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post #1 of 7 Old 09-20-2009, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy My poor girl nose planted!!

During my morning ride Caleigh nose planted and skinned her nose. Should I put anything on it or just keep it clean and keep an eye on the scratches. It's not deep but it's not lightly skinned either.

I was riding her and there was a patch of light coming in from the arena that she was afraid of. She'd step around it or just stop right in front of it and refuse to walk through it quietly. So I got off her and lunged her and did some basic ground work that all required her to go through the light patch. After a while she gave in so I took her off the lunge and got back on.

I walked her through it and then trotted her through it, then cantered her through it. She still seemed a little unsure about it but she still went through it without doing her little dance first. Then I took her back through it at the trot, very calm and basic and she went to step around it again, got her front legs crossed or forgot to move a foot or something, and went down on her front knees and nose planted straight into the arena floor. I jumped off instead of sliding over her head and had my trainer/barn owner watch while I walked her to make sure she didn't have any noticeable leg injuries. She was fine but a bit shaken and after hosing her down I noticed she skinned her nose. It was red and looked like a really bad skid or rug burn. I washed her finished washing her face and let her back out to the pasture. We're going to take it easy tomorrow and work on that scary wall.

Poor baby. She was shaking when I walked her out of the arena. Neither of us were expecting a nose plant but luckily neither of us were really hurt either. Something in that arena down that wall has been making a lot of horses nervous apparently, not just her. At least time I'm 99% sure it was the light patch (since I normally do arena riding at night so it's not there). But any time of day a bunch of the horses don't like 20 feet of that wall and nobody knows why! weird.

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-20-2009, 10:01 PM
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Aww, poor baby. I would probably just clean and let it be. I hope your ride goes better tomorrow.

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I want to know what's so scary about that wall other than the light patch. I can kind of understand the light patch since normally we ride in the arena at night so there isn't a random light patch coming through. But going counter clockwise for a lot of horses that wall is just spooky and nobody can figure it out. Going the other direction everyone is fine. makes me wonder what they see that we don't.

I think we'll start with some ground work if she shows any nervousness around any part of that wall. Other than that side/wall of the arena she doesn't spook.
I'm just glad my trainers taught me how to emergency bail when I was 5 or I probably would have face planted too. I didn't know if she was going to continue down with the rest of her or just get back up off her knees so I just got off. I think it confused her, she snorted and sneezed a bunch and I took a rag to her nostrils when I cleaned her off.

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Awww poor girl!

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I'd put a bandaid on her like a good mommy but it wouldn't stick. lol. I'ma keep it clean. I kissed it and made it all better like my mommy used to do for me. lol. It was cute I cleaned her up and she was still a bit shaky (I don't think she's taken a spill like that before). I dried her off and gave her a kiss right in the middle of her upperlip/nose where the owie is and she pricked her ears up and nuzzled me.

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Oh poor girl. It is always scary when they go down. I bet just keep it clean and watch it and she will heal up in no time.

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post #7 of 7 Old 09-21-2009, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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I know! I was worried she twisted her nose! If thats even possible. One of my danes fell off the bed when he was a puppy and dented his nassal passage so now he snores LOUD. I was worried that she either hurt her legs or dented her nose or did something that wasn't good. Luckily she just got some dust up her nose and sneezed for about 20 minutes and got some arena road rash.

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