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post #71 of 72 Old 08-29-2014, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Iseul View Post
I don't see why you can't smoke and ride..? I smoke everytime I ride.
I also text/internet/camera while I ride, quite often with the camera.
I also run/scream/etc around the barn.

My best tip would probably be not to go any faster than a walk downhill, too easy to roll down if the horse trips. Also no jumping downhill (my mare seems to want to everytime we go over the one log on the steepest hill, lol).
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Here in NZ we have ACC - medical care for accidents. They issued a report one time and the majority of accidents happen in Walk, because the rider is generally not so attentive. I used to teach a young girl who's mother was killed in walk. Her horse stumbled and fell on her.

Even torts often jump/gallo downhill, the key to this is being in control and have the knowledge and riding skills to do so safely.

As to the OP's subject.

NEVER ride without a protective helmet - you only have one brain!
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post #72 of 72 Old 08-29-2014, 09:58 PM
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Never pretend you're more experienced than you are and try to take on more than you can handle... I've seen more than one new rider claim to be horse experts and offer to train other peoples misbehaving horses. Never ever ends well. Ever.

Another thing... Be humble. Accept that there are always things that you don't know. On the other side of that spectrum, take everything you hear with a grain of salt and if something doesn't seem right to you, find out if it is or not before taking chances.
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