Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southeast PA, USA
I've seen some crazy things (read scary).
A couple of years ago I was at Dressage at Lexington grooming for a friend who was showing. We had some time in the middle of one of the days and decided to wander over the the coliseum to watch some of the in-hand classes. I believe it was during a two year old class that a filly was brought into the ring acting a little nutty. It wasn't exceptionally unusual as a lot of the babies tend to be pretty up (Especially in the coliseum. It's a scary place for a horse). The unusual part was that after she was taken out of the arena and back into the warm-up area, she came galloping back into the arena sans-handler. Apparently her handler had let the lead rope get too long and she bucked, catching him in the face. She tore off half his face and knocked him unconscious. Needless to say, he was taken away in an ambulance VERY quickly.
I have a few other stories but mostly they're just about idiots riding poorly and causing havoc in warm-up arenas. I do, however, have a rather amusing story from a steeple chase.
I go to the Radnor Hunt Races every year as it is held up the street from where I ride. Last year, during the first race of the day, out of a field of 13 horses, only two of them actually finished the race with a jockey on their back. Every single other jockey had fallen off (as far as I know, all were okay). One of the jockeys actually fell off over the first fence, and his horse continued the entire race (all three laps) jumping every jump without him. It was one of the funniest things I think I've ever seen.
"The art of riding is keeping a *horse* between you and the ground."