Had a bit of a mishap last week, not my mares fault, just a set of circumsances that put me in A&E having been kicked in the face by her front foot. I was putting her out, she can be lively especially if something new is on the yard, be it a piece of kit a wheelbarrow whatever, anyway she was flying around this new scary object, I was tired and stupidly couldn't be bothered to go to the tack room and get her head collar so had her in the Dually. Once being silly the pressure came on as she pulled, this shocked her so she started snorting which set my other 2 off in the field! They galloped about, she got more wound up then the wind blew the gate shut!
Stupidly even though she was on her toes threatening to rear I walked in front of her to open the gate, she shot through the gateway again the pressure of Dually got her so she spun round reared and boxed out kicking me in the face. I have 12 stitches by my eye, the wound went into the muscle and we won't know for months whether the nerve damage is permanent in that side of my face!
The following day I didn't put them out for other reasons, but the next day I was almost physically ill by the time I had walked them all out individually to the field. I am trying to convince myself it is all OK and a freak accident, but a week later I am really struggling with leading them in and out. I don't have any help, as my horses are at home. Once they are in the stable or the field I am absolutely fine around them, it is just the leading bit that is causing a problem! Well I keep a bit of a distance because I don't want to get the stitches knocked!!
I have spent the last hour this morning trying to get up the courage to put them out, they are all wound up because of the wind, men working on the road outside the yard laying new tarmac so I gave up and have come in here to ask you guys if something similar has happened to you and how you dealt with it.
I have tried telling myself it was an accident, and I know how lucky I am - had enough Doctors telling me at the hospital! It could have all been worse, I could have lost my eye as the blow was only a few mm from it, I could have been killed but still I have the 50 yard walk from yard to field and the sheer terror of it. She is only allowed out for a few hours a day because of her Cushing's and Laminitis last winter otherwise I would probably chuck them out 24/7!
So any ideas? Please?
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