There’s having fun and then there’s having fun. When the latter involves horses, safety has to play a big role; safety for horse, safety for rider and safety for third party innocents. I cringe every time I see a video like this one. On the surface it seems harmless; a young girl jumping her pony, but the ways in which this can turn bad in a second make me cringe. Plastic lawn chairs are not a suitable obstacle for horse and rider to jump – ever. Neither are people. Yes, I’ve seen a video of someone jumping their horse over people lined up lying on the ground (six or seven of them), like Evel Knievel jumping fourteen buses in a row – and of course I can’t find it now, but I did find this. Pretty tame, but still.
What about this?
It’s all fun and games until someone loses a testicle…
Here’s taking helmet safety to another level and I appreciate the foresight.
If you’re a car person, you’ll want to skip the next video. Not sure if they were organizing for a parade or what, but this is one very busy and dangerous area to be assembling horses. Poor car, but imagine how much worse this can get in an instant. Perhaps something like this could have happened? (I do wonder why cars continue to zoom alongside these horses. Did the drivers think the horses would just suddenly come to their senses and realize they were on a road and get off it?)
My favorite video illustrating creativity, imagination, training evolution AND safety. Simply an extension of long-lining and ground driving training, the equipment used on the horse is well designed and fits, the rider is helmeted and the skier is fully decked out in helmet, long sleeved shirt, knee pads and gloves, and is far enough behind the horse that an errant kick won’t make contact. Check it out: Fun, exciting, and with safety in mind.
I would have enjoyed this event a whole lot more if they’d been shirtless. Or… if one of them was doing a handstand in Speedos, while two others held his legs apart and the rest jumped over exposed testicles.