Over the last few weeks I have managed to cut my right thumb repeatedly. Not deep cuts, more like a paper cut. Just enough of a cut to hurt and make me think about what I'm doing anytime I use my right hand. I'm right handed so I've thought more about my right hand in the last several weeks than in the last several years.
I thought it must have something to do with feeding the livestock but it took me quite a while to figure it out. I lost the brass double snap off the chain on one of my gates. I think it's probably in the dirt at the gate but I couldn't find it so I replaced it with a brand new one.
I've used these snaps for all the years I've had horses. We have a couple of very smart horses, in particular Peggy's Welsh Pony Jazzmatazz. Jazz has been known to open his own gate and wander around opening every other gate he could. He's very democratic that way.
The brass snap goes on the end of the chain and hooks firmly enough to the fence that even Jazz can't get it open.
Unfortunately, the brand new brass snap has a couple of very sharp edges. Not so sharp as to draw blood but sharp enough to give me a paper cut. Well, I guess a brass cut. Once I figured it out it was easy to fix. I just replaced the new brass snap with a carabiner that has no sharp edges.
All was well for about a week and then I realized I had a new cut on my right thumb. I must have put a new brass snap someplace. Hmmmm. Now I just need to find it and replace it with something less dangerous.