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Montana Report - Horse Fall
Posted by paul garrett on 9/30/2013, 6:27 pm
Took my first fall with a horse this summer. Coming down a little coulee, she stepped in a badger hole and went over on her head. When I saw her head disappear, all I could think of was "oh shit". I left the saddle and got mostly clear, my left foot was hung under her, but I got it loose. Was riding an association saddle (stock) so the swells and horn kept her from coming all the way over and standing up on top of me. Got my little single shot gun clear and scrabbled down the slope a bit while she got up. Nothing busted and all seemed to be ok. Decided to walk in just in case she was hurt, and about 100 yards on "Bull" stopped to flush on some birds - first time he did it.
I got here late this year, just in time for the hot weather after a cool early summer, hitting 95 in mid day. Cover has been high and grouse are down, tho pheasants are up and provided some good work. Harvest and cooling has made birds more available.. The hatch was late and I've seen tiny pheasants even in September. With the hay and wheat harvest done, birds are more available.. Good luck to all, keep the shiny side up, and remember, the riders grave is always open. You don't have to be careless to get racked up, but it helps. PAG