HuFew realize how far a horse can open their mouth or how hard they can bite. They can open their mouth about a foot. Stopped to feed my horses on the way to work one morning and an impatient bitch just bit at my arm. Her teeth raked from near my elbow to near my shoulder. Hurt a lot, and I had to go climb iron hanging sheet metal for eight or ten hours. My arm was black and blue for weeks.
I went to a black match track with my horse a handful of times. In true hustler fashion my horse didn't look like a running horse. I also alleged he could only run a short distance. I won a handful of races and was having to run further to make a race but then Shorty almost dislodged a jockey coming out of the gates. With loose reins he won at 250 yards by six or eight lengths. Damn, hate it when that happens!
Those horses were regularly shot up with straight isopropyl alcohol and worse. Some were genuinely insane. There had been ten or twelve deaths there over the years. A horse can bite downwards on a man's shoulder and have his teeth below the man's shoulder. The horse holds on like a bulldog and paws the person to death with their front feet! A friend had a stallion that had been shot up with all kinds of crap by a trainer. Too well bred to put down but extremely dangerous to handle. He and I went a few rounds. I never turned my back on him. When he reared and tried to paw I would hang on to the lead and dive in by his shoulder. No safety in front of him, tight beside him was the place to be. Still pretty rough but the safest place where he couldn't easily bite or kick. Getting hit with steel shoes or cleated aluminum racing plates could kill.
you have lived an interesting life.
would love to read your memoirs
Thanks, I guess, but I don’t see a difference…?