My Dad told me the story about him grooming Teddy one day. As he was standing in front of Teddy grooming his forelock, Teddy reached out and bit my Dad in the center of his chest! Needless to say it hurt a lot. Dad always said “Never stand in front of a horse to groom him. You will not get bit.” To this day I have never groomed a horse’s forelock or face while standing in front. Also, this helps prevent the horse from running over you if it spooks. Another piece of wisdom my Dad passed on to me was always wear boots around horses. This is a safety issue since a horse may not realize it is stepping on your foot. Should the horse step on your foot, the boot, especially if it has steel reinforced toes, helps prevent a severe injury. Advice taken - I feel unprotected should I be in any other footwear except boots around horses.
My love of horses endures. I am not sure what life would be like if I never had horses in my life. I know my Dad was my inspiration to love and ride horses. Happy Father’s Day, Dad.
By Carolee Green Jones, Program Chairperson for Root Cellar Sacramento Genealogical Society