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Wear Your HELMET!

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , on November 10, 2008 by Raven

I grew up riding horses…without a helmet. Back in the old days, it was a large western hat to help keep the sun out of my eyes. As I grew older, that hat gave way to old baseball caps, they were great…cuz I could tuck my pony tail into the hole in the back of the cap.

Then…my horse Wizard started being hard to handle and we had a few spills. I got scared and got a riding helmet. That was maybe seven years ago.

Now…I do NOT ride Huginn without my riding helmet! In fact I even wear my riding helmet during my mini’s driving lessons.

Sure…they are hot, itchy, big and your hair looks like crap when you take the helmet off, but WHO CARES!

Sure…there is no guarantee that wearing a riding helmet will save your head or your life for that matter.

BUT….WHY TAKE THE CHANCE?? WHY….ASSUME THE RISKS?
It seems that every few months I read or hear about a horse accident with a rider ending up with head injuries, that could have been prevented by wearing a riding helmet.

Helmets are a farily cheap way to insure that your noggin is somewhat protected. Wouldn’t you agree that $50.00 – $100.00 is cheap?

Troxel has a excellent tool on their website to help you figure out which one of their helmets is best for your needs.

Check out the Troxel Helmet Advisor to see which helmet is best for you. They even have a “cowboy hat” looking helmet!

Just in case you are still thinking that helmets are not for you. Then wear one for those you love.

Below is an email that hit my inbox this morning. I gotto tell you, it left me in tears. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the woman that died over the weekend.

Read it and make you own decision on if a helmet is “right for you“.

Posted with permission and rider’s name was removed upon request. Replaced with XXXX

Dear RAA Riders, fellow club members and friends,

I am writing this letter to each of you tonight after having witnessed a horrible accident this past weekend. It happened in New York – a weekend “get away” with family reunion and wedding we were attending, but the best thing was we were meeting with friends I’ve made over the years back where I was raised as a kid. I couldn’t wait. We all met at Mendon Ponds, a beautiful park I’m sure, to ride together. We never got to ride. A series of calamities happened that will forever change our lives and snuffed the life of one of our riders. She never got to go home to her son.

One of the horses had a bad time in one of the trailers, so a couple of the other horses were spooked. One of the riders, XXXX got on her horse to try to settle it down and ride it down a bit before we rode off. She was not wearing a helmet. Another horse, the same one who had problems in the trailer, bucked his rider off and in doing so the saddle slipped, sending the horse flying around the parked vehicles, close to a road and eventually, as the saddle was still hanging under its belly, the horse took off for parts unknown (later he was caught and has some lacerations, but otherwise survived). XXXX did not. Somehow, her head was smashed against a low limb on a tree, the next thing we knew, she was lying on the ground. What we thought was her breathing was actually her blood pumping out of her body as her brain was no longer functioning to tell the rest of the body to shut down. We didn’t know all that and of course did everything we could, thinking she was still alive. Part of her brain were on the front of her along with a lot of blood.

Why am I sending you this message? Because those of us who were her friends, who were there are still in mourning with this tragedy. Could it have been avoided – we don’t know. But what we do know is that a helmet would at least have protected her head and multiple head injury was listed as the cause of death. So, the next time you think that wearing a helmet is not cool or for sissies – try to stop being so selfish about your beauty and think about what an accident like this does to everyone else around you. Thank God she died, as there wasn’t much brain left on her left side. Does this sound gruesome? I hope so, because as I’m writing this, I’m crying so hard I can’t read what I’m writing. Please, wear a helmet when you ride. The image of XXXX lying on the ground with bits of her brain splattered around in a pool of blood is am image that will be with me for years. Please, put on your helmets – think of those who will find you, those you leave behind, your friends and relatives. They care – and maybe you are doing what you want to do, but there are those of us left who need to try to go on with our lives who will forever be left with a bloody, gruesome scene that will never go away.

PLEASE – WEAR A HELMET.

PS….also please use a breastcollar on your horse! Folks, there are all safety items that serve a very useful purpose!!

Bright Blessings and Reiki sent to all involved in this horrible accident. {{{HUGS}}}

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WEAR YOUR HELMET!

Posted in Ramblings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by Raven


I grew up riding horses…without a helmet.

Back in the old days, it was a large western hat to help keep the sun out of my eyes. As I grew older, that hat gave way to old baseball caps, they were great…cuz I could tuck my pony tail into the hole in the back of the cap.

Then…my horse Wizard started being hard to handle and we had a few spills. I got scared and got my first riding helmet. It was a Troxel. That was maybe eight years ago.

Nowadays …I do NOT ride my Icelandic Horse Huginn, without my riding helmet! In fact I even wear my riding helmet during my mini Dixie’s driving lessons.


My old Troxel saved my head, during a horse spill. I ended up with a hairline fracture on my forehead and a huge concussion. Headache and puking for a few days….but I was alive.

I have three riding helmets; two Troxels (black one and purple one) and one Tipperary.

Sure…helmets are hot, itchy, big and your hair looks like crap when you take the helmet off, but WHO CARES!

Sure…there is no guarantee that wearing a riding helmet will save your head, brain, or your life for that matter.

BUT….WHY TAKE THE CHANCE?? WHY….ASSUME THE RISKS?

It seems that every few months I read or hear about a horse accident with a rider ending up with head injuries, that could have been prevented by wearing a riding helmet.

Helmets are a farily cheap way to insure that your noggin is somewhat protected. Wouldn’t you agree that $50.00 – $100.00 is cheap?

Troxel has a excellent tool on their website to help you figure out which one of their helmets is best for your needs.

Check out the Troxel Helmet Advisor to see which helmet is best for you.  They even have a “cowboy hat” looking helmet!

Just in case you are still thinking that helmets are not for you. Then wear one for those you love.

Below is an email that hit my inbox this morning. I gotto tell you, it left me in tears. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the woman that died over the weekend.

Read it and make you own decision on if a helmet is “right for you“.

Posted with permission and rider’s name was removed upon request. Replaced with XXXX

Dear RAA Riders, fellow club members and friends,

I am writing this letter to each of you tonight after having witnessed a horrible accident this past weekend. It happened in New York – a weekend “get away” with family reunion and wedding we were attending, but the best thing was we were meeting with friends I’ve made over the years back where I was raised as a kid. I couldn’t wait. We all met at Mendon Ponds, a beautiful park I’m sure, to ride together. We never got to ride. A series of calamities happened that will forever change our lives and snuffed the life of one of our riders. She never got to go home to her son.

One of the horses had a bad time in one of the trailers, so a couple of the other horses were spooked. One of the riders, XXXX  got on her horse to try to settle it down and ride it down a bit before we rode off. She was not wearing a helmet. Another horse, the same one who had problems in the trailer, bucked his rider off and in doing so the saddle slipped, sending the horse flying around the parked vehicles, close to a road and eventually, as the saddle was still hanging under its belly, the horse took off for parts unknown (later he was caught and has some lacerations, but otherwise survived).  XXXX did not. Somehow, her head was smashed against a low limb on a tree, the next thing we knew, she was lying on the ground. What we thought was her breathing was actually her blood pumping out of her body as her brain was no longer functioning to tell the rest of the body to shut down. We didn’t know all that and of course did everything we could, thinking she was still alive. Part of her brain were on the front of her along with a lot of blood.

Why am I sending you this message? Because those of us who were her friends, who were there are still in mourning with this tragedy. Could it have been avoided – we don’t know. But what we do know is that a helmet would at least have protected her head and multiple head injury was listed as the cause of death. So, the next time you think that wearing a helmet is not cool or for sissies – try to stop being so selfish about your beauty and think about what an accident like this does to everyone else around you. Thank God she died, as there wasn’t much brain left on her left side. Does this sound gruesome? I hope so, because as I’m writing this, I’m crying so hard I can’t read what I’m writing. Please, wear a helmet when you ride. The image of XXXX lying on the ground with bits of her brain splattered around in a pool of blood is am image that will be with me for years. Please, put on your helmets – think of those who will find you, those you leave behind, your friends and relatives. They care – and maybe you are doing what you want to do, but there are those of us left who need to try to go on with our lives who will forever be left with a bloody, gruesome scene that will never go away.

PLEASE – WEAR A HELMET.

PS….also please use a breastcollar on your horse!  Folks, there are all safety items that serve a very useful purpose!!

Bright Blessings and Reiki sent to all involved in this horrible accident.  {{{HUGS}}}

Super Duper Weekend

Posted in Horse Trips with tags , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2008 by Raven

Just boppin’ in to say that I had a super duper weekend. I rode with my Orchard Ranger Saddle Club friends at Hay Creek State Forest.  Hadn’t seen them for a few months, it’s was good to get caught up.  I pulled into camp early Friday morning; the day was sunny and warm.  Set up camp, had some lunch..then got my butt into the saddle and hit the trails.

As always, the trails were beautiful…many of them covered in crunchy leaves.

It got a bit humid towards the end of the ride…glad I clipped Huginn last Sunday.  After the ride, he got a bath in Hay Creek.

Before our ride…my hubby Dan showed up. I had forgotten my RV’s shower curtain (was in the wash/dryer) at home and he dropped it off.  What a nice guy!   He knows I like to shower before tucking in for the nite.

Too bad…Dan didn’t spend the nite! HA!

Saturday…Susie made a yummy breakfast for all of us. Then we hit the trail, the day was cooler. I was glad, since Huginn is getting so darn fuzzy. My pals all ride non gaited horses, so Huginn had a easy weekend of leisure riding.  Huginn is so darn cute…when he rides with QH…he’s so slow, he’s always one of the last ones.

On the way back to camp, we ran into a group of PNH riders with their carrot sticks.  Huginn and I rode with them for about 30 minutes.  It was nice chitchatting PNH with these ladies.  Too bad we were not in the same campground, it would have been fun to take my ponies and carrot stick over to their sites for some “playing”.

After the ride…Huginn got another creek bath. Hehehe…my friend Sally had a watermelon chilling in the creek, Huginn spied that and wanted to eat it.

Later in the day, we cut the melon open.  What a surprise…it was bright yellow and very sweet.  After all the humans had a slice, Sally gave Huginn the rest of it. Oh boy…he LOVES watermelon.  Thank you Sally!

Saturday nite we drove into town to celebrate Sheri’s birthday at Mexican Fiesta. YUMMY FOOD!  The best part was that Dan joined us for dinner and then came back to camp for the bonfire.

Nope…he didn’t spend the nite. DARN!  Dan does not like to camp.. even in the RV. HA!

Sunday morning, I rode alone and ponied my mini mare Dixie. She loves to trail ride.  But sometimes other horses on the trail…do not appreciate seeing her.

What is it about a pony and a mini on the trail…spooking big horses?

Look at these faces….are they scary???  HAHA!

BTW….I thought I knew these trails like the back of my hand. Well, I got to ride some of the deer trails, they were so much fun and just a tad challenging in spots.  YAHOO!   My favorite kind of trail.

I’m bumming…cuz I forgot my camera and Flip video at home.  Darn!  So, you get to see an old Hay Creek photo.

This is beloved Wizard.  He was my heart and soul.  I miss him very much.

Go Boy’s Ebony Wizard 1988-2005 Tennessee Walking Horse

Go hug your horse!

Where to Go? Where to Go?!

Posted in Horse Trips with tags , , , , , on September 26, 2008 by Raven
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Ya know…sometimes there are way too many options!

Take this weekend, I plan on horse camping and trail riding. But I have way too many options, as I have friends going in every direction to horse camp/trail ride.

  1. Wildcat State Park – WI
  2. Tamerack State Forest – MN
  3. Zumbro Bottoms – MN
  4. Triple HHH Trail Ride
  5. Forestville State Park – MN
  6. Govenor Knowles State Forset – WI

I want to go to each of these rides…but I can only choose one.

I decided to go to Tamerack. I have been wanting to ride these trails for many…many years. There have been a few different reasons, that I have never made it up there. Too buggy most of the season, way too many bees (I’m allergic) and trails too challenging to go without someone who DOES KNOW the trails.  Who likes getting LOST?

Last year I was all set to make the 3+ hour drive up to Tamerack with my saddle club. At the last mintue the ride was cancel due to high temps, too buggy and way too many bees. Darn. HA!

So, you can see that this year I was once again…soooo looking forward to going up to Tamerack with my friends.

But…today, I got an email that our ride location has been changed to Hay Creek State Forest. As it’s too buggy and there are way too many bees at Tamerack. HAHA! I’ll get up there…one year.

It’s not a big deal…I do so LOVE riding at Hay Creek Forest Management Area, the trails are beautiful. And spending time with my great friends is what really matters!

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Have an awesome weekend!