Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Ground work saved a LIFE today! Long, sorry!
Hey all. I had the most frightening experience. I'll condense so it's not a three page post...Trainer is loping an almost 3yr old in the big outdoor pen. Filly comes into some deep footing (we think), took a bad step and went down - a complete summersault. As she is getting up, trainer is still aboard, sort of. His bell was rung pretty good. She stumbles again and he goes off the side, but spur gets hung in the pad. Right spur hung, and he's off the left side, kinda half unconcious. He has his wits about him enough to grab the inside rein and turn her head towards him to avoid her running off. She starts to spin. I'm in total shock at this point and walking as fast as I can across the pen. Didn't want to run and frighten her more. So I see her foot clip his head and I'm sure he's done for. Suddenly, as she starts to panic, I hear him say in a completely calm voice "whoa". She stopped instantly. I'm frigging serious. Dead stop.
I get to them, and try to free the spur but can't. The buckleon the strap is mangled. He tells me to lay the horse down. I think he's got to be jking. I asked her to just by guiding her head down and she LAYED DOWN. I can't believe it at this point. Uncinched the saddle, and freed the poor guy. Filly still laying on the ground, my dear friend is bleeding but alive. I asked filly to get up and she did. Thankfully she's unhurt. My friend tells me to saddle her again and ride for just a few minutes to restore her confidence. I did and she was fine. My friend and trainer injured his ACL in his knee, and now has a few stitches in his head, but is otherwise fine.
This filly had a strong foundation of groundwor, and knew what the heck the word "whoa" means. She has a trusting relationship with people and I think that's the only reason she layed down ror me. I firmly believe that her early foundation saved my friend and trainers life. I learned a few lessons from this - I'll never wear spurs with a chunky woven blanket EVER again, and no matter who says it's BS, I'm gonna continue with the ground work an all of our horses.
Vet came to examine the filly to be sure nothing was wrong, and says she is perfecly healthy and sound. Thank goodness. I think I wanna buy this one!
Goodness, I'm still kinda shaking from the whole ordeal. I'm just so glad it turned into a happy ending!
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork