I don’t shy away from horses because I can tell when a horse has even fewer brains than normal, or when horse trouble is coming, and am pretty good at staying on their backs, so the odds are in my favor. Also, I’ve never been on a horseback hunt where I was by myself. I know of a Montana cowboy who ran a winter trapline on horseback, and 25 miles from the ranch, lost his seat and fell. He couldn’t get the horse to stop, and couldn’t get his boot free of the stirrup, and the horse walked back to the ranch dragging him to death in the process. If there was someone with him, or he had a pistol, he might have been saved, but he was Asking for It and he got it.