A few days ago, achieve1dream at Equestrian Journey asked: What will you NOT do?
Such a great question, and I really had to think about this for a few days, because honestly I've done more than a few stupid things with horses. In many cases, I know what I'm doing is technically not the safest way, but the tradeoff of saved time or convenience seems to be worth the risk. Other stuff, like basic care is common sense and things no one should mess with. Here's my list of potentially grey area things I've never done, or would never, ever do again:
(Items in red are the ones learned the hard way):
- Test ride someone's horse if I've never seen it ridden before.
- Teach tricks, rearing in particular
- Ride without a helmet
- Pull a trailer too heavy for my truck
- Ride in potentially icy conditions
- Discipline wise? Most rodeo events. also western pleasure. Sorry rodeo people and WP people, just not something I want to do, and not discplines really suited to the horses I tend to own anyways. Also I prefer not to wear spandex, sequins, or sparkles, so...yeah, I just cheer my friends on instead.
- Sign up for a clinic without auditing first or at least seeing online videos. Too much $ to potentially waste otherwise.
- Tie without a quick release or suitable object to tie to
- Take a horse sight unseen based on the seller's word. Even if that seller is a friend.
- Keep a horse without turnout. This one is just personal preference and I guess I feel pretty strongly about it. I know I can't ride/exercise every day so it seems doubly unfair.