This is a picture of Blu minutes before her train wreck…
Everything was going wonderfully, enjoyed a nice breakfast with hubby and daughter, beautiful sky, sun shining, birds chirping, Blu loved her jewelry, some pre-ride ground work with the saddle on, and then it happened… the saddle slipped… just a little at first, then as I went toward her she must have sensed the fear in me and she scooted away which caused the saddle to slip further to her side. Blu bucked a little then kicked at it, that is when her hoof slipped through the stirrup and became stuck for what seemed like eternity! She hopped and bucked and struggled fiercely to try and free her hoof from the stirrup. I was praying so hard that something on my saddle would just break and free her, but no, it wasn’t to be.
She finally came to a stop. With her leg still cocked up under her belly and her hoof wedged in the stirrup, she stood trembling, sweating, panting, and snorting. My daughter was at my side instantly with a lead rope, she tried to calm and steady her while I pulled desperately at the buckle on the cinch. Blu was putting so much pressure on the stirrup it made it impossible for me to release the buckle. I prayed for God to please give me strength over and over. I moved to the other side of her and was finally able to release the cinch.
Blu was able to shake her foot from the stirrup immediately, but it was obvious she was hurting. It took several minutes to calm her enough to thoroughly assess the situation. Yes, she has some superficial (kind of on the deep side) scrapes and abrasions, but I did not note any huge swelling coming on immediately. So after working with her on holding still for quite a few minutes, I was able to put a cold hose on her, for about an hour I stood with her and hosed her leg down with cold water. I am usually pretty good at keeping some emergency things on hand, or at least know others that I can borrow from in a pinch.
So this was my course of action… Cold hose down for one hour, two grams of bute for swelling and inflamation (and of course pain relief), antiseptic cream to abrasions wrapped with vet wrap and then a snug polo wrap to support her tendons and help prevent swelling, liniment applied to surrounding muscles, and finally some hand walking to prevent stiffness from setting in too bad. Finally, my daughter and I gave her a bit of a beauty treatment to her mane and tail. We didn’t feel comfortable to just up and leave her, we wanted to stick around and keep an eye on her.
After the crisis had subsided and the adrenaline had eased, we did put a bareback pad on her and tightened the cinch to see if she was going to hold a grudge. No grudge to be held here! Thank goodness!
It will still be a few days before I know if she will have any lingering injuries, I pray she won’t.
I admit it, I cried.
It has been such a long and stressful couple of years, trying to get my Suzie Q sound again, then realizing that the outcome is not good. Having dreams that are so close, I am literally touching them, but they are not to be quite yet.
I had visions of cantering in the pasture today, maybe that outcome would have been worse… I will not say the devil is against me.. I will say God must have had watch over me today and saved me (or Blu) from a worse fate!