Of all the innumerable ways of potential horse accidents, I had never once
given consideration to the fact that I ride at night in an indoor, and there
is no emergency lighting for when power goes out. Until tonight.
Fortunately, I was just trotting along on Linus when WHAM! A transformer
blew on the street, right next to the barn's driveway. One moment, trotting
under the lights, next moment PITCH dark! Ack! I gave an immediate "whoa"
and got off. Linus, bless his heart, is a very easy going 5 year old, and
didn't so much as take a step until I asked him to. Although I could tell
that his head had shot up in alarm. And when Linus shoots that head up, it
is WAY the heck on up there. :-)
Anyway, I managed to get him down the pitch dark aisle and into his pitch
dark stall, and then I went and got my truck and positioned it with the
headlights pointing down the aisle so I could everything properly away.
The horses are, obviously, used to being in a dark barn, but their reaction
to the power suddenly cut was interesting. They were all very nervous when
the power went out. Lots of alarmed snorts all up & down the aisleway,
accompanied by pacing and banging. They never act like that when we simply
turn the lights off at night.
Anyway, big pats for Linus tonight. He was super good and never put a foot
wrong. BUT...BUT...I had set jumps up and was in the middle of an unusually
long warm up tonight before jumping. The thought of the power going out
like that when we could have been cantering down to a jump is very