Anticipating The Unexpected

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Those expressive eyes, now soft, and her perspective relaxed. Maybe visualize me standing nearby, holding her lead rope and seeming as unworried as she. But neither of us is completely calm. She’s alert to her surroundings, something unexpected instantly could energize her. That possibility and because she’s much bigger, keeps me attuned to her energy levels.

The piece of leather floating beside her eye is the headpiece tail of a breakaway halter that she’s worn for years. The halter’s a bit too large making it simple to slip on and off her. A breakaway halter is designed, in case a a tied-up horse should fall or rear, for its leather to snap apart, freeing the animal and thus avoiding a bad injury or broken neck. This type of collar particularly is recommended for horses being transported by trailer.

The pictured horse is Rosie. Since her harness is easy to put on and take off, I often use it on my other horse, Sunni (she once had her own breakaway that became lost). The other day, Sunni was wearing Rosie’s halter and tied, while being tacked up and prepared for pulling a cart. This event usually is quiet and calm, but suddenly Rosie galloped noisily across the dry lot beyond Sunni’s vision.

Sunni tensed and stretched to look around but was hindered by driving blinkers, and picking up more of Rosie’s vibes, her energy increased. Rosie was spotting in the distance new horses being moved into a usually empty corral, and was focused, her body tense, her energy high. And Sunni picked up on and responded physically to every bit of the drama.

The usually compliant Sunni ignored my calming efforts, and needing to be with her herd tried pulling backwards, but couldn’t get loose. When she attempted to rear, the breakaway leather snapped and set her free. She paced the paddock fence, and like Rosie stared into the distance. It would be necessary to pause and wait until their energies dropped.

When finally Rosie moved away but still watched those distant horses, Sunni calmed a little. I put her into a backup halter and with a long lead lunged her several minutes, to work off any remaining edge. Once she seemed very settled, I finished tacking and hitched her to the cart for our drive.

Over the years that I’ve used breakaway harnesses, none ever snapped. Thankfully, this time it did, for otherwise Sunni might have hurt herself. After she brought me home from our drive, I searched storage areas for her missing breakaway harness, and now by switching it around, use it with both horses. Soon, we’ll receive a supply of newly-ordered breakaways, and in the future, Pimmy, too, will wear a halter that can pop apart.

Dear Friends, we must always be alert to all possibilities, good and bad. Diana



One thought on “Anticipating The Unexpected

  1. You’re a very knowledgeable horse owner now!

    On Tue, May 14, 2019 at 7:59 AM Diana’s Morning Blog wrote:

    > trailriderincentraloregon posted: ” Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Those expressive > eyes, now soft, and her perspective relaxed. Maybe visualize me standing > nearby, holding her lead rope and seeming as unworried as she. But neither > of us is completely calm. She’s alert to her surroundings, s” >

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