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post #11 of 20 Old 09-20-2012, 11:25 PM
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Last weekend I was crossing the river on one of our trails when my mare stepped into a deep gravel bar, panicked and flipped/fell on top of me.
I was actually thankful for the water and gravel as it made the fall easier on my leg that she landed on.
I was really worried she had hurt her back leg but thankfully we where both alright.
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post #12 of 20 Old 09-21-2012, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by horse1324 View Post
Last weekend I was crossing the river on one of our trails when my mare stepped into a deep gravel bar, panicked and flipped/fell on top of me.
I was actually thankful for the water and gravel as it made the fall easier on my leg that she landed on.
I was really worried she had hurt her back leg but thankfully we where both alright.
I'm glad you were alright!
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post #13 of 20 Old 09-21-2012, 06:00 PM
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My scariest one would have been when my sister and I were going for a trail ride years ago. We were on trails that we had been on 100 times, and decided to cross a large mud puddle (that had always been there). My sister's horse got half way through, then fell into a sink hole all the way up to his neck. My sister was able to kick free and get out, but her horse was suck and flailing. We always used to take rope with us when we rode, so ended up tying a rope around his neck, and used my horse to pull him out. The only injury was a small scrape to her horse's leg from being nicked by his back shoes. We were vey lucky, and looking back I applaud us for how calm we were (I was 8, and my sister 10 at the time).
Another time my sister's horse decided to start being a butt head right when we were passing a steep drop off. He started backing right towards it, and I told my sister to bail off, but she refused to get off him and let him fall. She was able to calm him down, but not before his back foot slid off the incline, and he was teetering on the edge for about 30 seconds until she was able to get him completely on solid ground. Scariest moment of my life. It was only a 10 foot drop, but the position they were in, the horse would have fallen right on top of her and she would have been seriously injured.
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post #14 of 20 Old 09-21-2012, 06:42 PM
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Two of the worst wrecks I've been in have been on the same horse. (that is now GONE! )

One of the times I had been doing rollbacks on the fence with him. (This was nothing new to him. We had been doing them for MONTHS, not every day, but a couple of times a week.) Well, he decided that he didn't want to use his hind end, so he tried to JUMP the fence instead. I saw it coming, tried to bail, but was too late. His back legs got caught and I was halfway off, still falling. I landed underneath of him and right as he kicked loose he stepped on my left calf, missing my head by inches. He was pretty scraped up, and I had a huge bruise, but other than that, we were both fine.

The second time, I was riding him bareback in a halter and lead rope. Something spooked him so he took off, jumped a log, and then braced against me. He ran for a good mile, turned sharply, then jumped over a ditch, twisting to the right (I was braced to go left) and he lost me. I remember falling, then don't remember hitting the ground. I guess I landed on my butt/back, then slammed my head back on the ground and skidded several yards, getting my hair caught under my butt in the process... I sat up and looked around for a couple of seconds. When I realized that I didn't know where my horse was, I jumped up and started jogging in the direction he had gone. I found him standing by the fence having a "conversation" with the neighbors horse.

That horse was seriously a NIGHTMARE! I STILL have a bruise/dent in my shin from him slamming me into the second barrel (barrel racing) since April! I also still have the red paint from a gate (coming out of the alley way) on my boot.. I don't even wonder why he's already up for sale again. I think he was accident prone..

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post #15 of 20 Old 09-25-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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While riding yesterday I remembered an almost-wreck I was involved in once, that was caused by problems with the humans, rather than the horses.

I was on a 3-day pack trip in the Blue Wilderness Area of eastern Arizona with my wife, sister, and brother-in-law. All of us had been raised with horses, however, other than myself, most of the collective experience was in the arena (gaming, roping). As we were making our way along a steep mountainside up in the pines at about 8500' elevation or so, we came up to a huge pine tree, fallen across the trail about 100' from the end of a switchback. Now the trail wasn't all that steep, but it was narrow, and the mountainside it was on would remind one of The Man From Snowy River, except there were a lot more large trees.

My brother-in-law (BIL) was lead, my sister next, then myself, my wife bringing up the rear. Oh, almost forgot the packhorse. He was loose, just following along...until we stopped at the log. My BIL and sister turned to me and said the log was too large to cross and there was no way to go around it. I just told them to turn the horses downhill and walk down to the trail, as it was only about 50 feet or so below us. They sat there and discussed whether they might figure out some other way to do this, or maybe just turn around and go back to another trailhead. While they were discussing it, and I was getting a little impatient, telling them to just ride down the hill, the packhorse got a little impatient and decided to find out what was happening up at the front. He pushed past all the horses, one by one, and made them all impatient and scaring everybody into thinking they were going to fall down the hill. Nobody but me seemed to notice that our packhorse, with the huge first-day pack, was walking off the side of the trail, and up and down, and back, with no problem at all. They still would not consider just riding down the hill. Finally, sensing that we were in for a real problem if we didn't get these horses moving, what with the packhorse wandering around and pushing the horses around (before flaming me about the loose pack horse, remember, this is taking place within a matter of about 2 minutes and shortly before he had been plodding along calmly behind the rest).

Finally, I just hollered up ahead and told them to just follow me and let their horses have their heads. The horses know what to do. I turned my QH off the trail and she calmly slid, walked, and skidded the 50' to the trail below. "No problem, see?" Well, they still wouldn't do it. Now their horses were starting to fidget, because they could see no good reason for not following my horse. The goofy packhorse certainly had no problem with it and followed us on down the hill. But then once he got down there with me, he remembered that his best girlfriend pasture buddy was back up at the upper trail, so he simply turned around and headed back up. He got about half-way up, and decided to come back to least for a minute...

Meanwhile, BIL, sis, and wifey, saw me waiting down at the lower trail and decide the best thing to do was to get off and walk their horses down to me. They were fuming at me, because I went down and made their horses fidget. Ok, I thought, at least they'll get down here. So then, astonished beyond belief, I watched my BIL lead his horse down the hill...I mean leading from the front! He was sliding down this hillside with his horse sliding along right above him! All I could do was grit my teeth and hope for the best. His roping horse was good on his feet and all went well. So then my BIL tied his horse to a tree...directly below the horses that were still up on the upper trail. He got off and went up to help sis bring her horse down (I was holding the packhorse by this time). So, then, at my pleading, they led my sister's gelding down by leading him from the still gritting my teeth. They parked her horse right next to his, directly below my wife's horse.

By this time my wife is the only one on the upper trail and her horse is just about beside itself because all the other horses are down on the lower trail. She would not ride her down, despite my pleading. About this time the packhorse somehow pulled away from me as I was preparing to head up to help my wife with her horse. She was already off her horse, but was afraid to lead him down the hill. In fact, I was hollering at her to just let the mare go an just follow, but she wouldn't do it (she was so mad at me she wasn't listening anymore).

So, as I was about to head up the hill on foot (note that my horse was nicely tied to a tree waaaay off to the side of this scene), the packhorse decided he needed to go help his best pasture pal (my wife's horse) and headed back up the hill. This time he got about 3/4 of the way up the hill, when he lunged and the 250# or so pack settled back and pulled him off balance. I watched in horror as his front hooves came off the hillside and I had visions of him tumbling backwards down the hill (remember where my BIL and sister are?).

Then, just as he was about to go over backwards, the young gelding squatted on his hind legs and caught his balance, with his front legs in the air. I remember seeing the raw power in the muscles of his haunches, as he squatted and gained control of the load and powered himself on up the hill. He must have stood there on his hind legs for a full 30 seconds as he caught his balance. This time he went up the trail and stayed there until I got up and brought my wife's mare down. I let the gelding get himself back down. I had my hands full anyway (horse, know).

We all made it down the hill to the lower trail without injury to us or the horses. Once we all calmed down and got our wits about us again, we headed happily off down the trail and enjoyed a wonderful weekend.

In the end, this would have been an uneventful detour had my companions had more confidence in the abilities of their horses. Horses can do amazing things. This was the converse of the problem most people talk about. You normally hear the stories about horses doing crazy things. This time the horses were trustworthy, but the riders didn't trust them. The fear of the riders was the problem in our case, and poor decision-making...and, of course, the loose packhorse.

Sorry it's so long, but looking back it's a good memory and I enjoy telling it.
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post #16 of 20 Old 10-12-2012, 04:22 PM Thread Starter
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Ugh. Had another minor wreck this morning on my green mare. She threw a fit as I was trying to side-pass her up to a gate to teach her about opening gates. She couldn't figure out why I wanted her to move toward the gate so she wouldn't obey the I poked her a bit with the spur. She threw a fit and we went up and down a bit, until she fell over. I rode her back up, but then she crashed into the gate post and fell again, against the gate. This time I just stepped off, became a spectator, and let her continue. She bent the gatepost section of the fence, rolled around, got up and buck-jumped into another portion of the fence, where she ran into a tree-cum-fencepost and fell a third time, with her legs up against the rabbit-wire fence. She rolled and struggled a bit more until she got enough room between herself and the fence to stand up. She finally got up and trotted off a few steps and shook herself off.

I went over to her, made sure there were no serious injuries, pulled a 1/2" diameter stick out of my saddle's cantle binding and got back on her. Rode her around a minute to make sure she was ok, then we went on a very enjoyable 2-hour trail ride with out incident, like nothing ever happened.

In the end, Penny has a scrape on her right front knee and a small scrape on her head, and I'm going to be very sore for a few days. I pulled a hamstring trying to stay on her after the first fall. I'm just not as spry and flexible as I used to be. She's just like 2-year old kid. She can throw a fit like that and seconds later be just fine and forget all about it and be just as pleasant as you please.

Sure has been hard on my old saddle. I have an old Hamley that was built for my wife's uncle. He paid $154.50 for in on August 23, 1948. Looks like I'm going to either have to rebuild it or bite the bullet and have Hamley's restore it. Saddle leathers need replacing, seat jockey is torn, now the rigging leather is starting to tear and the cantle binding has a big tear in it. Dang thing is just so comfortable I hate to stop riding it.

That's the fourth time this mare has had me off. She hadn't done anything like this in at least three months. Her training has been going well and I was just about to declare her fully "broke". Just goes to show, unanticipated things can happen at any time. Even a "bombproof" horse has its trigger. I figure this time it was my fault. I should have warmed her up with a few exercises before I tried the gate. A friend and I were just heading out for a trail ride and I decided to see if Penny would sidle-up to the gate and let me open it without getting off yet. Nope.
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post #17 of 20 Old 10-12-2012, 04:32 PM
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Me and my friend where running the horses on a trail (I was in front), we came around this bend and I slammed into a deer! My horse tried to stop but we slid into it with enough force the poor thing bounce off my horses chest and flew like four feet, she got up waited for her baby and they jumped off into the woods, no injuries on anyone's part!
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post #18 of 20 Old 10-13-2012, 04:09 AM
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Silliest wreck (not at all on a trail) ... a long, long time ago my then-horse decided he wanted to charge headlong into the area where my then-girlfriend's mom had put up four parallel clotheslines. They were full of bedsheets (so I guess I learned that giant white things flapping in the wind didn't scare that horse). He managed to get himself thoroughly wrapped up in bedsheets and clotheslines.

I didn't have that problem ... because, of course, I was at just the right altitude to get clotheslined off my saddle.

And of course y'all know who got to replace the clotheslines ...
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post #19 of 20 Old 10-15-2012, 02:19 PM
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Most of my good wrecks happened when I was a kid. One of my favorites happened on a fishing trip. We were high in the backcountry(Uinta Mountains) for a week of camping, riding and fishing. There are many lakes with great fishing so we ride from lake to lake and catch several fish from each. I was probably 10 years old or so and my cousin and riding partner to this day was a year younger than me.

It can be a pain for a kid to rig up his pole in moving from lake to lake, so he decided that he would just carry his fully rigged. Our horses were dead broke and could have cared less what we were carrying, but the trails are rough and there are lots of overhanging trees. His dad warned him that he better watch it or he'd end up hooking a tree and get into a wreck.

Of course like most kids he was very wise for his age and knew that he would never let this happen.

After 3-4 miles he started to doze in the saddle. I was riding just in from of him and looked back just as he hooked his 3 barb mepps spinner into a 4 inch pine branch. I hollered at him but he was oblivious in his sleep. Somehow he still had an iron grip on his fishing pole and in about 3 steps his arm was fully extended behind him and over his shoulder and he was being twisted in the saddle. The old close faced pole he had didn't have working drag so it wasn't giving any line up and he was being pulled backwards out of the saddle.

Being no dummy he pushed in the thumb piece on his reel to allow line to go out which released the tension instantly and caused his pole to fly forward and he went off the front of his horse and lay there on the ground with his horse staring down at him with one of those "now how in the @#$$ did you get down there" looks on his face. All the time he still has a hold of that fishing pole and its still hooked high in the pine that is now about 10-12 feet behind him and his horse. We still give him a hard time about that one. It wasn't a bad wreck, but it was entertaining.
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post #20 of 20 Old 10-15-2012, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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This has been an entertaining thread. I hope it keeps going.
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