Good for her, what a gutsy kid. A couple of months ago some people bought a new horse, and took it to mom and dad's indoor arena to 'try her out'... she kicked their little boy, broke his thigh bone and ruptured his spleen. His leg is bowed, I hope they don't have to break it to reset it - yuck. I was kicked in the right hand once, my gelding was 2, the guy had a 3 yr old filly out with the 2 yr olds and she was such a sow at feeding time they'd catch her and put her in, so the boys could eat in peace. When I went to catch my horse she must have thought "Oh goody feed time" and when I didn't catch her, she got mad thinking she'd miss breakfast... and kicked at my horse's head. I was putting his halter on - he dodged, and her foot hit my hand, I ended up with a stress fracture of the wrist. Oh, well.
A good rule of thumb when working around horses, and for girls, it works for groping boys at dances
If you keep your forearm on the horse, and lock your elbow at a 90 degree angle, if the horse moves toward you he just pushes you out of the way since you can't break the contact between elbow and shoulder. If you put your hand on them, your elbow can still bend, but keep the elbow on the horse and they push you out of the way. So while dancing with some guy trying to hump your leg, just keep your elbow braced against his shoulder. He won't get any closer than the length of your upper arm. Guess how I know that??
I love the shots of riders' faces. You can tell the joy they get out of their horses... or their frustration. I have a few of Hillary and her gelding, she has some serious scowls going on when he is being a turd.
Here's a happy girl:
Hillary didn't want me showing this to my sister (her 4-H leader) because she's watching to see when she should post:
Here's the boy (at last year's 4-H show) who was kicked... I hope he doesn't get sour on horses after this.
I get a kick out of this one. This is a Very Old pony, and this little girl just lost it when he took off at a lope. During the hat race, retrieve your hat from a pole and wear it past the finish line... her mother was yelling "Put your HAT ON" and the girl was Uhhhhh UUHHHHing - she did put the hat on before the finish line. What a kill.