I work with a horse who has had a back injury so has been out of work for quite some time now. She's finally pain free so it's time to get her back in to light work. I took her up to the arena and put her through her paces a bit. Only 20 minutes or so of light trot work, with a touch of canter thrown in. All groundwork by the way.
Anyhow, My mum was there and after I put Maddy in the roundyard to have a roll off and wait while I worked another horse, she decided she wanted to get on Maddy bareback. She proceeded to lead her up to the logs used for mounting bareback without letting either myself or my cousin know her intentions, so we were both still in the arena. My cousin figured out what her plan was and put the pony she was working with away to go up and at least hold the lead rope or something to help my Mum out. Bearing in mind of course that this horse hasn't been ridden in nearing 6 months. My mum is a great rider and has a lot of confidence. Confidence that in this situation got in the way just a tad!
So she got on alright, but then the trouble started. Maddy decided she wasn't turning and proceeded to back up madly. Right in to a rather large mound of rocks. Here she threw in a buck, which Mum sat like a champion, however on hooves reconnecting with earth, Maddy slipped. She fell on to the rocks and pinned Mum's leg underneath her. At this point my cousin is bolting across to her yelling "don't move!" Meanwhile I'm screaming profanities from the arena while letting the horse I was working loose and joining in the bolt up to Mum & Maddy.
Luckily, Maddy didn't panic. She laid still, although you could see in her eyes just how terrified she was. We got Mum out from under her & somehow her leg was fine. We then had to move a rock to get Maddy's foot unstuck. She still refused to move. So she was gently rolled over on to her other side, off of the rocks where she jumped up like lightning.
Thankfully, Mum came out of the ordeal with nothing more serious than a badly sprained wrist & some minor cuts & bruises, although she's freaking lucky she didn't cop a lot worse from me coz between tears I was furious with her! We took her up the hospital and her wrist X-rayed. Maddy has a cut on her rear fetlock and the elbow of her front leg.
All in all, one of the scariest moments of my life and I am so thankful for Maddy waiting patiently for us to come to the rescue. If she had have panicked and scrambled Mum's injuries would have been a whole lot worse.
Kudos if you read it all, I just had to share the ordeal!