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post #21 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 04:23 PM
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Have had many close calls in the trailer that have made me nervous loading even my very calm Selena into them. Had horses pull back, squish me, and jump forward and almost crush me, had them freak out and jump into the feeders when I was right there or get stuck under dividers and panic while I am in there as well.

The closest call I've had with Selena was when she decided it would be cute to rear up and strike with her front foot RIGHT next to me. I could feel the wind go past my face and you know how when you get hit in the nose you can almost smell blood? I could smell it, even though I didn't get hit.

Another time was just recently and not her fault. We were at an equestrian team meet and there was another horse trotting on the rail, I went to lope past him on the inside only something spooked the horse and he lunged sideways into us. It threw Selena off balance and she stumbled, almost went down, and almost throwing me head on into the other loping horses in the warm up. Luckily she got up and was not hurt and I stayed on.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #22 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 06:41 PM
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I had a close call just recently. I was on a trail ride with a couple of friends. All was going well, although my gelding was quite feisty, but everything was still manageable. We had already cantered a bit, when we came upon a long, beautiful stretch of a snowy road and decided to do some more cantering. I was asked to lead, as it was a new road and my gelding is very bold at exploring new places, so we thought the other two horses might feel safer as well. We started cantering at a relaxed pace, when the rider behind me asked if I could speed up a little, as her horse has a very wide stride and he had difficulties with keeping at a canter behind my gelding. Sure, no problems!

But, I had barely touched my gelding with a little of leg, when he hopped up in the air, unseating my overly relaxed butt, so that I lost a stirrup, and exploded into a mad gallop. I was hanging on for my dear life sideways in the saddle, trying to regain the stirrup, my balance and also some of my pride, and at the same time trying whatever I could do to slow him down. There were many side roads along the main stretch, and I was praying that he doesn't take a quick turn... After almost two kilometers, I finally managed to slow him down to a trot. All ended well, but it was very close to becoming nasty... I wore my helmet, but it was clear that a fall at that speed might have ended ugly all the same.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
/James Wright/
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post #23 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 07:00 PM
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The time someone at another barn told me I could pass them in the aisle with the horse I was leading... never again. I was in the middle of two horses trying to kick the crap out of each other. NEVER AGAIN. I don't care how wonderfully behaved your horse is, I am not passing unless you get out of my way.

Also being bucked off and landing on my head when I was pressured into cantering before I felt ready, that was a close call.. no more doing things that people pressure me to do! I only sprained my neck and ankle.

And a closecall for Sky. I stupidly left him long tied when I first got him (after he had learned to tie like a gentleman) Well... he decided to get himself all tangled up and was hanging with one hoof in the air, his head somehow stuck under his front hoof, and he was kind of sitting down on his haunches. I attempted to untangle him but he suddenly exploded and I managed to snap the twine and he ran off snorting.. circled back and looked at me. I got him and went to tie him again and he was fine.

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post #24 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 07:12 PM
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A few years back, my mother (who had never previously fallen off, despite her horse-involved history) was thrown from a massive warmblood gelding. She did fall, and did end up hospitalized with a broken back - the close call of the situation wasn't whether or not she actually did fall, though. When we went to visit her the doctor informed us that, if she hadn't been wearing her helmet, she likely could have died upon impact. That was close enough of a call for any of us.

Since that point in time I've never gotten on a horse without a helmet, and same goes for my mother. We're very lucky.

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post #25 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 08:59 PM
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Maple's story reminded me of what had happened to me years ago. (glad your daughter was okay!)
In my late teens I worked for a couple of horse auctions. The owner of the auctions who I worked for would also buy horses out of the auction. I would ride them and then we would re-sell through the next sale. (I was also one of the girls you paid $20 to ride your bronco through.LOL)
We had bought a big sorrel colt that I had already caught twice and even rode through the sale. When I went to catch him to start working him I got a double barreled kick with one hoof over each of my shoulders. I could hear the wind from his feet whizzing past my ears.
It sure was a good reminder of my position and distance!

Another, I was riding a colt that hadn't been out for a while due to weather. He went to buck and in a hurry I went to yanking on his mouth. Too hard of a pull and he had reared from it and I flipped him over backwards. I hit the ground on my tailbone/back and rolled out of the way as not to be crushed. It knocked the wind out of me and the trainer I worked for laughed and said "All that air out there and you can't get none, you did it to yourself." Which I did. I handled the situation incorrectly. I was injured somewhat but not nearly as bad as I could of been. I consider it a close call as I should have been smarter about the situation.
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post #26 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 09:13 PM
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My close call would be the time I fell off cartoon style where my horse ran under a tree branch and I stayed in place. I fell off backwords but I hit the ground and cleared the space where hooves would be flying like a tiny fraction of a second before the horse started bucking like crazy. I was only winded but a fraction of a second was between me and a shattered pelvis and possibly back. :S
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post #27 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 09:43 PM
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I've had more close calls in my life than I really care to remember. I should have died or been seriously injured a multitude of times so I'll just discuss my most recent one.

I was on a young horse last October on her first trip out of the roundpen and into the pasture. She was super quick and athletic and super snorty LOL (trust me, that's a horrible combination). Anyway, we were going along at a nice trot, she was being calm and forward so I let my attention wander for a split second. That was the exact moment to pull a disappearing act out from under me and to my left.

When I hit the ground, I landed on the right side of my face and the top of my right shoulder. Bleeding eyebrow, road rash all down my cheek, dislocated collarbone, broken rib, a messed up neck, and a seriously rung bell were her parting gifts to me LOL.

BUT, I was able to get back up, get back on, and continue the ride. I could have broken my neck or my back or my shoulder, I could have suffered a head injury, I seriously could have died....

But I didn't.

My shoulder a few days after it happened. Unfortunately, I was never able to catch the full range of rainbow colors properly on camera. (The lump on the very top of my shoulder? That wasn't there before and that was where I hit)

And my face the day of. I ended up with a beautiful shiner on that side and I still wear scars from it.
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post #28 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 09:47 PM
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And pictures never justify the color or the injury if you would of seen in it in person!
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post #29 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 10:06 PM
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Closest call I had was with a client's horse. They had messed with the horse a bit the previous year and sent her to me for 30 days. They failed to mention she was a rearer. First ride I just walked, and was ponied. Second ride, I asked to her to walk after sitting on her quietly, all fine, then a car drove in the driveway, I felt her go up, I bailed off one side and she went over & the horn stuck in the ground. I had her hauled home within the hour. That was 20 years ago, and I haven't been on horse that has reared up since.
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post #30 of 31 Old 05-01-2013, 11:06 PM
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I flipped a horse over backwards when I was first learning to ride (and breaking my 4 year old mare to ride). She started running backwards and I locked in position pulling on her reins. She went up and over and thankfully I flew off to the side. She ended up landing on my leg and I walked away with a bruised hip.

I got bucked off and fell underneath the same horse, looked up to see her hoof (being a Belgian/QH she had big hooves!) coming down on my face. She dodged at last moment and stepped on my shoulder.

I spent many a bareback gallop on my QH/Arabian gelding that I owned. Uncontrolled, almost fell off a couple times. Finally taught him to slow down and stop from a gallop.

The worst time I've been hurt was when I was cantering down the gravel road bareback on my current gelding. He wanted to catch up with my sister and her horse so he started speeding up. I don't mind galloping, but I didn't feel like it that day and told him to 'settle' (my cue for slow down). He knew what the meant and he didn't want to so he threw a couple crowhops in. I for some reason didn't grab a mane hold or pull on the reins (sometimes my brain doesn't function). I went over his head, landing on my head (and taking off his bridle as well), and ended up laying right in front of him. He thankfully stopped. I tried to sit up and had to lay back down again as the world was spinning worse than it ever had for me. I've hit my head a few times. I got up and ended up getting back on and riding the rest of the way home. My balance has never been quite the same since then. I'll be standing still and almost fall over because I get a dizzy spell. Pretty sure I gave myself a concussion.
And my family wonders why I want to wear a helmet when riding now. Duh....
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