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    08-10-2011, 11:09 PM
  #21
Yearling
Yesterday my horse tripped and fell and we both went head first into the arena sand. I could probably live forever not doing that again, for sure.
     
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    08-10-2011, 11:36 PM
  #22
Weanling
I was dragged and trampled when I was little. One of my horses' lead ropes got wrapped around my arm and the 2 of them dragged me off. The worst part was that my Mom saw the whole thing and couldn't do anything. I was relatively unhurt (I was wearing my helmet and I'm sure that my horses were trying not to step on me) but I didn't ride for months.

Biggest fear is definitely getting the foot stuck in the stirrup and being dragged. I trail ride in peacock stirrups (even though I'm 31) because of that.
     
    08-11-2011, 12:38 AM
  #23
Banned
Watching a horse get a fatal injury. (Broken leg, broken back, paralyzed, etc.)

Getting into a car accident while either I or a person I'm riding with is hauling a loaded horse trailer.

Becoming paralyzed from a fall. I'd rather a horse kill me than have to live and never be able to ride again.

Falling and getting my foot caught in the stirrup and being drug.

Seeing a horse get hit by a car. Even worse, being on the horse when it got hit by a car. (I knew a lady who when she was younger, her horse spooked and got hit by a car while she was in the saddle. Took her years to get over her fears of horses)

My Number One Fear: Never being around a horse again. I would have very little to live for if that ever happened. Horses are my whole life. It's like a heroine addiction to me. A few drops of it and I was hooked for life, and I can't live without my horse addiction.
     
    08-11-2011, 12:46 AM
  #24
Foal
Rearing and flipping, being dragged, or going over a jump and having a horse catch a leg and flip o.o
     
    08-11-2011, 01:14 AM
  #25
Yearling
My biggest fear is my horse falling in the trailer again. He fell once and luckily wasn't injured but I don't want to relive that feeling EVER again. Being on the side of the road with a horse that is laying down in a 2 horse straight load with his neck cranked up onto the manger from the trailer ties. Never again. This is the worst experience I've yet to have with horses.

I also wouldn't fancy our trailer coming unhitched when we are pulling it, but that's already happened and during it all I could think about was if my horse was going to fall again.
     
    08-11-2011, 03:48 AM
  #26
Weanling
Ditto to everyone's fears!

I saw a youtube video of a champion rodeo rider woman being dragged. They said what probably saved her life was that she yelled, "WHOA!" and her horse stopped.

One thing I know for sure, is that I absolutely want to teach my future horse voice commands. No reason that a horse shouldn't know to stop immediately as soon as you verbally tell it to if for any reason you can't physcially make it stop.
Of course a freaked out bolting horse could easily ignore a Whoa, but still, I think a horse that knows to stop by voice is a great thing.
If you're being dragged, it may be the only think to get it to stop.
     
    08-11-2011, 10:06 AM
  #27
Foal
Watching a horse get a fatal injury. (Broken leg, broken back, paralyzed, etc.)

Getting into a car accident while either I or a person I'm riding with is hauling a loaded horse trailer.

Becoming paralyzed from a fall. I'd rather a horse kill me than have to live and never be able to ride again.

Falling and getting my foot caught in the stirrup and being drug.

Seeing a horse get hit by a car. Even worse, being on the horse when it got hit by a car. (I knew a lady who when she was younger, her horse spooked and got hit by a car while she was in the saddle. Took her years to get over her fears of horses)

My Number One Fear: Never being around a horse again. I would have very little to live for if that ever happened. Horses are my whole life. It's like a heroine addiction to me. A few drops of it and I was hooked for life, and I can't live without my horse addiction.

A knack for horses, I agree. ()

Another one is: a horse refusing to do something (like a xcountry jump) because it doesnt think it will be safe. But I force it to do that, and the horse seriously injures itself, for something I made it do.
     
    08-11-2011, 10:08 AM
  #28
Foal
( ugg I was trying to quote A knack for horses' post, but it didnt work.)
     
    08-11-2011, 10:48 AM
  #29
Showing
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
My biggest fear with horses is to have one get seriously injured while I'm riding it. It makes my stomach churn to think of a horse falling and breaking a leg while I'm loping it across a pasture.

I'll second this. This is always in the back of my mind now.


Woodstock and I took a hard crash last fall. At a lope w found a subsurface hole, he went in up to his knee and we both rolled hard. I was certain he snapped his right front in two. He did some pretty serious damage to tendons & soft tissue in his knee and tweaked his shouler pretty good. Months of stall rest, hydro boots, laser therapy, he's healthy and sound. Rode him this morning Still nothing strenuous, just walk/trot work but gives lots of time to teach him.

My other biggest fear, for horses & in general is failing or not reaching a goal.
     
    08-11-2011, 10:55 AM
  #30
Green Broke
I second trailer accidents.

I heard a horror story years and years ago about a many who bought a trailer but didn't check the integrity of the floor boards. Apparently he was hauling his horse when some of the boards broke. He didn't realize it until he heard his horse's shoes scraping the ground. The horse didn't make it.

Not sure of the validity of the story, but scary none-the-less.
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