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Um, ouch?!

Sorry to link to a Mail article, but holy shit. Everyone's like, oh, the baby wasn't hurt - WE CAN SEE THAT, WHAT ABOUT THE RIDER?! She doesn't look like she's wearing a body protector and she hits that car so hard it appears to have dented the bonnet. Fuuuuck. And yet she keeps hold of the horse. You have got to applaud her for that; she must be in an incredible amount of pain, and yet she keeps hold of those reins and stops the horse from bolting off into the crowd again.

Also, because it is Daily Mail, don't look at the comments unless you want to rage. The stupidity, it burns.

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lacybug93
Aug. 5th, 2013 03:11 pm (UTC)
Wowzer...that's bad!
quietann
Aug. 5th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
yow. That looks super scary. I have to admit that I would have let the reins go and thrown myself on top of the kid, but...

BTW at schooling show yesterday (which was "good" only for some value of "good") the woman who won the Training 1 class got tossed from her horse during warm-up and it took quite a few people to catch him. He's 5, and it shows. Absolutely gorgeous chestnut WB with great movement ... the breeders gave him up for cheap because he's "only" 15.2 or 15.3 hands. His owner/rider is a tiny older woman and they are very well-matched... He's just uber-green.)
herecirm
Aug. 6th, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
Hahaha! I'm not sure whether you meant that you'd throw yourself on top of the kid to protect it, or throw yourself on top for a soft landing? :P

Oh dear! Yeh, even the best can take a tumble; and even the most well-behaved horse can be frightened by something. It's why I really think that there ought to be better ringside fencing and separate horsewalks at these events.

thegreylioness
Aug. 5th, 2013 04:07 pm (UTC)
She will feel that tomorrow.
beybladesabre
Aug. 5th, 2013 04:39 pm (UTC)
I saw that posted this morning on facebook and all of the comments were like "Um, WHERE ARE THE PARENTS??" Who just leaves their kid unattended? :P

The rider definitely looks like she did the absolute best she could to keep the situation from getting any worse!
herecirm
Aug. 6th, 2013 07:53 am (UTC)
To be fair, they could easily be off-screen - it is a car park, so they might just be fetching something from the next car along.
fleefloodle
Aug. 5th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
1) Why was the child that close to the fenceline in the first place?
2) Where the hell are said child's parents??
3) I'm not sure "overexcited" is the best word to use here DM...
4) Lol at the woman in pink on the right in one photo waving her drink(?) at it.
herecirm
Aug. 6th, 2013 07:52 am (UTC)
1) Because that's where the car park is (the pram is next to the car)
2) Presumably off-screen; they might have the next car along, and be fetching something from it
4) Yeh, I think that's more that she's been captured in mid OMG GTFO flail, haha. :P

I don't think it's right to blame the child's parents, or the horse or it's rider; in my experience, I would tend to look at the ringside fencing as organisers are horrifically incompetent when it comes to safely separating horse events from the public. We've had to ride and drive heavy horses through crowds and between shopping pavilions to get to the ring before; yes, our horses are all well-behaved (else they wouldn't be out in public), but at the end of the day they are still horses, and when you're that close to people (many of whom don't get out the way. I've had to tell people to move their pushchairs out the way of an oncoming four horse team, before), all it takes is a tiny sideways spook and someone will get squished.
fierce_fernweh
Aug. 7th, 2013 03:06 am (UTC)
:O Wow! Way to go for quick thinking. That's for sure!
anatomies
Aug. 7th, 2013 01:56 pm (UTC)
That was lucky nothing worse happened but I am dying at the woman in the pink shirt. I can't.
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