Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Manitoba, Canada
• Horses: 0
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!