Yesterday my "Dear Friend" had a freak accident with her new mare Barbie. As you all know Barbie has water issues that stem from an injury she had when she was young and the water therapy she went through to heal.
My "Dear Friend" had been preparing for weeks to go on a camping trip with Barbie and the last thing to do was bath, blanket, and put her to bed. The next morning they would be on their way to Mt.Adams for 5 days of great rides.
After Barbie's bath...my "Dear Friend" unhooked the cross ties to take her from the wash stall. As she was leading Barbie out of the stall the water hose fell of it's hook and started spraying Barbie. Barbie went into "panic flight mode" and ran my "Dear Friend" over crushing her chest causing life threatening injuries. My "Dear Friend" has undergone 3 surgeries in 12 hours. Her injuries include the following.
1. A torn aorta close to the V that could not be repaired with a stint. The cardiologist had to surgically make the repair. (3 hours)
2. A crushed trachea that needed to be repaired by harvesting muscle from her chest. She has a breathing tube until she can breath on her own. (5 hours)
3. She has a punctured lung that should heal on it's own.
4. Several broken ribs and a "floating sternum".
5. Her lower lip was torn down one inch in the middle. Plastic surgery was required. (2 hours)
6. 4 to 6 weeks recovery and could be longer before she can get back in the saddle.
4 seconds later Barbie was grazing peacefully as if nothing had happened near my "Dear Friend who was on the ground. Fortunately there where people at the barn to call 911 and get the emergency aid there.
We all need to be so careful in everything we do with these big companions of ours even when they don't have a mean bone in their body. The are a "flight' animal 1st and they ALL will at one time or another...unintentionally hurt that special person in their life. I was kicked and stepped on during my last outing. I was in the wrong place in one instance...and the horse was in my space in the 2nd. I was fortunate that all I have is a bruise or 2. I probably get to spend more time with my horses than most of you so I tend to have less caution. However my "Dear Friend's" accident will stick with me for a long, long time!!!
Please remember my "Dear Friend" in your prayers tonight!
Your Desert Rose!