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  • Wow.

    This is gonna be kinda lengthy, so I apologize. I'm wondering what you Wise Ones would have done in the same situation.

    I was on my way to bring our JRT to her first puppy class, and as I'm driving along I notice in the distance a horse and rider. That road in perticular is moderatly busy, paved, has a speed limit of 50, but it's not uncommon to see people riding down the shoulders. I'm slowing down a bit and notice that the rider of the horse seems to be struggling to maintain control.

    I also observe that she's helmet-less, in shorts, a tank top, and BAREFOOT. Horse is galloping towards me and she's attempting to pull him up, but all he has on is a halter/lead.

    In no way am I thinking that this can end well, so I pull off to the side of the road, hit 911 on the speed dial, put my four ways on and get out my car. Just as I'm shutting the door, horse LAUNCHES girl into the air and she smacks face first onto the pavement. She hollered once and all is silent.

    I keep dialoge with 911 dispatcher and was told that there was an officer in the area. I noticed that there was a house about a 1/4 mile down the road and I started yelling in hopes that they would hear me as I'm bookin' it towards this girl. Horse is grazing off the side of the road, and as I reach the girl (who looks to be about 13-14) an old man comes out on the porch, see's girl in the road and starts running towards us.

    Old man blocks traffic and after about 5-10 minutes EMTs and a squad car arrive. Girl has wicked bloody face, and isn't responding. I did my best to check and make sure she was still breathing, without moving her. While EMTs are assessing her, I go catch (easily) horse. Old man says he's never seen them before and the cop said he doesn't recognize either.

    I called local vet and gave them a discription of horse, they think that they know who it is. I explained the situation and they are willing to come pick horse up and leave him at the clinic overnight but need a credit card on file. I give them mine, but tell them that it is NOT to be charged unless the owners are not contacted within 30 days. They are about 20/30 minutes away. Ambulance pulls away and sirens upset horse who insists on acting like a fool and spinning about in circles. Squad car leaves and the old man agrees to wait with me until the vet arrives. I managed to give the horse a once over and all was well with him. (He was actually kinda cute). Vet comes and picks horse up, I call puppy class to let them know that we won't be making it and head off to the hospital in hopes that the girl had woken up in the ambulance and they were able to get in contact with her folks.

    I wanted to let them know where their horse was and that he was okay.

    Get to the hospital and front desk lady points me in the direction I need to go. Girl is awake, pretty banged up, but no broken bones or anything...which shocked me. I introduced myself and explained about horse.

    Mom and Dad ask me to step into the hallway and Dad proceeds to SCREAM at me. Apparently girl told him that I got out of the car and spooked the horse, which caused him to buck her off. I re-told my side of things, and Mom seems to calm down a bit. Dad is still in a rage.

    I explained that the horse was at the vet, that they needed to get in contact with them, and that I was glad that their daughter was okay.

    Mom tells me that the girl had STOLEN the horse from their neighbors pasture during a tempertantrum and was 'running away.' Apparently she'd had some informal lessons, but nothing that would give her common sense, apparently.

    Horse is a YEARLING.

    Mom calls owners who are livid and refusing to pay for horse's overnight fees at the vet, and frankly I wouldn't either. I think that they were nice enough not to sue.

    Dad wants to sue ME for apparently getting his daughter bucked off the horse... .

    I left before things could get more heated. Got name of owner from Mom, called vet with information, vet agreed to take my credit card off file if the owners came and picked horse up tonight, which they were planning to do.

    As soon as I got into the phone I contacted my lawyer, who said in no way do they have a case.

    Now I'm home and may or may not be drinking copious amounts of wine straight from the bottle.

  • #2
    You are officially awarded CoTH story of the week. Complete with helmetless bareback ride, riding yearling, spoiled teen, stolen horse, billing dispute, stupid, stupid, stupid injury and neighborhood drama. Plus, you've already called your vet AND your lawyer. Well done!


    • #3
      That one had Darwin written all over it. I know it is hard but let it go.
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      • #4
        Wow...just wow!!


        • #5
          Holy cow! What's the saying, "no good deed goes unpunished"?

          People are so stupid it infuriates me.

          But you're a saint.


          • #6
            Oh my gosh. Well, no good deed.... Listen, you did above and beyond what many would do. The fact that the rider's parents are screaming at you, instead of trying to teach their teenager some personal responsibility is really awful. She stole a horse, could have killed herself or someone else and dad is mad at you. Stupid. Next time it will be a car and they will be surprised and is will be someone else's fault. Terrible parenting.

            I am not an attorney, but I am not sure what cause of action they would have against you.

            You should have got a big fat thank you from everyone. Since that did not happen, let me just say, great job. Don't change, being kind is a wonderful trait.
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            • #7
              Wow. Sorry about you ordeal.
              The parents should have kissed you for being there and for your quick thinking.

              The girl could have been laying on the side of the road for hours if not for you.

              Good work.


              • #8
                Geeze...hope tomorrow is better for you! You did a good deed...that father had no right to scream at you...I just can't believe how people act and react in this day and age.

                Just know that you did the right thing!!! Kudos to you! I say have a couple glases of wine and get a good nights rest!



                • #9
                  Dad should be damn grateful that someone in this world actually cared enough to a) attempt to save his incredibly moronic daughter from getting run away with - helmetless and on the side of a road, no less... and b) cared enough to STAY with said stupid teen to make sure she was ALIVE. Out of curiosity, how many people drove past the girl lying there?

                  Horse owner has every right to be livid - if my horse was taken out of his field by a teen having a temper tantrum, you bet I would be pressing charges (trespassing, possibly theft?)

                  Good for you attempting to help out. Sorry you had to incur the wrath of Dad.

                  Have a drink on me You deserve it.


                  • #10

                    But I'll tell you, I never would have arranged anyone to come and get that horse. I would have left that up to the Sheriff.

                    She's lucky to be alive.


                    • #11
                      Oh my God!! Dad is an idiot and should be thankful his daughter is alive.
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                      • #12
                        Holy Crapolla!! Please dont let idiots spoil your instincts to help in a crisis. Isnt there a "good samaritan" law protecting individuals like you who try to help?


                        • Original Poster

                          It was the stupidity of the kid that got me the most, and I really hope that she learned her lesson!

                          Alas, probably not. She sounds like a total brat, but judging by the way her father reacted I'm not suprised in the least really. Her Mom was very kind though, after hearing the story.

                          I'm just glad that no harm was done to the horse! It's one of those back-roads that nobody really does the speed limit on...



                          • #14

                            yep, no good deed goes unpunished.

                            Since the Twit Family failed to I say it: Thank you.

                            Thank you for doing the decent thing.

                            And do charge the wine box


                            • #15
                              I wonder what the kid was running away from. Sometimes good kids make poor choices due to horrible situations.


                              • #16
                                Just in case it does go to court, it may be wise to write down your memory of things right away, and date the paper. I was advised to do this once as it carries more weight in court if the recollection is "fresh".

                                But I agree, you do deserve an award for that story!

                                The parents are idiots.
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                                • Original Poster

                                  Taryn- Only 2 that I know of. One lady with two small kids in the car who did stop and ask if everything was under control. I don't blame her for not stopping to help, I wouldn't either with my DD in the car, and another older gentleman but the EMTs were already on the scene. After that I didn't really keep track.


                                  • #18
                                    you did a great job! many people would not have seen that accident waiting to happen and if they did, they would have kept on driving.

                                    I raise my glass to you Superminion, you really are SUPER!


                                    • #19
                                      Thank you for doing the right thing even though it was for totally ungrateful people. I absolutely believe in good karma and think your balance increased exponentially in that department.
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                                      • #20
                                        [edit] That is why our civilization is dying; because teenagers are encouraged at this level of stupid. I would have probably lost it at the dad... SMH is right.
                                        Last edited by Moderator 1; May. 10, 2012, 08:25 AM.
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