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Not a Pleasant Ending to a Very Pleasant Ride.

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Not a Pleasant Ending to a Very Pleasant Ride.

Postby suki'smom » Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:56 am

**Also posted in the Pet Stories section**

A few days ago the weather was very nice (and has been for the past week or so) and decided to take my boy Rusty for a nice little ride down the road. I saddled him up and warmed him up with some longeing then I set off leading him down the road.

He was being very calm but he seemed a little worried that the neighbors down the way were using their tractor to move piles of wood around, so I led him up and down and up and down the road, never reaching the neighbors driveway (we live in the country so that is a ways down).

Once I was sure he was behaving I mounted up and rode him up and down and up and down the road doing changes in pace and stopping at random times to make sure he was listening. We went at this for about a half hour without incident and I was quite pleased with his progress and decided to end the session early as a reward.

I removed my feet from the stirrup irons (I ride in an english saddle) to stretch my ankles. At this point we were about 50 yards from my neighbors driveway facing home. Suddenly the neighbors tractor backfired (scaring the hell out of both of us) and Rusty bolted. Still without stirrup irons I gripped his mane to keep from falling and tried to ease him down, but there was no stopping him, he was terrified. The white of his eyes showed as he panicked and weaved all over the road.

My mind was racing. I had to bring him down somehow as we were headed for a busy intersection. I tried the pulley rein technique to no avail, I tried a one-rein stop to no avail, and I tried pushing him into some deep snow but he went right back onto the road along with alot of other things to try and stop him. Everything I tried failed and he showed no hint of slowing down. We were almost to the intersection (and right in front of my property) when I had to make a descision or we were both going to be hit by a vehicle and killed. So I bailed.

My head hit first and split my helmet open, then came the rest of my body slamming into the pavement and sliding across it, leaving my back and hip full of debri and roadrash and my lungs without air. All I saw were Rusty's legs flying past me and I hoped he would stop. OMG, I hoped he would stop.

To my relief he did after a couple more strides and I heard his hooves come plop-plop-plop towards me. Then there was his big brown head in my lap, sniffing me and his liquid brown eyes looking deep into mine as if to say: "Hey mom, are you ok?". I still couldn't beathe well and was quite shaken but, with Rusty's help, I got to my feet. I went to lead him but he kept blocking me, as if to keep me from moving. I gave him a stern look and said "Stud, come on, we gotta get home. I'm hurt." After that he decided it was ok to let me walk but he stayed at my side to support me and walked very slowly and carefully.

I managed to put him in his pen and un-tack him, the whole time he sniffed me up and down, checking me. I could almost hear him saying "Its ok mom, I saved us. Are you sure your alright?". I told him "You did good Rusty. I'm going to be fine." I stumbled to the house and up the stairs. Thankfully my mother was visiting so I asked her to take me to the ER. Upon seeing my condition and my split open helmet she flipped out and flew to the hospital.

There they put me in a neck brace, checked me over, drew blood, did a CT scan, took a bunch of x-rays, gave me some pain meds and basically told me I am alright, just beat up a little (thank goodness). My sister and her boyfriend showed up along with my other half and two of his friends to support me and help me through it (I have a social anxiety and I freak out when people touch me or there are alot of people around that I dont know). They called my father and brother and let them know what happened and what was going on.

I stayed at my sisters that night (she lives two blocks from the hospital and is a certified EMT) with my other half by my side, waking me up all through the night checking on me to make sure I was alright.

Today (two days later) I am a bit sore and tired but I am getting on just fine if a little more slowly. All I can say is thank goodness for loyal and loving horses, partners and family. Oh, and knowledgeable hospital staff lol

P.S. The last three times I have been to that ER it has been for horse related injuries though this is the first time it has been my own horse.
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Postby FoxAdorer817 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:01 pm

Oh wow! I'm sorry...you're right, that doesn't sound pleasant. Heh. I'm glad you guys are ok though! Still sounds bad though. :(
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Postby BB » Thu Mar 11, 2010 8:45 am

It takes a good horse to pull up when you fall off, and especially when it got a fright! So really, the horse DID look after her!
And Suki's mum jumped off, Rusty didn't chuck her.....
Sorry but I feel I have to defend... :)
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Postby Trefoil » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:20 pm

That is scary. Glad you're okay.
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Postby suki'smom » Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:54 pm

The reason is quite simple Clydes Dad :D. He was terrified, as was I, he sensed that I was also scared and decided to get out of the situation, and quick. When horses panic, everything else is blocked out, including my signals. That is why he didn't stop. He was quite sure he was saving both of us from the scary horse-eating monster that made that terrible noise.

As to how I can still handle my boy and be around him after such an experience is quite simple aswell. Rusty and I have a relationship like I have never had with anything or anyone. I trust him and he trusts me. I have such a deep love for him that it would take a whole lot more than a little spill to keep me from him or cause me to be afraid of him. I have had him since he was 8 months old (I was 13) so in a way we grew up together and he was always there for me when I had nobody else (don't want to go into details).

BB thank you for defending my boy :D You are correct, I did bail I was not thrown. Rusty has never thrown me on purpose and actually this is the first time I have ever had a real fall from him.

I am feeling fine now btw :D
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Postby BB » Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:55 am

I'm not a horse expert at all, if anyone suki's mum is the expert, and she answered your question anyway; I just had the pleasure to work with horses about 9 years ago for half a year day in day out, I've learned a lot about them but if I would go for a two hour ride now I probably couldn't walk for four days :lol:
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Postby BB » Tue Mar 16, 2010 6:35 am

I would like one but I don't get a horse for few reasons....
Not enough time is probably my main reason, and a horse is expensive to keep (feed, shoes, vet-bills,......)
I live on 5 acres , two acres are natural bushland where I keep my pet pig and emus, which I believe is not big enough area for a horse. Because of the climate here a horse destroys the land in an instant, no grasses grow anymore only weeds and since there is the dry-season for more than 6 months of the year the land is very dry, so it would be expensive to feed, especially when you ride a horse regularly.
In the wet-season it is so wet, that a lot of horse owners battle problems with horses feet (foot-rot...) and of course the massive thunderstorms always scare a lot of horses which then get cut up by fences....
:roll: I stop now as it feels like I'm just trying to find negative things to say to justify my decision... :)
A lot of people have horses here, and it is funny, because here people say when you got horses you are poor, whereas when I lived in Europe it was completely the opposite! :?
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Postby BB » Wed Mar 17, 2010 6:18 am

Thanks!
Yes, there is still a lot of natural habitat for all kind of weird and wonderful animals around and I do consider myself lucky to experience it!
Hope you make your dreams come true, nothing worse than just dreaming it....

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