Monday, April 27, 2009
Let It Go
Safety lessons for the day!!!
We've all fallen off our horses, as a trainer I fall off more than I'd like too LOL, BUT one thing I always do when I fall is LET GO OF THE HORSE!! Never try to hang on to your horse, no matter what, it's dangerous and scary! You could get drug, break your arm, or get stomped on!! Just let your horse go, it will probably stop by other horses, run home, or you may have to go and find them, but they never seem to go to far!
Ugh, I'm going to start giving lessons to this girl and the horse her mom wants her to ride is WAY too much horse for her as she is way too inexperienced. So her mom tells me to watch her ride and see what I think of the girl and the horse as a combo and I say NO WAY! That will not be the horse she's going to learn on! The girl tries to halt the horse by not shortening up the reins and she has her hands way up in the air and the horse is still going and then bolts with the girl! My heart DROPPED! Luckily we got the horse stopped and the girl was fine and not scared but still. So if you have a beginner riding one of your horses, then YOU are responsible for teaching the how to safely get the horse to stop!!!! And they should always be riding a dead broke, bomb proof horse! That scared the tar out of me, luckily we have a lesson tomorrow and we will be using a 26 yr old dead broke awesome mare! PHEW!!!
Do NOT ride ANY HORSE that is inexperienced or unbroke, or even greenbroke without someone being around you! If something goes wrong, and you go unconscious you could end up dead or even more seriously hurt by not getting medical attention immediately. I NEVER break a horse or ride a green horse without someone on the property and I tell them, "Hey I'm going to go ride/work so and so." That has saved many a riders butts from being in BIG trouble!!!
All in all use common sense and stay safe! You don't want to get hurt right before summertime!!