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    Re: [RC] [RC-Digest] head lamps - Joe Long

    On Sat, 21 Dec 2002 09:26:44 -0700, "Heidi Smith"
    <heidi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
    >You're "right on" here, Alice.  Unless the rider has REALLY good control of the head lamp, it is a distraction to the horse.  Far better to use glow sticks--attached to breast collar for those who use them, and strung from a thong or twine around his neck just forward of the saddle, for those of us who don't.  And if you start night-riding primarily on nights with moonlight, you'd be amazed how well even the RIDER can adapt.
    This is something that is hard to teach some people, who insist on
    carrying bright flashlights or helmet lights, throwing around glare
    and harsh shadows and ruining the night vision of everyone around
    them.  That if they would just start out without the light, and trust
    their horse, their own night vision will gradually adapt and they will
    do just fine without the lights.
    Only once in many miles of night riding without a light have I ever
    had any mishap:  we ran into a piece of string tied across the trail
    (which I would probably have never seen even with a light).  Kahlil
    thought it was an electric fence and slammed into reverse, and I
    sailed over his head.
    Joe Long
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    Re: [RC] [RC-Digest] head lamps, Alice Yovich
    Re: [RC] [RC-Digest] head lamps, Heidi Smith