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post #11 of 60 Old 11-24-2012, 09:39 AM
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Ah yes, I have many humbling moments, but this one is memorable. I ride sidesaddle sometimes and when I go out for a hack (trail ride) aside I tend to dress smart and feel good. It was a beautiful spring day, sun shining, birds singing, people stopping to chat and admire my horse - tra la laa

I returned to the livery yard I was at and on the way down the lane I loosened my girth to let her expand her ribcage and relax. Got to the gate and leant right to open it, went through. Yard owner appeared and stopped to chat - I leant to the left to shut the gate and slowly, gradually, inexorably, the loose girth came into play and my whole saddle started to slide. When I got to the horizontal position it was clear that the situation couldn't be rescued, and also that if I didn't unhook my legs I was not going to fall off but remain hanging upside down....

So I unhooked my legs and plumped onto the ground.

My YO was a star and didn't pass comment, nor laugh, nor ever repeat my humiliation to others. How much respect do I have for her for that?!

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #12 of 60 Old 11-24-2012, 10:04 AM
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I've been humiliated once or twice..I don't think I have any more of those that actually embarrassed me.
My first show on Lucky I wasn't going to ride an exhibition because I could run a great pattern on Toby (push button, dead broke, pony gelding), but BO made me feel like an ass so I signed up for one. I've cantered an run her before in the field and knew she was bouncy, but it wasn't anything I couldn't handle. I didn't hold her back and around the first barrel we went, me clutching the horn (was in a trail saddle with NO cantle), came around to the second and went to move her over a bit closer and set her up for her pocket with my leg..Didn't realize she was as sensitive as she was and she went left to the other side of the barrel and she slammed to a stop while turning because she knew she wasn't suppose to be there, I landed flat on my back and just sat there laughing..first fall of the day, haha. Everyone started falling after me, but we ended with a 37 in poles (held her back a LOT), and a 18 in barrels where I also held her back.

My most embarrassing and humbling moment was ST's second show at North Park..She was cantering decently by this time (at least in the field and on the patterns), so I took her into a pleasure class. I figured I could at least get by two/handing it when the judge wasn't looking, lol. Well, we started out with a nice canter, and I felt it (but didn't do anything) and she took off, we almost ran over a world class (shown) pleasure horse and I felt horrible..I've always been able to stop and steer a horse that took off (have had it happen before) and that day I was just hauling back on my reins..Couldn't do a **** thing and felt really bad when people asked me if I was okay..I'm fine, ask the girl who already is riding with an injury that I almost ran over! I apologised about 8 times in 2 minutes I think, lol.

The other time I was embarrassed was when I was riding Poco, a lesson paint pony who had the ROUGHEST canter, yet the smoothest trot. I guess I hadn't tightened the girth enough because when I was cantering the round pen and went to turn him the opposite direction (figure 8 across the pen basically, I slid right off his right side, saddle and all and thunked my ass right onto the ground square underneath him. Two girls that I had no respect for as riders at all got to watch and they got quite the laugh. Still don't respect them as riders, but I won't web talk to them now since they were rude about it.

Ooh, last one..I was riding Toby bareback/bridleless in the round pen with Drew (his owner/trainer) lunging him and Toby decided to stop right beside the giant mud puddle..well, I said whatever and slid off (as we were switching turns) and as soon as ai stepped down I landed in the puddle, slipped, and fell on my whole left side and back..horrible experience. BO thought I was the worst rider there (only stayed coz I rode Toby in exchange for helping him with his board agreement) and gave Drew hell because I "wasn't ready to ride bareback without reins" and I fell the worst way possible onto my shoulder (tell me why my shoulder was the only clean part of me? Please?) after she watched from the other side of the field. She then had a fit when he came down to help me clean up because "I'm a girl", yet..Drew's gay, and it's not like I even had anything to change into, lol.
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post #13 of 60 Old 11-24-2012, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Mandy, those pics are priceless! I love the clenched -teeth Oh Yeah grin in the middle one And of course you never know when you might fall off your pony into a sheer-sided bottomless quarry

Both pony and mare are gorgeous. The 53 year old inner horsecrazy little girl in me envies your childhood. You indeed had the best Grandpa ever!

Will try to take a pic of an old photo showing snazzy 70's show outfit. Fortunately all photos of the loaner frock worn for dressage and showjumping have been lost to posterity

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post #14 of 60 Old 11-24-2012, 10:56 AM
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I had a very humbling experience with a VERY talented bronc horse who was sold to a CLUELESS beginner. the trainer she had originally set up bailed, so their friend recommended me. the horse had no tack, just a halter and lead. i was told "he'll walk, and turn, but if you ask for a trot he'll just pin his ears and brace, and when he gets fed up he bucks and twists and jumps around" ok, well then.... i got on anyway. and this horse waited until i was well seated, at a standstill just rubbing his neck, i !gently! used my calves and asked him to move off, and this horse jumped forward then, i kid you not, SLID backwards so i went flipping over his head and landed straight on my butt. i have dealt with some very smart horses, but this guy put me in my place in about .5 seconds.
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post #15 of 60 Old 11-24-2012, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thought of another

I think it was my first show with my new horse. First time for me showing 4th level (not his- he was a GP horse). Could not get that horse through to save my life, and when Edward wasn't through, he was incredibly hard to sit (as he would and should be). Like siiting on a huge jackhammer.

I entered at A and thumped around dreading those medium and extended trots a-comin. Here I am on a horse EVERYONE knew doing a horrible job. It got slightly better toward the end, but it was baad. Friends and trainer consoled me that it wasn't that bad, really.

But it really was that bad, and I have the proof. Show photographer sent me a lovely shot of us at extended trot across the diagonal. Our turnout was spiffy and shiny and new, and Ed gleamed. BUT....

You could literally see a person across the ring between my butt and the saddle.

I "lost" that pic when we moved 12 yrs ago, and have since had no desire to hunt for it, so your imaginations must suffice.

BTW, that was the class where I scored my worst dressage score. 52.381 and it was a gift.

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hmm, last winter i decided it was time for some real dressage lessons. i found a great trainer and signed up for a 30 minute private. Prettied my horse and i up, cleaned my tack...and was 5 minutes early. we chatted for a bit and i told her about my riding(comfortable on a horse, dabbled in the hunters, wanted to event, C1 in pony club). The lady had a huge respect for pony club and seemed relieved that i was not another D1 who wanted to learn what a 20M circle was and how to hold the riens. I mounted up and asked my horse to walk on. no movement. a squeeze, a kick and a smack later...still nothing. checked all his tack. gave him a BIG smack on his rear end....nothing, no forward. spent the rest of my 30 minutes session being ponied around in circles learning how to ask my horse to walk on.

hahahaha. still makes me blush! Thankfully, the trainer stuck with us, and although she regularly threatens to leave the country because of my horse...she is the best!
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Prince, that is stellar!!
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post #19 of 60 Old 11-24-2012, 10:27 PM
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Why thank you *bows*

I happen to have another

During the summer a group of kids and i hack over to our ponyclub barn for weekly lessons. Being the "big kid" i watch over and am responsible for the trail. On one particular day i had my horse, two little girls on their ponies(regulars) and a little boy on the devil pony. Within the first 5 minutes the pony had begun to buck and was getting close to running back home. i pulled out my emergency lead rope and ponied him. My horse had a "power walk" so to speak when we get out on the trails and the pony ...did not! it was going fine, minus the pulling to keep the pony caught up untill we reached the creek. If was tiny, but very muddy. my horse jumped down the bank, and began to try and jump up the other side....the pony had stationed himself on the top of the bank, and was not so hot about the idea of jumping down. i became stuck between pulling the pony down, and keeping my horse from jumping up the other side. (picture tug of war with the human). i finally made the decision to jump off my horse, as to not let the pony go...i had my suspicions about him running away if i did. as i tried to dismount my horse let out a HUGE buck and i went flying. i landed face first into the mud, but managed to hold the lead rope!! Long story short...i went to my ponyclub lesson covered from head to toe in mud...and no longer volunteed to be responsible for the trail rides!

gave me huge respect for polo players that can pony TWO horses while riding one.
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You have some doozies, PrinceC! More!
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