5-Year-Old Dies In Freak Horse Riding Accident

Full story: NBC 11 San Francisco Bay Area

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.

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Heather UK

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#84
Jun 7, 2012
 
I found this report when I was searching for riding lessons for my 3 year old! I'm finding most places won't take children until they are 4 as they are not insured to do so. This has certainly made me think "am I doing the right thing?" but my daughter talks about horses none stop & every day says she wants to ride a horsey. Almost anything we do in life is dangerous if you really think about it. It is not necessarily about learning to ride at 3 or 4 or 5, it is more about sitting the child on a pony to gain confidence and understanding of the animal until they are big enough & strong enough to take control. Is anyone every strong enough to control a beast that is always bigger and stronger than a person. ANYONE can be killed falling from a horse no matter their age. Just as an innocent fall on a nursery ski slope can kill (Natasha Richardson). My daughter will be 4 when she starts ski-ing next year. If she were to fall or get knocked over by someone else and, heaven forbid, die would I be vilified for letting her ski at age 4? It is very hard to say no to a child no matter what age they are, & very easy to give in. Obviously I am with the family of this poor little girl. They will live with the guilt for the rest of their lives BUT, as people say when an adult dies doing something they enjoyed, she died doing what she wanted to do.
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#85
Jul 11, 2012
 
I mean, I started riding when I was 5, and it is a dangerous sport/activity.. if your going to start, you need to know that it is a risky sport.
Samantha

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#86
Sep 12, 2012
 
GUESS WHAT? It doesn't matter how experienced a trainer is, horses are very, very, VERY dangerous animals and CANNOT be controlled by humans if they don't want to be.They are " flight" animals with big bodies and small brains. It's not ANYONE'S fault! Ponies can do just as much harm as horses, too. I learned to ride at 5 years old and rode horses and ponies. But what really matters in this situation is supporting those in grief and giving love. It's not the fault of the parents at all, they were doing what they felt was right at the time. We weren't there or in their shoes, so who are we to judge?
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Oct 2, 2012
 
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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.
I think your out of line. I did equestrian horse vaulting where we had 3 on the horse @ a time lifting the smallest up doing arco stunts. All while the horse is cantering. I know someone who's been riding horses since she was 3. And how can you say the parents are living through their daughter when you have no clue who these people are. Most five year olds all want to ride a horse I know my five yr older daughter would. I wish I could afford riding classes. It's a sport & accidents happen. Look at the superman guy who is paralyzed from neck down from a horse riding accident he was an adult. Sure a helmet should be put on. But you can't put blame on anyone accidents happen. I'm embarrassed for you for such harsh comments. My thoughts go out to the family, I'm so sorry for your tragic loss. And to the cousin don't listen to this person, he/she clearly has issues of their own & has to put people down or talk s*** to make him/herself feel better.
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Feb 17, 2013
 
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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.
Dear friend, dont blast Sammy for harsh but TRUTHFUL words. The truth hurts in hindsight. Someone should have been looking out for this childs best interests and plainly WAS NOT!
Jenny

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Sep 5, 2013
 

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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.
Actually, with the right horse and the right environment, a five year old CAN absolutely ride a horse with as much safety as an adult. Horseback riding always carries with it certain risks for anyone, but with the right horse and environment the child is in no more danger than an adult. My five year old has been riding since she was three on a now nineteen year old gelding. She wears a helmet and is always monitored. She has developed excellent balance at both the walk and the trot. Lots of children in my area ride from before they can walk. It is a way of life. Your comments are hideously hateful. Biking accidents, swimming accidents, and car accidents happen all the time, but we do not berate parents for buying their toddler a bike or taking them to the beach. You make it sound as if gentle horseback riding is a monstrous act. They did not throw her on a bucking bull for godsakes. Have some compassion and keep your judgements to yourself unless you actually know the individuals involved.
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Oct 17, 2013
 
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.
If you'd been around horses long enough you'd know that not everything can be avoided despite the best precautions taken.

Much love to the parents and family grieving; good for them for doing what she loved. In the end, that's all that matters and much more than many find in this life.

Blessings and light from a horse rescuer.((hugs))
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#91
Oct 18, 2013
 
I hope Sammy gets run over by his own truck. You disgusting piece of trash. You're a loser. Shut up and take some anger management classes.
Heather

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#92
Oct 26, 2013
 
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
Ok, so you think the parents are horrible and selfish. My son was killed coming home from school. I guess I am selfish, mean and I guess it was totally my fault for allowing my son to go to school. I grew up with animals and my favourite were my horses. My kids also grew up with horses and my youngest son started to ride when he was 5 yrs, old. He always rode with his helmet on and adult supervision. You are the one who is a very shallow person, and I feel sorry for you because you have no idea what your talking about. YOU need to publicly apologize for being so stupid.
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#93
Oct 26, 2013
 
I have one more thing to say to that idiot. Something like this can happen to anyone, even a trainer who's whole life revolves around horses. My trainer had her daughter start riding at 4 or 5 years old as well. I told you my son was hit by a car and died in hospital. My 10 year old son died of kidney failure. So I guess that's my fault as well. Those parents are going through hell, I know this because of me losing not 1,but 2 kids. They will spend the rest of their life without their child. They will never see her graduate, they will never she her have a boyfriend, get married or have any kids. The parents won't ever have grandchild. You obviously have no regard for these parents and what they are going through. Give it a rest, because, the only person on this rant and soundng like a complete moron is you. I pray that you never lose a child because if you did, someone like you, just might come along and say you were the one to blame and how selfish you were to put your child at risk.
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#95
Mar 13, 2014
 
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.
I started to ride ponies when I was 3 years old. The little girl was just trying to have fun. Yes this is terrible, no it is not the parents fault! I have been around horses my whole life. I have fallen. I have had many concussions. It wasn't the parents fault.
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#96
Apr 30, 2014
 
horses are unpredictable animals, what do you expect? there are risks in everything, and this was just a tragic accident. people have accidents in everything!

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