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post #1 of 53 Old 07-20-2010, 11:12 PM Thread Starter
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What is your worst horse related injury?

Okay so it's a little embarrassing to admit this, but a couple of months ago I got kicked in the mouth by one of my mares. knocked my teeth in and everything. My orthodontist said that if I didn't have my braces that I would be picking my teeth up off of the ground. Scary I know! It was totally my fault. Here's what happened.

It was about 9 am and I was out in the pasture with my Oldenburg mare, Willow. I was running around reenacting the beach scene in The Black Stallion ( It was stupid to do I know, but it was so much fun. anyways...) I stopped and gave her a treat then went to run in a differant direction. Willow flipped around to start running around with me then kicked one leg up (in a excited "yey we're having fun" way) then popped me in the mouth. My teeth are fine now ( I had to get stiches on my tongue and the orthodontist had to push my teeth back into place) and I have certainly learned a lesson. If you play with a Horse like a friend, then you better expect to be treated like one! This was probably the stupidest thing I have ever done with a horse and I really regret it now.

What is your worst horse related injury? Please share.

The last two pictures are of after a day in the ER, orthodotist, and the Oral Surgon's offices.
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post #2 of 53 Old 07-20-2010, 11:40 PM
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Ouch!!!! Glad you're okay...

I don't have any pics of my worst injury, as it was several years ago, and I didn't even think about 'proof' of the incident!!! Haha...BUT...I had been working with one of my mom's geldings, and I was taking his leg wraps off, something spooked him, he flipped out, and kicked me in the right leg just above the knee. I seriously thought he busted my leg because I couldn't stand on it for a good minute or two. But even though it hurt, I was finally able to stand and walk on it...but my muscle was seriously injured. I still have a big knot where that horse kicked me (not visible, but you can feel it...); it turned every color possible I think! Makes me glad it wasn't anything BUT my leg he kicked, because I would have been much more 'damaged' than I was. When he kicked me, he sent me 5 feet away from that kick, and I had been right next to him...can't imagine if I had been a couple feet away, to where he could have built up even more momentum in his hind end.

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post #3 of 53 Old 07-20-2010, 11:48 PM
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I havnt had any really bad injuries or anything, even outside horse riding, no broken bones, fractures, sprains etc, so the worst for me would be a grazed arm. The whole side/underside of my arm. It looked gross..
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post #4 of 53 Old 07-21-2010, 12:18 AM
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Where do I start.

I had a rescue horse named Hailey. She was very spooky, had been beaten by her previous owners, and she was having her hooves trimmed for the very first time. I had her on a lead and holding her on the driveway for my farrier. I felt Hailey go tense, and then looked where she was looking and saw a flash- our neighbors husky. He ran right for us, growling and teeth bared. Hailey panicked and ran right over the top of me. I went under her hooves. All I could think of was to cover my face. I felt a hoof on my head and then she leaped away and ran down to the barn.

I was able to get up, by that time my farrier had the dog tied up and was walking to my neighbors house to chew him a new one. I was black and blue head to toe, and had a perfect hoof mark bruise on the side of my head. Had she not jumped off when she felt her hoof on me, I would be dead.

Second bad bad accident-

I got a rescue horse at the sales barn for 10$, a TB gelding. Dollar was totally crazy. I went into his pasture to refill his mineral feeder one day, and the next thing I knew I was on the ground being pummeled. My assistant said Dollar came out of nowhere, reared up behind me and was pawing and clobbering me. Again, black and blue. Dollar was put down the next day and it was found he had a brain tumor that made him nuts. I broke my cheekbone, jaw and knocked out 3 teeth. I had surgery to repair my face. Still don't have the teeth!

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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That's crazy! You're sooo lucky to be alive! I'm speechless really I am.
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post #6 of 53 Old 07-21-2010, 12:28 AM
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Yes I am very lucky to be alive!!!

My neighbor lady actually had her thumb bitten off by a stud horse.

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #7 of 53 Old 07-21-2010, 10:45 AM
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Holy crap draftrider! U are a lucky woman and strong too!

ps I was gonna say I got a bruise from the saddle horn when she reared once but just didnt seem right to follow all that with a little bruise! lol

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my worst accident was when i was riding a known bucker. we were on a trail and one of the other riders i was with trotted off. so i trotted to catch up and once i did the horse decided he didnt like me anymore. he took off a few yards and then planted his feet and threw in some major rodeo type bucking. i stayed on for about 4 bucks and then ate grass. i remember seeing grass then sky then grass then sky and ended up on my back lol. my horse took off so my friends had to go catch him and i had to walk about a kilometer home. i think i had a cuncusion because on the walk back i was seeing black stars flying away from my eyes. went to the hospital and i had a fractured wrist and 3 broken ribs.
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Good Lord! I feel like a wimp sharing my worst injury! Some of these stories make me wince just reading them.

Probably my worst injury was my first ride on Scout. I found him online while I was away at school, my sister checked him out and test rode for me w/t (he was ungodly skinny, so no canter), and decided that if I decided that I didn't want him when I met him she'd buy him from me. Yeah, complete wrong way to buy a horse.

The next weekend rolled around and I got to meet my new guy. He was very thin, but the family assured me that he had gained weight in just the few days he'd been home. I had to test him out, but didn't want to run him in his condition. So I popped my English saddle and snaffle bit on him and took him to the arena, sis following with her QH.

We rode around, checking systems, and eventually got into trot. He was forward and bracy, but controllable. Sis passed by us at a WP jog, and Scout bounced up into a canter, and in the first stride bucked once. I ate dirt. I'd have stuck in western tack. I rolled over my shoulder and embedded a sizable amount of footing in my t-shirt and skin. Scout's nose was snuffling in my face, for all the world asking what I was doing on the ground. Got right back on and into a trot, but I couldn't climb up the hayloft ladder for a week.

In hindsight, I figure that Scout had never cantered under saddle before, and the buck was a reaction to the girth on him at the canter. The same reaction was par on the lunge, too. He worked out of it pretty easily, and canters without bucking now.

Apparently I've been darn lucky. I've had my feet stepped on, but never badly, never been kicked, struck at, or charged. Usually my own stupidity leads to a fall, and it knocks the wind out of me, and life goes on. Then again, I'm young. Someday I'm sure I won't bounce as well.

A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient one in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you ~ Unknown

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I don't want to scare anyone with this story, but I feel it has value as a cautionary tale. For the record, I'm recovering nicely.

It happened one weekend when we had the entire family together for a casual trail ride. On the way to the farm, we saw weather rolling in but thought we might get lucky.

Unfortunately, the clouds burst at the worst possible moment: just as I had to make a decision to turn right and head for the farm, or turn left and go to the tack store. We wound up in the tack store on a "ginormous sale weekend."

My wife and three daughters bolted suddenly and I got bum rushed in the stampede. Next thing I know, I'm sitting dazed but upright in my truck clinging to a credit card that had been pummeled nearly to death.

I consulted with a financial adviser and he assured me that if I eat leftovers everyday for lunch and darn my own socks, I should recover fully in about 5 to 7 years.

Oh, and I fell off my daughter's horse about four weeks ago (I swore that cinch was tight enough) and broke two ribs. But that didn't hurt nearly as much! And as I understand it, bones mend even stronger than before they were broken. Can't say the same for credit cards.

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