Monday, January 4, 2010

Tuesday's Show and Tail - Flipped Over Horses

It's time for Tuesdays' Show & Tail' over at Angela's West Virginia Treasures! If you have a cute story and picture of a pet, or any furry (or non-furry) friend, you are welcome to join in! Check her blog for the rules, post away - and thanks, Angela, for being our host!I love all living creatures, but my favorite among the animal kingdom has always been horses. My earliest childhood memories were of watching horses galloping across the black and white TV screen - the Lone Ranger, Fury, and even Buck Barry's Buckaroo Rodeo, a children's program broadcast on our local television station in Grand Rapids. I recall standing in the kitchen with my dad one day (I must have been about 6 yrs old at the time), and he explained to me how to ride a horse and direct it by pulling right or left on the reins. Dad was not an expert by any means - he was afraid of horses since his days in the service when the enlisted men were allowed to ride cavalry horses for recreation when they were off duty. He claimed he was riding with friends one day when the horse he was on turned its head and tried to bite his foot! He bailed out of the saddle and the horse ran back to the stables, and that was the last time he ever got near a horse!

My love for "all things horse" continued, and as time went on I was able to own several horses in the years that followed. One of the horses I dearly adored was a Morgan named Sailor. He was a beautiful bay, but I was the only one who could ride him. He was spirited, and he had 'quirks'!
One day, an Illinois friend and I went riding. It was lovely weather that autumn, and we headed out towards a field that her husband had let grow wild that season. The grasses were tall - way above our horse's heads, and were turning a lovely golden brown. My friend's horse walked into the tall grasses, and Sailor started to follow, but then he became very upset and reared straight into the air on his hind legs!

As he returned to earth, I remember feeling like everything was in slow motion...he slowly began to fall, and I could feel the pressure of his body weight on my left leg...it was being crushed...and the pain began...But then, I could feel myself being slid through the grass, in slow motion....as I listened to the sounds of the horses hooves thundering briefly not far from where I lay.When I was able to stand, I noticed I was a good 3 feet away from the place where Sailor had fallen, and he stood stock still waiting for me to grasp the reins once more. I tried to figure out what had upset him so much, and I wondered if the feeling of the grass on his chest reminded him of an electric fence...or maybe the other horse being out of sight for a moment caused him to panic....

But, that was not as mysterious as the feeling I had of being pulled from underneath Sailor's body - I KNEW my leg was about to be crushed - I could FEEL the PAIN start - but how did I get so far from the spot where it happened? I should have been pinned by the weight of the 1100 lb horse....

Do you believe in Angels? This is only one of many times I have been kept from harms way, and so, you know MY answer to that question - - I DO!

12 comments:

Angela said...

I'm absolutely sure that an Angel had to have been there to make sure you didn't get hurt! What a story! I can't imagine being on a horse when it fell down. Makes you wonder why it did fall down.

Thanks for sharing yet another great story!

Tuesdays' Show & Tail!
Angela

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Dearie, it may indeed have been an angel, but my money is on an ELF...sounds very Elven to me...glad your poor leggie wasn't crushed to smithereens (or even a single smithereen).

I love Morgans, they are just lovely, their feet are precious.

Chatty Crone said...

I totally believe in angels. And some times they come in the form of friends - like you!

Sandie

Laura, Lance, and Vito said...

wow! what an amazing experience. and yes I do believe in angels!

Michelle said...

What a great story! Thank you so much for sharing!

Michelle said...

What a great story! Thank you so much for sharing!

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Angels, and possibly elves, are everywhere! Such a cool story, and very well told.
Thanks for sharing...cool beans!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Oh I just love it here - I love the way you write! Sorry about the story and you falling, but I felt like I was there!! So glad to meet you and your picture at the top of your blog absolutely cracks me up! This is gonna be fun ~ ♥ P.S. - Angels? Oh yeah baby!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Such a great story! And I do believe in Angels...they are the only answer to some of our own personal miracles!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Well I diffidently believe in Angels and I am very thankful your Guardian Angel was there to protect you.
And I'm so glad it didn't turn your love for horses.
Molly

ocmist said...

I DEFINITELY believe in Angels and have seen at least one, but the work of many over the years.

I LOVED this post. I started reading it and thought how amazing it was sort of like mine for this week. I, too, loved Fury, Sky King, Lone Ranger, Cisco Kid, etc. ANYTHING with horses!

In my post, I talk about my first horse. We had an accident while out riding in the fields. Something spooked my sister's pony and she ran straight toward Lady, who reared up to keep from being hit. Her back foot twisted on a rock and she went over backwards on me. I ended up with a cracked rib from the saddlehorn.

It made me laugh about the horse trying to bite your dad's foot... I've had several that have done that to both me AND my kids and I'm sure glad it didn't scare us off horses as they've been such a joy in our lives.

Thanks for sharing this with us. Peopla NEED to hear that God loves us enough to give us Angels to watch over us at times when we need them. Linda

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

What a great share Classy...I so believe in angels....
AND I realy love your song playing...too fun! And I was so naughty at Penniwigs today...sorry...hope ya still love me!