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post #21 of 73 Old 07-26-2011, 06:58 PM
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I honestly kind of just figured that her charging was more that she didn't know what I wanted than that she was being aggressive. Her ears weren't back at all. They were pricked toward me when she came toward me.
If this was as I am imagining it, I have dealt with several horses like that and IME, it is most often a result of them being too friendly and too overhandled without the proper amount of respect to offset that friendliness. As a result, when something goes bad, their first instinct is to seek out their handler and get as close as possible because the handler will keep them "safe". They sometimes don't realize that they are still in panic mode and are still bucking so they will end up right in the middle of you if you're not careful (that's how I got stitches in my head, I wasn't quick enough to get out of the way and she was not deterred by my lead rope popping her in the face).

Truthfully, I much prefer a mildly aggressive horse because, normally, a couple of hard corrections and they stop, with the exception of the really aggressive ones that are truly out for blood. On the other hand, the "friendly" ones, you almost have to just terrorize them from the ground to get them out of your shirt pocket in a moment of panic.

That's wonderful news about your ankle, I am so glad that it's not broken. I have found, too, that the faster you get back to trying to use the injured extremity like normal, the faster they heal up.

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If this was as I am imagining it, I have dealt with several horses like that and IME, it is most often a result of them being too friendly and too overhandled without the proper amount of respect to offset that friendliness. As a result, when something goes bad, their first instinct is to seek out their handler and get as close as possible because the handler will keep them "safe". They sometimes don't realize that they are still in panic mode and are still bucking so they will end up right in the middle of you if you're not careful (that's how I got stitches in my head, I wasn't quick enough to get out of the way and she was not deterred by my lead rope popping her in the face).

Truthfully, I much prefer a mildly aggressive horse because, normally, a couple of hard corrections and they stop, with the exception of the really aggressive ones that are truly out for blood. On the other hand, the "friendly" ones, you almost have to just terrorize them from the ground to get them out of your shirt pocket in a moment of panic.

That's wonderful news about your ankle, I am so glad that it's not broken. I have found, too, that the faster you get back to trying to use the injured extremity like normal, the faster they heal up.
Yeah, I totally get what you're saying about preferring an aggressive horse versus a "friendly" one. I will say, though, that her reaction once I got on her was decidedly UNFRIENDLY.

LOL, smrobs, you're of the same mind-set as my dad (and now me ). When I sprained my ankle in high school (nearly chipped off bone playing soccer), my dad took my crutches away the next day and made me walk on it. Yay for incredibly high pain tolerances! Lol

Interesting note: The owner of the mare has not been back to the stable since the day after the accident (when she offered to clean my stall for me)...at least not that my friend has seen, and she's there every day, almost all day. Apparently it also looks like Gypsy's stall hasn't been touched in days (she was coming out and doing it every day). I hope her daughter isn't sick or anything. (My friend thinks she's "hiding" because of what happened, but I made sure she understood that it wasn't her fault...if anyone is "at fault" [other than my stupid butt for climbing on the horse in the first place], it's the rescue for lying to her).

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Good to hear you are less damaged than originally thought.

Perhaps the owner will come to her senses....and I have beachfront property in Nebraska if you are interested...

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Perhaps the owner will come to her senses....and I have beachfront property in Nebraska if you are interested...
Unfortunately not. She was being "friendly" today and was asking me what color saddle I thought would look good on Gypsy. She was also going on about how she wanted to get an aqua-colored halter for Gypsy so she could switch it up sometimes. I just smiled and nodded and thought to myself "Oh boy."

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Unfortunately not. She was being "friendly" today and was asking me what color saddle I thought would look good on Gypsy. She was also going on about how she wanted to get an aqua-colored halter for Gypsy so she could switch it up sometimes. I just smiled and nodded and thought to myself "Oh boy."

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I'm so glad to hear nothing's broken! Yay!
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It's so nice to be able to go back to the barn and DO STUFF!! Lol I managed to clean Aires stall today, helped my friend clean her two stalls, even turned Aires out all day. He was an absolute angel. He realized that I couldn't walk very fast and adjusted his speed to me (which is what he's supposed to do anyway, but come on, he's two!). He was also really good about being saddled, even when we tried our new french link snaffle on him (which he LOVES, by the way! No more chewing!). He was so happy to see me, too, since I couldn't make it out there all weekend. He stood with his head over the side of his stall (which is just shorter than I am...that boy is shooting up like a WEED!) and lipped my hair. Then he slipped his head through the bars and gave me horsey hugs. He was just very clingy the whole time I was at his stall. Then, when I went to turn him out, he usually takes off as soon as I unclip his lead rope, but I was having a little trouble because it's a new rope halter that I'm not used to (bought it the day I got hurt) and he just stood there waiting for me to unclip it, even though all the other geldings were trying to get him to play with them.

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What a good boy! You know, I think that they 'know' when we're hurt or need them to be gentle...I've had mine be extra considerate or cautious with me, too. Except that the 2 rascals want to taste my cast! Anyway, it's a good week for ortho news for HF members, apparently. My doctor said Wednesday that my fractures were worse than he thought (extra lines showed up on the recheck x-rays) but the healing is going faster than he expected even though it's worse...so....drumroll....I got the cast off and am in a splint already! 3 1/2 weeks! Still grounded from anything risky until rechecks in 3 weeks, but I'm thrilled. Gotta hand it to the cottage cheese!
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Yay, Ladytrails! That's awesome news!

I'm hoping in the next week or two that my ankle will really start healing well because my friend wants to organize a trail ride with her, me (on one of her two arabs), the trainer from our barn, and another friend who boards up the road from us.

My biggest problem now is my shoulder. When I landed on my back, it jarred old scar tissue loose that was limiting my range of motion (I tore my rotator cuff a year and a half ago) and suddenly I could raise my elbow above my head (something I haven't been able to do since I tore it). Well, Saturday I went to a barbeque with my parents and I went to go to my mom's car after it was over. I got up, put my crutches under my arms and started toward the car. No problems. Then all of a sudden, my shoulder went *POP* and there was a sharp pain. Now, it's like it was when I first tore my rotator cuff. Extremely limited range of motion and constant intense pain. In fact, my shoulder hurts so much that it literally drowns out the pain in my ankle and makes me feel sick. It hurts all the way up into my neck to the base of my skull and is giving me a massive headache...and it's gotten worse since I *stopped* using the crutches! I'm really not sure what to do now.

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Yikes! That might be something the Dr needs to check out. You may have torn something else or injured your shoulder worse.

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