Long time since I logged in but I have hit a low with my horse I am a bit lost.
Some history I have started dozens of kids ponies and refreshed horses of many times under professional instruction over 15 years, but this time I was starting my own horse under saddle. She is a clydesdale 8 years old, and taking it very slow, she is reactive but with time she has become excellent at catching, leading, lunging and eventually was comfortable wearing tack. This is just a short list of the many skills she has learned over the past six months with me, but it was agreed she was a solid horse citizen.
There was a horrible accident over the weekend, I groomed, tacked her up and was leading her to the arena to lunge her. She was a bit off in behaviour, just tail swishing, moving more than normal but I didn’t think much of it, I thought it was the flies that were bothering her. She ended up spooking and her bolting forward threw me to the ground in front of her. She ran over me I have nearly 30 stitches in my face, no broken bones but legs are swollen and bruised.
My partner ran out to me and I held pressure to my face, he caught my mare and was able to take off her tack and get her into a stall. My poor girl had bucked and ran loose for ten minutes, was covered in sweat and blood from a cut on her face.
Long story to say my mare is terrified of anything more than her halter being near her, too much pressure trying to lead her she gets nervous. I was thinking wait a couple weeks let her heal as well and get a professional in to see what damage was done, as of right now if I tried to put a saddle on her I think she would explode.
Any suggestions, help? Even on how to get black eyes and swelling to go down faster?