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    I think we're both ok, fortunately. Walking my mare around the property and she spooked as some turn out horses took off bucking. She hop/spun around, turning towards a ditch, then lost her footing on the sandy slope. It happened so incredibly fast, like faster than any fall I've had (because it was one continuous motion I think), just all of a sudden I realized "oh she's going down". Her left legs must have gone under because she scraped her left side and left hock pretty good, and crushed my left foot. She immediately sprang back up and stood there. I hopped off to see if she was ok and noticed my foot hurt, then limped us into the barn.

    Trainer walked her around and said she'd give her a bit of bute in case she's sore. I cleaned up the scrapes, which were bloody but superficial and she seems ok. It wasn't a gentle fall but also could have been so much worse. My foot is pretty ouchy but nothing is broken I don't think. I'm limped into work and am icing it/ taking advil.

    Question - is there any way to notice the signs in advance or prevent a horse from falling down when they spook like that? I know what to do when they buck or bolt, but this was totally not something my brain was expecting and I wish I had better reactions so I could have gotten my foot out of the stirrup. Luckily it was ok, but if she'd fallen backwards or rolled over on me, I would have been screwed because I was still in the saddle. It was just SO fast. I also obviously want to try to keep her on her feet for her own sake too. I don't even remember dismounting, but I know I was still on her when she bounced up. She tends to do this spinning thing when she spooks sometimes, like she wants to whip around and see what's scaring her. It's a different kind of spook than I'm used to as well, and I'd like to have some strategies to keep us both safe, since I can see how that motion really easily made her slip. Thanks!
    Mr. Sandman
    sand me a man
    make him so sandy
    the sandiest man

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    I hope the both of you are going to be okay. It sounds like a bit of bad luck regarding the location of where she spooked. As far as riding her spook or feeling it coming hopefully others have some ideas for you.

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      Yeah, it can happen fast. Glad you just seem to be a bit scraped and battered but not too badly hurt. I'd have the foot checked out. Lots of little bones in there. Back in the dark ages - 1974 - I was jumping over a log in Golden Gate Park and my mare landed on a slick spot and went down. I managed to get my feet out of the stirrups, but not clear of her, so the landing order was stirrup/foot./horse. OUCH!!! Fracture dislocation of the arch and broken toes for me, two weeks in the hospital, six months on crutches, Mare was fine.
      Last edited by Belowthesalt; Nov. 7, 2019, 12:38 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by the sandiest shoes View Post
        I think we're both ok, fortunately. Walking my mare around the property and she spooked as some turn out horses took off bucking. She hop/spun around, turning towards a ditch, then lost her footing on the sandy slope. It happened so incredibly fast, like faster than any fall I've had (because it was one continuous motion I think), just all of a sudden I realized "oh she's going down". Her left legs must have gone under because she scraped her left side and left hock pretty good, and crushed my left foot. She immediately sprang back up and stood there. I hopped off to see if she was ok and noticed my foot hurt, then limped us into the barn.

        Trainer walked her around and said she'd give her a bit of bute in case she's sore. I cleaned up the scrapes, which were bloody but superficial and she seems ok. It wasn't a gentle fall but also could have been so much worse. My foot is pretty ouchy but nothing is broken I don't think. I'm limped into work and am icing it/ taking advil.

        Question - is there any way to notice the signs in advance or prevent a horse from falling down when they spook like that? I know what to do when they buck or bolt, but this was totally not something my brain was expecting and I wish I had better reactions so I could have gotten my foot out of the stirrup. Luckily it was ok, but if she'd fallen backwards or rolled over on me, I would have been screwed because I was still in the saddle. It was just SO fast. I also obviously want to try to keep her on her feet for her own sake too. I don't even remember dismounting, but I know I was still on her when she bounced up. She tends to do this spinning thing when she spooks sometimes, like she wants to whip around and see what's scaring her. It's a different kind of spook than I'm used to as well, and I'd like to have some strategies to keep us both safe, since I can see how that motion really easily made her slip. Thanks!
        I hope your foot is ok.
        If not, get thee to the dr.
        Feet have to be taken care of or later you won't be happy if you have problems from not taking good care of them over the years.

        Those accidents happen so fast!

        I was starting this four year old filly and her fifth ride we thought she was ready to go out.
        Our riding center was a ten minute ride off the country.
        We had to ride thru city streets to get there.
        Leaving the barn, stepping on the asphalt for the first time, filly's feet went out from under her and she belly flopped right on the asphalt, hard and fast.
        Used to colts, the second anything happens my feet are never in the stirrups far, and out of the stirrups fast, as taught to me, so my foot was not in there when she landed.
        Glad of that, as the English metal stirrup was bent in half, the bottom touching the stirrup leather.

        Filly seemed ok, not even a scratch on her, but for a while she had a bump on her side where the stirrup may have been when she hit.
        Just think what a foot in there may have looked, all mashed up along with that metal stirrup!

        When that happens so fast, I doubt that there is much you can do about it but ride thru it.

        Feet bones are very resilient and bend easily without breaking, but take care to check any other that may not feel right, as some ligaments may have been torn.

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        • #5
          Glad you both should heal up fast and completely!! No there is no way to really prevent something like you described once it starts it is too fast and sounds like all would have been under control if she had landed in that particular footing. Just basic trust and solid in hand training to help minimize the chances of it happening

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            Originally posted by Haylter View Post
            Glad you both should heal up fast and completely!! No there is no way to really prevent something like you described once it starts it is too fast and sounds like all would have been under control if she had landed in that particular footing. Just basic trust and solid in hand training to help minimize the chances of it happening
            Thanks for the support, all - it means a lot!

            I've been shaken up this morning but I think my foot is fine. It's already better from the advil alone and isn't swelling. Barely limping now (fortunately because my boss already hates that I ride since she "needs my head to get work done" lol and would be pissed to see evidence of me getting hurt). Phew.

            And yeah, I think I just need to be more aware of spook potential - she just had some time off turn-out to heal from a cut on her leg, so she's a bit fresh and only five - I should have kept more contact on the reins in case she got prancey when we were walking around the farm (anything outside of the schooling ring or arena is still exciting for her). Also I will definitely keep more distance from that slippery ditch area from now on.
            Mr. Sandman
            sand me a man
            make him so sandy
            the sandiest man

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            • #7
              Scary! Glad that your foot and horse seem fine. I get the boss not wanting you to ride. When I was managing a local bank, I had a horse toss me off, I landed on my feet in 2 feet of clay and I hit so hard that my feet went into the clay and turned at a 90 degree angle. Nothing broken, but two sprained ankles and 3 days of rest later, my boss told me I shouldn't ride horses because I needed to be at work I obviously didn't take that advice. And thank goodness no longer work for that bank as well

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              • #8
                Yikes! They really are clumsy at that age, especially when spooking. That reminds me of the time I was lunging my Arab mare; she was going through a growth spurt and, although very graceful now, wasn't quite sure of where her feet were going at the time.

                She spooked and tried to take off, but she hit a patch of damp grass and all four feet slid right out from under her and she landed on her side. She bounced up in about half a second and kept trotting like nothing ever happened. It was so quick that someone who was standing next to the round pen and facing the other direction (but started to turn around when they heard me exclaim) missed the whole thing. Sure was glad I wasn't sitting on her though!

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                • #9
                  My gelding had a spin. Usually away from something though. It was all linked to being behind my leg (and his somewhat spooky personality). The moment I felt the slightest "suck back" or attention being diverted, I tapped him forward with my whip. I also blocked whatever side he wanted to spin to with my hand and leg.

                  We have trails that have a drop off on the sides and I did not want to encounter a situation such as what happened with the OP's mare. So I knew that having him in front of my leg/aids and him understanding that go means go! was crucial.

                  So the signs, in my case, were usually sucking back, very, very, slightly, diverted attention, and a delayed reaction to my forward aids. The minute his attention shifted in an effort to gear up for a spook, the energy had to be diverted into moving forward. Or sometimes laterally, but never backward/spinning. Fortunately his spins were easy to sit, but still.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ChestnutArabianMare View Post

                    She spooked and tried to take off, but she hit a patch of damp grass and all four feet slid right out from under her and she landed on her side. She bounced up in about half a second and kept trotting like nothing ever happened. It was so quick that someone who was standing next to the round pen and facing the other direction (but started to turn around when they heard me exclaim) missed the whole thing. Sure was glad I wasn't sitting on her though!
                    That's when they get up and have that "look"... "I meant to do that! Nothing to see here, move along."

                    I had a mare that had a duck and spin spook. Nothing I tried to do, or actually did, worked to feel, or see when it was coming, and unfortunately, she spun me off each and every time she did it. Better luck to you!!

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                      Yeah, fortunately her spins, spooks, etc. are all very easy to sit (knock on wood), so long as she doesn't fall down herself I guess!
                      Mr. Sandman
                      sand me a man
                      make him so sandy
                      the sandiest man

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