Ok, so things have evolved in the horsey world in our barn so if Honey and Bae are in stalls next to each other , they will pick at each other and cause a stir. Usually, if Bae does not like what is happening in Honey’s stall, including us giving Honey attention, Bae will threaten Honey with ears back and teeth bared, reaching over the boards of the half wall, and Honey will scream in a little high pitched scream to let everyone know something bad is happening. There is often kicking of the walls involved too. We have made it a point to separate them, with Mairsiedotes in the stall between, when putting them in for the night, so they will lay down and sleep instead of fussing with each other all night.
Today I learned of a new danger to the horses when they are in adjacent stalls. In their spat this morning, Bae reared up and lashed her hoof out at Honey, and Bae got her foot stuck on top of the boards that make up the half walls that divide the stalls. She didn’t seem to be able to get it loose, so I went in to help her. This is where the painful lesson came in.
Cheryl was with me as I entered the stall. She warned me to be careful. I was being careful, but not careful enough. I talked to Bae and she calmed down. I gripped her stuck foreleg and began lifting her leg and body to free her. She helped by rearing slightly as I was pushing her hoof over the top board, but then she put her trapped hoof down before we were completely free of the board. My mistake was having my left palm still under her hoof, between the board and her hoof, when she pulled down. Her hoof pressed and raked across the top of my hand as it slipped off the board.
Fortunately my hand only hurt for a minute or so, and I was able to finish my work in the barn before going in, but I learned a lesson I should have already known; I did already know, just forgot to apply when needed. Never put your body between a horse and another object. That is why instructors say to never go in front of a tied horse in case they move quickly forward, like if they get spooked, and crush you.
You can bet, and I will hope, if I ever have the need to un-trap a hoof again, I will remember my lesson and proceed with greater caution and wisdom.