Ok, so this is the scoop. I hate blanketing. Horses have lived for a jazillion years without blankets. But I got soft. I decided to put blankets on the two old guys, Sabi & Tahoe last week when it was raining so much. Yesterday it was rather warm, so I walked out to the pasture once to try to take off Sabi's blanket. He went the other way so I said "Ok fucker, keep it on". He was too far from the hay shed anyway and I didn't want to carry it all the way back, then go out in the mud again and take Tahoe's off.
Later in the afternoon, they were close to the house and I was able to get Tahoe's blanket off without a hitch. He's my horse who freaks at nothing. I was lazy, like usual and didn't get a halter to use, in case they spooked. Mistake #1. I'm unhooking Sabi's blanket and was down the the last buckle (and thinking I was almost done with no drama) and he spooked. BAD! Mistake #2. I knew he potentially could do this. Sabi was off and running with Summer's blanket (that I loved btw) attached by one chest buckle and it was in shreds in about 8 seconds. After watching him running around like crazy, I decided to film it, because what else do we do with our lives nowdays except document every retarded thing we or our animals do.
ALL the horses almost ran me down, then after this video Sabi spent the next 10 minutes running thru the trees, the granite rocks, jumped the NID and finally the thing came off. It looked like it had been in a serious train wreck. And, in this video it doesn't show how fast he ended up running. I'm surprised he can walk today.
I guess this is good to see now before I ride my baby Khaliq, as you can never be too safe, nor can you ever do enough "sacking out" with a horse. So this is Mistake #3. I used to ride Sabi and it never occurred to me he wasn't properly trained should he get tangled up in something. My BIG important thought for the year.