I don't know how, but I've never been seriously hurt around horses.
The worst was when I was breaking a 3 year old for someone. I was only about 16 or 17 at the time and he was a weird horse.. completely calm and responsive and sweet one day and then off the wall nutty, spooky, and bucking the next. Not horrible, but very obviously extremely green.
I was working him in the roundpen one day and went to walk up to him. He wheeled away from me and kicked out as he took off, glancing the side of my head. I remember losing all sense of hearing and everything was like in a fog... managed to get to the side of the corral and up the railing because he was coming apart by this time. My hearing came back after a few seconds and I just had a big goose-egg lol.
My "worst" horse experience though was when hunting two years ago... We trailed 10 hours up and over a mountain and made camp. My friend and I decided to hike and hunt for the day as it was really rough terrain, and left our three horses tied to large rocks at camp (like we've done many many times before). The horses had tried to leave the following night so we didn't risk leaving any of them loose and hobbled. We ended up being gone longer that day than we'd figured on... like 11 hours of hard hiking, and when we topped out over the mountain looking back down on camp that evening (exhausted!)... no horses to be found. Somehow all three had gotten loose and headed for home. Looked like a D8 Cat had gone through so I figure the lead mare got loose and the other two went nuts until they got loose too. We went to bed (which was all we could do at that point), got up the next morning and packed everything down off the mountain on our backs. Thank god it was mostly downhill (but very marshy lol). We found the horses that day tied up on the side of the highway, and a note on my pickup *head desk*
Crappiest part was that I had to leave to college a couple days later so I had to send my poor brother up on a two day expedition to recover our saddles and horsepack gear... and it snowed before he had time to get up there. Took him an entire day just to find our stuff in that little valley.
Lesson learned: Do NOT leave fresh, well rested horses tied for a day at the beginning of a trip in a place they don't want to stay. We shoulda drug them along with us that day.
Last edited by SnowCowgirl; 02-21-2013 at 06:40 PM.