Guess what my adorable almost-yearling filly did tonight?
I was hosing Gracie off in the wash rack. She's kinda moving back and forth like she usually does [something we need to work on] and all of a sudden, I hear this SPLASH and then Gracie is kicking her left hind like mad, and bouncing around on three legs. I saw that the drain was out of the floor, leaving a hole about 8 to 10" deep and 5" in diameter. And then I see my drain stuck around my poor girls pastern.
It took me about five seconds to calm her down and stand still. I walked her out of the wash rack, well, she kinda wobbled on three legs, and tied her up outside, and tried to take the drain off her leg. But no. I can't. It's stuck. It was plastic, so she just bent the grid pieces, and once her hoof went through, the pieces bent back.
So I'm totally panicked, worried she cut her leg up, there would be some kind of permanent damage, I would have to call a vet out to sedate her so I could cut the stupid thing off, etc etc. But instead, I call my mom, who always has the answer to everything, and she came to the barn. And my mom, being the voice of reason that she is, said to break the plastic pieces off until I make a big enough hole for Gracie's foot to fit through. Why didn't I think of that? Oh right, I was panicked, and couldn't think straight. O_O
It just figures that it breaks under my maybe 300lb filly, when my 1500lb monster Paint mare has been stepping on the stupid thing for YEARS. And this was just one of many minor incidents. She isn't registered yet, and I was planning on having her registered name be Goodness Gracious, but now I'm thinking Murphy's Law would be much more suitable.
Anywho, just wanted to share. And for kicks, this is my Gracie, about a week ago. I would have gotten a picture of the drain on her foot, but my phone was dead and I didn't have my camera.
Oh, PS. Gracie came away from her drain-meets-foot ordeal unscathed. =]