almost died today ~rant~
Well today was not my day. Obviously by the title. Anyways I went to the ranch today to help take out the trail rides like I always do, but today there werent any rides and the BO forgot to call and tell me last night. So I show up and she tells us (three other volunteers were there today) that we will be trimming trails today and we could explore otside of the ranch. Ok thats fine and dandy. So another volunteer (lets call her N) tells me that she want to ride her green Arab mare today and see how she does on the trails, and that I can ride her other mare (who is also sort of green) so I go out and catch the mare and she ties with a rope halter over her bridle. So I put the bridle on her and then the halter and tie her up to a sturdy hitching rail. I groom and saddle and when its time to leave, the BO brings out some plastic bags that were supposed to put the trash in. I grab it from her and go to put it in my saddle bag and N's mare starts snorting and blowing and I freeze for a second because I was trying to fix a stirrup. And the BO tells me to ignore the horse being stupid and to rub the bag on her. I bring the bag closer and the mare.flips her lid and jumps away. The BO then comes in all mad and loostens the halter, I dont have a clue why, and grabs the bag to rub it on the mare and she sets back and starts pulling and flipping out. And since the BO loostened the halter, she pulls free and tries to run but the BO grabs the leadrope and wraps it around the hitching rail and tries to pull the mare closer. While shes doing this, her hand was between the rope and rail and the.mare pulls back again and almost takes the BOs hand. So then shes fighting to pull the mare back and the mare is now far enough away from the hitching rail that she starts pulling against the reins (which were wrapped around the rail and not tied) and once she felt that resistance she pulled harder and snapped the 300$ bridle. I feel like it was my fault for all of this and I will make it up to N. But fast forward a few hours and were coming back home from picking up trash and the volunteer that was leading us (call him J) decided that it was a good idea to go through a new trail that was overgrown by scrub oak. So they go through first and Im last, so I duck down over the saddle to push through and the visor of my helmet catches a heavy limb and it throws my head back and the horse is startled and jumbed forward and I crash directly into another heavy branch which collides into my throught and throws me back onto the horses hindquarters. And then were out onto the road and I go to sit back up and a sharp branch cuts into my shoulder. So now my face.and shoulder are all cut up. Today was not my day and im so angry at myself for letting that mare react and break the bridle like that. I feel terrible.
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