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Those moments that make your heart jump..

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    Those moments that make your heart jump..

    Horses? Gotta love them right? Lol hanging out at my neighbors farm like most nights and I know enough to wait on the OTHER side of the fence when they are about to get fed. Tonight four of them go from calm to all our kicking each other, to calm. Even from safety hooves flying is terrifying lol.

    When a tied horse sits back and you just know it isn’t going to end well.


      When you can't find your mini and think he got loose. You look everywhere, all three paddocks, every stall, and under bushes and he's GONE. Then you remember you forgot to look DOWN when checking the stalls. Sure enough, there he was.


        Starting colts for the track, going out with the first set.
        Most have a handful of rides only.
        Everyone gets on and one rider promptly gets bucked off before he is completely in the saddle.
        The rest of us grab ourselves wondering who will be next.
        Colt only takes a couple more half heated jumps and stands there, surprised, thankfully not setting others off.
        Fellow gets back on and we go out without any more trouble.


          Originally posted by Obsidian Fire View Post
          When a tied horse sits back and you just know it isn’t going to end well.
          This. Any time I hear scrambling hooves my heart stops.


            When you are trying to bring in two renegade ponies before a storm hits and you are just getting the halter on , when the other pony gallops up behind him and the pony takes off running out of the gate . The first pony's halter falls off and his partner in crime follows right after.

            You think they'll just run into the barn, right? But noooo, they take off at a full gallop and disappear into the woods. I plod after them, and luckily the BOs daughter comes and helps me and after 30 minutes of trying to get them headed to the barn while it's lightning and raining we finally get the little barsterds back.

            And that's all I have to say about that.

            Certified Guacophobe


              Monday my horse tripped, spooked sideways before catching himself from the trip, and stumbled towards the electric fence. I was sure we were going down as I looked at the grass and hoped I could avoid the fence.


                Originally posted by Fellbutbackup
                When a horse sits down on a car
                There ought to be a good story behind that?


                  Originally posted by Fellbutbackup
                  When a horse sits down on a car
                  I've seen that happen... at a 4H fair. Kid was with horse out in parking area, horse went up over and on to someone's car.


                    When you can't find the very big, very white draft horse anywhere in the square, open field. He has to be there....the pony is calm and there...but he has gotten out before....wait a minute, what about that one bush by the stone wall in the shade? Ah ha! Half his size but still a good hiding spot.
                    Or the bay horse in the shadow of the hedgerow, looked right at him for some time.
                    Yes, I have gotten better glasses!
                    Then there is the 'bloody' pee in snow phenomenon. Did you know that some horses' can have pee that turns red in the snow? Yeah, I didn't either!!!


                      Finding a horse half over a wire perimeter fence. Front legs in the neighbor's cow pasture, hinds in your field. It all turned out fine but the implications that flashed through my mind while trying not to panic the horse as I ran-walked to him were awful!

                      Horse snapping the lock on the exterior stall door during an ice storm and bolting out into the skating rink that was his paddock. OMG! That was fairly horrifying to watch, heart in my throat! Thank goodness my boy realized instantly what a mistake he'd made, skidding into the no climb, balanced himself and more carefully than I ever thought possible, made his way back to the barn. I don't think I breathed for about 2 minutes.
                      Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                        Out on a new trail, horse steps into an old rusty page wire fence hidden in the grass. There was a momentary struggle but fortunately mare has a good "whoa" and I was able to disentangle her with no harm done. Good adrenaline rush though!


                          When the horse your riding goes down on his front knees. Our instructor said, they have 4 legs, they can balance in three legs.
                          Apparently not my guy, but he never did pay attention to his feet, they were an after thought to him.


                            When the anything-for-food-I'm-telling-you-ANYTHING horse doesn't come in from his pen at dinner time.

                            When you see skid marks at the top of the cliff.


                              Waking up in the middle of the night realizing that you left the hose running in the water tub.


                                Several years ago, heard a commotion from the back stabling area of the barn. Went to check it out, and found my big 3 year old WB gelding high-centered, having kicked both hind legs through the top space in a pipe gate panel. Weight resting on his gaskins, hind feet dangling off the ground. It took about 20 very scary minutes for my trainer and another man to unfasten the ends of the panel and slowly push it to lay it flat on the ground under my horse (obviously very difficult since the horse's weight was on it). When they first started trying to move the gate, my horse freaked out and briefly struggled to free himself, but luckily stopped after a few moments, and for the remainder of the time stood motionless. I was terrified that when the gate was only partially slanted toward the ground and his hind feet touched, he would try to bolt out and break a leg. But he never moved, and just carefully walked out when the gate was flat on the ground. Was skinned up terribly and clearly in pain, but healed quickly. I'll always be grateful he was so sensible.


                                  Originally posted by Displaced Mainer View Post
                                  Waking up in the middle of the night realizing that you left the hose running in the water tub.
                                  Or you come in to the barn on a cold November morning to set up for a clinic scheduled that day, to discover someone left the arena sprinkler on all night and the temperature is now dropping to below freezing.


                                    Originally posted by Fellbutbackup

                                    There is a story but not necessarily good. Really ”good” barn/forum gossip with lots to unpack. Which means I won’t post it here.
                                    Oh, that is probably smart.

                                    At least your barn enjoyed a good story out of that.


                                      Your heart stops when your neurological horse that can barely walk straight or without tripping decides to make a jump course out of the Rubbermaid tubs being used as a water trough and hay feeders. Just to up the challenge, she did it in the mud after it had rained. Fortunately it was a clear round.


                                        I had a mare that was clumsy and accident prone but thankfully never panicked. She would cast herself in the stall (more often than any horse I've ever known) and wait patiently for help.

                                        I went out to bring her and my gelding in because the paddock was very icy and they decided it was a good time to run around like idiots with their tails in the air. I was still outside of the paddock when my gelding came running and manage to remain upright while rounding the corner. Mare came after him and went down. She slid, laying on her side, no flailing of legs no struggle to rise. She just went with it and waited it out, for about thirty feet.

                                        When inertia finally brought her to a stop she calmly got up as if nothing had happened.

                                        I'll never forget the horror of watching her, calmly but swiftly sliding by, while I hoped against hope that there were no protuberances in the ground that would tear her open.

                                        She was fine, though I'm sure it took years off of my life.