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  1. Terrible Horse Accident

    The has got to be the worst horse related injury to a person i think I have ever witnessed.... and yes, I got to see and 'hear' ( shudders) the whole dang thing. We were in the pasture catching horses, it was muddy and the horses were frisky-ish b/c of weather change. It was me, Possum ( HC member) and a good pal of our who we ride with. The pal is the victim...he was leading his caught horse towards to gate to get out and the herd was crowding gate and blocking the exit...so I was trying to clear a path of horse bodies to get him thru. Everything was low keyed and normal. Just when it was about safe to pass...out of nowhere a horse jetted across the guy's path to get away from the herd boss gelding who shooed him away from him...and at same time...my 3 year of mare ( who is lead mare now) was doing the 'back up shimmy gonna kick ya move' towards the same horse who was headed towards her to get away from gelding....and when the omega horse passed in front of our pal...our pal was paying attention to omega horse so as not to get trampled on...giving horse a clear path to pass and not get hurt by it. If that would have been all there was to the story, this would have been a normal day. But, like I said...my 3 year old boss mare was in process of setting up for the kick at the omega gelding. Omega gelding dashed out of her way just in time for our pal to take the full onslaught of her kick... TO HIS FACE! DEAD ON! The man's face is shattered...he is in intensive care right now under guarded condition. He will require a 10-15 hour surgery to basically rebuild his entire face/pallet/nose and top bridge of his mouth and teeth. He will be unable to eat or drink for about 2-3 months ( I heard from his wife) and he will have a slow recovery. I am sick to my stomach b/c I saw the whole thing...and seemed like time stood still. One second it was just another day of moving horses and making decent sized paths cleared for humans and caught horses to pass...and the next. BAM! We all do this stuff with our horses daily...and yet...what we all do thousands of times suddenly became almost fatal! I am mortified....I woke up this morning crying about it. This could have been me...or worse...a kid...ONE OF MY KIDS! I still feel sick to my stomach about it.... Now please...I am begging those who want to give out lectures on herd dynamic and safety to please refrain. It was one of those horse moments that all the care and control could not have avoided...save for staying home and watching football on TV that day. Nobody was at fault and it was terrible terrible friggin bad fortune. I actually wish there was anything I could have done to avoid this man...who we dearly care for...to get hurt like this. he almost died right in front of me. The doctor said one millimeter more and he would have been dead before he hit the mud. One second would have made a difference as to whether he would have even gotten the kick at all.