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post #1 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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Most horrifying day of my life.

Hey, I had a really bad day and cant stop freaking out. i went out to spend the afternoon before work with mustard, give him a good brush and then a quick lunge. Everything was good until the finally bit of lunging, i tried to push him into a canter. instead of cantering he got naughty, and bolted and i had to let go and then he spooked himself so he galloped up to the paddock, went through my friends horses electric fence, then through another electric fence into his paddock, then galloped around with roanie for a few minutes then tried to jump the fence into the other paddock and got dragged down and caught in the barbed wire and was down for a minute and then ripped himself free and bolted through that paddock. the neighbour came out to see why his herd was bolting and caught mustard from a full gallop somehow and hes so badly cut up all over his chest legs neck a few oon his head and all because he had a tantrum. I'm panicking so bad but the neighbour told me to go home and go to work and he put muss in his round yard for a few hours to settle down and then said hed take him over and put him in a small paddock.
All of this because he didnt want to pick up a canter on the lunge :(
Please dont like yell at me, call me a bad rider, I'm trying so hard here and this has been the worst day in my life for me, Ive never cried so much.
Hell i even got the lunging part on tape and u can see where he turns his head away and ignores the command.

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post #2 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 02:08 AM
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Hey now, don't blame your self for this, Musturd ( see what I did there :P ) was probably just having on of those days where he thought he was the toughest horse around.

It's not your fault that he bolted away from you, I would have done the same thing in letting go of the rope, you werent hurt, and he wasn't majorly hurt.

I have one question though, if you have a round yard available why not use it for lunging? If your unsure of what your horse will do, it is so much safer to use a round yard to do your lunging.

Stop feeling bad, your not a bad rider because of this freak accident, you did the right thing. Cuts can heal and fences can be fixed, so don't overly stress over this, it's ok to be concerned for your horse, but not so much blaming your self.

Keep us updated, and I would like to see the video. (:
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post #3 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 02:10 AM
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So sorry to hear about your scary day, Glad to hear your horse wasn't hurt worse. (((Hugs)))

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post #4 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 02:12 AM
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Yell at you? HEavens no. I would never do that. Accidents happen. Because you asked him to canter on the lunge is probably not the REASON it happened, if there really is a reason. There is some problem with him lunging and staying respectful of you, and your ability to shut him down when he does lose it. But those aren't "crimes" to be yelled at. And, people have those sorts of trouble with their horses , all the time. The fact that this time it lead to this disaster is , as far as I can tell from your post, sheer bad luck. For that, I am so sorry for you and your horse.

I assume that you have brought in the vet to take a look at the cuts, clean him up and make sure none of them have injured the underlying tendons or ligaments or that any foreign matter is still in the wounds.

It sounds like a perfectly horrid experience and all I can say is that now you just start diggin your way out, one day at a time, getting him better, mending the fences and starting back wit training, and maybe get some help?

Good luck, my dear, and no yelling here!
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post #5 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 03:04 AM
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I have no advice to offer, that has not already been offered.

I know what its like when your horse spooks and gets hurt. You blame yourself, even though its not your fault. Just remember, that because it happened - while you were asking your horse to do something. Does not mean that your horse blames you, at all. So therefore, don't blame yourself either!
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post #6 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 03:30 AM
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Another person here that won't 'yell' at you. Accidents happen, unfortunately horses are extremely unpredictable creatures and also seem to be very accident prone. You can always do things to reduce the chances of an accident, but often you can't entirely prevent it.
With an ottb as well, they do have a tendency to get a bee in their bonnet, and once they panic, you can't do a hell of a lot other than stand in the middle or sit quietly in the saddle and wait for their brain to come back down from space.

As SJ said above, if you have a roundyard available, I would strongly suggest that you use it for a while to get some control of him on the lunge before lunging in the open. Were you lunging in a bridle or halter? If a halter, try putting him in a bridle and either run your lunge line through the inside bit ring, over his poll and clip onto the outside bit ring /OR/ Run the lunge line through the inside bit ring and clip to the roller/girth points.
Both of these methods of attaching a lunge rein will give you more control. If a horse goes to bolt on the lunge and you can pull its head around to the inside, you will have a very good chance of stopping the bolt. The second method, with the lunge rein connected to the girth or roller, I have found to be the most effective on horses that act up on the lunge. You can't hit them in the mouth, only bring their nose to the inside. When they're more advanced I will attached an outside side rein, and keep the running inside rein so that you still have a good degree of control if you need it, but then you start working on an outside rein contact as well. Two birds with one stone ;)

I hope Mustard heals quickly so you can get back to letting him know that that behaviour is not on!!
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post #7 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 07:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone, ive felt awful since i had to go to work. was barely able to keep a fake smile on my face all night
Update: The people who own the paddocks went out and fixed up all the fences and took mustard into a small yard, sprayed him all over with yellow lotion for me and put him in a smaller paddock all on his own which is good so his paddoc mate cant bite or kick or dominate him as he usually does. I love those people, they are amazing. I tried to get off work but wasnt allowed by both my boss and mother. We havent gotten a vet out as several people all agree at this stage its not needed but tomorrow morning I will make my decision about that. He is also getting a tetnus needle tomorrow and i think hes going to be very sore :/

The reason we dont use the round yard is it isnt ours, its the neighbours and we have no priviliges to it. I would have used it if it were ours but the neighbour let us put him in theirs until he calmed down.

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He is a horse, weighs more than you and decided, for whatever reason, to be a brat. Luckily he was not hurt too badly and neither were you or anyone else.
If he cuts are severe that need stitching(probably too late at this time) give him a tetnus shot and give antibiotics for at least 10 days to keep infection away.
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post #9 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 05:15 PM
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Firstly, I am so sorry that you had such an awful day. That sounds horrible and very scary. Do not blame yourself... you were just going about your business and turdy decided to go about his (bad choice on his part).

I commented on your video you posted before about lunging. I urge you to NOT GIVE UP LUNGING just because of this incident. Of course, wait until he is better.

Without actually seeing the horse, the first thing I would do is get him lunging in a round pen (if you have one). Stop, go, turn on command. If he does all that. Good. Put him away for the day.

Put him in the round pen as many days as needed until you can see he really knows what he is doing. Every time he does it good, even if you work him for only ten minutes, put him away (that's his reward for good behavior). If he's bad, keep going and make him do more.

Once he's good in the round pen, put him back on the lunge line. I would use a halter and a chain lead over his nose. When he bolts, TUG AS HARD AS YOU CAN, so you pull his nose inwards. Bolting is unacceptable. If you are tugging and he is still not responding, try your very best to not let go (as long as you are doing it safely). Square up with him and stop him and send him out again (he will get sick of the game). Is there another horse you can practice lunging with while he gets better? Perhaps a not so green horse. That way you can gain some confidence with lunging. Maybe you can get a trainer to come out and show you. Often times if you see someone else doing it (someone else not getting bossed around by him) then it will give you the confidence to do it yourself.

Take it slow with him -- from the video you posted it seems as if he is just a bit confused. I don't know how much training this guy has had or any of his history but it just seems like he is green to me. Remember, a green horse takes a lot of work. Crying WILL happen lol. And days like this will happen too, unfortunately. To me, with a green horse, those days are a good trade off for all the days you see trade off and all of the learning that has been accomplished.

I do feel really bad though :( Wish it didn't have to happen. Don't let it discourage you though. Even the most experienced horse people can have these days. As someone said, "horses are unpredictable animals." You'll get through this :)
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post #10 of 25 Old 12-17-2011, 10:58 PM
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Yeah, I felt bad because the other day, I was lunging my horse, and it was kind of muddy out. Well, he ALWAYS gives me lip when I ask him to lope to the right on the lunge line (it's his bad side lol) and he bucked. He slipped and fell on his side, and got himself and my saddle all muddy lol. I felt pretty bad, but it's what he gets for bucking d: Don't worry about it though. Every horse (and rider) has a bad day. Trust me. I know (;
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