I've been working around horses and riding them for about 20 years, but a couple of days I got seriously drilled by a young filly. I was about to do up leg straps on her rug when she double barrelled me in both legs. (im still not sure how she managed to get both of em).
Anyway, she had 3 shots at me, got me twice, and now im nervous going anywhere near the back end of a horse. The two I was working with over the weekend wouldn't dream of kicking, but if im nervous or anxious, they're going to feel it and I keep thinking, s#&t im going to get hit again!
Maybe im paranoid, but my behaviour at the moment is likely to get me kicked.
I've been kicked before, but never like this, and i've never had one horse take 3 shots at getting me.
(scenario for you, small yard, under rug on and done up, putting top rug on, talking to her the whole time (she's only a baby), no horse close to her, she's fairly relaxed, then starts barrelling, I hit the deck - she knocked me off my feet - and crab crawled out of the yard, where I lay on the ground for about 20 minutes waiting for my legs to work again, then got up and rugged the other two horses, and helped this horses owner rug the baby, with me holding lead rope, owner very carefully and from distance trying to do rug up, and another person there just for safety).
Can anyone suggest anything to help me get over this?
Thanks in advance
Ps. I have two very nasty bruises, one on each thigh, a bruise under my left but cheek, and one or two on my back where I crashed into the yard rail, oh and very sore kidneys where her hock got me, but other than that I think im okay
Pps. As of tuesday, i'm going to be working with this filly getting her ready for another event, so will have to be near her back end regularly, and I don't want to get kicked again, or have her feel the need to defend herself in this way. (i hope it was in defence!)