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post #1 of 11 Old 11-15-2012, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Ruger smacked me in the mouth today.

Yeah. I'm not too amused. This is the second time he's done this.

So Jordan is a girl on our team who is going to be leasing Ruger for the season. We went down today to ride. I rode Selena, she rode Ruger. It went fine. We worked on our spins, sidepassing, forehand turns, and lead departures. It went really well. We also worked on some drill manuevers (Or at least as much as we could do with only half the team there) and got Ruger used to being a little squished between Selena and the fence (Again, for drill, he has to get used to that).

Well towards the end Ruger was being a real ass. He started getting a little barn sour and bucking when she pushed him past the gate, so I ask her to get off and switch me horses. I took him tot he gate and started riding him really hard. I did a LOT of rollbacks into the fence. He started working better. I decided to do one more rollback then let him stop. Well, I sat down, he turned, then I went to go ever so slightly forward and WHACK. His head came up and clocked my in the face. I bit my lip and it was bleeding, and I didn't think at first I just made him lope and rollback more. After a couple more turns I stopped and took him to the middle, and Jordan looks at me with the biggest eyes and says "The entire back of his neck is red."

So I look and sure enough it is. The back of his head where he hit me was red from MY blood in that split second he hit me. I didn't noticed but my lip was swollen and bleeding pretty bad too. I went inside and cleaned myself up, jokingly told my trainer we were having barn fights, etc.

So, yeah. Guess who's going to get ridden in a martingale or a tiedown from now on? Yep, Rugey-roo. And before you jump on me for the tiedown, it will only ever be engaged if his head comes up WAY higher than where it should be. More likely I'll use the martingale. Since this is the second time he's done this, I'm worried he'll smack Jordan one of these days too so that's the main reason.

That's my cute story for the day. Haha.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-15-2012, 01:34 AM
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Oh yes...the lovely head to face....never fun. Which is ONE of the reason Scrat is in a floppy loose tie-down. Tight enough to stop the full face smack or nose in the air and I am gonna go my way, but not tight enough where it is constant contact. Still has his head but it stops that extra reach they shouldn't be doing in the first place.

As much as I hate them...they do have their place.

Sorry about your busted lip
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-15-2012, 01:45 AM Thread Starter
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Yep. I agree. I don't normally use a tiedown on a horse who is green on the barrel pattern as he is (Maybe one who's finished and going mach 5 on the pattern already...Maybe) but I don't want to have to worry about missing teeth during an equestrian team meet....
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #4 of 11 Old 11-15-2012, 01:59 AM
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I like my teeth where they're meant to be. Anything that might hit me deffinately gets a martingale
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post #5 of 11 Old 11-15-2012, 02:12 AM
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I remember years ago riding a friend's horse who threw her head up and I swear, she nearly pushed my nose back into my skull., I was too messed up to drive home afgter that and had to stay the night on her couch. I don't know if the mare cracked my nose or what, she hit me straight up, so it didnt get out of place to the side, but that hurt somethin fierce!

no pictures that are mug shots, like Smrobs;s beat up face shots?
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That's what happened to me the second (and last!) time I rode my mare... She threw her head, smacked me in the face, and reared whilst I was all dazed and off I came. And all this whilst my dad was leading me in order to prevent such a thing from happening, since I was still recovering from the first one -.-

Sometimes, I think horse riders should wear mouth guards or, better yet, football helmets xD
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Haha Tiny, I didn't even think to take a picture! It's still swollen but there's not enough noticeable I think to make it worth it now. I think it was mainly a lot of blood but not as dramatic as looked, which is good. Haha.

Oh dear, football helmets! We'd all be riding blind.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Once I was out riding with a buddy and we were trotting down a forested trail. My mare suddenly spins so fast that I came off , right upside a tree. I did hit the tree, but I think I also connected with her jawbone. I felt something smack the side of my face and my lower jaw, right in front so hard! I hit the ground, reins in hand, mare rearing up over me, and all I could think of was "MY teeth!"
I jumped to my feet and pulled my lower lip down to show my riding budd (who barely kept her seat) and said, "are my teeth all there?" I thought for sure theyd been knocked out. but, no, they were all there. So, I got back on and we finished our ride.

Next day I had some colorful bruising and everywhere I went I had to say, "NO, my husband did NOT hit me."
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My Mom went out walking our huge great dane male once. He saw a squirrel or something and hit the end of the line and pulled her over and she fell and smaked her face on a rock. She went to a doctor's appointment the next day and the doctor asks us to leave. So, okay whatever, we leave. She comes out just bustin' up laughing. Apparantly, the doctor asked "Do you feel safe at home?" She answered "No! I don't! I have this dog and he keeps beating me up!"


Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Hmm I cant decide if your days was better or worse then mine...

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