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post #1 of 24 Old 06-20-2012, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Safety: Gloves- wear em and listen to the little voice

Well the completely "bombproof" Ace the 21 year old dead head showed his dark side last night.. Mrs Longshot and I were going to go for a ride. I brought up Ace and Nate and gathered the tack. My wife and daughter took the two fillies to the lower field. Well Ace was acting the fool and I just had one of those feelings.. Told Mrs. Longshot that we out to wait till thursday as Ace didn't like the fillies being moved. Mrs. Longshot replied, "He'll be fine". So I saddled Ace and horse nut daughter wanted to ride him and help me adjust stirrups for Mrs. She climbed aboard, ace reared and bucked a couple times, daughter went over the rump and Ace was backing up, nylon rope and no gloves, couldn't let go as I had to steer him around the heap of daughter on the ground, = handful of blisters... Daughter wasn't hurt, Hand will heal, and I will always wear gloves and listen to that little voice, I now know it was experience talking... Think wife is convinced too, and daughter has now been officially pitched for the first time. So that is good, she now knows that for the most part it isn't as scary as she thought. My hand however is hurtin... (Please insert pity here) (except for Speed, she'll insert the description of my lack of intelligence and good sense)

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post #2 of 24 Old 06-20-2012, 01:00 PM
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Hope daughter is OK.

Yes you are so right, age and experience has honed that little voice, the boring one that says, you have had enough to drink, eat, slow down now, watch that car it isn't going to stop, etc. etc.

My family laugh at me because I always have a pair of gloves with me, because 'You never know'

ETA, Rope burns suck, hope your hand feels better soon
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Glad nobody got more seriously hurt. It really is amazing how intuition comes into it. I've had days before when I will not ride a horse I have ridden hundreds of times, simply because something seems off, and I don't regret it either.

Now I know you would never do this, but I'm sure if it were my husband, he would take the opportunity to tell me HIS intuition was right and mine was non-existent. Score one for you.

Then again he loves it when he gets to tell me he was right

Seriously though, I am glad your daughter and wife are doing okay. Sucks that your hand hurts. Are you getting any sympathy from your wife? Once again, I am SURE that my husband would be milkin it, especially since I didn't "listen to him" in the first place.

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post #4 of 24 Old 06-20-2012, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by longshot View Post
(Please insert pity here) (except for Speed, she'll insert the description of my lack of intelligence and good sense)

Seriously, glad your daughter wasn't hurt and you definately have my pity for your hands

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post #5 of 24 Old 06-20-2012, 01:40 PM
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OH, you poor widdo fwing! (that's your pity, as requested)
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Glad your daughter is ok! I was cringing when I read that the horse was trying to back up!

My moment was nothing to do with gloves, but with helmets. I know some people never wear them, but I always wear one.
Reason being, when I was a teen (as a kid I was forced to wear a helmet at all times by my parents), my mare was recovering from a sprained tendon or something similar.
So we were starting work again after her rest period, and were strictly only supposed to walk.

So I thought, I'm a big girl now, I can decide NOT to wear a helmet on my own... And we're just going to walk anyway.
Fair enough, but, last minute, something made me grab that helmet. And that day, my horse did something I don't even remember, I just remember hitting the ground helmet first... Then nothing...
I was fine, but knocked out. But I couldn't believe what couldve happened had I not taken the helmet last minute.

But. I don't trust my gut completely, so I always wear my helmet now... Good intuition or bad... Just in case my gut is wrong! Ha ha!
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It's always best to get that first fall over with. Many riders are so terrified of falling that they never push themselves in the saddle, so when they find out it's not so bad, they're more confident the next time out.

Glad no one was hurt. I rarely wear gloves when working with horses, though I really should. I need to find a good pair of lightweight ones for this 95F weather!
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try the mechanic gloves, mesh on the back and leather on the palms and fingers.. don't last as long as I'd like but you get great feel and lightweight

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I re-learned this lesson earlier this year. Sometimes that little voice will get you. I am glad that everyone is safe, if not totally whole. I always poo pooed gloves but I found a nice pair at tractor supply that fit well. I would also say that with gloves you get what you pay for. I hope you are feeling better and your daughter is back in the saddle soon.
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oh I went and got gloves, (soaked the right one in water so it was cool on the burns) and calmed the horse down and she got right back on. We weren't going to leave it like that. Not much just a few laps of the roundpen but he did not get out of it. Not to mention, daughters, like horses need to end on a good
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