Another bri­dle in­jury

EQUUS - - Eq Letters -

The let­ter from the lady whose horse swal­lowed a Chicago screw from his bro­ken bri­dle (“Don’t Let This Hap­pen to You,” Let­ters, EQUUS 441) caught my at­ten­tion. I had an even worse ex­pe­ri­ence with an English bri­dle and curb bit.

I was out rid­ing my newly ac­quired Span­ish Mus­tang when we came to a very large and heavy metal gate that we needed to pass through to get back to our barn. I dis­mounted and started to wres­tle with the gate. Un­for­tu­nately, some fool had fas­tened this mon­ster to the gatepost with just a few strands of thin wire; the gate crashed to the ground and I went down with it. My horse spooked and gal­loped off with the reins trail­ing on the ground. He stepped on them and came to an im­me­di­ate halt.

I left the gate where it was, re­mounted and started for the barn, wor­ry­ing the whole way be­cause the horse kept shak­ing his head. I kept look­ing at his head but couldn’t see any­thing wrong---no blood even. What hap­pened be­came ap­par­ent the minute I went to un­tack him at the barn.

Ev­i­dently, when he stepped on the reins, he pulled the bit to one side, and the hook that holds the curb chain caught on his tongue and sliced through it like a freshly sharp­ened knife. I almost threw up! The wound was closed with su­tures, but my horse’s tongue still has a huge scar across it. Kathy Ouel­lette Prescott, Ari­zona

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