Foxhunter, I admire your grace and sense of humor - You have to have a love of working for and around the animals, to put up with all you do. Plus, a level of skill to succeed despite what is thrown at you!
I am sure that `stan will agree with me that those in the southern hemisphere and those in the UK have a very similar sense of humour.
I am not being rude and hope no one takes it the wrong way but we have an ability to see the funny side of things that Americans cannot.
As said, I grew up with learning to laugh at adversity - my family would laugh at an old lady slipping up on a banana skin - we would be the first to help but would see the funny side of it.
An example of this was when I was 14. I took a bad fall from a mare. All I remember is sitting against an oak tree watching her backside descending towards me and thinking "This is going to hurt!"
I had a broken nose, my top teeth were knocked backwards and my lips badly bitten. The top one was split like a hair lip.
I stayed at the stables for the rest of the day and on going home had the wrong sort of bus ticket and had to go on to the next stop (the terminal) to sort it out.
By this time my eyes were swollen, my nose was swollen but I could still see my top lip protruding above my nose.
My sister and cousin had got off the bus at the normal stop so were in before me.
Mum was cooking chips (fries) and she turned from the cooker with the fry basket in her hand and a plate under it. She took one look at me, sat on her chair, covered her face with her hands and was crying with laughter.
Her first words were "You won't want vinegar on your fries!"
Her next were "Get up to the doctors."
Surgery had finished but I knocked on the door and his wife opened it. She called out "Darling, it is Linda."
He replied from his surgery "Kick, bite or a fall?"
Mum was a brilliant nurse in caring for us when ill but no way was she ever sympathetic.