Wednesday, December 11, 2013

That Bitch Kicked Me!

I've always said that it seems to be the more experienced horse people that get injured around horses and last Friday I decided to prove it! We were in the midst of a week long cold snap in our area. Temperatures were in the teens and 20's the arena was frozen and I get home too late for a trail ride so both horses had been sitting. I decided to take Grace out for a  hand walk. All was well until we were on our way back down to the barn. Grace got sassy with me and stood up on her hind end. She then leaped forward and kicked out on the second jump. She caught me in the thigh. It took a second to register that she actually kicked me and then the pain hit. It was so bad it brought me to the ground. Grace ate grass around my head as I was laying there in agony. I was able to text Sarah who found me and nursed me back to health. I spent Friday night with my leg iced and elevated. I was really lucky that Grace didn't get me any higher or lower on the leg. 

Hindsight is of course 20/20 and I know that I should have taken control of her when she first acted up. I also haven't exactly been in the moment lately and I know that I need to be present around the horses especially when they have sat for a week! Lesson learned!


  1. Been around horses since age 8....Been there done that. It always happens when you are complacent. Most memorable. Talking with friends during a cattle roundup. She "got bucked off 3 times off this horse while training...." Me: "I haven't come off my horse in years". You guessed it 20 minutes later I was on the hard clay packed ground making sure all my parts still worked. Because I wasn't paying attention when some cattle came around behind us and my horse decided they were monsters. My fault. The standard rule applied. You aint unconscious or bleeding get back on and ride out.

  2. Oh my gosh, that looks so painful! I've been kicked once, in the elbow by a yearling. It brought me to my knees too :( I'm so sorry, but glad you're not injured worse!

  3. :( I hope you feel better soon and nothing is worse then it looks.