Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Where the red fern grows....
Two different instances stick out with my retired trail and all around QH, Terry. We were out riding through some high bush with a good friend of ours, you couldn't really see what was on the ground so I had a loose rein and was letting him pick his way. Suddenly he stopped, shook his head a few times then stood firm. I cued him to move but he wouldn't, could feel him lifting one hoof then set it lightly down. I got off and moved the bushes and brush away, he had stepped into the middle of a roll of old barbed wire, one piece was coiled around a fetlock. I asked my buddy if he had wire cutters and we got him out of the barbed wire. The whole time I was kneeling down next to his leg, one rein laying on my shoulder as I worked, he had his head down next to mine the whole time watching what I was doing.
The other time I was out riding with a friend of mine who was more bold and took more dares on his little mare than I would. We were out in a huge field when suddenly it became very boggy. My friend thought it was funny to continue on, when Terry stopped, so I told him I wasn't going to go any further, his mare was smaller and lighter, Terry is a big 16H QH and I wasn't going to risk him pulling a tendon or getting really bogged down and panic. I dropped my hand onto his neck, giving him more rein, took my boots out of the stirrups and told Terry to get me out of the situation. Sure enough, he did, taking his time to find solid or semi solid ground and slowly made his way out of the boggy areas until we were on solid footing.
So many other times he has been so steady and just a joy to ride. I cried when I realized I had to retire him last year at 19. He got Lymes Disease badly twice and the second time it really effected his brain and how he processes things now on the trail, he is so reactive and spooky, after having our vet and a trainer evaluate him, as I wanted to be positive it wasn't me, both said, he doesn't react as he once did and he could inadvertently and not meaning to, hurt me by how he reacts now.