'd prefer a loose horse to an injured one
check your brakes... more than once, on the ground and in the saddle
don't come to the barn expecting the horse to remember any of what you did last night
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post #26 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 07:56 PM
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Don't ever try to prove someone wrong when you know the horse is beyond your skill. Basically falls under common sense.

I may seem small, but if you mess with my horse, I will break out a level of crazy that will make your nightmares seem like a happy place.
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post #27 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 07:58 PM
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Originally Posted by whisperbaby22 View Post
Don't ever get to the point that you do not enjoy your horse. Yes, we all go through all sorts of things, horses are certainly not for the faint of heart, but in the long run, you should really want to go out and fiddle with your horse.

yes,,,or you fiddle and let him play bass.

sorry, couldnt resist

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post #28 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 08:03 PM
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When purchasing, selling or boarding, ALWAYS get it in writing!
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post #29 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 08:10 PM
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Outside of the barn..? I know I don't ride inside the barn, and I only know one person that has an arena built inside their barn.
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I know of quite a few barns with adjacent arenas... if I saw someone smoking in one of them or in/near the barn then I'd have a fit. Out on the trails or something... that's your own business.

Someone mentioned wearing a helmet while jumping- that's more of a personal opinion or safety measure. Some (myself included) would say never ride at all without a helmet. Some say do as you wish. Not trying to start a helmet debate, but saying the rule should ALWAYS apply to jumping and not necessarily the rest of the horse world doesn't really make sense.

I also don't agree with the hard and fast no yelling/running/roughhousing in the barn. Definitely don't run up and spook a horse that someone's leading, but with a barn full of horses munching happily on hay then it likely won't do anything but desensitize them to loud sounds and sudden movements.
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post #30 of 72 Old 08-26-2014, 09:05 PM
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Run/jump/play in the barn - I'd be more concerned about the kids getting hurt than the horses freaking out.

Walking downhill - I will trot or canter down a hill anytime, barring it's not too steep of course.

Never ride a lame or sore horse.
Give room to other horses and their handlers.
Don't sneak up on horses.
Don't try to strong arm a horse.
Be observant of your horse and what is around you.
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