Re: Oh dear. Horses, safety and accidents.
- From: Mary Healey <mhhealey@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: 4 May 2006 17:26:24 GMT
"jsaranac" <jsalacious@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
IMO you can minimize risk by:
1) becoming a strong rider (lessons, lessons, lessons and reading and
spending time with horses and... and... and... )
2) taking your time when shopping and using your common sense, such as
buying an older calmer horse (as best you are told/can tell);
3) having an experienced horseperson come with you to find the right
mount for you;
All of these are good suggestions. In addition, I'd say becoming a strong
rider isn't enough -- it really helps to handle *and* ride a number of
horses, to make a habit of seeing things as a horse might see them and have
a plan for what happens next.
4) not jumping your horse into new situations. You don't say enough
Well, I'm not quite ready to pack Regis up and go, say, bear-hunting.
That'd be a little too much novelty (for both of us). But going new places
and trying new things shouldn't be completely written off, either. In the
first few years I owned him, Regis went to shows, a parade (and weekly
parade practices), learned to jump, road rides and trail rides. "New"
situations are the norm when horse and rider are still getting acquainted.
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