So I just about fell off my mare Harper today at a flat walk. I have ridden two horses at a gait in my life. One gaited then ran me into a tree to get me to fall off. Four times. Still haven't given up. That mare hates me, she is evil, and I do not understand why everyone likes her. The other is my pacey little 14hh broodmare who I am in about as much danger of falling off and not landing on my feet as I am to suddenly sprout blue hair from my eyebrows (your visual for the day).
Harper is a former padded show horse, and at 17.2hh is pretty impressive even at her walk. I love this mare to death, but she is really really really fast. Did I mention really fast back there? Cause she is. I was coming down off a small rise in the paddock when I felt her start to pick up into a flat walk. I was only planning to let her walk today, but I figured it couldn't hurt anything to let her for a few paces. Heh. It felt like I was sitting in a convertible on the interstate with the top down, no doors, no back to my seat and no seatbelt. The gait only lasted long enough for her to realize that I was about to fall backwards and sideways at the same time, and her sudden stop did nothing to help me hold on. I did manage to stay on, but only because she shifted her body at the last second to balance me.
How do I get used to a breakneck speed like this? Or maybe slow her down? I'm not scared of it, I just know that if she does it again I will be unable to keep the horse between me and the ground lol.
I am actually considering using a western saddle until I get used to it. She's never used a western before, and I avoid it if I can, but seeing as my Spanish saddle barely kept me from sliding back and off her hind end, I may need a bit more to hold me on!