Cheryl came into my room at 3am this morning saying something was wrong with Mairsiedotes. She was stuck under the stall wall between her stall and Honey’s and couldn’t get out.
I knew there was a gap there of about a foot high but I didn’t think any of the horses would get stuck there considering so many of the horse stalls I have seen are made of bars which do not go all the way to the floor.
I pulled on my robe and warm jacket over my thin pj’s and pulled on my boots and followed Cheryl out into the night.
Mairsiedotes was laying calmly there, belly toward Honey’s stall, all legs under the bottom wall board between the stalls, her front legs almost all the way under. Cheryl went to her head and continued calming her while I went into Honey’s stall and attempted to bend Mairsiedots’ front legs and get them on her side of the wall.
That wasn’t going to work. Next, I got a long 2×10 and placed the flat part under her front feet, thinking she might be able to push herself back and out from under the wall.
That didn’t work either. Then I got the cinch from a saddle to put under her front girth just behind her front legs. My robe and bulky jacket were getting in the way so I peeled them off and dropped them out of the way. I had a couple lead ropes to clip onto the ends of the cinch for when we were ready to pull. Then I squatted down and began working that cinch under her front legs.
I felt Mairsiedotes mouth on my backside as I was kneeling and bending to reach under her legs with the cinch. “Don’t let her bite me, Cheryl!” I said quickly, coming upright, remembering her old habit of nipping when we first started messing with cleaning her feet.
“Oh, OK!” Cheryl said as she held Mairsiedotes head securely.
I don’t know if Mairsiedotes was intending any harm or not. Most likely she was just curious about what I was doing, but I was not taking any chances.
I got the cinch under her front legs near her belly, clipped the lead ropes to the ends of the cinch, and Cheryl and I backed up and pulled. “HEAVE! HEAVE! HEAVE!” Mairsiedotes was out from under the wall.
She sprang to her feet and moved nervously around, as if she were still a bit panicky. We gave all the horses some alfalfa treats because, after all, they all went through quite a trauma!
This morning when Cheryl got up, Mairsiedotes was all loves and hugs and kisses to her. She was obviously giving Cheryl big horsey thank you’s in the best way she knew how.