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        07-18-2012, 10:36 AM
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    Green Broke
    Flirt's ordeal and updated photos *Photo Heavy*

    This morning when I got up the sun was out, weather forecast said it was going to stay that way for the day so I whipped everyone's rugs off and got snap happy.

    Now before I launch in to photos I will also tell you about the other, less happy event of the day.

    You see, one of Flirt's "uncle" horses is my TB gelding, Hugo. He's a wonderful babysitter and Flirt truly enjoys sharing a paddock with him. Hugo also has a "boyfriend", Phoenix. Now, Phoenix is not so tolerant and can be quite boisterous so has been a different paddock.

    So, Flirt, Hugo and Phoenix have been sharing a fence line for weeks now. I've often seen Flirt and Phoenix playing over the fence, sometimes even sharing nap time. All has been well and Phoenix has shown no sign of aggression towards the little fella at all.

    This morning I though I would let the lovers (Phoenix and Hugo) have a little playtime together. I weighed the options and truly and honestly thought that Phoenix would be fine to spend a little time in the same paddock with Hugo and Flirt.

    I was wrong.

    Everything started well. I watched over them, they all sniffed and played and everything was going great. This went on for probably 15 or 20 minutes, me snapping photos, them gallivanting around like loons.

    I have no idea what set him off, or why, but Phoenix turned on Flirt. This was my warning...



    Not 10 seconds later Phoenix had run Flirt straight in to that fence. Flirt was hung up by his back legs, on the other side. I had a split second of standing, rooted to the spot, thinking what the hell do I even do? Flirt kicked himself free and took off around that paddock in the background (not mine by the way!)

    Regaining my senses, I grabbed his halter and trekked over to him, all the time thinking "oh crap, he's never going to let me catch him...how much damage has he done to those legs...PHOENIX YOU *$#^%!@!!" over and over again. I walked about halfway over to him and called to him. My sweet, wonderful, champion stopped in his tracks, turned and came straight to me. (I'll admit here that this is when the tears started.)

    By some miracle, Flirt has just a few places with a little skin off. I have no idea how, but I am so unbelievably thankful!

    So, lesson learned. Phoenix is back in his paddock and will under no circumstances ever share a paddock with Flirt. I am so angry at him, but so angry at myself at the same time for letting it happen!

    Anyway, with that out of the way, here's some pictures of the beautiful boy before his ordeal. He's pushing 16hh at not quite 21 months old :O








    He's now snuggled up, back in his rug, sharing Nippa's yard for the night so I can make sure nothing is going to swell up overnight and cause trouble.
         
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        07-18-2012, 10:40 AM
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    Showing
    HC, don't beat yourself up too much. Horses are unpredictable, and just because they're fine over the fence doesn't mean they're going to get along if put in together.

    I had an aggressive gelding, who for the majority of his life had to go out alone. He eventually got to the point where he tolerated another gelding or two, but I always had to watch him.
         
        07-18-2012, 10:45 AM
      #3
    Green Broke
    I think that's why I am beating myself up so much! I know these things, but for some reason honestly thought that it would be ok.

    Phoenix is great in with Hugo, great with Fanta and Romance (who he is with now), but can be a little aggressive with Rex. And apparently Flirt. I don't quite understand how his brain works at times. I have often said I am certain he has the horse equivalent of ADHD.

    Either way, the beating myself up means lesson learned.
         
        07-18-2012, 10:46 AM
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    Showing
    Exactly. Lesson learned, so no sense continuing the flagellation!
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        07-18-2012, 10:57 AM
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    Trained
    HC I'm so happy to hear Flirt appears to have escaped with just a few scrapes (hopefully tomorrow will show no additional injuries). He is such a handsome man and one of my forum favorites.

    I guess Phoenix is really a jealous sort and didn't want Flirt 'flirting' with Hugo.
         
        07-18-2012, 11:07 AM
      #6
    Green Broke
    Thanks J&D. You're lucky you haven't met him in person! You think you're smitten now......

    You're probably right about Phoenix. I just could not believe how quickly he switched from being all fine and dandy to flat out aggression. I didn't even know I knew half the curse words I called him this morning...
         
        07-18-2012, 12:11 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Dont blame yourself, I had a similar incident about a month or so ago, except we were in the arena free lunging, and Rodeo decided to jump the gate, and like Flirt, got hung up on it. He ended up getting the rest of the way over it and ran into his stall. I felt beyond awful about it!!

    But anyways, glad he wasnt hurt too bad....but my gosh does he look great!!! He is going to be one monster of a huge horse though!!!!
         
        07-18-2012, 12:32 PM
      #8
    Weanling
    I LOVE the picture of him with the bird. That is too cool of a shot!!
         
        07-18-2012, 12:41 PM
      #9
    Trained
    Hey, your gorgeous Flirt is OK, you thought it would be fine, we know that you would never do anything that would put him in danger. Put it behind you, move on, learn and let the guilt go.

    He is such a snuggle bunny, love him
         
        07-18-2012, 10:20 PM
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    Green Broke
    Thanks guys. Horses just do the most ridiculous things at times, huh?

    Time to go out and check everything over again, make sure nothing has popped up overnight. If he's all good then I'll put some wound spray on his scrapes and put him back out in the paddock with his uncles (Rex & Hugo).
         

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