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        10-19-2012, 10:49 PM
      #11
    Foal
    This isn't nearly as bad as everyone else's, but here goes...

    Just 10 min ago my horse mistakened my finger for a carrot.
    Ouch :(
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        10-20-2012, 06:34 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    My poor boy just about gave me a heart attack today. I called him up to the gate to put some sunscreen on and he decided to try and come up a very steep bank instead of going the longer safe way. Halfway up his front feet slid out from under him and he flipped over backwards down the bank. All I could see from the top was his terrified eyes and then legs flailing before he disapeared from view. Got down to him in record time and he had landed with his legs up against the bank and couldnt get up. I sat with him until he caught his breath and then he managed to roll over and get up. No injuries that I could see but Im sure he will be sore tomorrow! And I wonder why I am going grey at such a young age...
         
        10-20-2012, 03:19 PM
      #13
    Foal
    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!
         
        10-20-2012, 03:44 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I've had a few with Comet. The worst one would have to be when a friend and I trailered out to a horse trail last winter (I'm 16, and she is a few years younger, so her dad was the one hauling). It was about December, and we thought it would be fun to take a ride on a local trail a few miles away. Comet is a big guy, and the horse the other girl brought was a small mare. Normally we'd haul Comet in the big stock trailer that the barn owner has, but we used my friend's trailer. It was pretty small, but the trip would only take 15-20 minutes, so we hauled them over. On the way, Comet was perfectly fine. We unloaded them, tacked up, and rode. When we got back to the trailer, Comet would not load. We tried for about an hour and a half, with no luck. Finally, they went to call the barn owner to see what we should do. They had to go out to the highway (you enter the trail from M-22, a pretty major highway in Michigan) to get service. Not thinking, they took the other horse and I continued to try to get Comet to load. All of a sudden, Comet panicked, and ripped the lead out of my hands. He ran full speed at the highway to find his lil horse buddy, and all I heard was the other girl scream.
    I don't think I ever ran faster. When I got there, a few cars were pulled over. I thought the worst, because the other girl was crying. Luckily, he whirled around and ran back into the woods. I caught him a few minutes later, and amazingly, he was not injured. Just really scared. He had almost been hit by a few cars, but they had seen him in time and pulled off.
    Later, the barn owner came and got us, and I learned that Comet will NEVER be loaded in a small trailer again. Amazingly, he wasn't traumatized by the whole thing and he still loads okay.
         
        10-20-2012, 06:51 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    Over the summer we ran the horse out for the night, slept in he arena as per tradition and woke up to horse in the team building. Then it was two, then three then five. Somebody *cough* Misprint *cough* broke the fence and the other followed. The field and team building are separated by a fence but there is a ditch so people in team building can't get too close and bother the horses, as it turns out that ditch is very easy for horses to cross....and the grass in team building is delicious
         
        10-20-2012, 06:54 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    My friend's horse (well the horse she rode in lessons) decided it was a really cool idea ot jump out of the ring...from a stand still
         
        10-20-2012, 07:04 PM
      #17
    Started
    Well, Brock's done plenty of scary things but the one that really gave me a fright was when I'd just led him back into his stall after my friend and I had taken him and Star for a walk. He'd been a bit feisty but nothing unusual. I'd turned around to go back out and someone had shut the door behind me, so I was fiddling with the bolt when I heard a sound behind me. I turned back around and there was Brock rearing up trying to leap over me and the door to get to Star. My heart leapt into my mouth but I hissed and bellowed and chased him back into the corner before getting out and having to sit down for half an hour to get my breath back.

    I did have another scary experience when my 4yo sister wandered into his paddock and he went to charge her but I managed to head him off early, get her out of there and give my mother a 20 min lecture...
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        10-20-2012, 07:06 PM
      #18
    Started
    Ugh, double post.
         
        10-20-2012, 07:12 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I nearly had a heart attack when I was lunging my pony and he freaked out and started bucking and then of course he slipped and slide all over the place. He had such a look on his face, the same look cats get when they miss a jump and they glance around to see if someone was looking and then tries to play it off as if they did it on purpose. Too funny!
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        10-20-2012, 07:47 PM
      #20
    Foal
    This one qualifies as the worst night I have had with a horse...ever...and I never want to repeat it.

    When I purchased my Rocky Mountain horse Leaf from my friend Ginger, part of the deal was that I would do some basic respect work on one of her other Rocky Mountains, Oak. She has a bad habit of feeding treats ALL the time and Oak had really turned into a pushy, disrespectful horse. This was getting dangerous for her as she is in her 70s and Oak was pushing her around with his head, knocking her down etc...So, over to our boarding facility he came.

    I was able to work with him, my daughter's appaloosa and my new horse Leaf on a pretty consistent basis. Oak was really getting good at groundwork and was really turning into a nice horse. Leaf on the other hand was becoming a real bully to the other horses which was kind of surprising since at his old home, he was low man in the pecking order. On New Year's Eve last year we were out working all three as it was a really nice day out for January. We started with my daughter's appaloosa and when he was done went to retrieve Oak from the pasture / pen for his turn. When we got outside, someone had left the gate unlatched (there were several horses in the same pen) and our two boys had gotten out.

    Hind sight being 20 /20 I should have gone and gotten a bucket of grain, caught them and put them back in. Instead, they both had been getting better at catching so my daughter and I went up without grain. As we walked toward them, Leaf saw an opportunity to push Oak off of the hay bale they were standing at and send him around a big old concrete silo that is next to the barn. When my daughter went to catch Leaf he decided to be naughty and ran at Oak and pushed him all the way around the Silo. I heard a crack, my daughter scream and ran up to find Oak fallen through an old board lid covering the loading cistern at the base of the silo. As I got there his head was just coming out from under the water.

    My first thought was to get him above the water and he must of thought the same thing as he made one big jump and got his front legs out of the silo and I bear hugged his head to keep him from going back down. My daughter ran to get the halter she had dropped and put it on him. Now I braced my legs against the edge of the cistern and held the 1200 pound horse from sliding back into the water. I had no idea how deep the water was and if he could even stand in it so I wasn't going to let him go. We screamed for help, my daughter called 911, and we held on. The BO was 45 miles away at a hotel with her family for the weekend and her manager had just left to run an errand. A local couple (angels) Art and Jean heard us scream and came put the other horses away, called 911 again, called the vet and anyone else they could think of.

    My daughter (11 at the time) was so brave and clear headed, I was so proud of her. She called, gave directions to the dispatcher, talked to the vet, all like she did this everyday. Later people remarked that they couldn't believe they were talking to an 11 year old. The response we got from the local community was amazing. Although it felt like I had been holding Oak's head out of the water for hours, the first fire truck arrived in just over 15 minutes. Shortly after that people appeared out of nowhere. Firemen, police, the BO (she drove over 100 miles an hour to get there when she got the call from her manager) neighbors, a local tow truck operator anyone who had a scanner on or who got a call came to the rescue. Within 30 mins. There were nearly 100 people there.

    At this point I was done in. I had been holding Oak up for nearly 45 mins and a couple of young firemen took over. We also got a strap around his chest and one under his hindquarters and we hoped to lift him with the tow truck. Unfortunately the tow truck's boom was too short so a local timber home builder volunteered the use of his 5,000 pound 30 foot boom truck. 4 firefighters jumped into the water with Oak, found out how deep it was and eased him down so he could stand. The water was later found to be about 40 degrees and the air temperature had dropped to below freezing. He was starting to shiver and we knew we had to get him out quickly. At 1.5 hours after he went in, Oak was lifted out by the big boom truck and onto the ground where he instantly collapsed. Apparently I made quite a sound when he did as I just knew he would never get up again. I had really started to love this horse and the 45 mins I spent looking into his eyes while I held him up had really sealed the deal.

    When he went down we had blankets ready and covered him and started rubbing him to get him warm. We didn't know if he had broken anything or had internal injuries so the BO started giving him a thorough look over. Finding nothing we decided to see if he would get up. Surprisingly he popped right up and I walked him into the barn. There he got a thorough sacking out as about 10 people walked next to him, rubbing him with blankets and doing anything they could to get him warm. We feed him some grain to get some heat in his system and the only injury we could find was a small piece of the broken top of the cistern had stuck to his side with a small nail and he has rubbed the hide off of the underside of his chest (where the cinch would go). Other than that, there wasn't a scratch on him. How that was possible I will never know but we have decided that God loves Oak as much as we do and we must have friends in very high places.

    No one knew the cistern was there and the boards covering it had grown over with dirt and weeds so it was nearly invisible. I had seen the spot before but thought it was just a bump of dirt at the base of the silo. Just to think what would have happened if the horses had gotten out in the middle of the night, or a kid had fallen in there. The results could have been much, much worse. There is now a railroad tie cover over the hole and Oak has returned to live with Ginger but with the agreement if anything ever happens to her, that Oak is returned to me. We have connection he and I and I will remember that night as long as I live.

    I was SO impressed by our small town community and the people who came out from our volunteer fire dept. To neighbors to friends who dropped everything and came. As a thank you my wife made 25 pounds chili and took it to the Timber frame company and the fire dept. Apparently it was a big hit. Sorry this is so long but it makes for a good story...now that is in the past!

    Cheers!
    Les
         

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