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post #21 of 42 Old 05-13-2019, 10:03 PM
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Once I took in a starved stallion. He was a rack of bones and had been kept in a barn where the manure got so deep his back had sores on it from pressing against the ceiling. It was a small, old dairy.

I had a safe and secure stall and run for him. And he was quite docile, being starved.

After several weeks, one of the barn help open his stall door to put his feed in and he charged the guy. Smart kid screamed and ran out the open end. Mr "i'm suddenly full of energy" came racing toward me, stomping and pouncing as he came.

You know those beautiful stalls that are nice wood halfway up and have pretty bars on the top half? I hated them that day. I had no where to go.

The only thing, besides some straw bales, that was in the aisle was a push broom. I grabbed it and did my best imitation of a grizzly bear. Growled like a mad woman and swung for all I was worth. While jumping up and down.

It's taking longer to tell than it took to happen.

He shied. I ran. Still swinging and growling. Joined the kid in the nearest paddock. He shied from me, too. Horse raced around for a bit, dropped his head and went to grazing, and was a gentleman after that.

He did get healthy enough to geld, and made a nice trail horse.
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post #22 of 42 Old 05-13-2019, 10:47 PM
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Reading these is going to give me anxiety...

Probably the scariest thing that ever happened to me (not even that bad) was when we were coming home after a ride down to the river. My brother had ridden his bike and my sister was on the other horse. I was walking alongside of the road in one of those long concrete ditches that are there for drainage. I don't remember if I was trotting or just walking real fast but I went to get up out of the ditch and the horse slipped and fell on my leg. Like @Knave said, the horse felt a lot lighter than I expected. But I DID get hung up on the flank cinch by my spurs and was dragged about a foot before the flank cinch broke. Nobody was hurt badly. The horse was missing a patch of hair on her knee about the size of a nickle and I had some bruises but that was it. We were carrying some food and fishing tackle at the time too and those mostly survived. Sister caught the horse before she decided to go anywhere and we rode on home.

I also remember a time that my grandmother's mare came after me and "tried to kill me" as I had put it. I was pretty little. I went out to lunge her with a surcingle and she reared up and somewhat went at me with her teeth. Not too long after that she bit somebody. She was a good horse most of the time but was just sassy once in a while. I was like 10 and probably shouldn't have been messing with her. I mainly rode an appy mare or the sassy mare's full sister who wasn't as cranky. I learned on those horses. The 4 of them there taught me a lot.
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post #23 of 42 Old 05-13-2019, 11:00 PM
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@ChieTheRider - very glad the flank cinch broke!

I remember a newby owner coming off and getting hung up in the stirrup. I was just sitting on my horse watching some other kids I knew.

Everybody started screaming. The horse started bucking. I had time to get there and enough time to think to grab the horse on the off side and circle it to the left as we stopped. The girl was bumped and scraped but not broken. Hanging out with out riders on the track, who had done pick up work at rodeos, and listening to their stories, may have helped with my thinking.

Two years ago, a polo groom got hung up. His college polo coach had drilled how to kick yourself free. It sure paid off for him.

I can't imagine being dragged.
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post #24 of 42 Old 05-14-2019, 08:46 AM
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Two years ago, a polo groom got hung up. His college polo coach had drilled how to kick yourself free. It sure paid off for him.
Not something I've ever learned- is it something you can describe?

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My scariest incident was having my horse fall with me riding after hitting an unseen patch of ice under several inches of snow. We were riding a short loop through the woods (solo) on good, fresh snow. While there had been ice earlier in the winter, there had been a lot of freezing and thawing, so the trail had seemed ok given all the new snow. We were actually within 0.5 miles of the barn, so almost home, heading up the last steep hill before we'd circle the turnout fields. Suddenly, in what felt like slow motion, my mare's head and neck went down and it looked like she was folding her front legs under her to lay down. But then, the rest of her started heading to the ground too. I did manage to kick my feet out of the stirrups, just instinct I guess, and she hit the ground relatively gently given what was happening. She sort of leaned to the left and I just stepped off her back to the right. Fortunately, I wasn't stuck under her.

She laid there for a minute, probably as confused as I was about what had happened, but then she started flailing around trying to get back up. Then I realized we had a problem. The ice patch was so large, and the incline so steep, she just couldn't get two feet on solid ground to stand up again. I don't know how long this part went on, but it felt like an eternity. I couldn't think of what to do to help her, and her feet were flying in all directions. I was standing on solid ground off the trail, so finally it occurred to me to just grab her head and drag her towards me, so at least her front feet would have a chance. I don't really remember how it worked, but it worked, because suddenly she was standing again beside me. We were both shaken up, and she was a little stiff into the next day, but I am eternally grateful that neither of us were physically hurt.

That feeling of the horse falling out from under me has stuck with me psychologically though, and even though there was nothing I could have done to prevent it (except not riding there!) it's put a permanent scar on my confidence as whenever things start getting a little hairy on a trail, my instinct is to do whatever it takes not to have the horse fall out from under me. Doesn't make a lot of logical sense, but I guess our fears usually aren't...
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@egrogan - If you get your foot hung up in a stirrup, take your other foot, kick it to the stuck leg, and with all the force you can muster, slide down the stuck leg to the stirrup hopefully kicking it free of your foot.

Others have described rolling out of being stuck. Always away from the horse and twisting the foot out. I think i'd have a hard time rolling to face down at a high rate of speed.

Hope none of us ever have to try either method.

BTW, this happened on a polo saddle with the break away clips for the leathers. It is also why even my tall boots are a size big and my schooling boots are two sizes big. I'd rather risk someone make a crack about what big feet I have than be the subject of a wreck with a bad ending.
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Thanks @boots - good info to have!!
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post #27 of 42 Old 05-14-2019, 09:21 AM
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@boots Iíd only ever heard to roll. That is a good trick to know! The English saddle I got from cowchick77 has rubber bands on half the stirrups, and it makes me feel more confident. English boots donít slip off!

My husband was hung up once. It was before I knew him, on a horse at a ranch that always took him. I think he got him covered only once or something. One of the people riding tried to keep pushing the horse away from bucking onto him and he rolled out of it.

The idea scares me too!
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Here is a story that happened to a girl in my 4-H. I had something similar to @Woodhaven , and not as scary as this acquaintance in my 4-H, so I will tell hers.

This took place in University Park, Maryland. We used to ride our horses to the McDonald's on University Blvd. There were power lines and empty fields around there. After this girl went to McDonald's on her horse, she rode up through the field and onto the powerline. There were two men along the powerline, and they pulled a gun on her, grabbed her reins, and ordered her to get off her horse.

In those days all of us teens liked to practice riding tackless. She reached up, grabbed her headstall, yanked it off, threw it in the men's faces, and booted her horse for home at a dead run. The men opened fire on her and shot her several times in the back and in the head. It was winter, and she had on a heavy parka, which stopped the bullets from entering her back. But nobody wore helmets in those days, so some bullets went into the back of her head.

When she got to University Blvd., there was a lot of traffic, and her horse stopped. As she waited for the light to turn red, she passed out from loss of blood, and luckily, a neighbor saw her, and got an ambulance right away. The doctors did not take all the bullets out of her head. We could feel them. She had a very good horse!
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Here is a story that happened to a girl in my 4-H. I had something similar to @Woodhaven , and not as scary as this acquaintance in my 4-H, so I will tell hers.

This took place in University Park, Maryland. We used to ride our horses to the McDonald's on University Blvd. There were power lines and empty fields around there. After this girl went to McDonald's on her horse, she rode up through the field and onto the powerline. There were two men along the powerline, and they pulled a gun on her, grabbed her reins, and ordered her to get off her horse.

In those days all of us teens liked to practice riding tackless. She reached up, grabbed her headstall, yanked it off, threw it in the men's faces, and booted her horse for home at a dead run. The men opened fire on her and shot her several times in the back and in the head. It was winter, and she had on a heavy parka, which stopped the bullets from entering her back. But nobody wore helmets in those days, so some bullets went into the back of her head.

When she got to University Blvd., there was a lot of traffic, and her horse stopped. As she waited for the light to turn red, she passed out from loss of blood, and luckily, a neighbor saw her, and got an ambulance right away. The doctors did not take all the bullets out of her head. We could feel them. She had a very good horse!
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post #30 of 42 Old 05-14-2019, 11:31 AM
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What could their intention have been when she was running away from them?? I mean, why go through with shooting at her? What a horrible story!
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