I gave my horse an owie. After she almost flipped. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 06-27-2013, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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I gave my horse an owie. After she almost flipped.

So Selena had the best workout ever today. She was smooth, effective, effortless, and it just felt great.

I took her outside and walked her to cool out next to my friend. She normally pins her ears at other horses, but this time she was kicking out and squealing. Every time she did it I made her work hard, trotting figure eights and disengaging her hindquarters, making her decide that was NOT a good idea. She seemed to get the message and we continued our cool out.

Well, about the time we were done and heading in, she kicked out again. When I went to kick her forward, she reared up. To the point where my companion screamed and I thought I was going to come over backwards. Well she came back down and I just kind of instinctively whalloped her with my leg. That's NOT okay. We loped tight circles, worked really hard, and then went inside.

Well I feel really bad, because when I got off she had a bloody nick on her flank from my spur I didn't mean to kick her that hard, but she scared the crap out of me. I know a come to jesus talk was needed after that, but I still feel bad. It's not in a place where my spur would normally touch her, I must have lifted my leg unintentionally.

Grrr. I'm so mad. I'm mad at her for kicking at others and rearing (She's NEVER done anything to that extent before) and I'm really mad at myself for giving her that little wound :/ At least it's not in a place where it will bother her too much, and it's mostly superficial.

There's a message in all this though. Sometimes, mares in heat can do crazy things. Even ones who are normally kid broke and safe. I shouldn't have let my guard down with her, and I certainly hope she learned that the attitude she showed me is NEVER okay, in heat or not. I guess it's time to go back on Mare Magic.

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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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It happens, though most don't have the gumption to do it.
You did what needed to be done and for that, congrats.

And yeah mares can be moody, some very much so.
Hmmm might be the one female trait that spans all species. ;)
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Look at it this way- your horse reared, if she'd gotten away with it it could turn into a nasty, dangerous habit. She didn't get away with it, you might have nicked her but she could have killed you. She wont be thinking about rearing again and THAT is a very good thing.
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Look at it this way- your horse reared, if she'd gotten away with it it could turn into a nasty, dangerous habit. She didn't get away with it, you might have nicked her but she could have killed you. She wont be thinking about rearing again and THAT is a very good thing.
Yup, better a spur in the flank now than a very final bullet in the head if she became a dangerous horse. Don't feel bad, SH, I would have done exactly the same! Actually, probably not, I would have just pooped my jodhpurs and got a pro in
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I dont agree with using spurs as a repremand ever but do realize it was a fast reaction to a dangerous situation-- definitely a lesson to be learned and i think you will react smarter and be able to keep your cool next time a situation like this comes to head.

Glad no one was hurt.
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I normally use my over and under to smack a horse's hip when they do something like that, but I had taken it off my saddle so someone who was taking a lesson could use it.

That being said, she knows what spurs as a cue means and what it means when she's been bad. I've never even come close to cutting her before. :/

I'm glad I'm not being burned at the stake for this, LOL The trainer who watched it happen said she had it coming. The poor thing was pouting while I untacked her...I definitely think she got that message! She's normally a sweetheart, guess it's just her time of the month.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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When you are scared, you will act fast, think later. fortunately, nothing really bad happened.
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I honestly would have done the same thing. Last time my mare tried to take off with me she got to lope in the worlds smallest circle and had to go backwards halfway around the arena. She got the point. I have spurred her as a reaction when she dose unbelievably stupid things, but it gets her attention REALLY quick.
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When you are scared, you will act fast, think later. fortunately, nothing really bad happened.
Just what a horse will do. React then look back and think

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