Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Mariposa, CA USA
• Horses: 0
Pretty much what I've been doing, MLS...Thanks, everyone! Yes, I did have a few incidents over the past few years! I decided to start riding...hadn't done so since I was a kid, but I remembered the feeling...indescribable! So, I started taking lessons from an 'expert', and ended up bruised, battered, and with a broken right arm! She had put me on an Appy mare who was in a field with two geldings. It was before breakfast, and tho I felt uneasy at riding before she had eaten, I was assured that she "was a ranch horse, and she'd better get used to it". I rode her up to the arena, closed the gate behind us, and proceeded to do a few warm-up exercises while waiting for the instructor. We were fighting each other, and the moment she heard the feed cart, the mare took off, riding straight thru the pipe corral gate! She was about 14 hands, so not tall, but I wasn't about to get off as she tore up a hill full speed ahead. Suddenly she stopped dead in her tracks, which sent me flying headlong into the side of the hill! (yes, I had worn my helmet, and NEVER get on a horse without it!) I rolled down down down, ending in a field of tar weed which is just as the name describes. I couldn't breathe, and lay there for a long while. My helmet was shattered, I hurt all over, and something was wrong with my arm. The instructor finally showed up, after finding the mare standing fully tacked outside her pasture. But, after getting my arm casted, cuts and bruises a plenty, I was greeted by other horsewomen with a rousing "well, NOW you are a horsewoman!"
I did get bucked off Sunny twice, but know he wouldn't intentionally hurt me. It isn't distrust of my horse, but distrust in my own abilities.