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    10-09-2012, 02:28 AM
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Yearling
Remember kids: animals are unpredictable

We all think from time to time that we know the animals we work with to a 't'.
Here is a little reminder that you should never take good behavior for granted.

It was raining on Sunday morning. My BO told me to feed everyone and give them fresh hay and water before starting to muck stalls, but to leave them inside (she keeps the horses inside during bad weather as she lost a horse to lightning a few years ago). My mother helped with what she could. She's afraid of being in a stall with a horse, so I did all of that. We finished feeding and watering both barns (we will call the one closer to the BO's house barn A and the one down the hill will be barn B) and drove back up to barn A to start mucking. I would do the dirty work, and mom would haul the wheelbarrow to the manure pile.

As I always do, I started with the stallion side of the barn. These horses are generally very sweet and act like geldings. As I finished the first stall, my mother opened the door to retrieve the wheelbarrow. The horse apparently decided that he wanted out, and he looked as though he was preparing to jump the wheelbarrow to escape his stall. I tried to push my way to the front of the stall to stop him, but he burst through and pinned my arm against the side of his stall in the process. He began prancing up and down the far end of the stallion aisle, posturing to the other younger males. I went after him before he could do any harm to himself or anything else. My mother pushed the wheelbarrow aside, grabbed the shovel and pitchfork, and hid in the tack room.

After many unsuccessful attempts at capturing the stallion, I grabbed a lead rope and smacked him on the rear a few times with it. He trotted to his end of the aisle where curtains separate the stalls from the arena. He refused to pass the curtains, thank heaven, and I stood beside the wheelbarrow so he could either go back into his stall, go through the curtains behind him, or bust through me. After some calm verbal reassuring, he walked back into his stall and I latched it shut. It was then that my adrenaline began to wear off and I noticed my right and and wrist were in pain.

The back of my hand had a few abrasions (mostly shallow, but the far left was about 1/8 inch deep), my wrist had some kind of burn-like abrasion which I can only assume came from the friction of his body, and an explosive pain was in my wrist and radiated to the tips of my fingers and the middle of my forearm. I honestly thought I had broken something. I showed mom and we hiked the short distance to the BO's house to tell her we were going to the ER.

As my mother started driving, we both noticed that I was getting very pale. In fact, when I looked into the mirror my lips where ghostly white. That was when she started getting very worried. She stopped in a shopping center parking lot an called for an ambulance (we live in a different state and she doesn't know the area very well). Despite the pain I was pretty much cool as a cucumber, while my mother was breaking down thinking I was going to die.

Fast-forward a couple hours and x-rays later - thankfully, I only made it out with some bruised bones in my wrist. They set me up with a splint and a painkiller prescription and sent us on our way. My mother called the BO to tell her how I was and ask what the deal with the horses would be at that point. The BO hadn't been able to get anyone else to come down to finish the work, so we decided to go back. While we were driving, the BO turned all the horses out (it had stopped raining by then). I'm not allowed to use my arm for a week, so my mother mucked the empty stalls and I helped out with my good arm giving fresh hay and water for the horses' dinner.

The below photos are of my injury, taken today. The abrasions are already on their way to healing, but they are actually redder than they appear in the photographs (I took off my splint to shower and clean out my wound). You can also see just how swollen my hand is right now. I actually have close to no feeling in and around my right thumb at this point in time...I'm hoping that's just because of the swelling and I will regain feeling when it goes down.

I don't blame the horse for being antsy, and I shouldn't have taken his usual good manners for granted. Later on when I gave the horses their supper, I gave him a pat and forgave him for accidentally hurting me and thanked him for cooperating with me at the end (yes, I talk to the horses). Remember folks, just because you know how an animal normally behaves doesn't mean they can't be unpredictable and potentially dangerous.
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    10-09-2012, 03:24 AM
  #2
Foal
Ouch I never trust stallions they are way to flighty I only trust geldings I hope your arm gets better:)
     
    10-09-2012, 03:37 AM
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ouch I never trust stallions they are way to flighty I only trust geldings I hope your arm gets better:)
There are some really nice, quiet stallions out there, and some really nasty or flightly geldings. Mine's a gelding and he twice tried to jump me to get out of his stall. He'll also chase dogs and small children from his paddock. I've known plenty of flighty geldings too - that's more to do with a horse's personality, training and feed than whether or not they have all their "bits" attached. I don't trust any horses 100% (much as I love them) because they're a living animal and are therefore unpredictable. (Heck, I don't even trust non-living things like computers, hence why I back up my files regularly!)
     
    10-09-2012, 04:19 AM
  #4
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Originally Posted by EvilHorseOfDoom    
There are some really nice, quiet stallions out there, and some really nasty or flightly geldings. Mine's a gelding and he twice tried to jump me to get out of his stall. He'll also chase dogs and small children from his paddock. I've known plenty of flighty geldings too - that's more to do with a horse's personality, training and feed than whether or not they have all their "bits" attached. I don't trust any horses 100% (much as I love them) because they're a living animal and are therefore unpredictable. (Heck, I don't even trust non-living things like computers, hence why I back up my files regularly!)
yer you are completly right I do trust my 2 horses 99% because they are getting old and would rarly hurt.
     
    10-09-2012, 04:44 AM
  #5
Yearling
This sort of thing is exactly why I don't agree with people who think "Oh, I know my horse wouldn't do this or that" and do things like sit underneath them. I'm sorry, but I'm sure most people have seen a horse cow kick at a fly or something similar. Imagine that leg coming forward and hitting you as you lounge underneath your 'perfect' horse. The horse might not mean to hurt you, but it can.

You got off really lucky, Reno. I heard a story only a couple years ago of a racehorse trainer who was killed by his horse whilst it was in the ties (for people that don't know racing, the horses are typically cross tied in a 'stall' made of metal bars). This horse was allegedly a real sweetheart, and the trainer was in working with the horse. The horse shifted its weight and pinned the trainer against the bars, crushing and killing him.

I hope you heal up soon! It looks nasty, and I can only imagine the pain.
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    10-09-2012, 02:32 PM
  #6
Yearling
Horses aren't perfect and people definitely aren't. I've seen people with pictures and videos of them just sitting on the ground underneath their horse (I believe one I saw way back they were even playing with a dog too...stupidity). That is just asking for trouble. You can never know when your usually-behaved horse will do something that you find unusual for his behavior. I've been around these particular horses to know that this was out of the ordinary for him, but I've always been careful about these things. My mother doesn't know a lot about...well, much of anything when it comes to horses...so I can understand that she didn't realize to close the door at least some way after removing the wheelbarrow.

I know I was lucky. It was just my arm that was caught and he could have done so much more damage if he'd gotten pissed at me while I tried to round him up. Mom won't go near his stall, but I have no issue. If anything, it was the humans' fault in the situation. Nothing against the horse. I love the big lug. I slept without the splint last night (no idea how I managed not to roll around like usual). The wrist scrape is kind of draining (ewww) and the top of my hand is scabbing. It'll probably scar, but it'll be a good story with a moral to tell people. The wrist is feeling a little better, though that may just be the Vicodin. Still a lot of swelling and numb thumb too. I'll put ice on it to see how that goes.

Thank you for your good wishes.
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    10-09-2012, 10:34 PM
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My mother doesn't know a lot about...well, much of anything when it comes to horses...so I can understand that she didn't realize to close the door at least some way after removing the wheelbarrow.
That's one of the reasons why I don't let anyone help me when I'm doing something with a horse, the other being that the horse will inevitably get confused if conflicting requests are being given or there is communication from multiple directions.
     
    10-10-2012, 04:42 AM
  #8
Yearling
Kept my arm wrapped for most of today. Put Neosporin on my open wounds too. Took a Vicodin around 6pm and got all loopy. Removed the splint a couple hours ago because I started getting a contact dermatitis rash from it (my skin is too sensitive). Kept some ice on the swelling while I attempted to play some Red Dead Redemption.

I actually managed to drive tonight...my brother wanted to go get soda. I'm apparently boss at driving with one hand. The cashiers at the store were very...sympathetic. On the way out I dropped my keys and scrambled to get it out of reflex, which made the tendons in my wrist hurt like crazy.

The swelling is sort of going down and I think I'm beginning to regain feeling in my thumb area. The abrasions are also scabbing over nicely.

Back to the farm tomorrow morning. Don't know how we'll manage putting everyone out to pasture if it doesn't rain...mom won't touch the horses and I don't like leading with them on my left side. Mom also has to be back home by 3:20 and it's an hour drive...so we'll have to finish feeding, turning out, and mucking for thirteen...strike that, twelve horses within a timeframe of 5 1/4 hours...if I'm able to muck with one hand it'll go faster than she did by hersef on Sunday (for not being a horse person, mom actually did a stellar job on the stalls...and my BO is extremely particular about how things are done).
     
    10-18-2012, 08:12 AM
  #9
Yearling
I'm happy to say that I'm almost all healed up.

The scab on my wrist is almost completely off with no open wound and the wounds on the top of my hand are scabbed up. I am concerned about the hideous scarring that will likely happen, but that's just an aesthetic thing. The areas of new skin around the injuries are numb except to pressure and pain, but I guess that's somewhat normal. I'll see in time.

Internally, my wrist feels better. Though the other day I was holding the dog (Siberian Husky) for my mother and he decided to lunge towards a tree...I heard and felt something in my wrist pop. It hurt like crazy, but I ended up doing my Wednesday barn work (breakfast, unblanketing, turn-out, mucking) in record time XD The pain still flares up now and then, but I have a couple Vicodin-Tylenol left and my mother keeps Motrin in the kitchen.

I'm doing a lot of personal exercising with my hand just to keep some strength in it...whether or not it's working who knows? But it makes me feel better. I anticipate that I'll be able to start my dressage lessons again next Wednesday. My BO/trainer decided she wants to switch me to riding one of the stallions instead of the old, arthritic man (I love them all though). He's going to be a challenge...he was imported from Spain and had an old head injury so he can't relax his jaw very easily. Makes me glad I have soft hands...

Below is the guy I'll be riding. I love him and he's a good boy. Unlike the others, he actually backs off when you go into his stall to pour his food. Leading him to his field he can get a little pushy (he quickly learned I wouldn't let him walk all over me), but he has his balls...so yeah XD
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