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    10-03-2009, 03:05 PM
  #21
Weanling
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Originally Posted by SmoothTrails    
We were trail riding on the Mississippi River during hunting season, and somebody thought we were deer for a second and shot in our general direction.
Holy crap! That's terrifying!
     
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    10-03-2009, 03:09 PM
  #22
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Painted Horse    
Let's see, What the worst? You decide.
First off, you need to understand, that I don't ride in arenas or fairgrounds. I ride in some pretty rough stuff.

On a pack trip in the San Rafael Swell area. Going into Robbers Roost. We were winding up a narrow trail, A pack horse rushed up and bumped a saddle horse/rider. That horse went over a 40' cliff, Rider baled, but horses crashed and broke it neck. Dead Horse.

And ride in the same area my friend's horse ruptured an aorta ( at least we think.) it was trotting along and suddenly started weaving and become unbalanced. Rider got off and the horse laid down and died, all with in about 5 minutes. We took the saddle, cut the brand off and left.

While riding in Yellowstone Park, a friend had a horse break a leg. We had to cut it throat with a knife because park rules prohibit carrying any guns in the park. Since then we always sneak at least one pistol in. Never want to have to put horse down that way again.

I was riding a young green colt. He was pretty herd bound to the gelding I had my Brother in law riding. We came to an area that I thought looked boggy, So I tried to get him to circle around to the right, My Brother in law went left. The colt was upset and fighting me, lunged into the area ( and it was very wet boggy under the grass) and immediately went dow and started thrashing, I stayed on about 3 bucks and then came off, The horse landed on top of me. I was under his belly and reached up and grabbed his halter and pulled his head down to stop him from thrashing any more. My Brother in law, seeing my legs sticking out from under the horses belly and thinking my head was under the mud, came a running, waving his arms, trying to scare the colt off me. Didn't know I was trying to calm the horse. The colt paniced and started fighting again and got a hoof up on my chest and as it pushed off with that hoof, broke two ribs on me. It was a long painful ride back to the truck 15 miles away and a two hour drive back to home.

I was also riding with some friend in the desert, I was the 4th horse to cross a small stream, I felt my colt struggle a little like the mud was holding his feet. The 5th horse right behind me, went down as it followed into the same spot, in what turned out to be quicksand. His whole front end disappeared. The horse was covered in mud from the cinch forward. His back feet stayed on firm ground and hauches never went in. The rider was flipped over the horses head and landed on his back in the river.

Here we clean the mud out of the horses nostrils and eyes.


While at a CTR, I witnessed another fellows horse slip while crossing a ditch. The horse fell and landed on the rider. He was under water, with the horse upside down on top of him. The ditch was so narrow the horse couldn't roll off. The horse was trapped like a turtle upside down. We all jumped off and grabbed the horses legs ( trying to not get struck by the flying hooves as the horse struggled) and pulled him off the rider. He about drowned. Besides being underwater, the saddle horn had knocked the wind out of him. He pulled from the event. Too sore to ride.
WOW! I don't think I've ever heard that many scary things from one person before! You certainly are a trooper.
     
    10-06-2009, 10:52 PM
  #23
Foal
I was 13 yrs old ...visiting my father in B.C....never road a horse before...he put me on a green beautiful paint horse and we went for a mountain trail ride...on the way back horse took off and went down a trail that wasnt used ...I held on ...riding sideways ...hitting my head on every tree.(this was in the 70's no helmets)..crushed my glasses by sitting on them ...Man I was lucky...Dad made me ride her back down the mountain while he held the reins behind his horse ...
     
    10-09-2009, 10:39 PM
  #24
Foal
About 9 days ago, one of my horses(my project horse) threw me almost to the moon after running in a blind panic for a few hundred yards-- not injured anywhere-- just my pride!
     
    10-11-2009, 02:36 AM
  #25
Foal
This happened earlier this year.

Was riding with a friend on one of her horses. We had turned down a gravel road with a dead end and stopped about half down it and we were talking if we should turn back home or go on for a bit. While we were talking, both horses ears prick right forward and started staring at something we couldnt see. It was only about five seconds after that we saw some young alpacas in the paddock near us running to see us. We knew the horses were going to flip out, so we quietly took up our reins as short as can be and then it just happened so fast. My friend and the hrose she went on, spun around so fast almost hit the horse I was on. Friend ended up near the main road only having stopped him before he bolted onto it, and ym hrose.. well was just stupid. We ende dup in a ditch, then he got spooked by some alpacas we had seen before and that were coming over to see what the fuss was about. He then jumped back onto the road and was chased by the younger alpaca up the fenceline until we finally got away from then. Quite scary that was.

And then on teh way home on a blind corner friend had her hrose spook onto the road. Thankfully no cars were coming.
     
    11-14-2009, 04:54 PM
  #26
Foal
About 3 years ago, I decided I had to have this gorgeous Appendix Quarter horse, who we named Sniper... He earned his name...

First time I rode him after I got him home, he spazed out looking at the cows and bucked me off, took off, and I had to walk back to the barn... Sometime after that, I was riding with my cousin, and Sniper trotted sideways down a dirt road because the goats in the pasture we were walking by scared him...

The worst one with him though was the day we were galloping up a dead end road and Sniper decided to take a 90 degree right hand turn for no reason and slammed me headfirst into a big maple tree... I don't remember any of it, but I was told the EMT's debated on sending me for a helicopter ride that day... Ended up with a very severe concussion, a broken arm, and still have neck and back problems...

Stupid me kept riding him, till he broke my new Australian saddle when he bucked me off onto pavement and kicked my dog right out of his choke collar... The dog survived, barely, and we found the horse the next day, trying to hide behind a tree from me with the saddle rolled under his belly and the reins dropped like I'd ground tied him were he was...

I didn't realize at the time that the tree in the saddle was broken in 4 places (I was still really angry), so I righted it and rode him the 4 miles home, after giving my boyfriend who was following us in the truck orders to shoot Sniper if he dropped me again... He behaved the best he ever did for me that day...

I sold him shortly after that, and fortunatly, the guy that has him now was able to correct his issues and loves him... I'm just glad he's got a good home and isn't still racking up hospital bills for me...
     
    11-15-2009, 12:17 AM
  #27
Weanling
These are GREAT stories though I'm not sure why any of us would ever get on a horse again after reading them.

My two worst:

I was 7 months pregnant and riding with a group of friends through a rough forest trail. The lead horse stirred up a bunch of what we call ground bees, actually yellow jacket hornets, and if any of you have experienced it you know it's a rider's (and horse's) worst nightmare. I let my mare take off at a gallop up the hill and through the trees, thinking all the while "This is why they tell you not to ride when you're pregnant." I bailed once we were clear of the hornets and just let her go, knowing she wouldn't go too much further than she had to. One of my friends rode after her and brought her back, I climbed on and we finished the ride with several good welts to nurse once we finally got home.

The other time was when my Arab was very young and in his second year of trail riding. It was a chilly autumn day and my dog and a couple of friends were along. We got to a river crossing where the water was a few feet deep and moving pretty fast, and Diamond was never too fond of water, especially early on and especially the kind that moved and confused the heck out of him. Something spooked him when we were halfway across and he just lost it. I stayed on for about three good bucks before I lost it too. The depth wasn't a problem except he tossed me in arse over teakettle and I couldn't get my bearings underwater, I couldn't find the bottom or the surface. I really thought I was going to drown while my friends watched. But I didn't, though it was a very cold ride home that day, and that dog would never go out with us again.

If a horse needed to be put down on one of our trail rides we'd have to beat it to death with a cell phone.
     
    11-15-2009, 11:24 AM
  #28
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by toadflax    

I was 7 months pregnant and riding with a group of friends through a rough forest trail. The lead horse stirred up a bunch of what we call ground bees, actually yellow jacket hornets, and if any of you have experienced it you know it's a rider's (and horse's) worst nightmare. I let my mare take off at a gallop up the hill and through the trees, thinking all the while "This is why they tell you not to ride when you're pregnant." I bailed once we were clear of the hornets and just let her go, knowing she wouldn't go too much further than she had to. One of my friends rode after her and brought her back, I climbed on and we finished the ride with several good welts to nurse once we finally got home.
You bailed? As in you jumped off? I'm assuming you and baby were ok?!!
     
    11-15-2009, 12:10 PM
  #29
Weanling
Oh, yes, I jumped off---and the baby is 18 years old now, no harm done.
Luckily we were headed up hill and the ground was closer than usual. I didn't have to do a Wild West dismount, I just swung myself off and let her go.
     
    11-15-2009, 12:17 PM
  #30
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by dashygirl    
Holy crap! That's terrifying!
The funny thing was that they were some distant realtives. They freaked when they realized they had been shooting towards us. It was a good example of why you don't shoot until you can see your target.
     

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