I think Shyloh has been feeling ignored. I don't blame her. . .I have not been doing anything with her for a couple weeks. I feel bad, but that's life. Plus, Shy enjoys living the feral life a little too much.
When I went out to the barn a few days ago, I think she was happy to see me. She did come up to me and I gave her some Now and Laters, which she loved. But then, me and Jaime had to go pick up Leo from his time at pony camp and bring him home.
|Pineapple flavored! Yum!|
When we got back, I couldn't stay long, but I decided to pick Shy's hooves. If nothing else, I always pick her hooves when I am at the barn. I've said it before, but Shy loves her hooves picked. If I don't pick them first and I start brushing her, she will lift her legs up asking to be picked. When I do pick them, she already has a hoof lifted for me when I bend over to pick it. I've also taught her commands to lifting her hooves. She is great about it. And I can pick them anywhere, with Shy tied or not. It has never been a problem (see where I am going here?)
So, I went out into the pasture to pick her feet real quick. I got three done without a problem. I walked around to one of her back legs, she picked it up and I began picking it out. Shy's tail started swishing rapidly. . .then all of a sudden BAM!!
|Yup, that is about right!|
I got kicked! Square in the back of the thigh. I yelled some expletives. Jaime said it sounded like the crack of the electric fence, but no, it was Shy's hoof on my thigh. I ran into the barn and took my pants off to assess the damage. I will spare you the photo. I did go back and pick that hoof, but I wondered WTF? Shy is not a kicker. She has never kicked out. Then I remembered. . .Leo has just been crow hopping and bucking out before I started picking hooves to get the giant horse flies off him. And right before the kick came some pretty strong tail swishing. It had to be a horse fly. Which still doesn't make a kick acceptable in any way, but at least gives an explanation.
|Smh. . .|
I did feel Shy for pain as well, but nothing. Had to be a horse fly. I checked her again the next day and picked her feet without issue. Had to be a horse fly. I just really have a hard time believing that Shy would kick out for any other reason. It is just not her style. Never has been. But it happened and I not have a really black and blue hoof shaped bruise on my thigh. Ugh.
|Suspicious pony is suspicious. . .|