Several years ago, Stormy's pasture mate, a big 3 year old Warmblood gelding named Will was just starting his training. He was an in your pocket sweetheart and LOVED playing with his jolly ball in the pasture. Will's owner (also the BO) had him since he was born but had been diagnosed with progressed Lyme's Disease that spread to her brain. She was very sick. After I moved Stormy to another facility and no longer took care of her horses, it was easier for her to let Will run into the barn, rather than walking him. One morning, Will was spooked and instead of running into the barn, ran around it. He collided head on with a board sticking out from the side of the barn. He collapsed and had a seizure. By the time the vet got there, he was barely alive. She said he was brain dead and he was humanely euthanized. I'm actually getting emotional typing this.. He was such an amazing horse and had SO much potential. I have a video of him fetching the jolly ball and running around the pasture with it in his mouth trying to get Stormy to play.
Anyway, sorry for the depressing story.. It's easy to forget how fast a life can be taken.
I have a few other non depressing stories to cheer everyone up..
It rarely snows here in Raleigh, NC so when it does, it's awesome to me! One year, we had our first/only snow and I just HAD to ride in it. Stormy is barefoot so no snow was going to pack, what's the worse that can happen? Since he was clipped at the time, I rode bareback with his blanket still on. All was going fine until we hit a large sheet of ice. I have no idea how Stormy didn't fall. I'm pretty sure it looked like something out of a cartoon. All of his legs slipping and sliding out from under him until we finally made it to the other side! Needless to say, I won't be so quick to jump on during wintery weather again!
When I was much younger, I worked at a large boarding facility who also bought and sold 'problem' horses. It became my job to work with said problem horses. They would have issues that ranged from rearing to refusing to move to untouched babies. When I think back, I was a lot braver than I am now. Or maybe just dumber.. LOL. Anyway, my best friend boarded at this barn and often helped me with the horses. One day, the barn owner got 2 untouched almost yearlings from some non-horse guy. They had to to be herded everywhere they were moved and were basically wild and scared. After a while, I had them halter broke and leading and was working on desensitizing. One day after school, I was walking up the driveway to the barn when I hear a scream and see one of the babies (Lil Bit) bucking out of the barn. When I got there, I saw my friend laying on the ground holding her mouth.. All she could get out was "Get that horse
". Lil Bit had kicked her in the face when she tried to get her out of the stall and then took off. Luckily, the end of the barn was fenced so she couldn't go anywhere. After she got up and we were pretty sure her jaw wasn't broken, we both died laughing. She tried eating a cookie later that day and drooled it out of her mouth. Ahh to be young and reckless again. Lol!