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        07-30-2013, 08:22 PM
    Bad spill today! :(

    This afternoon while out riding we(Watashi and I) were trying to cross a creek on the trail home and not ride through the newly planted grass on the repaired pond dam and got in to some really soft ground and he sunk to his belly. Scared the #@+! Out of both of us. Luckily. We both got out of the ordeal with a few scratches and a lot of mud from head to toe not to mention a chink in our pride. Just thankful Watashi didn't get hurt!!! So...... I guess we will be a lot more careful where we cross that part of the creek from now on
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        07-30-2013, 08:30 PM
    Yikes! Glad you are ok. Something like this happened to someone I know, she fell off and then the horse used her body for leverage to get out of the mud. It was not a good scene.
        07-30-2013, 08:55 PM
    Wow, glad you're OK! That sounds so terrifying.
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        07-30-2013, 09:17 PM
    Glad you & your horse are okay. And I have to say, that is the best horse name ever, Watashi!
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        07-30-2013, 09:47 PM
    I like that name too. We ride in some seriously soft ground, it's floating ground more or less (you can see waves in the dirt as the horses walk, can't remember the technical term) and its a serious concern about getting in the deep stuff, there's no bottom.

    Glad it all worked out. That can be scary.
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        07-30-2013, 09:49 PM
    Thanks guys! Yeah we were lucky mocachino I stepped off to the side when he began to struggle and luckily got clear before he fell . Waresbear Watashi means "beloved one" in an american indian dialect(cherokee I think). My friend who bred him named him in some association with Waylon Jennings . It always takes everyone a while to learn it. Lol
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        07-31-2013, 08:05 AM
    Very glad to hear that a very scary situation worked out the best it could!!
        07-31-2013, 08:28 AM
    It is referred to as liquefaction :) and as with others, that would have been a very scary situation. That is a time when the horse's instinct is going to kick in and they forget about the poor puny human.

    You are both going to be nervous when you approach that spot again. Be careful....
        07-31-2013, 08:56 AM
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    Ponds are real bad to collect silt where the creek or draw goes into one. I've been in real trouble a couple of times, once while picking the wrong place (near the creek) to ride a horse to the water for a drink.

    I have been on floating grass before, too. Was really scary. It was near the edge of a peat bog. The whole thing started going in 'waves'. I stepped off onto the grass and abandoned the horse to his best instincts. He went through just after I got off (I had hoped getting rid of my weight would let him stay on top but he fell through trying to turn around). He got out, but just barely. He got the reins wrapped around his legs and cut his mouth pretty bad. I got a lot smarter. I was pretty young back then - probably 16 or 17.
        07-31-2013, 08:58 AM

    I've been warned a lot about quicksand in the area I ride. Haven't run into yet but it scares me. I'm not from California originally so it's not something I used to identifying.

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