Saturday, 16 January 2016
Graham has kindly (?) mentioned in a recent post my adventures on and off horses. What I suspect he doesn't know is that one of the most painful kinds of horsey injury is what I call "gate leg". Here is what you need to do to acquire one of these (the photo is of my gate leg incident last week):
1. You are on a horse, which is keen to get home. Find a narrow hunting gate.
2. Open the gate. This needs to be the kind that swings back, and is hard to negotiate.
3. Hold the gate open with one hand, and the reins loosely (too loosely. It's important that you have as little control as possible over the horse) in the other.
4. Line the horse up so that one of your legs is directly aimed at the gatepost. The horse, keen to get home (see above) will shoot through the gateway, secure in the knowledge that he at least will get clear.
5. Your leg slams directly into the gatepost, at speed.
6. Voila! You have a gate leg. Arnica helps, but only time will heal....