The "Close Call" thread, or "I dodged a bullet" - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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The "Close Call" thread, or "I dodged a bullet"

today, I was so relaxed from my ride that I let Z graze in the deep grass of the one paddock where no horses live, which I call the "Green Room".

So, happy, so perfect, so bucolic. Comes time to put him away, I walk up and I'm too lazy to put the halter ON him, just wrapped the line around his neck and I'm leading him toward the gate to put him away. He puts his head down and either trips on the line or I don't know what, but in a flash he raises his 100lb+ head up so fast, it hits my lower arm and just whams it and me out of the way. If my arm had been OVER his neck, instead of on the side of his cheek, it would have snapped both my arm bones like that! it was THAT fast and it hurt my arm, as it is, but nothing broke. IF my head had been just leaning over a little, he'd have whacked my jaw so hard it would have broken it and knocked out most my teeth. It was really fast and really hard, and Z has a HUGE head.

REminded me to NEVER< NEVER get too relaxed with a 1600lb animal

Now,

What's your CLOSE CALL?
What could have happened, but didn't and keeps you on your toes, when you start to get complacent.

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post #2 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 12:44 AM
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A bunch of years ago, I was riding a two year old. At that point, she'd had just over thirty days and was doing pretty well. I was walking serpentines out to the middle of a field so we could get in some trotting work, and she just came uncorked. Somehow, I landed on my feet watching this little snot high tail it to the barn.

I guess my mind wandered for a minute, because I didn't feel it coming. But that's a mistake I haven't made since.

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Hmmm are we staying to horse related injuries? Lol, if not ill write a novel!
Tiny, I'm glad you're ok!
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Well, Phly, the idea was for horse incidents. Not really injuries that DID happen, because this is for Close Calls. the idea being , it could have been bad, but you dodged that one, you saw the shadow of what could have been horrible, but it didn't get you . . . .. this time. Will you the next time? keeps us reminded to be very careful with horses. They can be extremely dangerous and hurt us so , so fast.
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Uuuum well all my horses are trained to load themselves in the trailer right??

So a few years ago my friend forgot to clip the divider open when we got out so when I told Josie to "load up" she went in and whammy the divider got stuck between her hip and her barrel.

I rush in to get her unstuck and while I'm trying to push her hip she lashes out with a double kick straight to my chest.

Luckily I was young and I bounced lol so no damage but some bruises

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So, you could have had your teeth staved in, right?
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So, you could have had your teeth staved in, right?
Lol definitely. I kinda ricocheted off the tack partition and almost under her front feet

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Just yesterday, I had my gelding saddled standing tied. I was whooped after work and decided not to ride. But figured lounging was at the minimum I could do. Well I never tightened his cinch. Lazily trotting he gets a lil wild eyed and I realized the saddle was slipping. Bout the time I asked for a stop it went off his side and under him. He went straight bronc horse. The whole time I'm watching his rear hooves all but get in my big stirrups. Settled him and got the saddle off him, threw it straight back on, but tightened the cinch this time! Me or him getting was a seriously real option.
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makes my close call seem measly.
But, I am planning a big trip to Rome in just three weeks, so I am seeing possible injuries around every corner that could make me miss out on my trip. NOOOOOOOOO!!!!
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My closest call to date (I've been miraculously lucky, and never seriously injured).

I was visiting my dad when I was about 13 or so. He lived on this ranch-thing. Picture about 20 houses around a large circle driveway in the middle of a few hundred acre "ranch". The landlord (money grubber) had decided that for extra income he'd buy some horses cheap and give trail rides on them.

When I came to visit, he had 1 he had bought thus far. I knew nothing of this horse (or the landlord) but I was under the impression that this was on of those horses that kinda trudges along trails nose-to-tail (typical of trail riding places that give rides to random kids and such). Not too exciting, but I was told I could go ride the mare if I wanted to. (Of course I wanted to)

What I didn't know- He had bought the mare at auction, knew nothing of her, just assumed she was broke, but no one there knew how to ride a horse, and they had never ridden her, nor did they ever (at that point) even take her out of her paddock, and aside from getting her in and out of the trailer, had never even lead her.

Again, I didn't know these things beforehand, and didn't ask either.

So, I got her, I saddled her, and I got on. No issues, she seemed alright.

I opened gate, I walked thru gate, shut gate, and carried on to explore the land on horseback.

About 200' out of the gate, mare exploded. Not the little pitches and head tossing- she turned into a world-champion bronc. All fours off the ground, kicking, rearing and spinning and going completely nuts.

I bailed (one of my first lessons- and the only lesson I really remember- is the emergency evacuation). Not very graceful, I landed face down in the mud- I try to spin over on my back and get out of the way, and before I know it, I have 2 back hooves on either side of my head- one so close that she gave be a bloody nose bringing it back up (I was kinda sideways- was like being punched in the face).

That was, by far, my closest call (that even topped when my old horse decided to flip himself off the side of a bridge- with me on him).

And that, also, was the only horse I never got back on.

(She later became a BROODMARE.. ??!!??)
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