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Re: weird things can happen when the sun shines!
Poor you, Laney,
After a ride like that, it's got to be uphill from here. Glad you ended up
in pretty good shape. Our horses are so wonderful. I am convinced that they
would do anything to avoid stepping on us. Once about four years ago, I was
riding my NSH who was a bit brain crazed, though very sweet. We were on a very
narrow trail and something really spooked her and she took off like a shot. I
lost my balance and was still leaning to one side when I saw a tree coming up
and my head was aimed right at it. I bailed and somehow managed to pull my horse
up as I had held onto the reins. I landed under her belly, on the trail looking
up at her as she came down with both feet. I swear (and it was confirmed by my
friend who was on the trail just below us) that as soon as her hoof touched my
chest, she went into the air again and "danced" a bit till she could come down
with one hoof on either side of me. That is as close to what I am certain would
have been the end, that I have ever been. Missy continued to be a bit of a spaz
but I found a wonderful young woman who fell in love with her and Missy seemed
to sigh and melt as soon as Martina got on her. I ended up giving Missy to her
for $1 and they are still in love to this day. Be happy that you have a horse
who will take care of you if you only let him.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, March 12, 2000 9:31
Subject: RC: weird things can happen when
the sun shines!
Hi All, I just had to share this in good fun - now that I can
I should know better than to ride on the
first sunny day in March! Every year something unexpected happens and
last Friday was true to form. After 6 weeks of almost constant rain, we
had 2 sunny days in a row and who could resist!!!
and I set out for Ft. Ord, our local flattish training area. We decided
to go in the entrance I always use because it goes to a lot of lovely single
track trails. Patty goes in another entrance that leads directly to the
big 2 lane loop road. Now, Ft. Ord is reknowned for it's "bogs" - the
soil is sandy since it is nothing but ancient sand dunes and water often runs
under the surface without showing on top. I had no intention of getting
anywhere near the boggy trails but I also wanted to avoid a particularly
muddy, slippery hill, so we set off in the opposite direction on a trail that
has always been reliable. Well... the trail IS reliable, but the ground
off to the side isn't! Blaze didn't like walking in the water running
down the trail so he swerved off to the side and ended up in...yup!
Patty says his whole hind leg went in. All of a sudden we were leaping
and bouncing and heading for a very large (and very juicy) poison oak bush and
visions of total disaster were flashing before my eyes. Landing in a
poison oak bush really seemed as bad as sinking into a bog. At the last
moment though, Blaze managed to get all 4 legs on solid ground, and avoid the
PO bush too!
I decided that trail was not such a good
idea and that the muddy hill had to be better so we turned around and went the
other way. The muddy section of the hill isn't really terribly long or
terribly steep but the mud is the really mucky, clingy kind that's guaranteed
to pull shoes off. The left side of the trail is obviously muddy and
I've never known a horse to choose to go there. The right side looks ok
until you get onto it. Then you realize that it is undercut by run-off
into a series of parallel crevices about 3 feet deep by 6-9inches wide.
In between them is solid footing about 18 inches wide. The horses
started up one of these solid strips but Patty and I both realized that the
crevices were really dangerous. Just as Patty said, "let's get off and
lead them," her horse got his hind foot into a crevice which only caused him
to scoot forward and over to the muddy area on the left. Blaze was
following right behind and, in trying to keep up, stepped right where Zen had
- and got his left front foot into the crevice. As Patty described it, I
was on the ground before I left the saddle because all of a sudden, his front
sank 3 feet! Blaze may not always put his feet in the best places but he
sure is good at getting them out! Somehow, he lunged up and forward and
got himself out also avoiding me - except for one hind foot which landed
squarely on my hand!
I always wear my helmet and from
now on I'm always wearing my gloves!!! If I hadn't had good strong
leather gloves on, I wouldn't be writing this 2 days later! There is a
perfect hoofprint on my glove but xrays Sat. morning showed that nothing was
broken and the swelling has already started to go down - I'm typing with both
hands! So, my thanks to my gloves, to the local fire station where they
were able to cut my ring off and to Blaze for redeeming his blunder as well as
he did. Oh, and thank you sun for finally shining!
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