Stupid, stupid, STUPID...please share your STUPID stories (update on me p. 7)
Hey, so I'm lame...literally. I broke some horse-safety rules because I was in a hurry, and my complacency towards them put me in the ER last night (totally not the horse's fault--he can't help that he's 1100lbs and I had a moment of stupid). I'm fine, thankfully, but currently have a softball for a right ankle. I had to call in a sub (I teach middle school) for today, and have a doctor's note for 3 days (I need to be seen by an ortho and be re-x-rayed; no obvious fractures, but the ER doc wasn't convinced). But, well, ONE day is hard enough to be gone, but THREE? Ugh. I see the orthopedist Wednesday, then we'll see. I'll cross the next bridge when I can hobble over it.
Is it bad that while I was sitting on the ground waiting for help I was thinking, "Well, at least my kids are done with testing"? :lol:
What manner of stupid did I do? I was in a hurry and wanted to measure my new horse's front legs for fly boots. So while he was untied in his stall (mistake #1), I took out a measuring tape that he'd not seen before (mistake #2) and put it to his leg. He was eating and didn't notice (mistake #3) and when he did, he spooked and jumped cat-like sideways, away from me like a good boy. But I was squatting down/bending at the knees, rather than at the waist like you're supposed to around horses for exactly this reason (mistake #4), so when he spooked I lost my balance and fell back on my butt...which sent my legs forward into his. Thankfully he just got an ankle, not my head or torso, and after the sweet boy stayed with me (staring snd sniffing) the whole time until help came. Then I just felt, well, STUPID. :sigh:
Thank heavens I at least had my boots on!! He could have shredded that leg if I didn't. Pic from the ER before it was X-ray and put in a splint (that's more like a cast). Note, that's not a tan line--that's a DIRT line from being in his dusty stall. :o
Please share your face-palming horse-related stories to help me temper my anger with myself and embarrassment of getting hurt for being unnecessarily careless...gotta have some humor in this mess.
(Horse is a sweetheart and ignored his bucket of joy for nearly an hour just to hang with me and see what was going on...sniffed me all over and stayed with me while I tried not to pass out. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body, but that pink tape was going to BITE HIM! --Until he saw what it was, then he was fine.)