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  • Craziest Thing You've done for horses?

    Equestrians aren't known for being sane, from "the eq. diet" to riding in every temperature and condition known to man, so my question for you is what is the craziest thing you've done?
    I've taken part serious dieting, standing with my heels of the edge of stairs for hours and riding with a broken bone in my foot
    What do you think should be done about these crazy things, or do they just come with being a competitor in a serious elite sport?
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  • #2
    I currently have a boarder's gelding who got kicked in the man bits... I get the fabulously glorious job of massaging him 4x a day.

    Not exactly about competing but I think it says something for the extent of care our horses get. I've never seen a chiro but my horses get it every +/-6 months


    • #3
      i didnt take my pain meds after having widsom teeth removed because my mother wouldnt let me drive to the barn if I was on them (good call Mom)

      Riding with cast on my arm from broken wrist. Trainer nipped that in the bud when she found out.

      Spent my student loan refund check on a horse while I was still in school. Btw, I was an accounting major. I "knew" better.
      Last edited by ActNatural; Jan. 28, 2013, 02:30 PM.


      • #4
        The stupidest thing I've done is ride with cracked ribs because god forbid I miss an opportunity for points during my junior career.

        I think many athletes, and especially those at top levels, will "play through the pain" when an important game, meet or in our case, shwo is on the line. Important being the relative term. I think the foolishness and invicibility of youth is plenty to blame.

        I've spent nights on a haybale with a sleeping bag outside the stall when my pony had colic. Some people have viewed this as crazy.

        I'm with ActNatural, the craziest thing I did was probably buying my current horse. I was out scouting possible lesson ponies for my old boss, and came across a wholly unsuitable for children OTTB. He came home with me.


        • #5
          A youngster (deemed dangerous and sent to a cowboy after this incident) took off bucking two steps away from the mounting block. My trainer told me to bail as he was kicking up higher and harder. But I think when he felt my weight shift, it spooked him, because he jerked really hard in the opposite direction. Then, he came back over on top of me. Luckily he caught the top of my helmet and I didn't get a hoof to the face and he didn't trample me. We couldn't let him get away with thinking he could have a habit of dumping people right after they get on so I spent 20 minutes getting a leg up and doing mounting exercises like laying over his back and getting off and on.

          It wasn't until I got on the next horse that I realized something really wasn't right. So, I went to the hospital to make sure nothing was seriously broken.

          Turns out I had a hairline fracture on my arm, broke a small bone in my hand, and badly sprained my ankle. And because I had slipped my C2 out when I was younger (riding of course..a horse tripped and I got bad whiplash) they wanted to treat my neck. I refused the full arm cast, boot, crutches, and neck brace they wanted to put me in and horse showed the following weekend.


          • #6
            Hm. Well, add me to the list of people who unexpectedly brought another one home. Somehow I've ended up with 3 at the moment. That's enough...

            I ended a long-term relationship partially because his blatant lack of caring or understanding about my horses and horse-related activities was way too much to overlook. There were other things, of course, but that was a big reason.

            I guess I haven't done anything too awfully crazy. But I do put my horses' needs ahead of my own, which causes some people to "tsk-tsk" me. But, only true animal people/horse people can really understand that.
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            • #7
              I remember as a teen waiting till the temperture got UP to 0º before riding on some winter days. This was with NO indoor and snow on the ground. What's up with that?? Now I don't ride if it's below, oh, 35º or so!
              “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
              ¯ Oscar Wilde


              • #8
                I had surgery to remove some internal pieces on a Friday afternoon. Got a call from my out-of-town trainer Saturday AM that the barn worker thought something was wrong with my horse.

                Immediately got in the car, drove to the barn and hand walked for at least an hour up and down the driveway waiting for the vet.

                Stayed around after he was tubed. An hour later, hooked up my trailer and took him to the clinic.

                He had surgery that night. Ended up going out 2-3 times each day that weekend.

                Had I had someone around that was competent, I might have not been so involved after my not-exactly-minor surgery. But I didn't, so I was.
                Veni vidi vici. With a paint pony, nonetheless.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by ClassyRide View Post

                  I ended a long-term relationship partially because his blatant lack of caring or understanding about my horses and horse-related activities was way too much to overlook. There were other things, of course, but that was a big reason.
                  Not "getting" the horse thing is a good enough reason to end a relationship for me! You probably did the right thing!


                  • #10
                    Oh, lots of stuff. I try hard not to do truly stupid things anymore, but I suppose I still do from time to time. Probably one of the most ill-advised things I did as a junior was continue riding while I had appendicitis (I didn't feel good, but did not realize it was appendicitis yet - rode three horses) and then horse showed two days after I got my appendix removed.

                    I also rode with pneumonia, which was seriously awful. But I had a hot horse that no one else really wanted to ride, and I knew that every day he sat without getting ridden was just going to make it worse when I did finally get back on him.


                    • #11
                      Let's see, was it the time I used a homemade butterfly bandage on a split eyebrow because I didn't want to waste time in the ER? I couldn't wash the crusty mess for days because I didn't want to disturb the bandage.

                      Or was it the time I rode with the fractured collar bone I had told no one about, because they wouldn't have let me ride.

                      Or was it when after two years of not riding,I took up the rehab ride on a horse that was and is too snarky.

                      Finally, I think, old enough to know better.
                      Taking it day by day!


                      • #12
                        Oh, I remember another one. And this is recent! At a show I clipped my ankle on a fence post in the warmup ring. Doctor said I crushed my ankle ( currently going on 3 1/2 months in a cast and now boot). Of course at the time I was debating on going in to my jumper class. Of course I did. Managed to make it through the jump off. I ended up dropping the second class though!
                        “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
                        ¯ Oscar Wilde


                        • #13
                          Riding/competing with broken metatarsals. It was literally on the ball of my foot, and then I was really stupid and jogged my horse for the next few weeks since we did small juniors. It was a pitiful sight--sound horse, clearly not sound rider. After I completed the season and was still in pain, it turned out I'd stress fractured even more of the toes and had to take months off of doing most things.

                          Then I was stupider a couple years later and rode when I was still on crutches. I'd sprained my ankle in BOTH directions (didn't know that was possible...) which was the same foot I'd broken the toes/foot. I'd hobble to the horse, hop on, ride around, hop off, get back on crutches. My trainer thought I was a nutter, but didn't argue too much since I was, technically, an adult, and I was leasing the most saintly mare East of the Mississippi.

                          I have really had to pay for those two injuries with a lot of PT and just general corrective work. It has been a slow, painful, arduous process, and unfortunately even though I'm not even 30, every little injury I get to that foot/leg takes forever to recover from.


                          • #14
                            I'm moving to Ocala tomorrow for the rest of HITS circuit so I cut my hair off. I've never gone so short before and my hair was at shoulder length. I just wanted to have a style I didn't have to fuss with during early mornings or after taking off a sweaty helmet. And it looks great! Chalk this up to another positive experience the horse world has given me


                            • #15
                              not too 'crazy', but does quitting smoking count?


                              • #16
                                I was horseless and not involved in any manner with them as I was working on my Masters + working full time when I met my now DH. Moved east and out of the blue said I wanted to get back to riding which he was fine with. Somehow managed to get him from living in the city with once a wk school horse lesson to buying a 30 acre farm and breeding
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                                • #17
                                  Broke my leg pretty badly at a horseshow (fractured ankle and snapped fibula) and tried to talk the EMTs into giving me morphine so I could ride in the prix (yeah, they thought that was a *great* idea and quickly shuttled me to the waiting car to get a ride to the ER). Found out I was pregnant through that whole debacle (specialists, surgeons, etc.)

                                  Tried to ride with the cast 2 days after my surgery and quickly realized that was a no go (it made my fibula click like crazy since the cast ended below the fibula break), and so waited "patiently" (ha!) until the day my cast came off at 3ish weeks post surgery. Rode hard for the next 6 weeks (one or no stirrups with every ride since I still couldn't flex my ankle).

                                  And the end goal that I was working to achieve? Making it to the last big horseshow of the year so that I could get my mare into the 1.30m classes before I was too pregnant to be allowed to keep jumping (I was somewhere in the 4-5 month range at that point).

                                  Looking back at that (and many other instances) I realize how foolish it was to push things for no "real" reason. But it seemed so freaking compelling at the time (as it always does)!

                                  I do have a blackmail video clip somewhere that a friend took of me trying to walk my course. I still couldn't weight my foot normally so I tried to compensate by taking one little limpy step and one bigger-than-normal step. It actually came out surprisingly accurate, but I looked like a complete dumbass!
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Pony+ an inch View Post
                                    Riding/competing with broken metatarsals.
                                    I've broken one (left fifth) and I cannot comprehend how you got on a horse. Or put any weight on it for that matter.

                                    I've remounted and jumped with a separated AC joint and with bruised ribs and a severely sprained wrist (which is still NQR two months after)

                                    So nothing too spectacular.


                                    • #19
                                      My family thought it was stupid and questioned my sense of priorities - but . . . after transferring back to the states from an overseas tour, one of the first things I did was buy two horses (a 5yr. old Appaloosa mare and a 6 month old Quarter Horse filly.)

                                      At the time, I was sleeping in my mother's den on the sofa and taking a bus to work.


                                      • #20
                                        I'm currently looking for shippers to ship my freebie OTTB to my grandparents' cattle ranch in South Dakota. I'm moving out there to work, and why not teach the TB to herd cattle. Which I plan on doing in full English tack, safety vest, and helmet with hunter hair. Makes perfect sense to me. My family thinks I'm nuts.

                                        I had my gall bladder out when I was 21 and was back mucking stalls five days later. I did wait another 2 days until I rode.

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