Falls, Breaks, Kicks, Bites! Whats the worst youve had?
Okaayy, Ive been sitting here wondering what things horses have done to people! So i would love to hear whats happened to you! :lol: From a bite to a kick to fall, Anything! Have you had the 100 falls to make you a great rider, ha ha.
I've received a concussion after being thrown off a pony before, it wasn't fun :/
We had an evil, woman hating sorrel mare. She was given to us drugged with a months supply of the stuff that we were told were supplements
She bucked my mom off a few times and these people got a huge tax write off since the mare was supposed to be for our therapeutic rising program.
Anyway, that jerk mare saw me going through the pasture to get my horse out and she came at me. First thing I remember is her big brown side and dodging to avoid a kick, only to have her pin me into the barb wire fence. Left some puncture wounds and scars on that deal, and my mom left a big welt across her nose, beating her off me with a lead rope. She was a perfect angel around men and was sold to a single guy. She never so much as flicked an ear or swung her bum at him. Oh and previous owners were pretentious women and a preteen girl of course.
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I got double barrelled by a pregnant mare once (my fault >.>) and it turned my entire leg blue and purple. Not fun!
This was only about 15 minutes after it happened.
My draft X stopped at a small cross pole.......then went over it, coming up and smashing my face with his powerful neck. Fractured an orbit and looked horrible for about a month-then had to have a cheek implant to make my face right again. All is good now......but man that hurt! After I just sort of slid to the ground. Turns out his previous owner jumped him in a saddle with a broken tree. Once I started using a Gel pad he was fine. That was almost 20 yrs ago, and he and I are still going strong. In fact, he became my daughters 4h horse, and he took total care of her.
Oh goodness! I have had so many injuries over the years that it is a wonder I never packed it all in!
Most of these injuries were because I was either fooling around on ponies or taking things for granted.
Broken arms, leg, fingers, teeth kicked out, ribs and enough concussions to now know that I am concussed when I am!
If Endiku thinks that is a bruise then she should have seen some of mine and my sister bruised far more easily than ever I did. (She was once leading a horse out when it messed about and knocked her over so she sprained her ankle and was black with bruising from her thigh to her toes.)
I don't know how, but I've never been seriously hurt around horses.
the worst was when I was breaking a 3 year old for someone. I was only about 16 or 17 at the time and he was a weird horse.. completely calm and responsive and sweet one day and then off the wall nutty, spooky, and bucking the next. Not horrible, but very obviously extremely green.
I was working him in the roundpen one day and went to walk up to him. He wheeled away from me and kicked out as he took off, glancing the side of my head. I remember losing all sense of hearing and everything was like in a fog... managed to get to the side of the corral and up the railing because he was coming apart by this time. My hearing came back after a few seconds and I just had a big goose-egg lol.
My "worst" horse experience though was when hunting two years ago... We trailed 10 hours up and over a mountain and made camp. My friend and I decided to hike and hunt for the day as it was really rough terrain, and left our three horses tied to large rocks at camp (like we've done many many times before). The horses had tried to leave the following night so we didn't risk leaving any of them loose and hobbled. We ended up being gone longer that day than we'd figured on... like 11 hours of hard hiking, and when we topped out over the mountain looking back down on camp that evening (exhausted!)... no horses to be found. somehow all three had gotten loose and headed for home. Looked like a D8 Cat had gone through so I figure the lead mare got loose and the other two went nuts until they got loose too. We went to bed (which was all we could do at that point), got up the next morning and packed everything down off the mountain on our backs. Thank god it was mostly downhill (but very marshy lol). We found the horses that day tied up on the side of the highway, and a note on my pickup *head desk*
Crappiest part was that I had to leave to college a couple days later so I had to send my poor brother up on a two day expedition to recover our saddles and horsepack gear... and it snowed before he had time to get up there. Took him an entire day just to find our stuff in that little valley.
Lesson learned: Do NOT leave fresh, well rested horses tied for a day at the beginning of a trip in a place they don't want to stay. We shoulda drug them along with us that day.
I have so many injuries I wouldn't know where to start...
Broken bones, concussions, sprained neck, dislocated ankle, smashed nose, black eyes, twisted tailbone, broken rib, etc...
Haven't had my teeth kicked in yet, knock on wood.
My first really "bad" experience was sort of odd. Still to this day I don't understand why on earth the horse bit me. I was up at a friends house and they had a few horses. I was about 12 so of course we have to go see the ponies! So I'm standing there petting this horse, he is just grazing away.. then bam out of nowhere he reaches around and chomps down on my thigh! I swear I couldn't walk for about two days. Ugly bruise too!
Then once I was putting boots on a horse, of course I didn't think "hmm maybe I shouldn't be leaned this far under.." AND I get a foot to the head. Nice big goose egg.
My worst still makes me angry to this day. You know the saying green horse plus green rider equals black and blue? Well I think an adult should know better than to shove a 15 year old girl on a green 3 year old (mind you I had little riding experience at the time) I thought Oh I'm cool.. rode a bucking horse. Its now finally been a year since my back surgery. He threw me off multiple times. I'm mean THREW.. I got some air man. Several times. I hit the ground flat on my back. I couldn't hear or see for a few minutes. Whats really ironic.. I miss the dang horse!
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