Thursday, December 8, 2016

Knocked Down

Our farrier came on Tuesday so I helped Brett bring the horses into the barn before leaving for work.  Brett put them back out in their pastures (except Jackson) afterwards.  Then, on Wednesday afternoon a storm moved into the area so Brett brought them all back in before feeding.

As I was driving home from work, he sent me a text (which I didn't read until I was parked in the garage.  I'm a good girl.  I don't text - or read texts - while driving).

<Sitting in my chair.  Got run over by Tex.>

I gathered my computer bag and walked into the house.  Brett was sitting in his chair, with bandaids on both knees.  I realized he wasn't joking.

Brett told me that Tex was easy to catch and stood quietly while Brett haltered him, and then walked calmly into the barn.  As Brett turned him in the stall before taking off Tex' halter, Tex spooked.  Tex spun and bolted out of the stall.  Brett was knocked off balance, his feet got twisted up, and he fell hard.  His head missed the side of the stall, but he landed hard on his knees.  Thank goodness we have stall mats.  I can't imagine what damage would have been done if he had landed on cement.

Brett pulled himself to his feet, and hobbled outside, to the run in area, where Tex was standing.  The halter was still on, and the lead rope was twisted around Tex' feet.  Tex was worried.  Brett told Tex that he was fine, there was nothing to be afraid of, and removed the halter.  Next Brett went to the feed room where he grabbed a carrot.  He went back in the stall and fed it to Tex in the stall.  Tex was still nervous, but took the carrot and ate it.

Tex is a big horse; a solid horse.  Being knocked by 1200 pounds of spinning horse is not fun.  Brett is okay; just a bit sore.

Meanwhile, we lost another chicken.  Two gone and a couple more that are struggling. We're not out of the woods yet.