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        11-27-2012, 10:59 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    One of the many stupid things I've done was galloping side by side my friend on one of the dirt roads near our barn. Then we saw a dog heading right towards us- my horse was green and at that time frightened easily when confronted by a dog-aren't they all wolves by the way? Even knowing this we kept on going-big mistake! My horse decided that he was going to a full stop in a spilt second. Thankfully, my friend has great cowgirl skills and scooped me up and I landed just a few feet upright beside my horse. It all happened so fast almost like we planned it all along. It was crazy spectacular!
         
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        11-27-2012, 11:19 PM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I guess this was stupid, but super fun and no one got hurt...

    I rode my neighbors barely 10 hand Shetland bareback, backwards, no hands, over a 2'3" jump....oh and this was about 50 feet from a huge bonfire.

    Living on the edge!!
         
        11-28-2012, 02:21 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    My mother needed help with her belgian so I offered to work with him. He had trouble being mounted away from his driving mate so I had someone hold him and another person give me a leg up. The other person wasn't a horse person and didn't know that leg up didn't mean hurtle me into the air so up I went but I was holding onto the horse's mane and ended up swinging myself over him and slapping onto his other side before I let go and fell to the ground. The poor boy must have thought someone was trying to kill him because he dropped to the ground like he'd been shot in the head.

    Then there was the time I got on the horse that had no breaks. He was trained to be a penning horse and his cue to stop was his riding jumping off to tie the calf. I got on him anyways being the amazing horse whisperer that I was to show everyone my amazing skills. We were in the indoor and of course I didn't check to make sure the board to outside was up before I got on. He took me through the indoor and past all the paddocks before running into a truck and loosing me over the hood of the truck. If I had just jumped off him neither of us would have been hurt, he got a pretty bit cut on his chest and broke a tooth from the impact with the truck an I cracked two ribs and broke and arm. When we were both healed up the BO told me it was my job to retrain the horse. Something along the lines of 'you messed him up now you fix it' which I did and he's a wonderful barrel horse.

    My friends say I have 'stupid' trust in horses because I'll get on anything (usually bareback) no matter how much training or history I have on it. My excuse, I've got to know what's unknown or not working so I can know what to fix. Leads to a lot of 'stupid' mistakes, horror stories, inside jokes, and trips to the hospital.
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        11-29-2012, 02:50 PM
      #24
    Started
    Jaydee stated it...Too many to recall. Having been a horse owner for 50 of the years I have spent on the planet, there has been plenty of opportunity for stupid. If one is paying attention it affords an excellent opportunity to learn, however. Probably why I am now such an advocate of taking advantage of resources available in this modern age to increase one's knowledge...but this could be a whole new thread.
    My last truly stupid move...failure to check the girth before remounting. We were horse camping and out on the trail. There was an issue with the breastplate and I got off to fix it. Went to remount and ended up under the horse with my leg bent at the knee back under me. It sure put a damper on the rest of the camping trip. But I have never again failed to check that girth. See! Learning experience.
    Jaydee, how is that mare working out? Pretty girl.
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        11-30-2012, 01:17 AM
      #25
    Foal
    The stupidist thing I ever did with my horse was years ago, about 1997. I had a wonderful arab gelding that was my best buddy. We used to trailer out to riding trails near a lake by ourselves all the time and ride alone. There was a public stable that was also near the trail head where I would park my rig.

    I was really into gardening at tne time and I lived in a condo with a small patio garden. When I was out on my rides I couldn't help but notice the massive quantities of river rock that was all over the area. I got it into my head that I wanted to transport some of those rocks back to my place, and my gelding was going to be my pack mule so to speak.

    So I rigged up this elaborate system of saddle bags on his saddle and rode out to where the rocks were. I got off and started loading them on. I hadn't taken into account how heavy the individual rocks were, and how hard it was to get them evenly balanced on something that was *not* ment to be a pack saddle. So, after much work and arranging, I started to lead him back to the trailer.

    Well, it was slow going, the bags kept shifting, and I could tell my boy was less than pleased, though he was taking it all in stride....I had owned him for years and he trusted me implicitly ( possibly a little misplaced given my judgement that day). So we finally got back to my rig. By this time, the bags were starting to rip the screws holding the ties to my saddle, and I knew I needed to get those rocks out of there in a hurry. So without thinking, I started rapidly unloading one side into my truck bed, not noticing that the other side had become unbalanced and was slipping, and taking the whole saddle and bags stuffed with river rocks with it. My gelding shifted and then realized what was happening, panicked and bolted (he wasn't tied thank goodness), and he went racing along the upper hill of the trailhead with the saddle hanging sideways, spilling river rock all over and the riggings popping off my saddke and bags flying off in all directions. At this time, folks that worked in the rental stable saw him and started yelling "loose horse!! Loose horse!!" and started *chasing* him, which really scared him. I started hollering to leave him alone, that he would eventually stop, which is exactly what happened.

    He stood there covered with sweat, shaking and blowing and terrified. My poor sweet boy! I was so ashamed (and embarassed), but mostly horrified that I had been so stupid and put my sweet trusting friend through that absurd situation. Thank God he wadn't hurt, can't say the same for my saddle.

    The moral here is that my arab was not a mule, nor was I a muleskinner. I did get the remaining rocks home to my garden, and though they looked good, everytime I saw them I thought of that awful day
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        11-30-2012, 10:36 AM
      #26
    Foal
    I'm not sure how my best friend and I survived our childhood with all of the crazy horse shenanigans.
    Seriously.
    The one that comes to mind this morning~ running our horses through the woods at a million mph. We approach a creek, normally we jump it and keep going.
    This creek had a beaver pond in it.
    I'm the dumbass who literally jumped right in without hesitating.
    Did you know that beaver ponds are VERY deep?
    Both my horse and went completely underwater.
    We came out, quite shocked!
    I stayed on~ let him shake the access water off, giggled like the silly teenage girls that we were and went on with our ride.

    Orrrr, there was the time that my bestie was in a creek, silly young arab reared, she slid off, horse stepped on her hair, holding her under water! I whipped wildly at the horse to get off of her hair, thinking he was going to drown her. He danced wildly in place, sometimes releasing her hair, only to get stepped on and trapped underwater again.
    She finally got out, again, we giggled like the silly teenagers we were, and rode away...one million mph.
         
        11-30-2012, 10:46 AM
      #27
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Catpeedontherug    
    I'm not sure how my best friend and I survived our childhood with all of the crazy horse shenanigans.
    Seriously.
    The one that comes to mind this morning~ running our horses through the woods at a million mph. We approach a creek, normally we jump it and keep going.
    This creek had a beaver pond in it.
    I'm the dumbass who literally jumped right in without hesitating.
    Did you know that beaver ponds are VERY deep?
    Both my horse and went completely underwater.
    We came out, quite shocked!
    I stayed on~ let him shake the access water off, giggled like the silly teenage girls that we were and went on with our ride.

    Orrrr, there was the time that my bestie was in a creek, silly young arab reared, she slid off, horse stepped on her hair, holding her under water! I whipped wildly at the horse to get off of her hair, thinking he was going to drown her. He danced wildly in place, sometimes releasing her hair, only to get stepped on and trapped underwater again.
    She finally got out, again, we giggled like the silly teenagers we were, and rode away...one million mph.
    WOW! If you were a cat I think many of your 9 lives have gone already...LOL. I love your name too! I have 14 cats and yep, I have washable rugs.
         
        11-30-2012, 07:43 PM
      #28
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Catpeedontherug    
    I'm not sure how my best friend and I survived our childhood with all of the crazy horse shenanigans.
    Seriously.
    The one that comes to mind this morning~ running our horses through the woods at a million mph. We approach a creek, normally we jump it and keep going.
    This creek had a beaver pond in it.
    I'm the dumbass who literally jumped right in without hesitating.
    Did you know that beaver ponds are VERY deep?
    Both my horse and went completely underwater.
    We came out, quite shocked!
    I stayed on~ let him shake the access water off, giggled like the silly teenage girls that we were and went on with our ride.

    Orrrr, there was the time that my bestie was in a creek, silly young arab reared, she slid off, horse stepped on her hair, holding her under water! I whipped wildly at the horse to get off of her hair, thinking he was going to drown her. He danced wildly in place, sometimes releasing her hair, only to get stepped on and trapped underwater again.
    She finally got out, again, we giggled like the silly teenagers we were, and rode away...one million mph.
    Funny me and my best friend were discussing our horse crazy teen years just this morning. Its amazing we survived lol We are 24 & 25 now and take things much slower. We were just like you two always a million MPH. I don't even know which story to start with lol way too many "I can't believe we did that" moments or more like "I can't believe we survived that" moments
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        11-30-2012, 07:49 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    The dumbest thing that I have done recently, as an adult that supposedly knows better ---- After FORTY years without a horse, I decided to buy one. I decided to do everything right - checking out lots of horses, PPE, possibly a trial. I was in absolutely NO hurry. I wanted a 5- 10 year old well broken 'bombproof" gelding trail horse. (I know my bones just aren't as limber as they used to be.
    What happened: The first horse I went to see was a 2 year old filly. I have no idea why I even went to see her. Anyway, I saw her, fell in love, and bought her. No PPE, didn't see anyone ride her or even tack her up or anything!!!!!!. It was an hour and a half from the time I first saw her to the time she was delivered to my daughter's house.
    AS a side note, she is PERFECT - calm ( she has never even spooked at anything) , wise well beyond her years and loving. Also totally sound !! Boy is that dumb luck or what? Below is a picture of my baby the day I got her.


    The dumbest thing I have done ON a horse is jumping a large tractor on a dare when I was 14. I had been training for a 'back alley' jumping course and things sort of got out of hand.... Of course my parents qualified for 'dumbest" when they bought me that horse. Again, no PPe or riding first. We never even touched him before buying him. We got him for $100.00. He was a 3 year old unbroken ridgeling Quarter horse and I was an 85 lb 11 year old. ANyway, he turned out perfectly, too. He never hurt me, and he took me to the national level of show jumping. I have been VERY lucky and VERY blessed to have two great horses!!
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        12-01-2012, 01:33 AM
      #30
    Weanling
    Wow! Yeah, you got lucky!! Haha! What's PPE?
         

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