Ugh... well today could have gone better. The first event(out of five) was by far the worst that I have experienced.
So, my trainer has been pointing out worn out places on my saddle that are wearing away to my dad. Well, he felt no urgent need to have anything done to fix it.
Ok, so first event, we have been walking the courses for a while. Today I felt that we could handle partial trotting. We walked up to the first pole, trotted over to the second pole, started to walk home when Dozer suddenly took off runing. Why? Because the stupid judge started yelling 'go faster' and making noises. I have taught Dozer walk,trot,and canter verbally along with sounds so when he heard faster he understood... What happened was, He ran out of control towards the gate, somehow the latigo broke, he jumped the cone, I stayed in the saddle and i flew off with it. The saddle landed near me. At least I think... Well, I had a hard time getting up but my dad helped me, all I have now is a broken saddle and a sore butt/lower back. Dozer however was able to calmly walk the remaning four courses and Bart did fine like always.