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    12-04-2010, 04:29 PM
Already screwed up! Chili got tangled...

We were at the barn and bc my hubby was making tons of noise fixing Chili's stall door, I took her out of the barn and had her out in the round pen. I couldn't let her loose because our 3 yr old was running around and she's still learning how to act around horses. I didn't feel comfortable with her and Chili near each other without me around, so, when I had to get something outta the truck, I took Chili with me and latched her lead rope to the trailer (about 7' from the truck.

I was digging in the truck for something for the baby and heard a thrashing noise and jumped when I saw Chili had her leg tangled in the lead rope! I got her calmed down quick enough to get her foot out but she was a bit scared. I walked her around and she doesn't seem to be any worse for the wear but now I'm petrified of hurting her!!!!! I should've thought about attaching the lead rope higher instead of lower to the ground. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. I just hope I've not hurt her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We didn't leave for almost 45 minutes after that, and I walked her around quite a bit, making sure she was ok. No swelling, no limping/favoring and she's eating and drinking still. She's in a stall, so I'll pull her out when we go back to the barn tonight and walk her around to check on her.

On another note... she may be fine.. But I think I broke my $%&^# foot again. (It's been in a boot cast off/on since August and was supposed to come out next week, but has felt fine for the last few days, so I wore my steel toe boots to the barn yesterday and was perfectly fine. I wore 'em again today and when I turned and jumped to get her when she was tangled, I must've pulled it again. I'd swear it's broken again. DAGGONE IT!) How, HOW am I supposed to take care of my horse in a boot when there is an inch of mud on the ground!?!?!?! UGHHHHHH
<end rant and self loathing>
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    12-04-2010, 05:09 PM
Green Broke
Sounds like a pretty bad day! I'm sure she is fine :)
    12-04-2010, 05:18 PM
I'm sure she is just fine and has forgotten all about it by now.

You say you tied her lead near the ground? Just out of curiosity what on the trailer did you tie her to?? Horse trailers usually have places specifically for tying, I would only tie there. If this wasn't a horse trailer you tied to you need to be careful. As a small sidenote, horses can move a trailer that isn't attached to a truck so be careful of that as well.

Sorry to hear about your foot! Glad Chili is ok and hope you are too again soon!
    12-04-2010, 05:58 PM
I didn't tie her head close to the ground... it was a longer lead rope and I attached it too low - near the trailer hitch and no, it wasn't a horse trailer. THANK YOU for that info. I still can't believe I was so stupid. I just hope she forgives me!!!
    12-04-2010, 07:32 PM
Green Broke
I've had that happen. You might think about teaching her that if that happens not to panic and to give to the pressure. That way when it does happen she doesn't have a cow and break a leg. I wouldn't worry about it though. She's fine and it doesn't sound like she was tangled long. I had a mare stand wrapped up in fence for nearly an hour before I noticed she wasn't with the other horses. Thank goodness she knew to stand there and not panic. She stood there and let me cut the fence away and didn't have a scratch on her.
    12-04-2010, 07:40 PM
I'm sure she is fine...a few months ago I went riding with my friend, I go to a place about half hour from me where she helps rehab lame horses, anyway my friend was going to ride a OTTB named Rusty, the owner was out there with us and we were tacking him up, he was tied to the horse trailer and they were a few feet away doing something and I was holding torro(the horse I was riding) all of a sudden Rusty freaked out, pulled the horse trailer a good 5 feet and then just stopped and waited, he had investigated the bolt on the side of the trailer and gotten his rope halter stuck, I was amazed at how he went from completely spooked to perfectly calm in just a matter of seconds, and how he just stood there and waiting while they got him free....just goes to show you, that sometimes even if they are tied the right way they can do some pretty silly stuff

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