Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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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