Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Road Riding Accident
Before I hear anything negative, I'm going to state I don't want to hear that we were wrong and stupid for doing such. We've been riding the roads for the past 4-5 years and have had no incidents. I just wanted to show what can happen when things go wrong, even after they've gone right for years.
Yesterday, we went out for a short trail (about 2 hours) after getting grain. Most of our riding is now on the road, though we have plenty of wooded trails, there's just road riding to get to them all. None of our horses have shoes and we regularly canter on uphill and flat stretches on the roads, never had a horse slip. Ever. We even race up some of the hills. Yesterday, we figured we'd let them out to their own desired canter/in-hand gallop pace up a hill with a VERY slight bend (you'd barely turn a steering wheel in a vehicle). All went beautifully and not one of our three horses cared about the motorcycle coming down the hill in the other lane. Pistol was in front, I was behind holding Alahna back from passing him, and Toby was in the rear. All of a sudden, Pistol went down. When Alahna raced (she still has flashbacks every now and again, which I deal with because of how well she does everything else I ask) she would come directly behind the front horse and cut to the side to pass at the last moment. I was in the process of moving her over when Pistol went down. I thought we were going right over Pistol and my buddy. I got her moved over just enough that we missed them, but my steel toe boot got Pistol in the mouth. I tried to pick my leg up, but I wasn't fast enough.
Pistol got right up and tried to take off again, my buddy still just fine in the saddle, but we pulled off into a side street to inspect the damage. In my opinion, he's going to be out for atleast a month, minimum. His pasterns and left knee got the worst of it, but he has a big chunk out of his right stifle (accompanied by heat and swelling slightly below), and he must've clipped his right front leg with his hind and has a gash about an inch deep there.
On a good note, we were only about a mile from home and we walked them all home (well, me and my other buddy rode). Pistol was lame on both hinds (the left had little visible damage) and lame off and on on his front left. He also ended up with a small cut in his mouth from when I kicked him, but nothing serious at all.
He's all bandaged up and turned out in the paddock. I'll be checking again today (Buddy and I both know a good bit, so haven't called the vet out yet, we'll determine that in a few days) an getting some pictures. It was too dark by the time we got back to take any decent pictures.
Anywho, again, not looking for any bad comments, just want to state my experience with how things can still go wrong after years of going right.
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