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June 4, 2010

Score: Phebes 1 ------ Granny 0

Oh what a day....I thought I'd saddle up in spite of the Indiana heat and humidity and at least get some slow miles in today, and get her loosened up for a better ride tomorrow. I've been wanting to get better with the booting and let her get more used to the boots, but since I was planning on puttering along I did not vet wrap her hooves. We made our way peacefully out to the trotting track. We picked up a trot, then an easy canter, and then transitioned back to the trot. This is nice I thought.
ROLL BACK and I'm skidding into the dirt. I had the reins in my hand but let go as I was afraid of becoming entangled and dragged. Phebes bolts. I desperately scramble to my feet and call for her, the horse is LONG GONE. It is hot, humid, I'm in the hills, the water bottles and my walkie talkie are clipped to the horse. I'm frantic I'll lose her, that she will get to the road and get hit, or become entangled in the sport reins. I start back tracking, looking for hoof boot tracks to figure which way she went. No sign of any. After climbing one of the worse hills I think I hear brush thrashing around somewhere behind me and scramble back down the big hill, calling and looking for her. Instead I find some men clearing brush outside of the woods. So back up the hills and down the hills, calling, sweating, heart hammering, at one point having to sit down on the trail and try to get my breath, and praying, literally praying that my horse would be alright, that I would find her, and that I wouldn't have a heart attack in the process. I kept hiking towards home, trying to think which path she would take. I found her in the neighbor's hay field finally, just a few hundred yards from home. She had a leg through the reins which I get undone. ALL FOUR HOOF BOOTS ARE GONE. Only the ripped gaiters remained on the hinds and the front boots were just gone... $210...poof!!! By this point I have heat exhaustion and though I'm so hot I'm about to pass out creepy crawly goose flesh popping up on my skin, so I drag myself up on my sweaty horse that must have galloped ALL THE WAY BACK by the looks of her. I puke all the way to the house, hanging onto her mane to keep from falling off. Untack her, and stagger to the house to peel out of clothes, crank up the air conditioning, and lay sick and deflated in front of a fan. I never handle the heat well, but hiking hills in this heat was just too much for me. I thought Phebes seemed a little bit off on her left front this evening when she came up for chow. I'll have to keep an eye on her. Oh what a day. ~E.G.


  1. Wow! Take care of yourself, okay?

    Sorry about the hoof boots, and I hope Phebes isn't too sore.

  2. Next toy. GPS on the horse. Then you could back track her route, and maybe find those boots! Sorry you had a not so terrific day, but at least she was fine.

  3. Yep. Renegades and Easy boots all come off when horse is at a full gallop. I KNOW. But at least you found the horse! Hope you get to feeling better.


  4. Oh no EG! I'm so glad to hear you came out of that situation relatively unscathed! I hope you're feeling recovered from the heat stress!

    What an ordeal! So glad it didn't turnout any worse! I've had a few bad spills that've led to hospital, and those ones are terrible!


  5. Glad you are ok (and by ok Iean not seriously injuired as it was probably no fun doing the piling thing and the running after te horse thing-been there done that!)

    Michelle-I would have to respectfully disagree! :). I've been in a full gallop with my horse in renegades and they do stay on. I also did a eiundpen session in them on my standardbred when I first got them and I was learning to trust them. It was NOT a sedate session and they stayed on then too! The only time i've had te rengade strapons come off is when I mis-sized them and tried to put a too small boot on!

    Sorry eg for hijacking you thread!

    Stay safe:)