It had been three months this way. Everyday we’d walk and talk and groom and eat. My main focus was on giving him space to heal but never so much space he ever felt alone. He was spending less and less time facing the back of the stall.
He put on so much
It was so good to
see him really start
to fill out
see him really start
to fill out
Life was GOOD!
Horses are prey animals. In their natural
environment (open plains) their hearing
acuity is needed for their survival.
Other animals and weather are the only other
things generating noise. Predators generally
don't vocalize when stalking so these
creatures are hard-wired to listen for sounds
of stealth such as the snapping of a twig and
rustling of grass from the weight of a
predators paw. It's ALWAYS safer to run first
and ask questions later and if another horse starts
running.......you better run too.
Super quick anatomy lesson
In comparison to our small flat ears horses
have cuplike shaped ears. Very little sound
spills out of them.....so they can capture
noises we might miss. In addition horses can
detect sounds we cannot. They have an ability
to hear a wider range of high-frequency tones.
They can also hear things a very far distance
away and when you add wind it becomes very
confusing for them.
Something ¼ of a mile away can sound
like it’s coming right up on them. So
naturally being a flight animal rather than
fight this can cause their reaction to be to
Now that we understand why horses are so spooky.
As I was taking out the horses in the lower barn. This very very large horse got spooked on the walk out to the pasture and made me the center point of his spastic circle.
I went with him at first. I thought we made it through the bad part and his mind had come back to me. This big creature seemed to realize that monsters were not very fond of Lipizzan flavored treats.
Then it happened again but this time that very fine line holding the insanity at bay......snapped.
He frantically circled me. He tried to cut right across but just ended up ramming his left shoulder into my right and knocking me down to the ground. I let go of the lead rope once I hit. He did everything in his power to not step on my head and chest.
My life flew in front of my eyes in an instant. Heaven and hell and everything in between seemed to pause for a second to allow me to examine it all.
Instead of crushing me he jumped over my limp body. He hit my back and side with his hind legs with such force it knocked the wind out of me. This creature was so terrified of the wind and noises that he did this……..but was concerned enough to see that I was hurt and never leave me.
I was not holding his lead rope. He could have run off but he kept watch for monsters while standing over me. I was having such a terrible time trying to breathe.
Time....which had been so patient in allowing my moments of reflection had now sped up and it seemed as if I had not taken a breath in minutes. When I was able to work up the strength to try and get up he put his head down and gave me his halter. I grabbed on and he helped me up. That gesture made time once again stand still. What a beautiful painful moment.
Enlarged liver some bruises and cracked ribs meant bed rest……I stayed up at the house because I couldn’t make it up the stairs to the apartment. I didn’t see Liam for days. It broke my heart but what hurt even more was the news that my six months of having Liam all to myself was...no longer the truth.
I was informed that since I was injured the stable owners would have someone start riding Liam...that pain was some of the worst I have ever felt. I begged them to wait until I was able to make it to the barn to at least see it happen......All they said is that it would happen the next day......