I had finished riding and doing all my work at the barn. Finally, I got to take off my boots and change into flip flops – one of my favorite things to do after a
long day in boots! I remembered I had to do something in my yearlings stall – I thought no big deal I’ll just slip in and slip out. This is something I always teach kids not to do, but I did it on a regular basis. I also have experienced horse friends and see people at the barn in flip flops all the time – a lot of times with crazy horses!
My yearling was calm and sweet as can be, I didn’t even stop to think about this not being a smart thing. Of course I got caught giving her a little rub down and when I went to leave she got a little sassy and stepped in towards me sliding her back hoof down along the side of my foot. Was this my yearling’s fault for being sassy? Definitely not! I was an idiot for going into her stall with flip flops!
On the left is a picture of my foot after being stepped on, thankfully she wasn’t wearing shoes. This picture was taken about 5 minutes after the injury. On the right is the next day. The picture below is a picture I found on the internet of someone else’s foot – it looks like the horse had shoes and her injury was a lot worse. It was still an 8 month recovery for me and I was on crutches for a few months. Even if you have the best horse in the world, please do not wear flip flops around them! Share this on Facebook if you know people who wear flip flops to the barn and you wish they wouldn’t!