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  • September 08, 2009

Even the Most Bomb-Proof Horse Can Have an Accident

I decided to take my older mare on a ride into the South Sister's wilderness in August. She tripped trying to step over a huge log that was across the trail. My first thought was to kick myself free of her as she started to fall. My second thought was to roll into a ball with my arms across my...

  • September 04, 2009

I'm a Bad Mom

Hello, my daughter is also a barrel racer and is 15. Last 2 years she has qualified for the NBHA worlds. This year, our state law stated we have to make our children wear helmets if they are gonna show in any 4-H event. I am one of the parents that has said this is stupid. She does not need a helmet. She...

  • August 27, 2009

Is the horse broke or are the people selling him broke?

Have had horses for many my favorite and oldest has believing I needed another horse for days he did not feel well enough to ride I purchased a bomb-proof reining horse. On the 5th ride, I brought him out of a tear drop turn and found myself in the ride for my life. The bucking broncos in his...

  • August 26, 2009

I'm NEVER riding Helmet-less

I have a troxel Legacy Gold Duratec helmet that I bought about 2 years ago. I can't say enough how happy I am that I ride with a helmet; 2 or 3 times I've fallen off my mare while riding bareback. Recently, we were trotting downhill when she slipped, I lost my balance, and fell HARD. There was a dent...

  • August 24, 2009

My Daughter's Barrel Racing Accident

I have always made my daughter wear a helmet while barrel racing even though she has fought me about this for years. "It's not cool to wear it." "None of my other friends have to wear one." Or even the best argument is "Look at how small that little kid is and his parents don't make them wear one." After...