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The real culprit...


Just to set the record straight... THIS is the horse responsible for my current condition, not Andi. Poor Andi's reputation has been tarnished by my attaching his picture to my post about what Doug called my "unplanned acrobatic dismount". While Andi loves to buck and jump and run (hence the photo), he'd NEVER do that while you're on his back. Leira, on the other hand...

Leira is my new addition--a 6-year old Icelandic who'd had just 6 weeks' training before I got her (left virtually wild up to that time). I'd had her for all of three days when I got on (bareback), a stupid move. But she's beautiful, sweet, and... very very athletic. ; )


Posted by Kathy on November 20, 2006 | Permalink


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You were injured by a Shetland pony? Get well soon.

Posted by: Greg | Nov 20, 2006 12:58:45 PM

I wish I could get my bangs to look like hers!

Posted by: skrocki | Nov 20, 2006 1:02:42 PM

Best wishes for a speedy recovery from one who knows what that feels like! I've dismounted prematurely more times than I can count.

I hope you were wearing a helmet!

Posted by: Jocelyn | Nov 20, 2006 1:07:22 PM

"Sheltand pony"?!# Icelandics are horses, not ponies, dammit. ; ) Yes, they're not the tallest things, but hey--they were big enough to carry the Vikings with all that gear. (Leira is about as large as an Icelandic can possibly be at 14.1, but still, I was grateful to hit the ground much more quickly than if I'd been on one of my roommate's Percherons.)

skrocki: I know exactly what you mean. She has that fabulous blond mane I always wished for... and without a blow-dryer.

jocelyn: well... no. But I'm starting to think seriously about it.

Posted by: Kathy Sierra | Nov 20, 2006 1:57:09 PM

Sure a Percheron is tall, but it's the small ones that will really mangle you. I've seen my 14.3 hand Peruvian Paso make a complete 360 degree spin in the air while bucking in the pasture. Let's see a Percheron do that! It's been my experience that the smaller the horse, the more trouble I have when they act up. Just because they're small doesn't mean they can't throw you high enough your breathe condenses.

Posted by: hdw | Nov 20, 2006 2:58:18 PM

Kathy Great your back in the land of semi(?)functional. God that little sweetheart, cannot really think he would toss you.Must have thought you were someone else. When you are able give him a hug or what have you from me. I'm in love with the little devil.Keep on getting better.

Posted by: Roger Wilks | Nov 20, 2006 4:04:06 PM

+1 on the helmet. I know too many people who have been thrown off and injured themselves, all from Icelandic horses. Not that Icelandic horses are aggressive, its simply because I am Icelandic myself :)

Bottom line: Protect your valuable assets, especially your head and brain.

Posted by: Einar | Nov 21, 2006 2:01:14 AM

My brother Martin was a great teacher, who specialised in working with children whom others had given up on.

Past tense, because he didn't wear a helmet when out riding his horse. I visit his grave as often as I can, just to make sure that it stays neat and groomed.

Really, just fucking do it.

Posted by: Mark Pearce | Nov 22, 2006 6:42:29 AM

You could have at least combed her hair for the photo. ;>)


Posted by: Johnny | Nov 25, 2006 9:01:17 AM

Hi,Kathy,it seems that you are turning out to be "The Horse Whisperer".Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Posted by: raj4encoders | Dec 4, 2006 12:50:51 AM

+2 on the helmet.

My Cousin's husband broke his neck earlier this year, following an innocent looking fall at very low speed - he's still in a neck brace but who knows what would have happened if he hadn't been wearing a helmet.

I also had a spill recently - came off my mountain bike whilst on holiday in Queenstown, NZ, in the most spectacular way (according to my brother-in-law, who had a better view than I did). It happened really quickly, but I can remember feeling the impact and thinking "This is gonna hurt!" - but it didn't, because I was wearing a helmet.
The huge scab on my elbow (the worst place to have a scab, due to the constant flexing) has just about cleared up after 3 weeks.

Nice horse, BTW - always thought that they are amongst the most noble of creatures.

Posted by: Bob Armour | Dec 13, 2006 4:15:50 AM

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