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post #21 of 51 Old 04-19-2012, 06:17 PM
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Hey, accidents happen. I knew a horse that when his owner tried to catch him he ran around his paddock. He was just running around, they weren't pressuring him, and he ran into one of the posts and impaled his chest on the bolt for the gate. Luckily, my mom was there and with quick thinking, stuck her hand in the horses chest to stop the bleeding. The vet was called out, the horse was stitched up, and he healed just fine.

Horses are impossible to predict all of the time and there is no reason to be criticizing the OP when we've only seen 26 seconds of a poor quality video.

To the OP, I hope you all the best in your horses recovery!

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You know what really sucks is that I just spent half an hour on a response and it didn't get posted and is now lost. Not doing it again. Maybe later
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Yeah, that happened to a lot of people earlier, I would imagine, when the site crashed for a bit.

I'm glad your mare's injuries were not any more extensive than they were. That could've been really bad...

I read that this is your first horse... Are you a novice rider as well?

edit: not judging, just curious.

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Ohhhhhh dear. When I saw her legs in the air I thought broke back for a second, then she rolls over and I'm like SIGH of relief (not that you would put something like that one here). That is a bummer. She definately made that decision to jump but was too confident in herself and couldn't clear it. Did you see that slight turn to the right she made beforehand? She was trying to come at it straight and just didn't know why she didn't clear it. By like two feet. I am so glad she didn't snap her back. My horse jumped 4'6" - 5' out of his pasture once (did a little dance on Bluelick road and the i-75 on ramp) and evaded capture for an hour. He was pretending to be one of the Scarabs he was pastured with at the time. I am glad the mare wasn't permanently injured. Sometimes horses make silly decisions, even relitively calm ones.
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post #25 of 51 Old 04-20-2012, 09:12 AM
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I know a 14hh Gypsy cob who tried to jump a five bar gate because he was pissed off that an owner was taking "his" mare out of the field. He got his back legs caught in the gate, took out gate and the mare's owner, but he didn't have a scratch on him. That horse was built like a tank.
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Please point out to me where it shows me chasing my horse? Please explain to me what gave you the idea that I was whipping my horse? I don't actually touch the horse with the whip or touch ground anywhere near the horse for that matter.

I take better care of my horse than most of you can imagine. She has a trainer, I have a riding instructor. Penelope was an 18 year old dead inside horse that spent her days standing in a small corral and her nights laying in the filth of a small corral. She had no personality other than to kick the corrals out of frustration and boredom. Take a look at her before and after pictures. I did not want to get a horse because I did not have the finances (I found them) to properly care for a horse and most of all I didn't have enough time. (I found by eliminating sleep and anything other than work I do have the time). I took her becuase nobody else would have and I liked her like I like all animals. This thread has reminded me that I like them more than most people. I have taken care of everything with her. I make sure she is always cleaned and fed and interacted with. I make sure she is happy. In the 5 months I have had her she has had her feet done 3 times, her teethe done once, her vaccines, multiple dewormings, had two new saddles bought for her along with countless bits. She gets all her supplements, she gets everything.

It took about 2 months for her to come out of her neglected fog and start showing personality. First being friendly and then the pushing the line things that some horses will do. 18 years old, guess she never had a bath from how she was acting. Funny not so fearful when eating a carrot. Ran out of carrots time to go through my pockets with her teethe. Show me anyone that will put up with that crap and I will show you a lead horse with a subserviant person. But that does not mean I hit her or chase her. I have no idea where you get off saying i was chasing her. It is just crazy. I correct her because she is 1200lbs and I am 110lbs. I correct her because she must listen to me or she will get hurt. I do not correct her with physical punishment or chasing. There are other ways of doing things. Where knowledge ends is where violence begins.

You want to know what was going on that you didn't see in the video, she was stopping to eat another horses hay in the arena. I didn't hit her with the whip I cracked it on the other side of the small circle she was running in that she was supposed to be running in to get her to change direction so she would not eat the other horses hay while she was lungeing. The reason she jumped out of the arena is because she wanted alfalfa. She had already had her breakfast, but she wanted alfalfa and she could smell the fress delivery of it in the hay barn which is exactly where she went when she got up from the fall. She wanted to eat. That is why she wanted out of the arena. So she could eat.

To the few that did see the clip and understand they do not know more than what was on the clip, thank you.

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post #27 of 51 Old 04-20-2012, 10:16 AM
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That was epic .. lol.

I hate that you felt the need to defend yourself ... but I sure enjoyed it!

Everyone is an expert sitting safely behind their computer screen.

Thank you for sharing your experience, and giving us a lesson in how quickly things can go terribly wrong.... and I hope Penelope has a full recovery ... ~tg
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OP-Sorry that this happened. I am one of the ones who has had this happen, and it is possibly the most helpless feeling in the whole world. I will never forget it. You know what is going to happen but cannot stop it. It is also the reason that the ONLY place I will free school one of mine now is an indoor that is CLOSED. Mine got his legs caught in the gate and dragged it about 20 feet. Got untangled, dropped his dead and grazed, as I was trying to keep my composure. Mine we decided was a case of herd bound of sorts. He was out in the round pen, and the staff were bringing everyone else in for dinner. We think he panicked thinking he would be left behind. He was a new horse in a new place.
Hope your horse is alright-and to those of you who are perfect-you obviously do not have enough experience yet. Eventually a horse will let you know you DO NOT know it all.

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post #29 of 51 Old 04-20-2012, 11:43 AM
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Originally Posted by thesilverspear View Post
I know a 14hh Gypsy cob who tried to jump a five bar gate because he was pissed off that an owner was taking "his" mare out of the field. He got his back legs caught in the gate, took out gate and the mare's owner, but he didn't have a scratch on him. That horse was built like a tank.

Our BO's 3 year old friesian/canadian cross tried to jump a metal panel in his paddock almost made it but front legs caught the top bar. Did a full summersault landed on his face and got up with nary a scratch. I couldn't believe my eyes.

OP hope your horse heals up fast
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post #30 of 51 Old 04-20-2012, 11:43 AM
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i can understand the feeling of tragedy to your horse as you watch it happen. i had a huge Tennessee Walker gelding run my horse through someone elses fence. its heart breaking watching a horse. especially your own horse hurt themselves.

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