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post #11 of 27 Old 03-04-2011, 11:45 PM
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Glad you're both okay

There were a few times this winter when I went out to work my mare, and when I started ground work, she would slip like that...the top soil would be fine, but underneath it would be I would have to just do stuff not requiring much 'speed' those days.

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post #12 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 06:33 AM
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Scary. Glad both of you are OK. I would have screamed scaring the horse. Probably doing some damage.

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post #13 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 07:08 AM
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I honestly think it can happen to any of us. Just when we least expect it. I remember when I was with a girlfriend riding and we stopped in a hay field. She decided to take the horse I was riding and galloped off over this hill. All I saw was his legs up in the air. Holy cow! She came back with him and told me he tripped and they both went flipping over. She was fine and he was fine. All he had was grass stains on his knees.

Talk about scary!! She never did that again.
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post #14 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 07:54 AM
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Wow, glad both you and Phantom are OK!

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post #15 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 08:13 AM
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I hate riding on turf for this very reason. It's happened SO many times, grass in general is just a really lousy surface to do any sort of agile or quick movements. It's slippery at the best of times, nevermind if moisture is hiding underneath.

Glad you guys are ok, he's pretty darn sure footed to recover so quickly after such a big slip! Nice riding on your behalf to! I see so many people in this position and they immediately panic and haul back thinking they're helping the horse up by yanking on his mouth! Probably avoided something more major by letting him find that balance and recover, good job!

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post #16 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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Phantomstallion- Yeah I definately didn't scream haha. Afterwards I was like "What just happened?"

mbender- Yeah it definately can happen to anyone. That's scary what happened to your friend I don't know what I would do if a horse flipped with me.

Macabre- I'm right with ya with hating riding during this time because you never know. We had been doing circles for about 20 mins all over the place...sometimes tighter than that and we were fine. I am so glad I have a surefooted horse...he almost NEVER takes a wrong step EVER but when we do he is pretty good on catching himself. I'm glad I did something old trainer told when when a horse trips pull up but that never seemed right to me to so I always just give him his head(which my new triner says is the right way to go). The only thing I wished I had done different was not falling on his neck but Since I didn't know it was coming I really couldn't prevent it. Thanks though that makes me feel a lot better after the situation.

UPDATE: Phantom is completely fine. No heat or swelling this morning. And also when we let him out of the stall into the field he went and began chasing the younger horses at full gallop so I think he's definately fine...Thank God. I'm still gonna check him tonight just to be completely sure.

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post #17 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 11:49 AM
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Yep, it happens. Molly went completely down with me practicing barrels last fall, and the ground was completely dry. I ended up not remembering anything, in the E.R. with a concussion. At least Phantom didn't go all the way down and just got right back up....Molly catapulted me over her head!
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post #18 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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equiniphile- eek I can't imagine if me and Phantom had gone all the way down. I feel like I would be calm but he would panic. My one friend was walking on dry ground last summer with her horse just WALKING and all the sudden she tripped over nothing and went all the way down....anything can happen but those are the risks you're taking when riding.

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post #19 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 12:25 PM
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if you ride on the grass all the time, can you just shoe your horse with cleats? When we show at The Oaks (on the grass), our horses get cleats.

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post #20 of 27 Old 03-05-2011, 12:31 PM
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