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Equestrian Roulette – Flip flops, horses and gators, oh my!!!

flip flops, horses, equine safety

 

bruised foot, horse related injury

Horse related injury!

This is how you play equestrian roulette, and this is what happens when you don’t put safety first!!!  Believe me, it’s so much easier living in a hot, and humid climate such as Florida, to put on a pair of flip flops and go feed the horses.  It’s early, it’s already 95% humidity at 6:30 in the morning, and my horses are neighing in their stalls for their breakfast.

Without thought, I quickly slip into my flip flops conveniently sitting right outside my front door and go feed my hungry boys.  Furthermore, since I take my shoes off before entering my house, I find that flip flops are guaranteed to not provide evening shelter to spiders, frogs, lizards or other potential creepy-crawly insects that may have sought refuge inside my boots during the night.  Who wants to stick their feet into that first thing in the AM?

After my boys are done eating, I put their fly masks on, thoroughly spray them with Duchess Natural Insect Repellent, Citronella Blend, and walk them out to their pastures for a day of grazing.

At the end of my barn aisle, about 50 feet away is a 1/2 acre pond, and there lying stealthily in the grass at the water’s edge was a 6 FOOT ALLIGATOR!  I’m not sure if my horse saw it first, or if I did, but after the gator saw us, he instantly submerged himself back into the water! At that exact moment, my horse too thought he should swiftly retreat from the scene. Unfortunately, my foot was in his way!

Luckily for me, it was NOT a flesh wound, nor did I break any bones!  I used crushed ice throughout the week to lessen the swelling, bruising and pain.  I also judiciously slathered on arnica cream to speed the healing process!

Now, when walking the boys out to their pasture’s, I am on a vigilant watch for Mr Gator. Although, I think he has left for greener pastures, (haha) there is not enough fish for his appetite in my small pond. Needless to say, yes, I am wearing protective footwear when turning out my horses.  Confidence can breed complacency, but remember, SAFETY FIRST!

alligators and horses

Florida alligator

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you have a story like this??  Have you ever in haste done something that you know you are taking chances by not practicing proper safety?

Love your horse!

Natasha & Xapado

horses in barn, horses in stalls

Xapado & Eros waiting for their breakfast!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Miniature Horse at the Bar?

With hooves polished, a fresh bath, tail and coat brushed, and gold glitter sprinkled in his mane for some added sparkle, my miniature horse, Guinness, was ready for his night out on the town at the 2017  Taste of Love fundraiser for Special Equestrians, Inc. http://www.specialequestrians.net/.  This annual fundraiser is a food and wine pairing, with silent and live auction items all to raise money for the riders and horses at Special Equestrians. As a therapy horse, Guinness is comfortable with different environments, but putting his head up on the bar and “requesting a drink” was a new one. The venue let us bring Guinness inside and he could walk around and visit all the guests. He handled it all like a champ. Many people petted him and he stood patiently for many pictures. I’m pretty sure he now has a standing date for the event each year!

Amy