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How to avoid choking to death while riding… March 10, 2011

Posted by twobitkc in Uncategorized.

Okay, I admit it. I chew gum. Not constantly, but I keep it in my car and my purse and I indulge on occasion. But it really does NOT mix well with riding. The worse case scenario is falling off and aspirating the gum as you inhale to try to get your breath back. I can probably do the Heimlich maneuver on you, but I’d really rather not!

Now, I know you’re going to tell me that Poco Pookie Bars is the best horse EVER and he would never do anything bad to throw you…and besides that, you are a GREAT rider and, of course, will NEVER fall off. However, think about this. Maybe you don’t fall off…but your horse stumbles a bit and you hitch your breath a little at the unexpected jarring. Gum? Throat.

Also, if you’re at a show, believe me when I tell you that judges notice that sort of thing. Points off, baby.  FYI, they also notice if your coat is unbuttoned, your hair is coming out from under your hard hat, you forgot your gloves, your cell phone is ringing…but those are topics for another day!


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