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post #61 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 02:39 PM
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[QUOTE=Corporal;6096322]I only use headphones when I'm gardening withOUT power tools! Plants don't bite or kick me. [QUOTE]

Oh yes they do!!! I've been beaten up badly by plants... Attempted murder it was!
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post #62 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 04:59 PM
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Don't ride your horse in a field with loose horses. I have seen a couple bad accidents happen this way. One girl was pulled off her horse by another horse and the other accident I seen was a girl was riding in a big 40 acre field on her horse when a boarders pony ran up and bit her horse, her horse spooked and ran to get away from the pony and the young lady had a very bad fall.
post #63 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by ARTEMISBLOSSOM View Post
Don't ride your horse in a field with loose horses. I have seen a couple bad accidents happen this way. One girl was pulled off her horse by another horse and the other accident I seen was a girl was riding in a big 40 acre field on her horse when a boarders pony ran up and bit her horse, her horse spooked and ran to get away from the pony and the young lady had a very bad fall.
Better advice is to be aware of your surroundings when riding with loose horses around. I would be relegated to the arena if that was the case. If you are aware of what the other horses are doing then you can take precautions or dismount if necessary. That's why I always carry a dressage whip when riding out in a pasture with horses.
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post #64 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 05:46 PM
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NEVER walk up to any horse from ANY direction without speaking to it. Don't keep walking up to it without it acknowledging your presence. They can be concentrating on something way beyond you or be sleeping with their eyes open. Even gentle horses can do some really bizarre and dangerous things if you startle them.

I was training a set of race horses on the track in Arizona one winter. I had stall chains up but only had the doors closed on the studs at night. I had a gelding that was having some leg problems, so I felt his legs very first thing in the morning (still dark) when I came in and fed. I wanted to see if there was any difference between his front legs as they should both be cold to the touch first thing. His ears were forward and I 'assumed' (there's that word again) he was watching me. I knelt in front of him and grabbed both front ankles under the stall chains. He snorted, whirled around and kicked me in the face before I could blink. Then, he just stood at the back of his stall snorting and trembling.

He broke my glasses and gave me a black eye, but it could have been a lot worse. I did not get after him because it was my fault. I totally startled him and he reacted like a scared horse would.

Always remember what the first three letters of 'assumed' spells.
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post #65 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 09:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Woodhaven View Post
Don't walk up quickly behind a horse without speaking to it first. Even the quietest horse can be napping and taken by surprise and kick out before thinking. I learned this the hard way in my first year of horse ownership, swung into a standing stall that my very quiet sensible horse was in and got a kick from her, had done this many times before but caught her by surprise. She was as upset by what happened as I was. Lesson learned.
My horse was eating hay out of the manger. I came up apparently too quietly cause I spooked him. He ran into the feeder, knocked it over, which scared the horse in the stall he was standing in front of. The stalled horse jumped over/through the stall door and took off into the pasture.

Then they both stopped, looked at me, and started grazing! Oops...
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post #66 of 72 Old 08-27-2014, 09:44 PM
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Realize that a horse views you as this upright object that speaks in a foreign language, feels compelled to brush it, clean it's nails and for some unknown reason likes to jump on its back for what seems like forever.
If the object is pleased with whatever you just did in the ring, they might give you part of a carrot and consider it even.

Whatever you do, don't let the horse think this routine isn't normal.
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post #67 of 72 Old 08-29-2014, 06:52 PM
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Never try to show off, you often either put yourself in dangerous situations or end up looking stupid for some other reason.
Thanks, Tessa - I usually end up looking stupid, lol! "Honestly, he does this ALL the time!!!!"

Great thread, OP~ it is always good to hear what others have been through.
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post #68 of 72 Old 08-29-2014, 07:04 PM
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If this ones already been said, sorry for the repeat. This was tough because everyone else pretty much nailed the things I'd think of automatically already but ... given this latest "WTF!?"

All I have to say is, for god sakes ... don't do something in hopes you'll become a youtube/vine/social media billionaire and put your horse at risk, luckily, this didn't end bad for the horse, but, on several occasions I've seen horses seriously injured or have to be put down due to a stupid "watch me do this for fame!" videos/photos.

Also ... don't subject your horse to selfies
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post #69 of 72 Old 08-29-2014, 07:17 PM
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Don't V your hand when picking up back feet.

Don't baby your horse.

Don't ever forget that the horse is not your BFF, nor your dog.

Don't take stupid chances with your horse.

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post #70 of 72 Old 08-29-2014, 08:23 PM
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Originally Posted by MellieQH87 View Post
That idiot really earned whatever bruises she got pulling that stunt.
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