Today was toe job day. 95 degrees in the shade, 70% humidity plus. NOT a day I wanted to mess with the horses at noon
Went out and put the horses in the small paddock, haltered them easily and waited for my farrier. I decided to fiddle with Rick, so I opened the gate to lead him out... My mare got a wild hair and decided to LUNGE between Rick and the gate post (1/2 a foot space) as we were half way out. She was at least 5 feet away, and has NEVER done this.
I was STUPID and tried to grab her halter but she banged into the gate post which shot her whole 1,500 lbs of muscle towards me. She hit me straight on and I ate dirt!
My mare and other gelding took off and started charging around the yard like a couple lunatics... My sweet sweet boy Rick didn't BUDGE!
I nearly had the breath knocked out of me and wasn't really paying attention, he had stood his ground and was looking at me like "Why you down there?" I had managed to keep ahold of him when I fell, DIRECTLY in front of him!
Instead of him pulling back or acting like the other two loons he stuck right to my side looking at them like "Lady, you know they shouldn't be doin that, right?"
I had their feed in buckets in the barn for AFTER the trim, grabbed it, shook and they came running. But only seconds in time to stop Cowboy from taking a dip in my kids huge pool! I knew the look, he was 1/2 way in his hop when he turned instead and came running!
After this Rick deserves a gold star for being good horse of the month!
(I get an F in horsemanship for underestimating that wild look in my mare's eye before she leaped.)
My hands are still shaking. But despite the drama they behaved beautifully for my farrier. Stupid mare even stood still when a wasp tried to sting her on her back. Kinda wished it had!