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    04-30-2012, 12:13 PM
  #1
Foal
Having a melt down :/ horse took a tumble..

I know im probably completely over the top but a few days ago I was getting my yearling familiar with the long line (lunge) he was doing a nice steady paced walk around the yard when out of nowere he managed to step on the line he got him self tangled and went down thrashing around so I went over tried to free him (i know it was prob a stupid idea coz he could have kicked me but he was bent over the the near side but tangle on the off side) .. really hard to explain as it was completely trapped and I was scared he'd kill him self as he's somehow managed to get his face in the mud and couldnt see!! Anyway as soon as I got close I soothed him and he stopped thrashing around told him its ok and got him up he was down fora maximum of 90 seconds..anyway im really worried now he's seems fine after and eat his short feed and hay just seemed sad and craved a bit of comfort which I gave him willingly. To be on the safe side I asked him to trot up and down before I stabeld him for the night to check for lameless .. am I panicing for no reason i've had him since birth and he's my baby!!

A horrible horrible experience
     
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    04-30-2012, 12:20 PM
  #2
Weanling
I'm sorry this happened. If you are concerned you can have a vet take a look at him. Have you desensitized him to ropes? If you haven't I would work on him getting him used to ropes all over him and wrapping them around his legs that way he shouldn't worry too much if this happens again.
     
    04-30-2012, 12:21 PM
  #3
Foal
Don't get too upset about it, it was just an accident! :) The most important thing now (in my opinion) is to act like nothing is wrong next time you lunge him. If you act like you're terrified this will happen again, he will sense that there is a genuine reason to be scared. Just get him in there and act CALM AND CONFIDENT (my mantra in life) and show him that it won't happen again.
As for why he got tangled up in the first place, if it was just an accident, try to ensure it doesn't happen again by keeping the line more taut and off the ground. If it happened because you're inexperienced or lack confidence while lunging, perhaps get a trainer out to help you.
Good luck!!! :)
     
    04-30-2012, 12:23 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Bridgertrot    
I'm sorry this happened. If you are concerned you can have a vet take a look at him. Have you desensitized him to ropes? If you haven't I would work on him getting him used to ropes all over him and wrapping them around his legs that way he shouldn't worry too much if this happens again.
hey yeah he's practially a lap horse if I sit, he's sits if I wonder round the yard he doesnt too if I lay in the feild he siddles up to me and catches some z's too lol he's the nicest colt i've ever had nothing fazes him. Im luckythat he trusts me coz if he hadnt have stopped moving once I went over I don't know what happened. I think im going to wait a few days and see whats he like if im still worried i'l call the vet thank you for your reply!!
     
    04-30-2012, 12:27 PM
  #5
Yearling
Glad you are both safe! That would have freaked me out too!
     
    04-30-2012, 12:27 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by foreveramber    
Don't get too upset about it, it was just an accident! :) The most important thing now (in my opinion) is to act like nothing is wrong next time you lunge him. If you act like you're terrified this will happen again, he will sense that there is a genuine reason to be scared. Just get him in there and act CALM AND CONFIDENT (my mantra in life) and show him that it won't happen again.
As for why he got tangled up in the first place, if it was just an accident, try to ensure it doesn't happen again by keeping the line more taut and off the ground. If it happened because you're inexperienced or lack confidence while lunging, perhaps get a trainer out to help you.
Good luck!!! :)

Your advice makes sense. Once he was up I got him to go round each way once then gave him 10 mins to calm down. I just hated seeing him so scared :( but as you said onwards and upwards!

Thanks for the advise guys! X
     
    04-30-2012, 12:36 PM
  #7
Yearling
These kinds of things happen. Get around enough horses and horse people and you'll be amazed at the things we all survive. Sounds to me like you reacted the best you possibly could have as well as learning the same lesson I once learned: Surprising things can happen when the horse steps on a lead rope for the first time. ;)
     
    04-30-2012, 01:00 PM
  #8
Started
Have never had that happen on a lunge, but I've had a simiar experience with my gelding whom I raised from birth...

When he was about seven months old or so, I looped his lead over a tree branch so he'd think he was tied just long enough for me to run up to the barn and back... looped the lead in such a way that it would come loose if he stepped backwards.

Well, stupid butt (lol) somehow managed to knot the lead around the tree, loop it around a back leg, his head, and a front leg and slide the now tied lead down to the ground (still around the tree) in the few minutes I was gone. I came back to find my gelding laid out on the ground, two legs caught in the rope and his head caught in it, with the lead still tied to the tree... (and I still to this day don't get how it got tied when all I did was loop it over a tree limb...)...

It took me forever to work the lead loose enough to unhook it from his halter so I could untangle him... luckily he stayed perfectly calm through it...



Next time you lunge, just act like nothing happened and stay calm and your yearling should follow your lead and stay calm as well!
     
    04-30-2012, 01:09 PM
  #9
Foal
It's bizarre cos I've never seen anything like it and it happened so fast!! Yeah Thursday al get him out and give it a go thing is at out stables ( we have out own yard) everyirhing runs so smoothly we have 9 horses. A mix of hair legged, sporty and miniature and it all just seems to be so relaxed even our stallion runs with the herd when our mates aren't horsing, I guess it's a lesson learnt. Never get to comfy something's always around te corner. Also while I'm here I've heard mixed reviews on if it's a good idea to teah ur horse to lay down? I just basically stood there and sort of sat down saying lay down and he did it so he wasn't forced but now I'm hearing it can cause problems? I of taught him so we could snooze the day away I the summer opinions? Thanks :)
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    04-30-2012, 04:27 PM
  #10
Foal
Don't be too upset, accidents definitely do happen. I had a horse go down while lunging too and it didn't have anything to do with the line...

Don't be surprised though if you both have to "re-learn" to lunge. It was a tramatic experience for both and you both may have reservations getting back into it - stick with it!!

Good luck and glad you guys are safe.
     

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