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>> Friday, February 19, 2010

Well, you're just going to have to believe this story because my daughter-in-law, Heather didn't have a camera. We could have made some money on Funniest Home Video if she me.

It all started just fine. The snowfall was massive, but my friend Anita and I like our horses outside no matter what. Because the barn folks were busy plowing Anita said, "I'll go put Rocky and Tango in the front field this morning if you can take them in this afternoon."

"No problem," I told Anita.

Anita had said that she just pushed the snow away from the gate when she put Rocky and Tango outside. I had planned to do the same when I went to lead them back inside.

Heather had dropped by my house at about 4:30 that afternoon and being the great girl she is, offered to ride to the barn with me while I took the horses inside. She wasn't wearing boots. "Don't worry," I told Heather, "You can just wait while I grab the horses."


We got to the barn and Rocky and Tango were at the gate waiting for me. Good boys! I said out loud.

I soon found out that the good boys had packed the snow down in front of the gate. As hard as I pushed, I could only manage to get the gate opened enough to squeeze by body inside the steel prison.

No problem. There was a gate at the other side of the field with just fresh snow. My plan was to lead Tango to the other end, push away the fresh snow, open the gate and get Tango out and come back for Rocky.

Ha again.

I started to lead Tango to the other end of the field but before I knew it I was butt deep in snow. Somehow, Tango stepped on the toe of my boot and I fell down. By now I was up to my shoulders in the snow because that's what happens when you're butt deep when you're standing. I kept trying to pull my boot out from underneath Tango's foot, but every time I pulled my foot started to come out of my boot. Not good.

Now I started yelling, "Back Tango...back!"

Heather didn't know what was going on and neither did Tango. After all, any horse with good sense would not venture into such deep snow and Tango was scared out of his wits. He didn't want to back up and I truly understand why.

Finally after me contorting my body sideways and pushing Tango while yelling at him to back up, he did. I pulled my boot away quickly and stood up.

Then as fast as I stood up, I turned around and fell down again. This time face first. I looked like a gigantic snow angel. Tango was standing above me looking down. Heather was on the outside looking in. I was humiliated but did manage to find some humor as I used Tango to help me get to my feet again.

By now the people at the barn were at the stuck fence. They managed to get it opened. I managed to get Tango out and over a snow drift on the driveway. I handed Rocky to Heather and all was well.

The next day I was trying to figure out why my waist hurt. Duh.


bbes tribe February 19, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

What an adventure... Video would have been great but your words left us with a video in our minds. Glad everything worked out well.
Now you can laugh..right??
Ernie, Sasha,Chica

Bobby February 19, 2010 at 3:02 PM  

Well the picture is in my mind, it is a good job I was not there I would not have been able to stop myself laughing. I would have asked if you were okay first.

Oklahoma Granny February 19, 2010 at 3:32 PM  

Won't you be glad when Spring arrives?

Missie February 19, 2010 at 3:38 PM  

You might not have had a video, but I was able to picture it in my mind. LOL

CATachresis February 19, 2010 at 3:42 PM  

Hahahaha! You paint such a picture :>) You should get yourself syndicated, you'd make a dollar or two in the cartoon section :P (hope you don't have too many bruises though!)

Kat February 19, 2010 at 4:26 PM  

That's a pretty funny story. I can just see you all covered in snow and Tango wondering what the heck you are trying to do.

Kas February 19, 2010 at 4:31 PM  

Funny in a way I am glad it turned out ok and sounds like a good workout.

Unknown February 19, 2010 at 6:30 PM  

Oh my! Hows your foot? Poor Tango must have really wondered what you were doing.

Unknown February 19, 2010 at 7:06 PM  

I sure do wish I had my camera! I thought I was going to have to dive into the snow and save you. I was starting to wonder if the horses were ever going to be able to get out of the gate. :)

Tweedles -- that's me February 19, 2010 at 9:35 PM  

I can see that "loud and clear", in fact you painted the picture so well, I can taste the snow!
Listening to you tell it is the greatest- your such a story teller!
I know poor Tango must have been so confused!
Were glad your toes did not get crushed too!
Your words are worth a million pictures that we can feel.

kimmterr February 19, 2010 at 10:04 PM  

I loved the story. It was priceless. I'm glad all turned out ok, but you had to laugh.

Noir the Texas Tabby February 21, 2010 at 6:10 PM  

I'm a cat and I even chuckled! Are the horsies OK? :) How's your waist? Hopefully all your snow will melt--so you have such a time to get to the ponies!


Sandy February 21, 2010 at 10:12 PM  

That's our Jan...never without an adventure. I really can see the face plant. Take a few days to heal, sore muscles and the cold don't mix well together.


Anonymous February 22, 2010 at 12:21 PM  

That's Jan for you. Never a boring time when you are with Jan. Fun Fun Fun. Great funny story!

Honeygo Beasley February 22, 2010 at 1:53 PM  

Glad you didn't get hurt!

Lillian Robinson February 22, 2010 at 2:58 PM  

I leave my horses out unless it's freezing rain or icy. Luckily the paddock is right off the side barn door... No gates to get them through!

I hope you didn't get hurt by being stepped on! At least our deep snow is melting and spring is near...

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