I walked up to the barn and Lisa greeted me , this was unusual cause she was never at the barn for my lessons . Do you want to try western she asks , sure I said. When I walked into the barn Dana my instructor told me I was going to ride Spencer and that I was the first student ever to ride him . I felt so special I could not help but smile . I led the gorgeous dark bay out of his stall. He was my puppy dog . Lisa had rescued this horse . Dana left and went into the tack room and grabbed a western saddle. I never led or rode this horse before , I was scared because I was the first student to ride it . I thought that he would buck me. I groomed him. He let out a rolling neigh . I giggled loudly . Dana put the saddle on . I led him down to the arena . When we got there , I mounted up . He just instantly bonded with me . Perfect transitions it was paradise . I then remembered watching this horse get a dentist check and his coat was so light and a light bay but now it was dark which was also what made me love him . I was so delighted and could not wait to ride him again . I felt that I could do anything with him . A week later I came up to ride and Dana said I woulld alternate disciplines western and english the week before . Secret was on the cross ties . Dana asked my mom to step out of the with her . After my lesson I was walking to the car with my mom. She said honey , spencer got kicked in the head and he died . Tears came to my eyes and my life has never been the same . Some days I go up to his brother and just hug him and try not to cry . They do not look the same but they were brothers and 'neighbors'
Iím sorry that Spencer died. That must have been very difficult for your mom to have to tell you such sad news. It sounds like Spencer was a special horse and he meant a lot to you. I donít know how old Spencer was but it sounds like after Lisa rescued him, he had a pleasant and interesting life surrounded by people that adored him. Maybe someday you will also rescue a horse in honor of Spencer.
I'm so sorry for the loss of your friend. I know it hurts to lose one so unexpectedly - believe me.
In answer to your question - horses kick each other with alarming regularity - but serious injuries are extremely rare. Our stallion got kicked square in the jaw by one of our mares - we heard it connect and were just sure his jaw was broken. (he deserved the kick) Daughter had the vet on the phone before I could get Scooter out of the gate. Vet just chuckled and told us to keep an eye on him for any sign of pain and he would come on out. Other than a muddy hoofprint on his jaw, he didn't have anything other than some minor swelling.
Same mare also laid him flat on the ground when she kicked his rear leg out from under him when he reared up behind her and tried to bite her (no, he wasn't trying to mount her - she wasn't in heat - she was already pregnant). Didn't panic that time, just watched to make sure he got back up - which he did - no sign of lameness at all, so he wasn't hurt. After that, though, he was a perfect gentlemen with the ladies!