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        11-16-2009, 07:21 PM
      #31
    Showing
    Okay. I have a few bad ones......

    So my parents (this was before I was born) were riding 2 of our horses, a Missouri Fox Trotter and a Paso Fino, in the metroparks. They veered off the trail for some reason, idk why, and then the horses were having a hard time walking. So they look down, and they're sinking in quick sand! This is in Ohio, mind you! So they try to pull the horses out, and when they can't they call 911. Before help even arrives, my parents' horses are up to their necks in it. Their heads are held up high, nose in the air, so they don't drown....When help gets there, they pull the horses out with equipment and such and everybody lives. The end haha. But it was freaky because you never expect quicksand in a park in Ohio!

    Okay, another....Well, to explain how I ride and how the miniature mare just runs free by us, here's a short video:


    So yea. That's how we were riding, and my mom was walking, and we were actually in that field lol. That wasn't when the vid was taken but yea...So I was cantering, and then all of the sudden my bridle snaps in half! It was older, and I hadn't oiled it in a while, so I take full responcibility....So I get off to see how bad it's broken, and find that the cheekpiece on one side is snapped clean in half, and the bridle wasn't going to make it back to the house. Especially with the way Arthur fights for rein when he wants to run lol. So I take a lead rope I carry just in case and wrap it around Arthur's neck in an attempt to keep him steady till we reached the barn. Yea, a battle lost before it starts. Well, it might maybe have possibly worked if a hot air balloon hadn't appeared 200 feet up, blowing fire and freaking out the horses. Arthur breaks loose, and canters with Lulu in the general direction of another few fields....we run, desperate to get the horses before they reach a road, call 911 and tell them to post police on either end of the street to warn drivers there's loose horses. We're freaking out while walking through the back 1000....until we get to the house and find both horses grazing in our backyard. YEA. Arthur had somehow lost his saddle blanket from under his saddle (?!?) and I just found it like 4 months later in the woods, all chewed up by some animal who'd stolen it lol.

    And another....when my mom and dad were riding in the parks yet again lol, my mom was on a TB mare off the track, and a deer jumped in front of the horse. Connie (the TB) reared and pivoted, leaving my mom in the dust and galloping off
         
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        11-17-2009, 06:25 PM
      #32
    Weanling
    I love the video, that little mare's like a big dog, really sweet.

    Hah, and there were your parents out having adventures before you were even born, good for them--! Quicksand, what a nightmare, it must have been horrible to wait and watch and not be able to do a thing to help the horses, wow.
         
        11-17-2009, 06:44 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    My worst one's kind of funny. I was riding bareback on my mare Sugar and we had just come out of the woods and both of us were distracted by the burgeoning herds of mosquitos fluttering around us, and we got about 20 feet into the field before these phantom sheep jumped out of the bushes. Now, Sugar has lived with sheep before, but the "now you see 'em, now you don't" aspect startled us both, and she jumped sidewaysbut my butt didn't jump with her, and since there was no horse under me, I hit the ground. Hard.
         
        11-17-2009, 10:22 PM
      #34
    Weanling
    Equiniphile: what a cute mini! And what a sweet name, Lulu, I love it. Good thing the saddle didn't slip under Arthur since you lost the pad! That could have been REALLY bad.
         
        11-28-2009, 02:29 PM
      #35
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by dashygirl    
    Equiniphile: what a cute mini! And what a sweet name, Lulu, I love it. Good thing the saddle didn't slip under Arthur since you lost the pad! That could have been REALLY bad.
    No kidding! The girth was nice and tight, though lol
         
        11-28-2009, 03:30 PM
      #36
    Foal
    So I ride English, but yeah, I saw this thread and had to share one of my favourite hacking stories, haha.

    Me and my friend took 2 of her ponies round a forest track at the back of the house. Both were bareback. After walking round the loop the first time, we decided to have a gallop. All was going well, we were both having so much fun and galloping about, weeee. As we got to the end, her horse started weaving about back towards home and my friend fell off. She stood there and then suddenly stumbled backwards and landed really akwardly. I leapt off my pony, but, stupidly, let go, so the 2 horses when galloping off back towards the stables. My friend was lying motionless on the ground and groaned and said "Get the horses..." really weakly. Oh man, I ran so fast. But I fell into a ditch. XD Climbed out of ditch and ran to the stables. I was so worried my friend was dying. After rescuing the horses and sticking them in the stables, I ran all the way back to where she fell [i honestly though she was going to die] and I couldn't find her! She was HIDING BEHIND A TREE. Maaaan, I was so angry with her. Haha.
         
        11-28-2009, 05:05 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    Wow, some jokes just aren't funny, you must have been ready to kill her since she wasn't dying already.
         
        11-28-2009, 05:45 PM
      #38
    Foal
    Haha, I was. I burst into tears because i'd been so distraught that she was seriously injured and then she went and hid behind a tree. I can laugh about it now, but she had a lot of groveling to do to make up for it, haha.

    Another pretty hairy hack was when Dougal decided to plunge head first into a ditch during his napping fits. I went flying over his head and landed on my face. Not fun.

    One of the scariest, for me, was when Dougie was napping really badly. My friend offered to get on and she if she could ride him through it and he suddenly went mental, reared up and flipped over. Luckily, she fell off before he hit the ground and neither of them were injured. I felt so bad Dougal did that though. S:
         
        11-28-2009, 06:28 PM
      #39
    Weanling
    Okay, what's napping? State side that means sleeping.
         
        11-29-2009, 10:57 AM
      #40
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Smarby    
    So I ride English, but yeah, I saw this thread and had to share one of my favourite hacking stories, haha.

    Me and my friend took 2 of her ponies round a forest track at the back of the house. Both were bareback. After walking round the loop the first time, we decided to have a gallop. All was going well, we were both having so much fun and galloping about, weeee. As we got to the end, her horse started weaving about back towards home and my friend fell off. She stood there and then suddenly stumbled backwards and landed really akwardly. I leapt off my pony, but, stupidly, let go, so the 2 horses when galloping off back towards the stables. My friend was lying motionless on the ground and groaned and said "Get the horses..." really weakly. Oh man, I ran so fast. But I fell into a ditch. XD Climbed out of ditch and ran to the stables. I was so worried my friend was dying. After rescuing the horses and sticking them in the stables, I ran all the way back to where she fell [i honestly though she was going to die] and I couldn't find her! She was HIDING BEHIND A TREE. Maaaan, I was so angry with her. Haha.
    I think I would have peed myself. Ha, your friend sounds like a funny person to hang around with though, it's cool that you can laugh about it now.
         

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