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[RC] Learning from Riding Accidents - rides2far

I tried to think of problems I've had. Several involved loose things on me or 
my horse snagging objects. Once I was trotting happily down the trail and 
suddenly found myself sitting on the ground when my horse had never wavered. I 
had no idea *what* had happened. What happened was a root sticking out of a 
bank had hooked my English stirrup with it's quick release buckle and both it 
and me off my horse. Another time a flopping rein hooked a forest service gate 
as we went around it...and my sponge string hooked a tree once (learned to make 
the wrist loop larger). I've even seen a girth get caught on a forest service 
pole gate as a horse went around it. (picture all this stuff at a trot) So I 
highly recommend no loose clothing or tack that can catch on objects.  Also, 
carry a knife just in case.

The biggest accident I see waiting to happen is all the people who ride in 
western type saddles with tennis shoes and no safety stirrups. THAT makes me 
cringe. A child was dragged to death at a rental stable in this area several 
years ago and safety stirrups would have prevented it. To me the safety 
stirrups are at least as important as the helmet.


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