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post #11 of 26 Old 05-12-2019, 08:24 PM
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That is why I clicked like too @SueC .

Hmm... I have a lot of scary stories, but I will go with that style of a stupid mistake I made which I regretted.

I rode a mare of my grandfatherís called Nuisance sometimes when I was really little. She was an old dark brown half mustang. She was a good honest type that did anything asked of her.

There was a pond and a creek on the ranch. It was a very cold day, at the highest it was probably mid teens. I was probably five or six, and sent out to catch the mare for work. She was on the other side of the creek, and I walked way around like everyone always did and haltered her. She would put her head down low for me, as she was that good of a sort.

I thought I was being brilliant. I didnít understand the creek was deep, and I climbed up on a wooden fence to lead her across rather than walking the long way around. I knew I screwed up when she was suddenly swimming in the cold water.

Again with a lack of intelligence, or I guess the intelligence of a child, I didnít turn around. I figured she was already half way, so I just needed to get her out. On the other side she bogged down.

I stood there trying to pull her out, and she struggled. A woman who comes to work with us showed up. She is loud, and started to yell at the mare. I donít know if it was her or I who threw rocks to try to get her to try. She laid still and I was sure she would die. After gathering her strength she took a giant leap out of the bog.

It was so cold. When I got to the barn I got the butt chewing I already knew I had coming. I was glad the mare was alive, and as my father brushed the ice off of her as best as he could I was surprised I was still going to use her for work.

I understand it now of course, that she needed to go to warm up. I felt terrible about it though. Later that week I asked her to climb a sidehill she couldnít make and she fell. After that I wasnít allowed on such an honest type of horse anymore. She never thought to argue with me.

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That is why I clicked like too @SueC .

Hmm... I have a lot of scary stories, but I will go with that style of a stupid mistake I made which I regretted.

I rode a mare of my grandfatherís called Nuisance sometimes when I was really little. She was an old dark brown half mustang. She was a good honest type that did anything asked of her.

There was a pond and a creek on the ranch. It was a very cold day, at the highest it was probably mid teens. I was probably five or six, and sent out to catch the mare for work. She was on the other side of the creek, and I walked way around like everyone always did and haltered her. She would put her head down low for me, as she was that good of a sort.

I thought I was being brilliant. I didnít understand the creek was deep, and I climbed up on a wooden fence to lead her across rather than walking the long way around. I knew I screwed up when she was suddenly swimming in the cold water.

Again with a lack of intelligence, or I guess the intelligence of a child, I didnít turn around. I figured she was already half way, so I just needed to get her out. On the other side she bogged down.

I stood there trying to pull her out, and she struggled. A woman who comes to work with us showed up. She is loud, and started to yell at the mare. I donít know if it was her or I who threw rocks to try to get her to try. She laid still and I was sure she would die. After gathering her strength she took a giant leap out of the bog.

It was so cold. When I got to the barn I got the butt chewing I already knew I had coming. I was glad the mare was alive, and as my father brushed the ice off of her as best as he could I was surprised I was still going to use her for work.

I understand it now of course, that she needed to go to warm up. I felt terrible about it though. Later that week I asked her to climb a sidehill she couldnít make and she fell. After that I wasnít allowed on such an honest type of horse anymore. She never thought to argue with me.

Awe, what a sweet mare!
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post #13 of 26 Old 05-12-2019, 08:56 PM
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Awe, what a sweet mare!
She was that all right. :) I didnít realize to appreciate her until I was old and looking back. In my little girl mind she wasnít exciting enough to appeal to me. Now I wish I had a corral full of her.
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post #14 of 26 Old 05-12-2019, 10:27 PM
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I did not witness this happen; both my former roommates were animal science majors in college. One did something like an internship at an equine hospital for credit hours before she graduated and she told me of this encounter.

A mare was very close to having her baby. She had needed a procedure prior to this to partially stitch up her lady-bits to keep feces out (I was not aware of this prior, but apparently this is a problem with some mares?) This was also her first foal, so I'm not sure what caused this initial issue as it wasn't trauma from previous labor and delivery.

Anyway, apparently the plan was to remove this stitching prior to labor. But she was out in a field when she went into labor. Delivering the foal ripped open the stitching and also tore her anus... they brought the mare in for treatment, I don't remember if the foal survived or not.

It still makes me shudder to think about even though I didn't witness it. I've always wondered, if they knew their mare needed special medical attention immediately prior to delivery, WHY she was left out in a field. I know that accidents happen and horses will often foal while you're not watching but it just seems bizarre that this high-dollar horse was not put up in a barn or something. (This was a very expensive hospital in an area that mostly caters to race horses.)
They are called castlicks. The horse is squirted off with lidocaine then cut on the sides and it is stitched together. Some mares vaginas protrude out below the anus, so all the poop just drops right in there. Castlicks prevent infection or other problems for the baby by keeping manure out. They should be removed a few weeks before the mare goes into labor, but I have also heard of people forgetting to remove them first... For removal, they cut out the stitches then cut it back open and that's all!
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post #15 of 26 Old 05-12-2019, 10:29 PM
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She was that all right. :) I didnít realize to appreciate her until I was old and looking back. In my little girl mind she wasnít exciting enough to appeal to me. Now I wish I had a corral full of her.
This is because you are no longer immortal.
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post #16 of 26 Old 05-13-2019, 03:39 AM
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Great idea for a thread! Bet we all have a few to share--I know I do.

First one that came to mind was my fault. My arab was in an upper pasture and I thought it would be a good idea to open the gate and let him run through the lower pasture instead of leading him like I normally would. My boyfriend had come out with me and he was waiting down below to open another gate for my horse to go into a side field. Well bf didn't get the gate open all the way in time and my horse was flat out running so then he reared up like he was going to jump but just somersaulted over and onto the gate, breaking it apart, landing on his head and neck, rolled over, got up and trotted off. I stood helplessly watching the whole drama unfold, just knowing I killed my horse. Of course we called the vet right away and she said his neck wasn't broken, just pulled lots of muscles and had huge lumps and scrapes around his eye where his head hit a fence. He recovered thank God and was fine! But I had to buy a new gate and pay a nice vet bill all because of my own bad judgement.
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post #17 of 26 Old 05-13-2019, 06:46 PM
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I can think of some dumb things I've done on horseback

One winter morning I turned the horses out and they would go back the field to the pond to get a drink, I thought maybe the water would be frozen so I had better take a hatchet back and see if it needed chopping out. there were four horses and not a halter or rope to be seen and I decide to ride back on my little Arab/Appy and not slug through the deep snow. He is low man in the group and when we got there I cleared the drinking hole and the others lined up to drink, I though I would ride my guy back to the barn then he could come back for his drink. I struggle a bit getting on, not easy when holding a hatchet, and ask him to go to the barn but he was having none of it, going to wait his turn to drink.

We waited and when it was his turn I had to hang on so I didn't slid up his neck and into the water, then we started back to the barn but the horse following us in the trail through the snow was the herd bully. there I am riding a horse no halter or rope and a nasty horse behind us so I would turn around, shake my hatchet at him and warn him to keep his distance. I did make it back alive and in one piece but I will say here.
DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME!!!
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@Woodhaven , the imagery!

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I can think of some dumb things I've done on horseback

One winter morning I turned the horses out and they would go back the field to the pond to get a drink, I thought maybe the water would be frozen so I had better take a hatchet back and see if it needed chopping out. there were four horses and not a halter or rope to be seen and I decide to ride back on my little Arab/Appy and not slug through the deep snow. He is low man in the group and when we got there I cleared the drinking hole and the others lined up to drink, I though I would ride my guy back to the barn then he could come back for his drink. I struggle a bit getting on, not easy when holding a hatchet, and ask him to go to the barn but he was having none of it, going to wait his turn to drink.

We waited and when it was his turn I had to hang on so I didn't slid up his neck and into the water, then we started back to the barn but the horse following us in the trail through the snow was the herd bully. there I am riding a horse no halter or rope and a nasty horse behind us so I would turn around, shake my hatchet at him and warn him to keep his distance. I did make it back alive and in one piece but I will say here.
DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME!!!
The image of you on a naked horse in the snow, brandishing a hatchet at the horse behind you, is one that is going to stay with me.
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post #20 of 26 Old 05-13-2019, 09:32 PM
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When I was nine I was riding a four year old mare called Chagrin. She was a hot thing, sorrel colored and naturally high headed. My father and I were moving some cows up a canyon.

A big Hereford bull broke back. Chagrin was fast, and we took off through the brush, her giving me her all in an effort to turn the bull. I didnít know the bull, because I was nine and didnít pay any attention to knowing the cattle. I guess my father was yelling at me to quit, that the bull was one who wouldnít give. I couldnít hear him though.

I chased the bull for a long ways before the mare likely hit a hidden piece of wire. She endoed, but I donít remember the wreck. I remember waking up, and the mare was also knocked out on top of me. I am sure adrenaline was rushing, and I was thinking, ďHorses donít weigh as much as I thought that they would.Ē I also saw the bull standing there looking down, who must have quit running to watch the wreck.

I didnít think anything through, only continued to wonder at the weight of the mare. When she came to she scrambled to her feet, managing to avoid stepping on me somehow, and I wasnít hung up (although the thought had never occurred to me).

She stood, looked at the bull, and they both took off, her seeming as though she was still trying to turn him. Panic hit me at that point. I was afraid my father was going to murder me. Lol. I lost not only the bull, but Chagrin and my tack.

I was so tired. I am 100 percent sure I had a concussion. I wanted to sleep, but I knew that my father would be looking for me, and I would be lost in the tall brush. I crawled to the road right as my father came loping down it. Seeing him woke me up. I started to cry, ďI lost the bull, and my horse, and my saddle.Ē

He left and returned with the mare. He said the bull crashed a fence and she didnít follow. My shank was bent back into her mouth, and he straightened it out (he is an insanely strong man). We finished moving the rest of the cattle, but when we unsaddled we found that the tree of the saddle had also snapped in half.
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