5-Year-Old Dies In Freak Horse Riding Accident

San Mateo County sheriff's deputies have released the tragic details related to the horseback riding death of a 5-year-old girl in Woodside on Thursday. Full Story
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Pleasanton, CA

#1 Oct 10, 2008
My prayers are with the Family and Trainer.
Islandjunky

Santa Rosa, CA

#2 Oct 10, 2008
A helmet? Very sad?
Sammy

San Jose, CA

#3 Oct 10, 2008
Who the F&*^ would let a 5 year old on a 1500 pound horse. Typical, parents trying to live their lives through their children. Because they have the money to do it. A child is dead because of your selfishness. UnF&^(ing believable. Rest in peace little girl. Parents, I hope you suffer for your selfishness, the rest of your lives. YOU killed your daughter, on one else.

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Smith

Palo Alto, CA

#4 Oct 10, 2008
Sammy wrote:
Who the F&*^ would let a 5 year old on a 1500 pound horse. Typical, parents trying to live their lives through their children. Because they have the money to do it. A child is dead because of your selfishness. UnF&^(ing believable. Rest in peace little girl. Parents, I hope you suffer for your selfishness, the rest of your lives. YOU killed your daughter, on one else.
Keep your hatred to yourself.
Mark

Davis, CA

#5 Oct 11, 2008
Sammy wrote:
Who the F&*^ would let a 5 year old on a 1500 pound horse. Typical, parents trying to live their lives through their children. Because they have the money to do it. A child is dead because of your selfishness. UnF&^(ing believable. Rest in peace little girl. Parents, I hope you suffer for your selfishness, the rest of your lives. YOU killed your daughter, on one else.
Do you understand how hateful your words are? Are you really so insensitive that you would spew such invective against the mourning family?

Even if you were actually right to believe that the parents are "selfish", you would be wrong to express such a sentiment so cowardishly.

And, of course, you are very wrong. The family is loving and beautiful and supportive of their children, and many of us are sick with sadness at their nightmarish loss.

Please consider recanting your hateful words.
one and only

United States

#6 Oct 11, 2008
Sammy wrote:
Who the F&*^ would let a 5 year old on a 1500 pound horse. Typical, parents trying to live their lives through their children. Because they have the money to do it. A child is dead because of your selfishness. UnF&^(ing believable. Rest in peace little girl. Parents, I hope you suffer for your selfishness, the rest of your lives. YOU killed your daughter, on one else.
keep your comments to yourself.
that girl is my cousin
she really wanted to learn to ride and asked her parents
and by the way, her parents are the nicest, kindest, and sweetest people i know
they are most definitely NOT selfish
Sammy

San Jose, CA

#7 Oct 11, 2008
one and only wrote:
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keep your comments to yourself.
that girl is my cousin
she really wanted to learn to ride and asked her parents
and by the way, her parents are the nicest, kindest, and sweetest people i know
they are most definitely NOT selfish
I won't keep my comments to myself. Because, I have been through Equestrian competitions. My kids started when they were in their teens. I don't know the level of this little angels instruction. But I do know that age 5 is way to early. Any trainer will tell you that. You say she asked her parents? How F$^%$#@ STUPID is that. If my 5 year old asked me to drive my 6000 pound truck should I say yes. If and I say if this little girl asked to ride a thousand plus horse the answer by any sane parent would have been a resounding "NO". She was not ready the parents and the instructor should be charged with child endangerment. Who the F&^% would give a 5 years old lessons. Someone needs to go to jail. The trainer, and the stupid parents. The end result is that a little is dead, because the parents wanted to live their lives through their daughter and wanted to brag about what their daughter is doing. I am sure she would have preferred to have been at home play with her dolls, not living her parents dreams. Put these selfish parents in jail, and the trainer who accepted her also.
A friend

Glasgow, UK

#8 Oct 12, 2008
Sammy wrote:
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I won't keep my comments to myself. Because, I have been through Equestrian competitions. My kids started when they were in their teens. I don't know the level of this little angels instruction. But I do know that age 5 is way to early. Any trainer will tell you that. You say she asked her parents? How F$^%$#@ STUPID is that. If my 5 year old asked me to drive my 6000 pound truck should I say yes. If and I say if this little girl asked to ride a thousand plus horse the answer by any sane parent would have been a resounding "NO". She was not ready the parents and the instructor should be charged with child endangerment. Who the F&^% would give a 5 years old lessons. Someone needs to go to jail. The trainer, and the stupid parents. The end result is that a little is dead, because the parents wanted to live their lives through their daughter and wanted to brag about what their daughter is doing. I am sure she would have preferred to have been at home play with her dolls, not living her parents dreams. Put these selfish parents in jail, and the trainer who accepted her also.
Sammy,
The fact that you own a 6000lb truck speaks volumes to all of us about you. Your expert knowledge does nothing at all to aid anyone who has to suffer this loss. It only, weirdly, makes you feel superior in this subject? I concede your super intellect about horses but please keep it to yourself.
If you had but the slightest incling of the family this has affected you could not for one second contemplate writing another word.
Well

San Jose, CA

#9 Oct 12, 2008
Sammy does make a point,however crude. How many of you would let your 5 year take riding lessons. Think about it. This was not a Shetland pony, going round and round at the circus. The loss is tragic. But was it necessary.
kyle

Foster City, CA

#10 Oct 12, 2008
Sammy wrote:
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I won't keep my comments to myself. Because, I have been through Equestrian competitions. My kids started when they were in their teens. I don't know the level of this little angels instruction. But I do know that age 5 is way to early. Any trainer will tell you that. You say she asked her parents? How F$^%$#@ STUPID is that. If my 5 year old asked me to drive my 6000 pound truck should I say yes. If and I say if this little girl asked to ride a thousand plus horse the answer by any sane parent would have been a resounding "NO". She was not ready the parents and the instructor should be charged with child endangerment. Who the F&^% would give a 5 years old lessons. Someone needs to go to jail. The trainer, and the stupid parents. The end result is that a little is dead, because the parents wanted to live their lives through their daughter and wanted to brag about what their daughter is doing. I am sure she would have preferred to have been at home play with her dolls, not living her parents dreams. Put these selfish parents in jail, and the trainer who accepted her also.
the part about the parents.. i dont think they were trying to live their life through their little girl, im sure they love that little girl very much, although i think they were very uneducated about horses. I think you are very right about the horse trainer... their job is to educate and when a child is that young they dont understand... which is why they have parents. the trianer should have done her job and told the parents that they do not have horses safe enouph for a 5 yo to ride AND that its not safe in general for a 5yo to be riding alone anyways! who was holding on to this horse... no one. the trainer should have known better, that was not a kid safe horse and the trainer had no right to let this happen.
michelle

Corte Madera, CA

#11 Oct 12, 2008
I am so heartbroken about this. My heart goes out to the family who must be devastated. As a girl who was absolutely horse-crazy growing up, I went on to ride and compete and it is true that it is a dangerous sport. I have fallen off more times than I can recount, once ending up in the hospital. I still ride.

This child probably begged to ride and I really doubt it was about bragging rights for parents. My 7.5 year old daughter also loves horses and had to wait until she was 7 to start riding. She takes lessons at a place that seems extremely safe, on a pony, and I watch her like a hawk - I know that even the most gentle horses can spook or do something unpredictable.

That said, this seems like a freak accident; things like this can and have happened doing all sorts of activities - little league, gymnastics, etc.

What I want to know is was it a horse or a pony she fell from? What kind of helmet was she wearing? Did they make sure it fit properly? Did the trainer use safety stirrups (they have a thick rubber band instead of iron on the outside that releases in case a child's foot gets stuck).

My prayers go out to everyone involved. This is tragic.
sad

Foster City, CA

#12 Oct 12, 2008
my heart goes out to the family
devistated

Union City, CA

#13 Oct 13, 2008
my heart pours out to the family...I can't stop thinking of the pain they must be going through.
Pam

Redmond, WA

#14 Oct 13, 2008
My heart and prayers are with the families of both the child and the instructor. I personally know many of the personnel at this stable and they are all highly trained in the strictest safety standards of the equestrian world. This was truly a 'freak accident' and tragic beyond belief.
Katy

AOL

#15 Oct 13, 2008
Pam wrote:
My heart and prayers are with the families of both the child and the instructor. I personally know many of the personnel at this stable and they are all highly trained in the strictest safety standards of the equestrian world. This was truly a 'freak accident' and tragic beyond belief.
This is false. I know the personnel aswell and "highly trained" is just not true. This particular "trainer" was far from highly trained. My heart goes out to the famlily i cant belive this has happend.
Paula

Menlo Park, CA

#16 Oct 13, 2008
Our hearts go out to the Family of the little girl!
As far as the "trainer"..... certified, insured, experienced adult ???????
Just a thought, children should not be training children.
Sammy

San Jose, CA

#17 Oct 13, 2008
To the the dumb A$$ in Manchester UK, I own a 6000 pound truck because I own a ranch, I use it daily for my business. As I stated, I am very familiar with horses I learned to ride at an early age, certainly not 5, by boys and girls also learned to ride, also not at 5 years of age. I personally went to the arena where this tragic accident happened. I spoke with several people who know what happened, as one person stated, children should not be teaching children. Yes this is a tragic set of circumstances. But when you learn the facts you can only make one judgment. The parents were irresponsible for letting their daughter learn from this person. The teacher was inexperienced and should NEVER have been allowed to teach. As I stated before, had the parents used sound judgment and had the instructor been certified and had the experience to teach, this would NOT have happened. Someone, folks, needs to be held accountable, someone needs to go to jail. The tragic truth is that a little girl is dead, because someone F'ed up. Pure and simple. The law is the law, and if it is applied properly, someone has a cell waiting for them. RIP little angel, it was not your fault. You should have been playing with dolls, not horses.
A friend

Louisville, CO

#18 Oct 13, 2008
I have learned that to speak with hatred regardless if your worries carry any truth is an act of violence. This family needs our compassion and love, not our hatred and judgment. This family is incredibly kind, and the parents were not for one second trying to live vicariously through their child. The anger and judgment we project out into the world comes back to us in some way. Leave this family alone with your hateful words. The last thing they need is that. My heart aches for this child, family, and community affected by this death. There is no point in passing blame.
sympatheticreade r

New Rochelle, NY

#19 Oct 14, 2008
My daughter rides (age 7) and I am amazed at some of the "instructors". I refuse to have her take lessons from the young high school girls they allow to teach, and her instructor is an experienced adult-even so, a horse is a horse. I feel very sorry for this childs parents-if you don't know about horses, how would you know if the instructor should be a grown up (when I complained where we go, they said "oh, they have to start somewhere". HMPH. No one would let a high school girl teach a first grade class, why is this different? I don't know if this child was wearing a helmet, but whether or not, it is so awful a tragedy. The parents ahve to live with this now for the rest of their lives, and everyday feel that empty space. No one should say anything mean about them-can you just think what they are saying in their own hearts?
Katy

AOL

#20 Oct 14, 2008
although i agree with sammy in some reguards, this was not the parents fault at all. the truth is that the facility was responsible for highering this "trainer" and they state all their trainers are highly certified and trained in safety. How were the parents to know that this person has no qualifications to be teaching? the barn promises clients trainers who are qualified so they should be held responsible. they were probley trying to save money by paying a high school kid and although horses will be horses.. could it have been prevented? ps. the article states that the trainer and the grandmother provided life saving measures before EMS arrived, this is false. the trainer was not CPR certified, the CPR was performed by one of the barns personnel who was not a witness.

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