Horse vs. Foot

Horse vs. FootIt’s been awhile since I’ve been stepped on but this week I got nailed — and hard. In the contest of horse vs. foot, Freedom definitely won.

Right after I finished clipping Freedom, my phone rang. I was distracted for only a second but it was long enough for him to swing his hind end over and step on my right foot. I managed not to scream (at him, or in pain) while I talked to my client, but it wasn’t easy to keep my cool.

This wasn’t a glancing blow. It was a direct hit. Thank goodness I was wearing sturdy boots; I can’t imagine how much it would have hurt otherwise. Never, ever work around horses in sandals or bare feet!

Thank goodness, too for Sore No More. As soon as I got home I alternated between ice and Arnica. The initial swelling was bad enough that I even contemplated getting an x-ray to see if it was broken, but since I could still walk, I thought I’d wait.

The next morning it was still sore and starting to turn a nice shade of purple, but it was obvious that it wasn’t broken, just bruised. And without the Sore No More, I suspect it would have been a lot more colorful.

So, when was the last time you got stepped on? And did you escape with just bruising or was it worse?

2 thoughts on “Horse vs. Foot

  1. I got stepped on standing on pavement once and it hurt so bad that I couldn’t even look. I decided that if people started pointing because there was blood running out of my shoe, I would have to do something. It was just bruised and I was walking with a small limp by the end of the day.
    I also got stepped on in a stall and made it worse and scared my horse. I led the horse into a stall in the dark, he stepped on my foot – lightly. Would have been ok there except that it startled me and I yelled. He spooked and braced and now it wasn’t a light step.
    No damage but it taught me to shut up!

  2. My horses are usually so very, very careful to not step on me. My husband, yes. Me, no. However, last spring, when Molly came into season, I was pulling her and Casey out of pasture. I was haltering Casey first as he met me at the gate, when Molly came up and bit him on the rear, causing him to jump up and then double barrel kick at her, catching my foot with his front left, letting my poor foot take all the impact of his 1300# body, and he broke my foot. 🙁

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