Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southeast PA, USA
Just Wanted to Share
Hello all. I just wanted to share my day with you guys, as it was one of my more interesting ones. It started great! We have a very large Thoroughbred breeding farm (racehorses) across the street from one of the barns I manage. It's called Brushwood. I actually currently work for them on the weekends. I finished the morning chores today and started to head home, when I glanced into Brushwood's "close to foaling" field and noticed a mare down. I pulled over and hopped out of my car only to realize that she was indeed giving birth. I quickly called the manager and he came over. He asked me if I could help keep the other mares away from the one foaling and help bring the mare and foal inside, and of course I said yes! It was about 20 degrees out and there was snow on the ground, so he lifted to newborn into the back of a truck while one of the employees drove it and I led the mare. It was quite exciting, but went off without a hitch as mama was great and let us handle baby as much as we needed to. I got to hang around and watch the foal figure out how to stand, and I learned quite a bit about the whole foaling process (which I have almost zero experience with, aside from dealing with a mare and foal we had at our barn last summer). All in all it was a very cool experience, and I am so glad that I happened to be driving by when I was.
On a less exciting note, I ended up in the hospital this afternoon thanks to my horse listening to me. Lol! Had a lesson today, and my trainer/boss, had me jump an oxer that I still firmly believe Demon and I weren't quite ready to jump. Regardless if we were ready or not, we did it, and I made a number of mistakes coming up to the fence, which ultimately resulted in Demon jumping it diagonally, throwing me off balance (I actually fully expected him to ignore my leg and refuse... oops!), knocking a standard down, spooking the heck out of himself and me on the ground. I am so proud of him for being a good boy and jumping it when I set him up all wrong, but unfortunately I landed on my head (always wear a helmet) then the right side of my rib cage, and somehow manage to mess up my right leg. I'm still not sure how that one happened. I got back on and hacked him back home, but by the time I got back to the barn I was in immense pain, and decided it was in my best interest to head to a hospital. Thankfully, nothing is broken and I do not have a concussion, but ended up with quite a few bruised ribs and a very very bruised shin. I am bed ridden for quite a few days, and my ribs are not expected to make a full recovery for 4-6 weeks. I'm not quite sure I can go that long without riding though, so we'll see what happens. Lol!
Anyway, thanks for reading. Just had a desire to share my rollercoaster day, as I'm having a hard time falling asleep. I hope no one else made any trips to the hospital today!
"The art of riding is keeping a *horse* between you and the ground."