I went horseback riding with 7 other people, and we were never given helmets when we rode the horses. When we got on the horses, we only had a little time to get accquanted with the horses, and the guide was awful. All the guide did was bark orders at us, and never offered to help us. My horse, thank gosh, was really obedient and did everything I told it to, and stopped when I wanted it to stop. Others, however, had a less than pleasant experience. Most of the other horses hated each other, and upon getting close to each other, decided to almost rear up and scare the riders. One of my family friend's horses decided to stay in the front of the line, and if anyone went in front of it, the horse would take off. About halfway through the trail ride, my father's horse decided to stop abruptly and lean his head forward, making my father fall off of the horse. My father hit both his head and his shoulder. The guide made no attempt to go over and help him, as he was trying to get control over the runaway horse that my dad was riding. My godfather went to my father first, and made sure he was okay. My father, being the joker of the family, decided to say that he was fine, and walked the rest of the way back with my godfather, but after the trail ride was done, he started to feel pain in his shoulder. We took him to the hospital shortly thereafter, and they said he had broken his collarbone in three places and had scratched up his head pretty badly. Luckily, he did not have a concussion, but he was in a ton of pain even after the medication, and has to wear a splint ad a result. Overall, I thought the guide was rude and very ignorant, and the horses did not seem to be the riding type. Also, you should never go to a place that doesnt offer helmets, because it could be dangerous and could result in serious or fatal injury. I know now that helmets are absolutely necessary when riding a horse, even if you're an experienced rider.
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