don't be a fruit

#dontbeafruit

Dave is a 15’2 draft-type horse thats built like a tank. I may trust him with my life but I would never allow him to put his hoof on me.

I think an apple is a fair enough representation of a human organ. Or maybe even a hand or foot?

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And on that day, Bakura knew he needs to strive harder to get Marik’s mind off of his revenge and focus on the more important things in life like him and his procrastinating ass

@maliksishtar, wherever you are, thanks for your text posts!

why, WHY would someone actually say wearing a helmet while riding is a sign you’re afraid of the horse? How stupid does one have to be to say that? Accidents happen, whether the horse is the safest, calmest horse in the whole wide world or a wild one. Even though it may sound unbelievable, horses trip, just like humans do. And if you trip while running, there’s a chance you’ll fall. If a horse trips while running, there’s also a chance it’ll fall BUT there’s also a chance someone may be on that horse when it trips! A helmet can save a life. Helmets are not worn only in our sport. There are many other sports where it is a SMART thing to do, to wear a helmet. Horse riding is one of those.

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#DONTBEAFRUIT

Okay, so this wasn’t crushed. But two years ago, a horse I trusted- riding school schoolmaster, took a chunk out of me whilst doing up his girth. Hence the above damage. It took month to fade and even now, the skin is mottled. The damage a kick or being trodden on can do is much much worse.

Please, please please, look after yourself.

If I see one more shitty video of some kid talking about doing dangerous stunts with horses and how it’s bad and dangerous and then recording their horse stepping on a piece of fruit I’m gonna scream.

  • Your awfully recorded videos are not going to stop anybody from doing something that they already had the idea to do.
  • Everybody knows horses are heavy. 
  • You are not the pony police. It is not your place to call people out on the dumb things they choose to do.
  • You are some kid on the internet whining because somebody did something with their horse that you don’t think they should be doing. Grow up.

You know why I support the #dontbeafruit campaign? 

I support it because there was this horse once, and I trusted him with my life. I did a lot of dumb stuff with him that in hindsight, I really shouldn’t have done, especially without a helmet on, but I never ended up hurt from doing those things. I ended up hurt when the horse that had been enough of a saint to get me safely out of more bad situations than I could ever begin to count collapsed. I ended up hurt when the horse that had always done everything that he could to keep me safe just couldn’t do anything anymore. I ended up hurt when something outside of both of our control caused his legs to give out while I was riding him. I ended up hurt because I rode him a day too soon, because someone else did something to him and I didn’t know so I couldn’t give him time to rest. 

I support it because that accident didn’t just take away my horse, or my trainer, or my barn, or the place I thought of as my home away from home for five years. I support it because that accident took away the thing that made me so good at languages, at studying for tests, at learning and retaining new material. I support it because one freak accident, one fluke, damaged my short-term visual memory to the point where it’s not going to heal.

You don’t know what you have until you don’t have it anymore. Don’t put yourself into a situation where you’re just increasing the risks. There are enough chances involved in working with horses already, and trust me when I say that it’s not worth it. I was wearing a helmet, and I hit the ground, and I ended up with permanent brain damage, even if it’s not noticeable to those around me. I feel it. I know it’s there. I know what it’s done to me, and I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with it, four and a half years later.

I don’t even want to think about what would have happened had the same amount of force impacted my head when I wasn’t wearing a helmet, let alone if that amount of force was put on my stomach or somewhere without bone to protect me.

Don’t be an idiot. Make the smart decision.

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Alrighty, here we go! Hell, I’ll even link her to this post after so she can see it and make an attempt to defend herself.

First off, I’d like to start off with a few questions. 1) Where the hell are your parents? 2) Do they approve of the dangerous shit you do with your horses? I know mine wouldn’t. 3) Why do so many people look up to you? 4) Why are you so pissed off that people are calling you out on your bullshit?

Okay, let’s talk about the differences between “bonding” with your horse and “stupidity”. Yes, I can’t deny that she has a good bond with some of her horses. Obviously, her horse needs to trust her to allow her to teach it how to bow and lay down. They are a fight or flight prey animal, which means that they only lay down if they’re feeling comfortable. So, if they trust her enough to do that for her than good for her.

Now, let’s talk about the ignorant side of this. The above pictures are just pure stupid. She can trust her horses all she wants but that still won’t stop an accident from happening. Maybe, something spooks her horse in the bottom picture and he bolts or jumps sideways, maybe she makes a mistake and pull too tightly on the reins and accidentally sends her horse over backwards when she’s asking him to rear on command. Especially in that top picture she’s in a situation where she could possibly slide off her horses rear, still hold the reins, and pull him over backwards and hurt himself. This is not bonding and it is not trust. You can trust your horse all you want but accidents still happen! 

Liberty training is a great way to bond with your horse. Hell, just about doing anything with your horse to build his trust is a bond-building exercise. Nothing is cooler than walking and having your horse walk along beside you, stop when you stop, back when you back. That right there is a prime example of bonding. 

Allow me to clear the air for the majority of the tumblr equestrians, shall I? Doing awesome tricks with your horse is, well, awesome and tumblr equestrians believe that you can have a good bond and trust your horse without endangering you and your horses well-being. Maybe instagram equestrians should learn the same thing. 

#dontbeafruit

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Some “helmet spam” in honor of International Helmet Awareness Day

I love my helmet! They’re fun, fashionable and give me peace of mind - especially with a young horse.

If your helmet is damaged or really old, IHAD sales are going on EVERYWHERE! I strongly urge you to pick one up. I found out last year, that my old GPA was expired AND was the wrong size. Glad I’m up to date now!

it is fucking amazing to me that the people in this dontbeafruit thing seem to have no idea HOW TO TRIM THEIR FUCKING HORSE’S FEET. I can’t count the number of long-toed, drop-heeled hooves I’ve seen in these damn videos. 

Also, horses dislike stepping on foreign objects, as a rule, just like you don’t like stepping on rocks. They’re not being cheeky, or disobeying you just cause it’s fun for them, or whatever bullshit you can come up with to explain why you can’t get your horse to do what you want.