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        05-19-2012, 02:22 PM
      #1
    Foal
    My first fall, possibly his worst :(

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    I was riding Hondo out by the river today and we came up to a couple of trucks parked along the path we were on. He had spooked up a bit before with parked trucks in a field so I was expecting a bit of the same this time. So my plan was to push him through and keep going. Well he stopped. Dead stoped and stared at the trucks. So I got him going again not wanting to let him look too long. He turned hard and spooked a bit. He walked off a little and I turned him around toward the trucks again hoping to be able to approach and retreat until he realized they were ok. We did that a couple time and he walked just about past them the last time seeming a bit more relaxed. I thought we were home free . . . Then BAM! He spinned around and was off. I flew off almost immediately and landed on my bum- not too bad. But he ran off a bit and one of the men working in the field saw him and stepped into Hondo's path - guess with the intent to stop him. Hondo turned to get around him and fell into a small concrete irrigation ditch!!!! He fell pretty bad but stood up almost immedietely. I got him out and saw that he has scrapes on his right knee, right thigh, and on the right side of his face. He seems to be bruised up pretty bad. He limped the whole way home- I led him home from the ground of course. I washed him off and gave him some Butte for today. I will put some Vetrycin on his scrapes this evening.

    I feel HORRIBLE. If I would have just turned him around and gone home or to another field to ride, he would be fine and I would be feeling this way. I also could have gotten off and led him past the trucks, but . . . No I chose to ride it out. This is a tough feeling man. I feel guilty that he got hurt and that it was my wanting to push him past the trucks that did it.
         
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        05-19-2012, 02:27 PM
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    Green Broke
    Dont feel guilty about it things happen you did good by riding it out. The man made a bad choice by stepping in front of hondo however that is not your fault. I hope for a quick recovery and glad it wasn't worse.
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        05-19-2012, 03:16 PM
      #3
    Foal
    Yeah, I think that is where things went really wrong. I think that Hondo would have stopped on his own eventually or gone the whole way home but that man forced him to make a quick decision and Hondo chose the wrong direction. If he would have turned right instead of left, there would have been no problem. I was too shaken up to yell out anything like " get out of the way" or " leave him alone". Then again, it happened so quickly- amazing how cat like a horse can be- that it may not have made a difference anyway.

    But man my confidence is shaken. Not in the sense that I am afraid of falling, because my fall wasnt' bad, really. It is more that I feel guilty for Hondo's injuries. I am trying my best to "man up" and get on, but I keep getting in my own head. Hopefully by the time Hondo's physical injuries have healed, my own feelings will too.
         
        05-19-2012, 03:21 PM
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    Green Broke
    Yeah and that's understandable maybe just take some time just havr some one on one time just hang out with him don't worry about pushing to go riggt back out let him heal up and I think you guys will be just fine :) that stuff can always be scary just work through it and take your time.
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        05-19-2012, 03:30 PM
      #5
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    You have no reason to be feeling guilty - it was his fault!
    As for the man stepping in front of him I would more than likely do the same thing.

    What I would have also done unless the injuries were a lot worse was take him back to the trucks and make him go around and around them until he was so sick of spooking at them he would climb into the drivers seat.

    His injuries sound minor so do not worry, you have done the right thing by your treatment of them. Learn to sit tight and how to get him to accept all sorts of things.
         
        05-19-2012, 03:32 PM
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    Foal
    Hun it is not your fault you can never know when or how bad a horse is going to spook that is part of owning a horse. You did the right thing by slowly trying to get him to understand that the trucks wouldn't hurt him with the same approach I would have taken. The man should have known better then to just step out in front of a spooked horse. If a horse is running towards you then stand your ground let him see that he can stop but don't step out in front of him if he can't see you through his fear. In that situation you did the best thing trying to work him through it maybe you could have gotten him part way through and then turned around maybe you could have done this in a pasture but no matter what other possibilities there are you made the right choice for that situation, in my opinion. Who knows maybe you did turn him around but a dog came running out of the woods and spooked him. There are a hundred other possibilities but this was unfortunate, NOT your fault.
         
        05-19-2012, 03:45 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Wow I feel for you! I still think you did the right thing. Stuff happens, it was not your fault. Now wouldn't it be nice if Hondo thought, wow if I would have listened and calmed down this would not have happened to me, lol.
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        05-19-2012, 04:34 PM
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    Banned
    I think the old saying "get back on the horse" fits very well here.
         
        05-19-2012, 05:03 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    Ah you shouldn't feel guilty, it wasn't your fault at all. His injuries sound minor, he will be okay

    Make sure you go back to the trucks.
         
        05-19-2012, 11:13 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    I think the man was just trying to help. I actually wouldve done the same, because I'm used to my mare stopping when I step in front of her.

    And I think you did the right thing by trying to get him past the trucks. He needs to learn not to spook at them, so you were doing the right thing.

    Glad you're alright and that your horse isn't too badly hurt.
         

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