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Class teaches horse riders to fend off attack

CARNATION - Never underestimate a horse.

That is Scot Hansen's advice and he believes that if a rider sticks to it, a horse and rider can get out of some pretty hairy situations.

"When people are attacked on the trail, they want to fight off that person with their own hands or feet," Hansen said. "When they do that, they are losing the ability of this magnificent animal."

Hansen will be giving a self-defense clinic for horse riders on March 8 and 9 in Carnation. The clinic will show riders how they can protect themselves and their horses from unsavory elements encountered along a trail.

Although the days of having to worry about injury during a cavalry charge or a jousting match are thankfully over, Hansen said there remains a danger for horse riders who often ride alone and in the wilderness. Hansen said the clinic is especially relevant for the Valley as urbanization encroaches on the area's trails.

"This clinic was born out of people coming up to me and asking me what to do if they got into trouble on the trail," he said. "They have had moments out on the trail when they have come across someone scary or there is someone hanging around back at their trailer."

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