Desert Horses

Welcome to my horse blog, Desert Horses. We live in the desert southwest, near Palm Springs, CA, but board our horses up in our local mountains where it is cooler in the summer. I have 5 horses, all rescues. Here is the ranch up the mountains where the horses stay, October, 2014. The roses are blooming!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Both are okay, but...a VERY scary day yesterday!

Both Bill and Safari are okay, but both had a scary day yesterday. Bill and Cathy own the ranch where I board my horses and Safari is Bill's trail riding horse and show horse.  Bill was out on a 3 day ride in Orange County.  Somebody had gone out on the trail last week and it was fine, but it rained there this past week.  Safari is his riding horse, the beautiful Peruvian Paso on the right.  I like Safari.  He's a level-headed horse and doesn't panic.  That's probably what helped save him.  The riders were on the trail and the horse in front of Bill went down the canyon when the rocks on the trail gave out.  Bill and Safari were next.  Bill bailed off Safari and down the canyon Safari went.  The two other horses behind Safari also went down the canyon.  One horse died of its injuries (not Safari) and was so badly mangled that it was dead before it landed at the bottom.  Safari apparently landed in a tree!!!!!!!!  Bill slid down the canyon on his butt to check out his horse (I'm not sure yet now Safari got out of the tree...)  Apparently Safari has some pretty bad cuts.  Cathy is leaving this morning to go check on Safari (and Bill)...notice...the horse comes FIRST!  You just never know...sigh...I'm so glad that they are both okay.  Facebook has a sstory about the rescue and if you look, Safari is the palomino being airlifted out.  Notice how calm he is.  He is a good horse and I'm glad he survived.  Here's the link to the story:   http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2012/05/04/1-horse-dead-3-others-trapped-down-deep-ravine-in-trabuco-canyon/

9 comments:

Reddunappy said...

OMG I seen the story on last nights news!!! So glad they are OK. Sorry for the other horse :o( Damn, you just never know when something weird is going to happen!!!

Linda said...

What an amazing story. I'm glad they're okay...sad for the one who died though. It's a miracle none of the riders were hurt.

RoeH said...

Wow! So scary. And so glad it turned out as good as it did. I feel so bad for the horse that died. That would put me away for about a month.

Barb said...

That is a scary story. Poor horse that died and I'm so sorry for the owner. Pleased to hear Bill and Safari are ok.

Cheyenne said...

That was some escape for your horse and fella! Watched the video, scary!

Kate said...

Extremely scary - very sad about the horse that died, but glad your friend and his horse survived, and hope the horse will recover well.

Mikey said...

Oh my goodness. I'll keep them all in my prayers. That's a very scary situation!!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Oh how scary! I bet you've been so worried about all your friends. I'm glad both Bill and his horse are going to be ok. I feel sad about the other horses, especially the one that died :(

~Lisa

Ranch Girl Diaries said...

Yikes, that really makes me think about trail safety. Especially in the spring when things are melty and sometimes the ground is soft and wet and can give way! My Boy kept wanting to walk on the cliff side of the road yesterday but it drops off there and I kept thinking it would not be safe!
I am glad your friends are okay and sorry to hear one horse did not make it. ;-(