03-21-2011, 06:35 PM
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Shezacharmer & faudteagan,
Yes, I agree she has more of an English type movement, but I don't quite trust her enough yet, to ride in my english saddle. She dumped me about 6 months ago, no warning, no reason, totally out of the blue. I had just swung into the saddle and didn't even have my right foot in the stirrup yet. She dropped down and bucked really hard twice, then reared straight up in the air, no arch in her back, dropped back down again and threw in a really hard back. She launched me like a cruise missile onto the hard packed track at our fairgrounds. I thought my pelvis was broken, hurt so bad. Also hit my head and still suffer from a little bit of vertigo if I don't get enough sleep/rest.
We placed second and thirds last year. Our first year showing together and really her first year showing on a regular basis, hitting all of the shows in our local area. So, I figured we do this year again Western and then next year we'll start introducing English and maybe some jumping.