I am in shock. Yesterday my cousin was killed when her horse bolted and took her into a 4.5 mtr deep ravine. Her horse, a black SB they had named Munta (Munta being another name for "meathead") landed on top of her trapping her under him in the creek at the bottom of the gut. A friend that was on the ride with my cousin said that it took about 15 minutes for the others on the scene to get the horse off Terry, they had to slit its throat in order to do so and then use one of the bigger animals on the trek to pull the dead weight animal off her. Although they spent an hour doing CPR my cousin had gone. My friend suspects that she probably died instantly as she had a massive head wound at the back of her skull.
I look at the horse Terry rode and it was a meat head, it had bolted on her time and time a gain. It would stick its head in the air, open its mouth and there were no brakes or steering. But she felt that she had to tough it out, she thought she was tougher than the horse. Of course, now we are all shaking our heads thinking why the **** did we let her persist with such a dangerous animal??? How is that we all stood back and watched this horses lunatic behaviour, her lack of skill in changing it (or even recognizing how serious a problem it was) and not one of us intervened.
Anyone having serious behavioral problems with their horse please, please, PLEASE get some help. Don't just think that you can tough it out, if you don't know how to fix the problem then FIND SOMEONE WHO DOES! Also be REALISTIC about your horses behaviour. Please don't think that because your horse is perfect on the ground and comes when you call it and seems to love you sometimes, that this outweighs the times when you have been terrified by its behaviour. It doesn't. DO NOT rely on your horses instincts and self preservation to keep you safe! When a horse gets in a certain mindset there is no reasoning. My cousins horse thought it was being left behind, Terry was at the back of the ride to close the gate. Her horse panicked and blindly ran off a cliff.
I don't mean to be a fear monger I am just so sad that a member of my family and my friend has died. I am sad because in hindsight we knew her horse was an accident waiting to happen yet we never really believed that anything REALLY bad could happen. Please everyone, be safe, don't take your safety for granted and if you feel that your horse is dangerous then for gods sake get off it! There are too many good horses out there to risk your self on a dangerous one.