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    03-02-2010, 08:55 PM
  #1
Trained
Thumbs down My saint of a filly tried to kill me today.

Of course, it was completely my fault, I was a big, stupid idiot.

I was going to lunge her in her surcingle again today [the second time having it on] and if all went well, I was going to add the bridle. So I groom my amazing little Gracie who has always taken everything I've thrown at her like she's been doing it for years, and throw the surcingle on. I go to tighten up the girth and she starts backing up. I asked her to stand still and then she started getting panicky, and then she started thrashing violently. I unhooked one of the crossties, assuming she felt stuck, but the violent thrashing continued. She spun around, facing the other way, conveniently placing me in between her and the wall as I'm frantically trying to figure out what has her going. I try to undo the girth but the holes are recently punched and it just doesn't come off that easily.

And then I see.

Stupid human that I am had put the surcingle over her back AND the crosstie on the other side, and when I tightened it, her face was pinned to her side and then to the wall. No wonder she panicked! So I managed to release the other crosstie, and she instantly relaxed and stood there like nothing every happened.

During the battle, she fell down [on the concrete floor, eek] a few times, and slammed me into a wall at least three times, probably more. She hit my face, my head hit the wall. Or maybe she hit me and both of us hit the wall. It was terrible. Broke my glasses [and I'm blind without my glasses], my head was throbbing, I had blood pouring down my face from a scratch on my cheek [from my glasses] and of course, I'm sobbing from all the adrenaline.

I ran my hands over Gracie to "see" if she was hurt. Like I said, I'm pretty much blind without my glasses. I couldn't find anything glaringly wrong, she walked fine, trotted fine. Somehow, Gracie came out completely unscathed. I loved on her a bit, it wasn't her fault, and put her back in the crossties and she was perfectly content in them. I put the surcingle back on and she was perfectly content so thank god the several seconds of panic didn't make the barn, the crossties, the surcingle, or me scary. So oddly enough, I'm very, very proud of my little girl.

I simply can't WAIT to go in to work tomorrow with my fat, swollen, scratched cheek and black eye! Haha. And because I always take pictures of my battle wounds, here's a few!



     
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    03-02-2010, 09:24 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Ow. I am glad everyone is ok and that your filly is all still. I would have been so scared!
I am glad noone got seriously hurt.
And I hope your cheek heals fast!
     
    03-02-2010, 09:30 PM
  #3
Yearling
I'm thankful that both you and Gracie are ok. Be careful where you hit your head. Just in case you have a concussion.
     
    03-03-2010, 05:59 AM
  #4
Banned
I am sorry I think your filly needs some taming and TLC. Tender Loving Care. She may well not like you.
     
    03-03-2010, 06:01 AM
  #5
Banned
I think you pulled to tight or she may well be in pain
     
    03-03-2010, 06:21 AM
  #6
Trained
Thanks everyone! I did go to the doctor and no concussion, just a beautifully swollen black eye to take to work this morning!



And to the above.

The cause:

Quote:
Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
Stupid human that I am had put the surcingle over her back AND the crosstie on the other side, and when I tightened it, her face was pinned to her side and then to the wall. No wonder she panicked! So I managed to release the other crosstie, and she instantly relaxed and stood there like nothing every happened.
My filly is very tame, and very accepting, and she loves me to pieces. It was a "freak accident" and just happened.
     
    03-03-2010, 07:49 AM
  #7
Banned
Ouch!

That looks very uncomfortable.

Glad you are both OK.
     
    03-03-2010, 08:46 AM
  #8
Green Broke
I have never seen a crosstie that long where that could have happened. I wouldn't call it a "freak accident" I would call it an accident waiting to happen with that long of a crosstie. Just doesn't make any sense in my eyes.
     
    03-03-2010, 05:12 PM
  #9
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
I have never seen a crosstie that long where that could have happened. I wouldn't call it a "freak accident" I would call it an accident waiting to happen with that long of a crosstie. Just doesn't make any sense in my eyes.
My crossties are at a decent length, any shorter and my horses wouldn't be able to hold their head at a natural level. Gracie just swings her butt to the side, which brings her side up next to the crosstie, hence the surcingle being able to go over both her and the crosstie. You also have to realize that my barn aisle is pretty wide, so she can fit in sideways.

We're trying to work on her swinging over, but I don't always have time to stand there for twenty minutes and correct her every time her butt moves. She just likes to wiggle, and hasn't learned a lot of patience yet.

Think what you will, though. My crossties are equipped with quick-release snaps and bailing twine, there really isn't anything else I can do. I already admitted it was my fault, it's not like I'm denying responsibility.
     
    03-03-2010, 05:17 PM
  #10
Trained
Makes me glad I don't use crossties!

I'm glad you guys are ok! What a forgiving little girl she must be.
     

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