Sometimes when I get in 2 point if I'm cantering or galloping outside of the ring (i.e. the ground is much harder than the cushy sandy ring!) for a second I think "OMG if he trips I'm going over his head and it's going to reeeaallly hurt" but then I think "life's for living" and I just have fun I take precautions such as wearing a helmet and not riding a horse that I feel is seriously a danger to ride. I think most horsey people feel the same way, we'll take the risk to do something we LOVE. After 15+ years of riding I've hurt my knee once and that was the only serious injury I've gotten, and I've fallen off more times than I care to mention! Usually I fall on my rear end where it's nice and cushy
Condolences for the loss of this lovely lady. Unacceptable risks - maybe - and if I were a friend, I would be angry too. Even so, people need to live their lives as best they can to find joy, I guess a part of me relates to that way of thinking. When people die young, regardless of the cause, I think it is doubly hard to come to terms with.
I know a little about that because after my little sister died young of cancer I decided to start riding again. I had quit riding because I got hurt a few years ago, an injury that had a big impact on my life - not pleasant. However, when my little sister and best friend, died after suffering so terribly I came to the conlusion that there ARE things worse then death. And that is... never having lived at all. Oh, and talk about being angry over a senseless death - cancer of young people just doesn't seem fair at all.
so, I am riding again because it gives me great joy and in part I am honoring my sister's memory, by trying to really live while I can. I am very happy when i ride and it makes my whole life richer for the experience.
I am still in daily pain from my injury - my single fall as an adult rider. So yeah, riding is dangerous, but I don't think much about it beyond taking what I consider to be appropriate precautions for my situation; BTDT horse, wear a helmet - what else can I do really?