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    Dunno here...this is a new poster with a fall join date but nothing until this week with the always controversial when to jump a 3 year old (that turns 4 mid thread) and this uber dramatic situation. Continually adds and changes details on both threads to match or complicate advice.

    Only advice offered is for OP to take a deep breath before starting any more threads and get all the details straight before posting anything. May not be intended, might be an inexperienced young person being overly dramatic looking for attention but comes off as something else that will discourage others from responding to future posts.

    For OP, rethink the way you are presenting yourself for best results.

    When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

    The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


      Originally posted by Destiny P.

      We were doing ground work two days ago and I do a lot of obstacle courses with her, and one part is where she goes drags a tarp by her halter. Granted, we have down this exercise probably two dozens times maybe more, and my other horse was in the pasture (she is always in the pasture when we do these things) and she came over and spooked at the tarp. I was caught off guard because I was going to grab a treat from a bucket on the ground and Summer spooked and pulled the lead rope out of my hands, which meant I couldn't pull the emergency knot to release the tarp, and she cantered around the pasture and was fine, until Harper spooked more then the tarp flew to the side of Summer and she freaked out and bolted to the fence and gate (the fence is probably 4 and a half feet tall, but the gate is 5') and she jumped the fence and did not clear it and took down the gate, cracked a post in half, and knocked down a few boards. She continued to run around the property (we keep her at our house) and she ran to the house and in the front of the lawn area, but we have a gate at the front, so luckily she couldn't go onto the road. She then proceeded to gallop to the stable, and we have a john deere golf cart type of thing which I parked in the barn, and she cantered through the barn and tried to swerve and miss the john deere, which resulted in her slipping and falling on her side and she hit the barn wall and slid into the john deere and slipped when she tried to get up and fell down again and hit a pillar we have at the end of the barn. At the end of the barn we have a little concrete kind of like drive way area to park the lawnmower or john deere, and because it is a little downhill, I cant park the john deere there, because our parking break isn't working so it would've rolled down onto the grass, and she just hit everything and moved the john deere and it started to roll down the little pave way and It kind of tapped her on the butt when she was getting up, and she freaked out again, and then she ran in the little area we have behind the barn and we also have a small boat in that area, so she finally stopped behind the boat and let me catch her. She did all of that in a matter of a minute or two with the tarp still attached. Sorry, that was a lot to write and may be confusing.
      Well now you know that you don't tie your horse to anything that moves. This includes a tarp. You just don't. And now you know why. Once the horse moves and the thing starts to follow the horse, the horse thinks it is being chased.

      When I was 14 in my first year of horse ownership I rode my little horse home to my back yard and tied her to the swing set and went into the house. She pulled back, spooked, and bolted pulling the entire swing set. Fortunately the swing set got caught in the big rhododendron bush at the corner of the house and I was able to come rescue her no harm done. I think even the swing set was fine.

      All I can say in my defense is that I was totally self taught, clueless parents and no lessons in the area and the few adults with horses were brutal and stupid. Anyhow I learned my lesson there.

      Unfortunately your lesson has come at a much higher cost.

      Anyhow you are dealing with a 3 year old TB who is born to run and has finely tuned nerves. Have you had a TB before? You might be able to get away with what you did with a wise old ranch horse but you cannot tie a 3 year old TB to a tarp or any other moveable object and not have a bad accident sooner than later.

      I am going to reiterate that you need to find a *good* adult mentor for ground work, and also recommend you look at some good ground work videos. Also familiarize yourself with the basic safety rules for horse handling perhaps through the excellent Pony Club books.

      Also expect that your horse will now have developed a panic reaction to tarps and likely to being tied, and once she heals you will need to work through this and undo the mental damage. You will want some intelligent trainer help on the standing tied part.

      Anyhow thus wasn't a freak accident. This was, sorry to state, handler error ignoring basic safety rules and common sense

      If you want to work with a TB you need to follow basic safety rules punctiliously until those rules become second nature.

      Only 2 years ago I pushed the envelope on safety with a OTTB. I was handwalking two horses, my Paint and an OTTB back from turnout. Right back at the barn they got spooked and the upshot was they both bolted, my Paint pushed me under the OTTB, he stepped on my foot, broke it, knocked me down,
      ​​​jumped over me, and they both ran away. No harm to the horses but I was non weight bearing in a soft cast for 6 weeks. I would have been fine with either horse in spook mode but not with two losing their minds.

      And my mare is *genius* at ground work. But she can still lose her mind. They all can.

      So just pointing out that even experienced horse handlers can make errors of judgment in ignoring basic safety rules, and pay the price.

      You need to follow basic safety rules and you need to learn them first, I suppose. Pony Club.


        Well hopefully we quoted enough texts that the thread still makes sense.

        I think it's proof this was a troll.


          Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
          Well hopefully we quoted enough texts that the thread still makes sense.

          I think it's proof this was a troll.
          There had been a blog in the profile with first and last name. So I think it's a real person....16 years old.

          But learning a good lesson about the internet. Agree that this issue was not a freak accident but a very predictable one. A freak accident is when someone crashes their car through your pasture fence and your horse gets hit or gets out.


            Ah if there was a blog I expect this was an attempt to generate traffic to the blog.

            I would have definitely clicked on the blog out of curiosity but the link seems to have gone poof too.

            This is either all fabulation or a feral teen with an Instagram account and no common sense or adult supervision.

            For the sake of the horse I would prefer this to be fabulation from a kid with no horse.


              Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
              Well hopefully we quoted enough texts that the thread still makes sense.

              I think it's proof this was a troll.
              Nah, half the posts made no sense in the first place.

              Classic troll timeline here too, between dramatic or controversial opening statement and it goes poof around three days without the impassioned plea for Mods to delete it. Unless it gets added later.
              When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

              The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


                You've been riding in competition for nine years and you tied a tarp to your horses halter?

                Back to square one for you.


                  Originally posted by findeight View Post

                  Nah, half the posts made no sense in the first place.

                  Classic troll timeline here too, between dramatic or controversial opening statement and it goes poof around three days without the impassioned plea for Mods to delete it. Unless it gets added later.
                  I'm guessing school break.


                    Originally posted by S1969 View Post

                    I'm guessing school break.
                    There is indeed a blog in her name with just a couple entries from Jan 2020, and very generic pretty photos. There OP claims to be 16. I think it's all invented and I hope very much the injured 3 year old never existed.