Re: [WestKingdomEQ] A Lesson In Awareness...
Glad she missed the 'vital' spots!
Maybe I'll stick to the metal ones...
Nah, mine's in the shop today anyway.
> >A LESSON IN "AWARENESS"=====
> >I learned a lesson last night.
> >I learned that you REALLY have to pay attention when working around
> >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!".
> >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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