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I need to know about horseback riding... do you know what gear to use and if it is dangerous?
Thanx so much,
The answer to your question is yep and yep. You'll need a good bit and bridle and a saddle (obviously I prefer a western saddle) and a saddle pad. You'll also need a sturdy halter and leadrope as well as hoof care and grooming supplies. For yourself, you'll need a long-sleeved shirt or blouse (snaps are better than buttons in this case). Wear long pants - preferably jeans - not shorts. And see the previous question (Q & A 68) for a discussion of boots.
Are horses dangerous? Absolutely! Take a look at Q & A 9 and Q & A 26 for some observations on the dangers of working with horses -- and how to reduce that danger.
On both of the questions you've asked, I'd suggest that you look around for an experienced horse owner who can give you a first hand introduction to these wonderful critters. You'll learn faster and better by seeing and doing than by just reading about it. (And it's a lot more fun!)
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