Day before yesterday, one of the women at the barn had a bad fall and hit her head hard on the pavement. I still haven't heard how she's doing. She was riding a horse for a friend who was sick. The horse is a 5-year-old Haffie and he's known to be a little rat. The woman who bought him got him out of state and I personally think she was lied to about his training. He's too much horse for her and of course he's strong. He's gotten her off a few times now and has learned he can get away with it. [side note - I've always felt the old axiom that you need to get right back on after a fall was not so much to keep yourself from losing your nerve but to let the horse know "we don't do that!"] Anyway, this other woman who is quite experienced offered to ride him. He took off with her and before she could get him under control, he threw her. I wasn't there so I don't know all the details but she landed hard and hit her head. Not sure if she was wearing a helmet but I imagine she was. But this is why I didn't ask anyone to ride Bella while I was gone. Bella is not anything like that horse but she can be a handful when the weather is crisp and she hasn't gotten out much. I would just feel horrible if someone got hurt on my horse while doing me a favor. It's also why I would never offer to ride someone else's problem horse. I'm not a trainer. I'll ride my own problem horse without a thought and if I get hurt - well, it's my horse. But I'll be darned if I'm going to risk my neck on someone else's fool animal and then not be able to ride my own. The horse needs to go to a trainer in my opinion. And I really hope the rider is okay. I do think she was foolish to get on him and I think the owner was irresponsible letting her. It's just a sad situation.