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May 16, 2012

One Cross-Country Accident We Can Prevent

When flags fly on cross-country, they can become a danger to the horse. Photo by Allie Conrad.
cwolf19380
4 years 18 weeks ago
So how is the horse?
Did he make it through the surgery OK? Read More
StarfishLisa
4 years 18 weeks ago
Alkathene waterpipe
Dr. Susan Dyson, DVM of the UK solved this problem a few years back. She caught on her camera a similar incident that resulted in a fatality. Since then Britain requires that all flagpoles be made of... Read More

Comments

LShannon
4 years 18 weeks ago

Safe Flag option

I have wondered if a pool noodle would work for the flags? They are definitely cheap - well under the $10 mark. They could slide down into a recessed PVC tube or some other material that would be harmless (set down deep into ground or jump so they would not be able to break and splinter.) to hold them and keep straight. They give completely, are easily replaced and easy to see. They may not be real pretty. If that is important then a decorative sleeve could be easily and cheaply made to slide over them and make them fit in better with the course design! Anything to prevent that type of horrific accident happening again! Hope this helps! Laurie Shannon
Eventer404
4 years 18 weeks ago

How about...

rubber!!! Thin round rubber replacements that would bend but would still look rigid and work the same way!
tuheeden
4 years 18 weeks ago

flag marking

even pvc same with the plastic flexible pole (I work in the ER things get stuck everywhere ) can break and the wood come out of it..it can happen again... did you see at the fork how many flags, got torn down?? and each time they were try to put it back on with more strength so it would move. how bout cloth stapled to the side ( set up regulated size) tack them on to each side...if we need out of bound lines then we do what football and baseball have been doing and chalk them that way judges will know for sure if a foot in or out of the lines. just a quick suggestion to allow for change so this doesn't happen again.I would hate to Will right now. Heather
ise@ssl
4 years 18 weeks ago

I like the Noodle Idea

I'm sure they could have them made in any color and they are flexible and won't hurt anyone and they certainly won't stick in the ground. Super idea!!
Krand414
4 years 18 weeks ago

They should just paint the

They should just paint the side of the jumps. right side red and the left side white. It would be easier then trying to find a way to reinvent the flags. As long as there is something on the top of the jump Ie a flag eventually someone will hit it, but if we put paint or something ON the front of the jump then it should work, using something like they do on stadium jumps Also if yoru Running a CIC* and up you should know what way your going. Especially on cross country there is usually only one way to jump a jump, unless there are a few option or something like that.
StarfishLisa
4 years 18 weeks ago

Alkathene waterpipe

Dr. Susan Dyson, DVM of the UK solved this problem a few years back. She caught on her camera a similar incident that resulted in a fatality. Since then Britain requires that all flagpoles be made of some sort of Alkathene waterpipe. The US shouldn't be behind in a situation concerning safety, since it is more safety concerned than most other countries!
cwolf19380
4 years 18 weeks ago

So how is the horse?

Did he make it through the surgery OK?
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