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    07-11-2010, 09:15 PM
Todays training... It went bad

I had my very first bad experience with my baby today.

I have NEVER saddled her before when I wasn't with someone, just in case I got into trouble. Well, today I decided was the day I'd step up and just saddle her, and if I run into a problem just deal with it as I come.

Now, this little filly is easier to saddle then most BROKE horses. I spent a lot of time with her and the saddle. I Can through it up, through it off her, she walks, trots, and lopes. I've slid it off her butt etc. No buck or a problem even after the first time we cinched her up.

So, I saddled her up and did some showmanship practice with the saddle on, then I notice the cat was looking sick, so Spring and I went over to see her...Turns out she got bit by something and had a little hole in her and it was swollen.

I tied the baby up, and brought the cat inside. I ended up having to go grab the first aid kit and I saw my baby had put the stirrup in her mouth, so it was caught there.

I went over and tried to undo the lead, which was pulled tight from her fighting it (even though it was a quick release knot). I couldn't get it out, so I started to take the back cinch of and as I was undoing the front cinch she panicked and reared up. She ended up flipping right over, and thank god my Parelli snap snapped because she would have either pulled out the post, or broke something in her body if the rope would have still been tied.

Once she was loose and back up she just stood when I came and let me undo the rest of the front cinch. Then it came out of her mouth.

She stood there with her head in my chest and we were both shaking and out of breath. About 10 minutes after (she still had her head on me), I walked around her and checked. She had very little injury's, but it kinda worries me where the one was. She had a cut between a cm and a inch from her coronet down. Not really deep, but it was bleeding.

After I noticed the huge flood because she landed on the water tank thing.

My poor poor poor baby. Thankfully she's not scared of the saddle and pad. Do you think she might be tomorrow?

I couldn't believe how much she trusted me to help her out.


Picture was after I put her back. I think she looks ok considering this is the first traumatic experience she's ever had. ???
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    07-11-2010, 09:30 PM
I hate this happened, but the best thing you can do is go out tomorrow and pretend this didn't happen. If you feel apprehensive and worry about what might happen now, then your horse is going to pick up on that and you might inadvertantly cause her to be nervous. Just be totally matter of fact and treat her tomorrow like you would have treated her yesterday! That's the best thing you can do.

If you find that she's being a little nervous or gets upset, then take some time to do some things with her that she's comfortable with and that she can handle before trying again.

One thing I really hate about slip knots is that when a horse pulls back on them they tighten up to the point where you can't undo them, thus defeating the purpose behind them! I have started using a modification of a slip knot that will not tighten when pressure is put on it. I wish I could tell you how to do it but that would be impossible. Craig Cameron calls it a bowline knot...maybe you can google it or YouTube it or something!?

And she looks totally fine in the picture! I think its great that she let you help her and relied on you. That shows a lot of the trust you have with her.

She'll be fine!! Just don't worry about it over much and make sure for the next little while that you don't leave her unsupervised when tied. These kinds of things happen, and thank goodness she's ok!!
    07-11-2010, 09:59 PM

Is this the bowline knot? It's what came up when I googled it.
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    07-11-2010, 10:29 PM
I agree - just pretend nothing happened and work with her as always. Doesn't sound THAT horrible and she looks fine on pic. :)

That's a very reason I HATE to leave horse tied without any supervision. I know not everyone at this forum agree with it, but too many things can go wrong. And I rather feel safe myself than sorry later when something happens.
    07-11-2010, 10:40 PM
^^I know, I normally don't, especially her because she's young.

And it was for like 30 seconds just to bring the cat to her owner because she wouldn't get up and was hurt.

I can't believe how fast it happened, and she's never tried to put the stirrup in her mouth before...

Just my luck, but I'm sooo thankful she's ok.
    07-11-2010, 10:43 PM
Originally Posted by Pro    
^^I know, I normally don't, especially her because she's young.

And it was for like 30 seconds just to bring the cat to her owner because she wouldn't get up and was hurt.

I can't believe how fast it happened, and she's never tied to put the stirrup in her mouth before...

Just my luck, but I'm sooo thankful she's ok.
Yeah, horses are extremely fast to get themself in troubles (especially the young ones). Just relax about what happen and keep working with her! Good luck!
    07-11-2010, 11:39 PM
I agree, you have to try to pretend nothing happened and just work with the saddle and everything like you always do. Glad she's ok! Scary thing to happen to any horse, but she'll get through it with you :)
    07-12-2010, 06:37 AM
Wow shame. I felt terrible when I read about this. I hope your both ok
    07-12-2010, 09:49 AM
That doesn't look like the bowline I am thinking of...and maybe I'm spelling it wrong. Basically the knot I'm talking about is a slip knot, but it can't over tighten. I will see if I can find out more information and get back to you!
    07-12-2010, 09:54 AM
Aww, poor thing. The positive that came out of this was that she didn't see you as the instigator, and allowed you to "save" her. She trusts you :)

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