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Old 10-12-2003, 07:07 PM   #1
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Did anyone see Today Tonight on Tuesday night - the story about the 10 year old boxer. They showed a table detailing the most dangerous sports and the fatality rate out of 1000 and horseriding was at the top of the list!!! - even skydiving was further down the list! Certainly makes you think, although I guess it's all relative. For example many more people ride than skydive so there is bound to be more accidents.

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Old 15-12-2003, 04:11 PM   #2
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Didn't you realise that horses can be bloody dangerous? It is only proper training, education, commonsense and a stupid passion for these beasts that keeps us alive!

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Yes, I have a huge appreciation for how dangerous and unpredictable they can be, but I didn't realise that they caused so many fatalities!!

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............and the very forgiving nature of the beast.

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Yes I've known this for a while and it amazes me alot! It amazes me how a horse (an animal) can allow you to get on the back and push them around like that!...

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Yes, that is so true. That often occurs to me when I am riding my horse. He is very well built, and I am quite petite, and it blows me away that such a large, strong animal is prepared to do my bidding (most of the time!!).

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anyone can have an accident, but when you have people + a large animal, the accident factor almost doubles before you have taken the 1st step.

i have noticed though, that lots of accidents are by non horsey people being around horses, & horsey people who stop paying attention to the horses body language.

a horse always signals their emotions, so if you watch carefully you can almost predict the next action from a horse.

ears, eyes & general body movement are a great indicatior.


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Yes, that is true. I find that growing up in a non-horsey family and not being around horses when I was young, that I am now very cautious and always looking out for possible disasters, whereas people I know that have been around horses all their life get very blase and leave themselves open for accidents. Having said that, I think that the figures they use that put horseriding up there as the most dangerous sport are mainly fatalities that occur from sports such as eventing, rather than pleasure riding.

As an example though of how easily accidents can happen when you least expect it, I was saddling my horse up the other day and didn't have my hat on. I ducked under his neck, in front of his chest, at the same time that he brought his leg up to swat a fly, and I nearly got brained!! I never wear my hat until I actually get on the horse, but I know a lot of people believe that you should wear your hat when you are simply around horses, and I guess that is a good example of why.

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Old 17-12-2003, 10:22 PM   #9
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So okay, the amount of human fatalities from riding horses is high but I wonder if anyone has ever botherd to count the amount of equine fatalities from being ridden?????????

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But dont forget that these are world statistics.
Its also true that more people die from donkey accidents that they do in plane crashes. Does that make you feel safe in a plane or just worried around a donkey???

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