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Re: [WestKingdomEQ] A Lesson In Awareness...

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  • Josh Eisenberg
    Howdy! Glad she missed the vital spots! Maybe I ll stick to the metal ones... Nah, mine s in the shop today anyway. Cheers, Jan Kees ... ===== Army: a body
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 28, 2003

      Glad she missed the 'vital' spots!

      Maybe I'll stick to the metal ones...
      Nah, mine's in the shop today anyway.

      Jan Kees

      > >
      > >I learned a lesson last night.
      > >I learned that you REALLY have to pay attention when working around
      > >horses.
      > >They DO communicate very clearly and if you miss that communication,
      > >which can happen very quickly, you might end up on the wrong side of
      > >a fast moving hoof!
      > >They can move VERY fast and are VERY strong...in case you were unclear
      > >about that (grin). Trust me, I have got the very large "split skin
      > >and bruise" combination to prove this fact!
      > >
      > >I was working with my horse in a turn-out pen last night after a
      > >short ride. Encouraging her to move at various gates with voice cues
      > >and motion. No big deal really. We do this all the time. But in the
      > >glare of the overhead light, mixed with the evening dark I missed
      > >the "body cues" that my mare was "done" and getting annoyed at being
      > >followed around and cued. So has she cut in front of me in a shorter
      > >arc than we were originally using (yet another clue I missed) she
      > >decided to really let me know how she felt by snapping out a solid
      > >kick at me. Well ladies and gentleman I saw the muscles bunch up in
      > >just enough time to "begin" to move away from the kick...just not quite
      > >soon enough (thank goodness for "fighter-reflex"). Her kick landed
      > >with a loud meaty THWACK on the upper portion of my right thigh. My
      > >leg shot out from under me and I hit the dirt. Being kicked by a
      > >horse is a unique experience. First it is the shock of heavy impact...
      > >you are stunned...and then it simply begins to hurt. Well after making
      > >sure that I could get up, I did, retrieved my horse and walked her
      > >back to her stall. By that time the adrenaline faded and the pain
      > >kick in. Lots of ice and painkillers where used when I got home.
      > >Think I'll be limping for at least a week. The hoof shaped welt has
      > >not yet fully bruised up...just VERY pink, with a nice area of split
      > >skin and hot to the touch right now. From past experience this is
      > >going to be one of those bruises that will be both painful and
      > >colorful. Sigh.
      > >
      > >Bottom line...I learned a VERY valuable lesson. Always keep alert to
      > >both your horse and surroundings. If things look questionable...stop...
      > >move away to a safe distance and evaluate the situation. Sounds
      > >simple, I know. It is something I'll never forget again let me tell
      > >you. Now I know what Elisabeth means when she smiles and
      > >says, "Welcome to the world of horse ownership!".
      > >
      > >Cheers!
      > >
      > >Richard de Camville

      Army: "a body of men assembled to rectify the mistakes of the diplomats."
      Josephus Daniels (1862-1948) Editor and statesman.

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