A bad stop ...
Saturday night, about midnight. Not working, not dating. At home watching a late movie. Movie over, walked out to the barn. My horse ran up to me from the pasture. I was just going to say hi. But added a bridle, got on him bareback. "We'll just go out to the field", I say to him.
On him for about ten minutes, dark but I was sure he could see. We were just walking and then he stopped. My dog was with us too. My horse's head went down to the ground. I couldn't see but, I was trying to see what they were looking at. Man, before we took another breath, all three of us were hit by a skunk. Went home, turned my horse out in the pasture, put the dog in the bathtub ... then me. The three of us had to stay on the farm for the next four days.
It took just a couple seconds to happen, but you never forget these things .... it's been over 35 years. Now I laugh about it.