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        09-06-2010, 09:02 PM
      #1
    Foal
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    Dear All,

    July, 28 was a beautiful day. My farrier was finishing up with our 3rd and last horse. Just a routine trimming. Our 14 mo. Andalusian gelding got a bit anxious. I was holding his lead. He moved away and (my fault) walked over a garden hose and got his leg tangled in the hose. He then circled me and bolted. The hose caught me around the chest and launched me like a rag doll to the ground. The gelding then kicked to free himself from the hose and caught me square in the jaw. His kick smashed my jaw into a thousand pieces and fractured my neck. Nearly unconsious, I struggled to stay awake. I was bleeding and broken. My larnyx was damaged. My voice was gone. I am lucky to be alive. I spent 5 days in the hospital trauma center taking all the morphine derivitives they would let me have. Five weeks later, my jaw is unwired, my spine has stabilized and my voice has returned. Small children can't help stare at my jaw. It is a mess and I don't blame them. Doctors say it will get better but I still have no feeling in my jaw or lower teeth.

    If someone told me I was taking my life in my hands that morning, I would not have believed a word of it. Please be careful out there. You don't want anything like this to happen to you.

    Doveguy
         
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        09-06-2010, 09:12 PM
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    Trained
    Wow, that's terrible. =[ I'm glad you healed up okay and your spine has stablized. Hopefully your horse isn't emotionally scarred. May you both have/continue to have excellent recoveries.
         
        09-06-2010, 09:20 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Matadore was fine after 5 minutes. He was worried about the hose. I don't think he ever meant to hurt me or is even aware that he did hurt me.
         
        09-06-2010, 09:30 PM
      #4
    Super Moderator
    Oh that is so terrible Doveguy! I wish you the quickest recovery possible!
         
        09-06-2010, 09:34 PM
      #5
    Foal
    I wish you the quickest recovery possible as well!!!
         
        09-07-2010, 10:50 AM
      #6
    Started
    Lucky you were not killed, thank goodness for that. Your jaw will probably look better as it heal, will take awhile I am sure. Even if it doesn't look normal, at least you are alive and able to continue on with life and hopefully your horses.
    My thoughts are with you.
         
        09-07-2010, 10:52 AM
      #7
    Yearling
    How terrifying and thank you for the reminder. I will take heed.
         
        09-07-2010, 11:01 AM
      #8
    Trained
    Wow-How awful! But I am glad you will be ok in time. Sure could have been lots worse. A great reminder to us all......thanks.
         
        09-07-2010, 12:04 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Thank you all for your support and kind words. Be really careful out there. Horses are amazing and beautiful but they are too much for me. I'll never ride again. Good luck to all of you.
    Doveguy
         
        09-07-2010, 12:13 PM
      #10
    Foal
    Glad to hear your healing up..
         

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