Readers Respond: Accident Prone

More than 1,000 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Has there been an accident involving horses on your farm?"

results of accidents poll

Results were as follows: 
  • Yes, and a horse or person was hurt: 49.86% (544)
  • No: 40.70% (444)
  • Yes, but no one was hurt: 9.44% (103)

Readers shared their accident stories in the comments below.

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  • almost drown in a flood 
  • Yearling filly found cast in oval steel 200 gallon water tank 
  • stuck leg into fence 
  • horse had a fatal stroke and collapsed in the arena, rider suffered separated shoulder. 
  • I was jumping a course and a pig got out and spooked my horse.I flew into the jump & twisted my knee 
  • trailer loading-horse trapped person's arm against chestbar, broke skin severely 
  • Car stopped 2 let trail riders cross - then 'accidently' hit the gas & sheared a horses leg off 
  • Wire, injuries, leg between roundpen panels, cuts of unknown origin many more 
  • One mare trys to get through the fencing & has cut herself twice. 
  • while moving a stallion form stall to roundpen, he rared up and landed on my foot, breaking it. 
  • horse fell and fractured tibia 
  • stallion broke out, and somehow gelding had object pierce hock. Gelding had to be destroyed. 
  • A clients mare jumped a fence to get to the other horses. Client said she was quiet. BAD CUT.. 
  • Got trampled. 2 broken teeth, 10 stitches in lip, broken nose 
  • got hind leg caught in fence severed flexor tendon had to be put down 
  • Helmet saved my life! 
  • kicked.bitten.knocked down. squeezed, and tossed to the ground. ect. 
  • My horse cut his leg open on a fence when (defending herd) neighbor's horses escaped and came over 
  • Horse spooked and ran over another horse. Damaged her pituatary gland and suspensory tendons. 
  • While looking at a wound on the front of a horses foreleg, he lifted his knee and my nose was broken 
  • Usual cuts and scrapes received by active horses in a herd environment. 
  • boarders fell off new horses lack of experience broken ribs knee 
  • Neighbor's kid chased horse on bike, ran horse through fence. 
  • A snake went past and the horse freaked--bruised his legs and chest running into a wooden fence. 
  • 12 yr old fell off when horse crow hopped after jump. Broke 2 transverse processes. She's fine now 
  • horses bolted pulled equimpment thru barn 
  • Worst: Eye torn open making amputation necessary. Recent: Ripped open jaw to bone. 
  • Fell off jumping and broke femur 
  • I was tying my hair while i rode bareback and lost my balance and got trampled on my head and leg 
  • I was kicked and fractured my femur 
  • My daughter was kicked by a horse and she spent four days in ICU. She fully recovered. 
  • horse ran me over but was ok 
  • my friend was riding my horse and he ran into another horse and broke the horse's spine. it died. 
  • One horse cornered another during the night and kicked broke the rear leg of my very best friend it 
  • horse tried to jump a paddock fence, blanket caught, he flipped and broke his neck 
  • termites ate the fence posts, and hungry horses pushed it over, minor cuts and scrapes 
  • Saw a lot of senseless accidents when boarding, am safefy concious w/own barn at home 
  • a broken neck at a local show 
  • my gelding ripped open his shoulder on a gate latch, lots of stiches but no perm damage 
  • cause I am dumb... 
  • Though I asked her not to, my sister turned her horses out w/my old mare, they killed her. 
  • My horse reared up and came down on a 2" pipe connected to the hitching post. 
  • My two horses got out and my black mare was hit by a car. She recoveed fine. But took a lot of time 
  • Today! Horse caught foot in net wire fence. Bit me when I was trying to help. He is fine! 
  • I lost my best friend Silver when he went charging out of his stall & hit his hip.. 
  • barbed wire fencing...get rid of it!! 
  • person dumped from a runaway horse at a place I boarded, got a concussion 
  • Rider went on trail no helmet. She came off horse and died on impact with ground. Wear your helmet 
  • 5 year old daughter, riding 3 years+, fell off horse, when horse shook itself=fractured collarbone 
  • I was triming a foot, she tried to pull it away I ended up under her and kicked in in head 2 times 
  • Someone fell off. No fault of the horse. Just careless rider. 
  • I let some friends care for my horses. I paid for hay to feed their goats, pigs, cow and horse to ma 
  • caught on gate latch with hip 
  • My husband fell off her onto the gravel drive and suffered TBI, but has almost fully recovered. 
  • foal tried to jump barbed wire fence 
  • Daughter was bucked off and riped her splene 
  • Our TB Mare was attacked by a cougar recently. She has leg and back injuries. 
  • foal got a foot caught in a hay manger, ripped off the foot. Foal euthanized. 
  • accidents happen had one just yesterday lacerate her shoulder on something not sure what 
  • large boarding & breeding farm, stuff happens 
  • The horse slipped running in the pasture and broke his leg. 
  • I had a horse hit by lightning. 
  • No one was hurt except the driving cart 
  • Thank goodness. We are fairly obsessive about safety, but anything can happen. 
  • Where I boarded before, an elderly horse broke his shoulder in a pasture accident and was put down. 
  • Horse OK. I got 2 fractured wrists, 3 fractured ribs, displaced sacrum, and torn knee cartilage. 
  • broken bones (human) cuts and bruises (horses) 
  • my 1 month old colt jumped a 4-5 ft fence from standing next to it, his hindquarters didn't get over 
  • Colts playing in large pasture. One ran through the woven wire fence. 100% recovery. 
  • Our new mare stood up and went backwards landing on my husband. He took the horn in his groin. 
  • We had a mare filp over and crack her skull while being lunged. She was a seasoned show horse. 
  • Arab knocked down a hay/grain feeder and got his foot stuck betn the bars & tore his hoof off 
  • What do you define as an accident? Horses are always injuring themselves. 
  • Horse spooked, ran out drive and was struck by a car. Horse had to be euthenized. Auto gate now. 
  • I have tried to make my 5 acres as safe as possible as far as fencing and all else goes for my horse 
  • My mare got her leg caught in a metal panel and tore all the skin of her hind leg. It took me months 
  • horse kicked fence & went lame 
  • Sensible people, non-neurotic horses. No accidents, knock on wood! 
  • if you have horses, it's only a matter of time when someone gets hurt, and it is usually the human 
  • Horse bucking my daughter off 
  • running into tree limbs, through fencing 
  • my horse as got a cut on is back leg 
  • thank goodness we follow the 'every time, every ride' helmet rule here! 
  • Last week one of mine had her leg caught in the fence as a result of rolling too close to the fence 
  • My two year old stallion got tangled in the high tensile fence when he slid thru and tried to stand 
  • rehabbing a horse under saddle that was on stall rest. USE ACE! 
  • young colt stepped on cactus or mesquite needle & it went up into the back of his hoof 
  • Well broke horse was being picked on and tried to jump a fence and landed on a tee post 
  • person fell off horse because they where playing around 
  • Trail period horse reared up and fell backward on my husband, injuring his leg and back 
  • It was an accident with a horse cutting her foot in the fencing. \
  • I compound fractured my leg from a fall while riding. 
  • Husband was ponying a colt that stopped...husband's horse didn't stop and husband didn't drop rope. 
  • That is why they call them accidents. No different than driving cars or playing sports. 
  • horse reared onto a t-post, injured him badly, but doing well now 
  • Yes a horse casted himself against a fence outside, and scraped up his leg pretty good, but is ok! 
  • I take all the precautions, because it's far cheaper than to FIX equipment, horses or people after! 
  • Knock on wood... 
  • in the past 20 yrs with horses on my farm yes, horses on their own got hurt & i got hurt jumping 
  • mostly with green and untrained horses 
  • horse reared went over backwards onto my husbands new truck - horse was ok truck was NOT!!! 
  • My horse stuck her head btwn panels, did a panic pull back and cut her head. We changed panels. 
  • we had a four month old fillie colt run across the fiel and break her front leg/she is doing great!! 
  • trailer wasnt grounded correctly. shocked/spooked a horse who reared and hit his head, killing him 
  • Boarder/rider fell off of her horse and severely broke her arm. 
  • Winter blanket caught over a horses head. Ran frightened out of control into a fence and broke leg. 
  • yearling broke neck while playing 
  • freaky summer storm blew away shelter, steel posts and all 
  • Horse attacked over stable door by a fully grown boerboel dog. Non fatal, narrowly missing major art 
  • no matter how safe you try to be, accidents happen 
  • Several, horses are accidents waiting to happen. 
  • HUSBAND RODE NEW HORSE WITHOUT LUNGING, GOT THROWN BAD. 
  • My mare (18 yrs) is losing vision and a ground hog startled her during an ice storm, she ran, flew o 
  • precautions and good management so far have made sure we haven't had any accidents 
  • somersaulted over a hill backwards w/my daughter's mare-she had minor cuts and scrapes, I had nothin 
  • I bought a new horse and it bucked me off injuring me, not the horse. 
  • Someone forgot to lock the gate and one of the mares got out and was hit by a car fracturing her jaw 
  • my stud about ripped his eyelid off. was able to stitch up. 
  • horse on crossties got scared and reared up and injured his head 
  • Owner got bucked off and broke a rib. 
  • A bull charged the fence and my horse bolted. I landed on the ground fracturing 4 vertebre. 
  • i hade one of my horses go through an old barbwire fence and got its leg stuck in the wire 
  • Slip and Fall Accident with horse & rider. Rider broke ankle. Horse was fine, thank goodness! 
  • TB broke a leg last week. Stepped in a low spot in pasture. Very sad........ 
  • the horse bucked in his stall catching his hind foot in the grate of the wall he didn't even bend th 
  • horse hooked & tore nostril on something - don't know what; result - sutures 
  • astupid management at a boarding farm with a gate consisting of just the electric fence gate. 
  • Several horse deaths and major/ minor injuries 
  • Thankfully I haven't experienced an accident and hope that my horses remain accident free. 
  • Two horses got leg fractures and severe wounds in stalls during 10 month period at boarding stable. 
  • Safety and disease control are the biggest priorety! 
  • Twice - both fence related. 
  • Large pile of wood debris and likely some kind of fall or horse kicked and fell into it. 
  • equipmen failure-I was bucked off and hurt my back 
  • my dad was killed!!! 
  • A horse sensitive to insects was left out past 8:00 and he ran into the trough to escape the bugs. 
  • space between gate & post too wide, horse kicked at gate, got caught, fell, fractured hock 
  • The horse spooked at a dog and was probably bitten by a horsefly and bucked. The rider was thrown. 
  • Me--it's always me. 
  • People get lazy and neglect safety. Always wear a helmet and be alert! 
  • 4 yr old gelding laid down in a fence, nearly tore his hind leg off...Took me 4 months of doctoring. 
  • A stallion jumped fence & injured gelding too severely to save. 
  • bad spook in barn.horse jumped & lunged and into wall and lacerated hind end and hocks are cut open 
  • my foal got her fetlock cut badly on the bottom of the tin on the pole barn. 
  • Horse attacked by Yellow Jackets 
  • Usually involves the high jinx of the horses in the pasture, or an encounter with the fence. 
  • something spooked a yearling who ran right through a fence. We thought he'd lost an eye, but ok. 
  • Barbed wire on the neigbor fence with our rails inbetween - air balloon overhead, killed a yrlg 
  • We rarely have many accidents *knocks on wood* only the occasional fall 
  • Horse kicked out when the vet came to give vaccinations and broke handlers arm. 
  • horse was hurt on gate cutting him severely on the flank. 
  • my horse was kicked by another horse and needed to be euthanized 
  • I'm usually the one that gets injured 
  • gate opened by vandals horse killed by truck $25k damage 
  • Storm flipped shelter, support hit horse and broke his leg 
  • My horse fell on my leg while training at speed.I was hurt not my horse. 
  • not reading the equine language and warning signals that a kick was coming. Horses warn us 
  • on a trail ride a horse tripped and broke the big bone in his shoulder 
  • Not my farm, but a boarding facility, 2 horses electrocuted 
  • We had a mare that jumped over a green fencepost and punctured her gut by her udder she died 
  • Leg caught in "horse friendly" gate 
  • two horses lead out together one tripped over a hose and spooked knocking over the handlerwho broke 
  • bucked off and got concussion 
  • just normal cuts and bruises 
  • green horse green rider equals trouble 
  • Over the years, we've had several horse/people injuries, one horse death due to a kick by a herdmate 
  • Rider w/o helmet suffered severe concussion-Still won't were one! 
  • I think this pony has a death wish. 
  • I was bucked off and injured my spine in my neck. It is now held together with a plate and screws 
  • Does a dog chasing my horse into a tensile wire fence count as an accident? He still is suffering. 
  • horse hit gate, gate swung open, gate broke my mom's nose. horse didn't care!!!! 
  • I got bucked off; landed on pile of fence posts; broke 3 ribs, arm and facial bones. 
  • Mare who preferred to live alone kicked her new companion (and wouldn't accept him for another 18 mo 
  • Stallion got mad kicked cinder block wall in stall fractured his hoof. 
  • lightning storm scared yearlings and 2 year old and they went through the fence. Only got scratches 
  • horse put in wrong pasture 
  • define accident. People fall off and Young horses spook; it's a learning process. 
  • horse sat back, breaking a pipe and impaling self, horrible accident 
  • horse kicked thru our barn severed her DDFT / nerves.. horse survived.. owner still paying the bill 
  • Longeing accident - horse slipped in footing and had to be put down. 
  • broke my arm and my horse broke a leg the whole thing wound up costing me 13000 dollars 
  • laceration from fence 
  • same horse both times-gelded but still randy-is isolated as needed 
  • horse kicked thru hi tensile fence 
  • Horse was scratching on tree, tree fell down... horse ok later. 
  • Unhelmeted head hit in a fall in front of barn, death resulted 
  • My daughter's 2 year old gelding knocked a trailer off its block and it broke his T2 joint. 
  • A mare broke a leg in the pasture, and a gelding that severely cut his tongue (40 yr time span) 
  • boarding facility 
  • Required some stitches and stall rest. Always looking for (&fix)problem spots, so accidents are few. 
  • while jumping, rider came off, landed on feet and broke ankle 
  • Our one mare was attacked by a couple of coyotes 
  • Sure! It's the rule of horse ownership! Not IF you're going to get hurt, but WHEN! 
  • One of my mares spooked an my little colt ran through a barb wire fence but he is ok now 
  • When we took my daughter's horse to his first show, he kicked her in the thigh. 
  • New horse kicked yearling ,broke his leg,was put down. 
  • Horse's head vs. husband's head. Horse won. 
  • Having owned horses for 21 years it has been everthing from missing teeth to a fractured pastern 
  • Person working our 3yr old in round pen forgot to undo back cinch befor pulling saddle off. RODEO! 
  • Left the gate unlatched, horse panicked with head in gate and backed over me running over my leg. 
  • Horse died as a result of running into a post in the barn. 
  • Person was hurt;fractured knee week is hospital 
  • Lucky for 35 years. Just cuts and nicks. 
  • Fireworks scared one of our horses and she hit a tree and broke her neck. She was humanly euthanized 
  • I was thrown from a horse and suffered broken ribs 
  • A mare turned into relatively small pen with stallion for breeding. Mare obviously not ready, 
  • horses are basically suicidal even when in a padded stall 
  • not yet (knock wood) 
  • As a have over 40 Icelandics living in a herd, accidents happen. Luckily, ony a few in almost 10 yrs 
  • better question - how to avoid the unavoidable ?? 
  • Stupid human trick involving a tree branch. Horse was fine, I had a lovely black eye! 
  • a boarder was being careless on her horse who had not been ridden in sometime and he threw her. 
  • Gets cuts from wire around pastures trying to get to other horses in another pasture 
  • A student fell off while jumping and broke her arm 
  • I had a horse poisoned by oliander. Also, a hoof injury. 
  • I am very aware of safe practices 
  • My thoroughbred ran into a steel fence post at full gallop. He had to be euthanized. 
  • Have a horse, there will be accidents. Had ahorse flip over backwards & land on her head, she died. 
  • Gate left open by workers. 2 horses hit by car on highway. Both horses killed. People not injured 
  • Yearling laid down, stuck foot under metal wall, then stood up, sliced 1/4 of hoof off, she OK now. 
  • Horse cut himself on a guy wire and had to be euthanized. 
  • Friend riding bareback came off and broke her leg 
  • Needless-4 horses cut on pasture wire at boarding facility so far-it should be banned!!! 
  • Horses were spooked (don't know why) and broke down pasture fence. One was hit by a car and killed 
  • where friend boards they give trail rides, horses spooked, two hurt, one in coma with no brain activ 
  • One horse kicked the other horse in the hock joint and broke it open. Horse survived fine $$$ 
  • Spooky new horse had a fit and I fell off. 
  • My own horse accidently kicked me and shattered my arm. I now have a plate and 12 screws in it. 
  • my gelding lost his 20yr mate. Replaced her with a mean mare that busted his ribs. Poor old guy. 
  • Horse stepped in a culvert chewed up my a farmers lg mower. Ripped up his heel & pastern 
  • neighbors dog, attacked an old horse,nearly doing her in 
  • over 20 yr. period, boarder fell & cracked ribs, 2. horse cut fetlock on fence. 
  • a tractor, a round bale of hay and a running horse...a tragedy. 
  • My horse slipped going up an icy ramp, went down, and partially dislocated his lower jaw bone. 
  • fractured human foot from being stepped on by horse. 
  • A rank stallion tried to climb his fence to get to another stallion two paddocks over. 
  • Horse knocked me down, threw out my knee. Other minor incidents. 
  • pile up at the gate - resulted in fractures for both a horse and a person 
  • Bucked off and person injured. 
  • Horse reached UNDER chain link to get grass and got his head caught, then caught his leg in the gate 
  • My husband fractured his coller bone while tryin to rehab his horses suspensory, no surprise. 
  • Freak accident, stalled mare broke a leg and had to be put down 
  • Clydesdale w/rider fell backwards down a 75 ft ravine when trail gave way--internal injuries/rider. 
  • filly jumped a wire horse fence, was cut out with no harm done to her. Thank gosh she is a quiet and 
  • Unwitnessed dislocation fetlock joint in a horse safe pasture,Wife bucked off horse causing fracture 
  • What is your definition of "accident"? 
  • An accident without injury isn't. 
  • broken hand, broken collar bone... 
  • in the past at a place I used to board my mare at 
  • Horse more permanently affected than rider. 
  • A mare got out thru a breach in the fence and was hit by a car; a state trooper had to shoot her. 
  • Mare caught foot in deep mud w/buried slate and lacerated foot badly 
  • Two "involuntary flying dismounts"; I had mild concussions and a couple of cracked ribs, but they di 
  • Horse put leg through panel junction and caught and cut on pin. 
  • Driver of pony cart lost control, knocked around in the cart, bruised but unhurt. 
  • many, couple broken fingers, broken wrist, staples in the head - all were my fault not the horse 
  • be ever deligent and don't let my guard down,good horsemanship. 
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