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then I took a HORSE to the face. :sigh:

Let me explain......about 2-3 months ago, we noticed a growth on Boots' left hind leg. It was...about the size of a grapefruit, and it was grainy. I tried to NOT assume tumor; I assumed proud-flesh on a wound, so got SG to dump lime on it every morning. Only, he isn't so good at daily follow-up; this Monday he told me it was getting bigger. :sigh:

He finally called the vet yesterday (what? She's HIS horse - he should be on top of this!); Dr. A came out yesterday afternoon. I met him at the gate; I told him, "Good news - we have a halter and rope on her. Bad news - she won't lead." (An aside: these horses are basically pasture maggots/lawn ornaments. I am getting too old to risk myself with silly, stupid horse-antics.) He said, "Hm. OK, let's see what we got."

Turns out, it was NOT a tumor (Thank God!) - it was fly strike. DO NOT GOOGLE. Basically, she got a cut, a fly found it, then invited all it's friends for an orgy. Trust me - don't look it up. It's nasty. NOT life-threatening, really, but if it gets big enough, it could become so. This one? Not the largest he'd seen, but up there.

Anyway. He went back to his truck to get the meds - he said he could do field surgery on it - and SG and I tried to get her thru the gate, onto the grass.

Here's the scene: SG is in front, holding the lead rope and belly band rope (another quick explanation: a belly band is usually soft cotton, about 1" in diameter, with a fixed loop on one end. You run the loop-end over the back, about where a saddle would sit, with the loop on the belly. The free end goes thru the loop, in between the front legs, and thru the halter ring to your hand/solid-set post. It's a lever-system; when the horse fights the rope, their head gets pulled to their chest. They quickly learn that they are fighting themselves, and quit.) I, being an experienced horse-person, was on her left side, tapping her to get her to move forward.

She wasn't budging, so I decided to reconfigure the belly-band into a come-along; I pulled it off of her, ran a large loop behind her rump in between her tail and knees (OK, her hocks - trying to keep this understandable to non-horse people). Both ends of the rope (which was actually a flat nylon lunge-line - it was the longest strap/rope I could find) were in my hands, and I was still on her left side, at her shoulder.

At this point, I should tell you that she was about 3' from the fence - on her LEFT side. I am so accustomed to working horses on the left (it's Tradition!) that I didn't stop to consider the situation.......

So. SG starts tugging on her head, I am pulling on the come-along. She takes 2 steps forward (:huzzah!:), then realized her head was no longer tied to her chest, and decided to pitch a fit.......only, because no one told me she was about to throw herself backwards (to get away from the head-pulling), I kept pulling the come-along....and tipped her over sideways.

On top of me.

Into the fence.

Thank God she only hit my face with her left eye-socket. She knocked my glasses off and me into the ground. We ended up with me sprawled on my right hip/shoulder, with a horse head in my chest and my left shoulder/hip squished into the fence post. Also, Thank God that barbed wire is NOT used on horse fences! :shudder:

It took a few seconds for me to figure out how to get myself extracted; her legs were on top of mine, with her head curved around into my chest and her shoulder/back sort of....on top of but not touching me. My glasses were - again, Thank God! - not broken.

We got ourselves sorted before Dr. A came back (again, Thank God! I've had this vet for over 30 years....and I really didn't want him to see me under a horse. :sigh:)

Long story, shorter: The "happy shot" knocked her flat out, so we saved money not needing the "knock out" shot. Dr. A whacked off the growth and got her bandaged up. We were able to get her into the breeding pen (with her buddy, Leah), where she will remain for...a while. The wound is about the size of a silver-dollar; she has to have it wrapped until it's smaller than a quarter.

Me? I have a nasty bruise on my right cheekbone. I'm pretty sure it's not broken - it hurts, but doesn't make me nauseous. I have a bad laceration in my left armpit, where the arm meets the shoulder. Hurts to move, and sleeves are Right Out. My back.....looks like road rash. From about my 3rd rib down to my waist, it's all scraped, and cut, and bruised. I am bruised from my shoulder to my knees, the worst being where my left side scraped down the fence post. Moving is quite painful, but do-able.

I'm glad I don't feel worse; trying to explain what happened to a concerned ER staff would be fun, but I think they'd not believe me - especially with the facial bruising (small, but obvious. You can tell my glasses were shoved into my face; not sure "took a horse to the face" would be believed.)

I am going to try to take this time to actually get her ridable. Why not - she's contained, she's going to be slow...and Himself really, really wants to work with a horse. I'm not going to complain - and he's not going to argue with my safety rules. He can see the damage a horse can do accidentally - I don't think he wants to see what they can do deliberately.

Y'all have a Happy Shabbat - I'm going to be on the couch with ice packs. Pesach is going to be FUN this year.....:sigh:
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Yesterday was a bad day. We went out for Morning Stables, and my sweet Dusty was down in the pasture. He couldn't get his left leg under him to get up. I think I knew, then, but we kept trying to help him up all day.

At 6:30, my vet arrived.


Dusty


Dusty - registered name: BH Seven DaaStar - wasn't JUST a horse. He was born in 1988; I bought him sight-unseen in 1989, on the basis of a snapshot. He was the most laid-back horse I have ever been around - most people were shocked to find out he was entire. He just never fit the 'wild stallion' image most people have, y'know?

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At 4, I traded my trainer a breeding for 30 days under saddle training. I had already "broke" him - although that's a misnomer; he was *born* broke. I just wasn't comfortable with the idea of being in charge of training manners to a stallion. He did well - so well, that a year or so later, when the trainer moved, he asked to have Dusty in his barn to work with.

Dusty

The agreement was 1 hour of training, 5 days a week, with 2 private lessons for me each month. It ended up much, much more - his horse got injured, so Dusty got tapped to replace him. When we amicably ended the relationship, Dusty was training 4th-level Dressage, and jumping 6'+. Me? 4' fences are my limit, and I don't *do* Dressage, but MAN - Dusty knew more than I did! He was always a gentleman about it, though - he never lost his politeness and gentleness.

In fact, when people would bring their kids out to meet the horses, Dusty was the one I let them brush and love on. I knew I could trust him to not hurt anyone - and he never did. He never even flinched when kids would walk under his belly to brush him - he'd just crane his neck around to see what they were doing. He'd even ignore in-heat mares if I told him No....he was a Very good boy.

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He was a goof-ball, too, as you can see. Someone at the first training barn thought it was funny to have him turn his head before giving him treats. He was still doing that yesterday.....



He was 27. I'd had him almost 26 years......I knew this was coming, but still wasn't ready. My vet is a gem, though, and said all the right things. I got to hold his head as Doc gave him the shot. He went peacefully, in NO pain, in the pasture near his girls, with Finn standing guard. (Finn spent the day beside him - people who say animals have no feelings are flat-out WRONG. Finn's an ass, but he stood guard, and even napped next to him.) The vet has a lady that will remove the body; she came out last night. At least I don't have to deal with that today.

Needless to say, I'm a basket-case today. Yes, he was a horse - he was also one of my best friends. We'd been through a lot together - good, and bad. He'd been there for me for the last 26 years....it's hard. He had a good life - and I know I did the right thing. Doesn't make it easier, but....at least he wasn't in pain.

I won't be around for a bit, I think. Too many tears to shed.
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Let's see.....got up at normal time, fed the ravenous twins, and settled down to watch the news. Heard a gosh-awful scream.......seems the 2-pastures-over-neighbor's mules/horses decided it would be just great to come over into OUR pasture, beat up on Dusty (27) and flirt with our mares. :sigh:

We've been having problems with this neighbor - one of his cows has been visiting for the past 2 or 3 months. We call him, he shrugs.......last week his mules came over to watch our horses eat. Now this...

We did get a Deputy out to take a report - Dusty had a nice, largish bloody patch on his neck where some other horse/mule tried to take a chunk out of him. One of the other horses has a HUGE gaping hole in his rump - looks like from a t-post, but it wouldn't let me get close enough to be sure. :shrug: Not my problem....or my horse. We're currently waiting on neighbor to come out and get his critters.

We're also still waiting on the washer repairman. :sigh: The pump is "broken", they didn't have the part in but would have it yesterday.....I need my washer. Badly. I have a TON of hand wash-only stuff that NEEDS the washer. :sigh:

Working on Himself's kilt hose. I told him yesterday that if he EVER doubts my love for him, I'll shove these in his face. :lol: They're NOT hard, just very, very fiddly. I have the cuff done and am working on the ribbing now...then it's on to the fun part - the cabled leg. :whee: (Of course, I'm ignoring that I have 3 more to do - the mate to his and SG's pair. I might just strangle myself with my needles before I'm done......:rofl:)

Off to get school together....we're all kinda off-kilter this morning. Can't imagine why......

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