Tips for Working Horses Alone
I have been working horses since I was 12 years old. Most of the time I work horses by myself, and (knock on wood) have not gotten into trouble. I do keep my cell phone in my pocket all the time, but this does not help if you are knocked out cold. Last year in my community, a woman was seriously injured at a barn. She was alone, knocked unconscious, and was at the mercy of people finding her, which was several hours after her accident. In trauma, time is of the essence. This got me thinking about my own safety practices. For all of you who work horses alone, what things do you try to assure safety? Have you been in situations where you were alone, something happened, and you were screwed until help arrived?
I feed and work horses on my own nearly everyday. I always take a phone, and I normally write a note saying where I am, what I'm doing and what time I expect to be back.
There's not much you really can do except let people be aware of what your doing and where you are.
I don't have anyone to ride with. (not many horse people my age around our parts) I have a phone carrier and keep my phone in there. Really isn't much else to do besides let your family/friends know your general riding area and how long you expect to be gone.
I've had a horse literally flip end over end with me on out in the middle of nowhere. We were both pretty p*ssed and sore so I walked us a mile or two back to the house.
Good points. But, I don't live near my family. Guess I should make more friends! If I got into trouble, hopefully my boyfriend would notice I am gone, but if football is on, I am sunk - haha:)
I have always worked my horses alone. I actually enjoy working alone and riding alone. I don't ever really think about getting that hurt, although I have.
One of the worst things that happened to me though was that I accidently locked myself in my horse's stall. The only way out was to literally climb the wall and go over the top, which freaked out my horse, but I did it.
So my best words of advice are... Be Careful ;)
If you are riding, wear a helmet. Tell (someone) where you are, whether it be the barn owner, your coach, someone.. & most of all don't do anything stupid.
I usually couldn't be gone for more than a couple of hours without someone noticing. I mostly try not to get knocked unconsious or seriously injured but that may happen someday. If it does I hopefully have a cell phone to call for help. I also carry a knife in each pocket. You can only do so much there will always be a chance you could hurt but that's the same for any activity. If I have a horse that is more likely than most to do something that may cause me harm I won't work it without someone at least checking on me if not actually watching me.
LOL, I'm not laughing at your friend, but with him. It's very embarrassing to lock yourself in a stall (or trailer). Thankfully your friends trailer had a canvas top!!
"Don't do anything stupid" is really subjective. Although I have never locked myself in anything (yet), I had a terrible incident with a manure pit. I worked at a breeding barn in which we had to do night checks - we all took turns coming in during the evening hours. Well on my night, I heard barking form the manure pit - basically a huge concrete lined pit. The barn dog had jumped in and could not get out. The pit was about 3/4 full of straw and poop, so not thinking, I thought "you poor thing!" and jumped in to save her. Well, when I jumped in, the pile sunk down and both the dog and I were stuck in the pit. Luckily (and very unusually) my pal had come with me to do the check. I yelled for her and when she saw us she fell over laughing. I was able to boost the dog out, but she had to get a manure fork to pull me out of the pit. If she were not there, I probably would have spent the night in a manure pit. Later, the barn manager told me that rats were common in the pit (which is why the dog probably jumped in). I have huge mouse-phobia, so being locked in a pit with rats probably would have sent me over the edge!
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