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    Waking up in the morning to go feed the horses, and realizing that they are no longer in their paddock. Running down my lane onto my country road with halters and leads in hand, a truck drives by with two guys, who stop hard. Seeing my halters, they ask if I've lost a couple horses! They tell me to hop in, they'll take me down the road to them. I don't even question it for a second, hop in the truck and we head down the road. We get to where my two buttheads are hanging out in someone's front yard, just munching away on some yummy grass, with a small fan club of onlookers. Never had such an adrenaline rush! And met some very nice people that day!!


      Over a decade ago I bought a new five year old
      After a few days of letting him get acquainted without a peep from the other four, older geldings, across the fence, one morning turned him out after putting in a very large pen lots of flakes of hay.
      For a bit, everyone found a flake and were eating without a problem.
      All of a sudden new horse ran across the pen, knocked the 11 year old super submissive horse down, was holding him down by his knees on his belly, had him by his neck and was trying to shake the heck out of him.
      I had a manure cart and flat rubber pan I had been using to put extra hay out, threw the pan at him as I was running to them.
      He then saw me and that I was going to hit him and turned loose, got up and ran off.
      I have never seen that over the top aggression on other horses when fighting, not even stallions, wow.
      Older horse was a little dazed getting up and sore for a few days, but ok.


        Oh Bluey how shocking! Did he ever try again with other horses?


          Originally posted by skydy View Post
          Oh Bluey how shocking! Did he ever try again with other horses?
          I called around and a neighbor with a herd of older geldings said he take him.
          They told me that upstart youngster lost some hide, but gained some respect from his betters and was very nice now.
          Their 14 year old son really liked him, so I sold him to them, they still have him, he made a nice ranch horse.
          Being a roan, you still can tell today where his teachers left their mark.

          I was thinking about this because of the super sweet older gelding we eventually sold to a family with kids.
          I just got a picture of him a couple days ago with a happy, smiling grand kid on him.

          You are right, that was so shocking, hope never to see anything like that ever again.


            I love your stories Bluey. So much wisdom accumulated. Than you for sharing with us.


              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!


                I have felt my heart jump. It is not just a saying. It is an actual thing. When a snake reared up and looked at me. They do that as not good eyesight.

                My heart jumped. I didn't move. It slithered away from me. Under a horse's resting hoof and away.

                The horse never moved.
                It is better to ride 5 minutes a day than it is to ride 35 minutes on a Sunday.


                  Originally posted by Chall View Post
                  I love your stories Bluey. So much wisdom accumulated. Than you for sharing with us.
                  Oh, thank you, that was nice of you.

                  I love all stories, some really interesting ones here.

                  That wire story reminded me of another one.
                  We had bred and raised this colt, a race bred one, sire a stakes winner, dam rated AAA.
                  But, he always seemed so slow and super gentle and quiet, not athletic at all, we didn't even try to train him with the others his age for the track.
                  We left him for later, to be a trail riding horse maybe.
                  He was beautiful, big, light bright red, with four stockings and a wide blaze.
                  He loved people and getting, slowly, into all kinds of things, his barn name Brat.

                  That summer, sure enough, starting him under saddle was just get on and go for slow trail rides, looking at cattle nicely settled in their pastures.
                  This time there were two of us, an older horse along for confidence, he had been under saddle a few times, when out of the blue he started kicking out violently, taking huge jumps and almost dumping me before I could get him stopped enough to get off safely.

                  Once off him, still holding the reins of the hackamore, he was still kicking high up, until finally settled and just jigged around, still kicking.
                  We found out he had a devil's claw seed pod hung around his pastern and it was stuck on his hoof also and was not letting go:


                  Took it off and he was fine.
                  For the quietest, pokiest colt, he sure could move that time.


                    Back in the same place, same mare. A phone call (before cell phones in the countryside) person says; "Do you have a big white horse?" cue heart sinking. Actually she was a 15.1-2ish grey mare but there weren't many TB's around so people thought she was "big". Anyway with all of the horrible scenarios for why they might be asking me this going through my mind, I said "yesssss why?"

                    Thankfully she was down the dirt road at a house grazing on their lawn. She had managed to get down the top board of a section of fence and jumped out. My gelding apparently didn't think that leaving was worth the effort. I arrived with bridle and thanked the folks, all standing around on the lawn, who seemed to find the interruption to their evening as fine entertainment and were kind enough to give me a leg up.


                      When you wake up in the middle of the night and hear one horse frantically nickering, you know someone isn’t where they should be.

                      When you get a phone call from your vet and he tells you you need to come out to the barn where your mare and 6 month old colt are boarded - mare is injured. When you get a phone call from your vet and he tells you you need to come out to the barn (new barn that we used to wean foal) - colt is injured. We had such bad luck that year. Brings tears to my eyes writing these words.


                        When your horse reaches down to itch at his chest during a lesson, gets his teeth stuck to the neck loop of his running martingale, and begins spinning under you. Those were the scariest few seconds of my life as I tried to get off, then get him calm enough to unstick him. To this day, I will not let a horse in a martingale bite at itself. Mine or others in the ring!
                        Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


                          When you peek out to do the morning count when you first wake up and think, “Shoot, one of the surcingles has come undone,” and just as quickly remember the horse isn’t wearing a blanket. Sigh. Huge flap of belly peeled back, two weeks at the vet’s, no cause ever discovered, but perfectly healed without even a scar, just a little lump of scar tissue where it finally closed. Sheesh.
                          "We need a pinned ears icon." -MysticOakRanch


                            When your brain is half fried from this crazy world and you (probably) didn't latch the stall door well. And in the morning find the gelding outside his stall with his head inside the plastic garbage can of extra grain bought to minimize shopping trips...


                              When your stallion gets loose at a horse show after halter breaks......

                              Luckily he just trotted and cantered up and down stall aisles, and around a big field a couple times, never looked at another horse. Very proud of himself.


                                #1-When you go out sleepily at the crack of dawn to feed & do not see horses in the big field.
                                Okay, only ~2ac, but until you finally spot them, at the farthest corner from the gate, you just know they have gotten the fence down.

                                #2-When you get home from work & as you drive past, see horses in the pasture nearest the house. As per usual.
                                Then, when you go to change from work clothes & peek out your bedroom window...see one horse still standing in the same spot. (traitor #2 had left to go wait for dinner in his stall, per their usual M.O.)
                                Horse had put a foot through the tensile wire corner bracing. Several piles of manure verified he'd been there some time.
                                Hoof is wedged so tight I'm afraid if wire has sliced him, it may now be a tourniquet & he will bleed A LOT if freed.
                                But I work the foot loose, while he stands like a rock. No blood, no cut. He takes a single shaky step & then business as usual.
                                I aged several years in those minutes.

                                #3-Same bedroom window, one frigid Winter, I look out & see a bright streak of red on the beige barn wall.
                                Teleport out to find a game of Rear Up Bitey Face had ended with a cut on someone's lower eyelid.
                                Hoof? Teeth?
                                I'll never know, but it was millimeters from the eye itself.
                                Healed up just fine.

                                Great cardio exercise
                                *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
                                Steppin' Out 1988-2004
                                Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
                                Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


                                  When we had a stormy night and in the morning your little cow horse is missing.
                                  You go look for him, worried to death and find him, in the brush, ... high centered ... on a limb?


                                    My first experience with the clover slobbers!
                                    "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." —Bradley Trevor Greive


                                      This happened about 15 years ago. I didn't get all the details until it came up in conversation with the BO and few other boarders last fall. It was worse than I thought it was when I heard the rest of the story.

                                      I got up one beautiful Sunday morning in April, a perfect day to ride. I was getting organized when the phone rang. It was the BO's daughter who was around 8 or 9 y.o.

                                      "Mom told me to call you and tell you your horse is okay."

                                      Long pause. "What?"

                                      "Mom told me to call you and tell you your horse is okay."

                                      "What are you talking about?"

                                      "Mom told me to call you and tell you your horse is okay."

                                      'It's April Fool's day. I don't get the joke."

                                      "Mom told me to call you and tell you your horse is okay and you should come over right now."

                                      "It's April Fool's day and you tell me come over because my horse is okay? Not funny."

                                      "He got stuck in the round bale feeder but mom says he's okay."

                                      It's only 8 minutes to the barn but I can do it faster. When I got there he was standing in the barn and the feeder had not moved. He did, in fact, get cast in the round bale feeder but he was okay. No injuries other than being sore and stiff. The feeder was the "tombstone" style that was commonly used for horses. It showed up in horse magazine photos regularly. It is a steel ring with vertical hoops. Each hoop has a brace down the center.

                                      We think he was sleeping by the feeder and rolled over towards it rather than standing up. He got his left hind caught in a hoop at the pastern. Fortunately he didn't thrash around; he would have destroyed the fetlock, pastern and hoof. We have no idea how long he was cast. There aren't many people around on Sunday mornings. Someone looked out a window in the house and realized he was cast. BO was able to keep him calm in part by keeping his neck on the ground. DH got a sledge hammer and was able to free him up. I don't want to remember any more details. The only other choice if we didn't have a DH and sledge hammer would have been the fire department and Jaws of Life.

                                      DH got rid of the feeders the next day even though it means a lot of waste. BO won't do feeders in part for safety and because she has a couple of dozen horses, including a few boarders, who are out 24/7. That means 4-6 round bales. We still have vivid memories of what could have been a catastrophe.

                                      Last edited by walktrot; Jun. 29, 2020, 04:23 PM.
                                      "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019


                                        My property was very hilly, sitting on top of a ridge in Colorado. There was never any grass in the corral and sacrifice pasture, because the horses grabbed any bit of green they saw. Consequently, the corral could be quite a mud pit.

                                        One day I was pulling in the driveway and saw my Hackney pony slip in the muddy corral, and slide into the fence. We had seven strands of polywire, as we originally planned on both miniatures and full size horses. The Hackney was in a tangled mess of fencing--every single strand was wrapped around him. I'm slipping my way across the corral to try to keep him from struggling, and he stood up, still wrapped up in the fence. He gave himself one hard shake, all the strands flew off him, and he strolled off to graze in the pasture he'd slid into. Meanwhile, I was trying to get my heart rate down to normal.

                                        There wasn't a mark on him. I was very happy we'd gone to the expense of polywire. It was advertised as horse safe fencing, and it proved it that day.



                                          When your BM calls and says, don’t panic it’s not an emergency but your horse stuck his face in a cactus and he won’t let anyone near his muzzle to pull the needles out, so the vet is on his way to sedate him and pull them out of his nose. Thankfully they had gotten the big bulb off by the time I got there! Luckily his face was soon cactus free and he probably won’t be doing that again! We’re still not even sure how he found a cactus to get stuck in his face- since his turn out paddock was searched and there were no cactus anywhere for him to get into.