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post #1 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 10:46 PM Thread Starter
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Learned A Good Lesson Recently!

My Hubby always tells me to be careful around the horses and normally I am very much so. He doesnt like me going out there alone either but they need breakfast, pen cleaning etc and lately we have been putting them out in a taped off area where its longer grass that isnt fully fenced just yet (we tape it between trees, just a small area outside the house)

Well my son went for his morning nap so I went to clean the tack/feed shed and put them out in the grass while I did. Came back inside and I heard my TB calling. Went out and my warmblood got loose, was just walking on the other side. Put the TB away and went to get the warmblood. Out of no where he spooked. Im just going on a year of owning him and havent experienced too many spooks, normally hes super mellow. But because I havent dealt with many of his at all, hes still very hard to react to during them. Hes one of those horses when something scares him hes OFF. My TB on the other hand stands still looking at it then thinks of leaving if hes unsure with his handler.

Next thing I knew, I woke up on the ground sore and thought I couldnt move. I screamed out but of course in the country no one could hear me. Gathered myself together and calmed down then got up slowly making sure I was okay. My horse was standing over at the gate so I put him back in and made my way slowly to the house. Then it hit me. I was bleeding from my mouth. I had a huge cut open lip, sore jaw and teeth. After I noticed I also had a mark on my right side of my chest matching up with the inside of my right arm. Also had a really sore right leg, sore left arm, sore shoulders and marks on my hip. I called my mom and got her to call my husband at work. He came quickly and took me right ot the hospital after waking up our son from his crib and packing him up. Keep in mind, when outside the horses are only about 50 feet from my back of my house and I have the baby monitor with me.. I just dont wonder around with my kid loose in the house lol.

Anyways went to the hospital and thankfully everything was okay. We guess I got kicked when he spooked as the marks on my face werent just from me biting through my lip and the marks from my chest and arm matched up. My horse just had his feet trimmed and still had some rasp marks on them which could have made the pattern of marks. I also ended up with bruising on my face and chest after a couple days. We will have no idea what really happened though as I was knocked out almost instantly and dont remember must past the start of the spook. I am extremely lucky that I walked away fine asides from being cut up, it very well could have been a lot worse. I could have had broken bones, internal bleeding etc.

Moral of the story... I will not be working with my horses alone anymore. Atleast not when my hubby is at work. Its too dangerous for me to risk, specially with a young son. Of course they will still get fed and their pasture cleaned when Im alone but I wont be handling them. I can wait to do that till my husband or his dad are home and able to be here incase anything happens ever again.. although knock on wood it doesnt!
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 10:57 PM
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I am sorry that you are hurt, glad you are ok, and so your son is too.

It sounds like your horses need to learn some manners. Any possibility that you can get a trainer to help you? The horse would have warned first, it's a rare horse that nails someone without warning.
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post #3 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 10:58 PM
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Geez Louise!!!!
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post #4 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 11:07 PM
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OUCH! Glad your okay! It could have gone a lot worse!

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post #5 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 11:15 PM
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I am sorry that you are hurt, glad you are ok, and so your son is too.

It sounds like your horses need to learn some manners. Any possibility that you can get a trainer to help you? The horse would have warned first, it's a rare horse that nails someone without warning.
She was knocked out cold, because of that, she cannot remember anything about 5 minutes prior to losing consciousness. Maybe she did get a warning or maybe not, but Geez Louise!
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post #6 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 11:16 PM
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I am sorry this happened to you
but happy you are ok

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post #7 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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AlexS it wasnt like he attacked me. He simply spooked and took off but we were in deeper grass so it was a bit harder for him. He also has wonky legs and isnt that great on them (theres threads on here about him too showing them)
Im guessing that if I was kicked, that him taking off jerked me quick as I had the lead rope, maybe whipped me and then onto the ground with his back legs coming down. Or maybe I go dragged. I really have no idea as I was knocked out and pretty sure before I even hit the ground. I dont even know how long I was out for.. maybe a few seconds maybe a few minutes. I woke up not even really knowing what happened.. just looked over and saw him standing by the gate then realized he had spooked but no clue what happened with the spook.

I do work with them on ground manners and both do some light riding. My tb knows how to properly behave around me, Ive had him for a few years now and retrained him pretty much from the ground up to a hunter/jumper (was just polished off professionally) He just likes to "look" at things when hes in situations hes unsure of. He has never taken off with me and while leading he just pauses till you reassure him.
My Warmblood, well hes never really spooked much. He pulled back ONCE and thats because a friend was out with her daughter. While he was tied she was on the other side of the fence and had a hissy fit screaming. He in returned pulled back and ended up snapping the lead (it was a cheap snap) as I couldnt get between him and the fence and he would pull back then leap forward almost rearing on me when I tried. I dont blame him though, that would freak me out too. Shes no longer a loud out with her daughter when she hasnt had a nap lol. We have worked on tying again after and he was fine.

I guess too, they are just like my backyard companions. When my Tb was diagnosed with an SI injury back in 2009 I quit riding competitively. Now I just keep him at home and got the warmblood last fall to keep him company. I ride them once or twice and month and work with them on groundwork pretty regularly. Usually they are both fine with anything but I guess I dont "expose" them to enough scary stuff. I guess in a safe location I should start a bit of that.
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I have nothing to say other then "da...f...." For serious Kayla... It is always something with you. Now go give Flinty some smooches for me and find that bubble wrap I had you in before.

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post #9 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 11:35 PM
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I am sorry that you are hurt, glad you are ok, and so your son is too.

It sounds like your horses need to learn some manners. Any possibility that you can get a trainer to help you? The horse would have warned first, it's a rare horse that nails someone without warning.
She has friends that are trainers and has done a fair amount of training herself. I can vouch for this members horse savvy ways. I trained her myself in a lot of ways and put the polish on her TB for jumpers prior to his injury But yea she doesn't do this blindly.
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post #10 of 16 Old 07-22-2013, 11:44 PM
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you think you might have been kicked in the face? I am amazed you still have all your teeth. What a scary experience. Really, there are lots of horses that can spook big like that , and run over their person, or step on the humans' feet or such. Sometimes it's just luck, bad luck , this time.
I'd like to believe that Z or Mac would never do that, but under really sudden, explosive pressure, they might run me over. I try to be positioned so they will have somewhere to go other than over me, when I can, but no one can plan for every eventuality. I am glad you are still there to raise your son!
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