When I was in 5th grade all the elementary schools in the district went to a camp for a weekend in order to get to know each other for the middle school years coming up. At this camp there was a trail riding opportunity and it was set up so that everyone went on a trail ride. You picked between beginner and experienced levels. Well, I had horses my whole life so compared to my fellow children, I was experienced. But the experienced ride was an hour long and the inexperienced one was only 30 minutes
and having horses to ride at home but not having a pool, I opted for the short ride in order to allow for maximum pool time. I was also a rather short child. Take your normal 5th grader (about 5.5 ft tall) and subtract about...a foot and a half. And you have me
They put me on the shortest pony they had. Her name was Ophelia. Anyway. We start out down the trail and I guess Miss Ophelia didn't like horses on her butt because she takes off with little ol' me off the trail and through the woods just bucking up a storm - totally traumatized the poor girl on the horse behind us. I stayed on, of course, and got her under control and brought her back to the group but all the trail people were freaking out 'cause their "beginner safe" horse just took off with a tiny little child. They're lucky I wasn't actually a beginner LOL
When I was 12 my mom brought home a new horse named Zeus. He was a 16.2 hh TBx and he was a nasty piece of work (we learned). Well naive little me was like, "I want to sit on him!" So my mom kneed me up on him bareback and I was there for about 1 second and Zeus promptly pitched me onto my face in the ditch.
Another time I was riding Sonny, my current horse, with my friend in an arena at the local fairgrounds. A 4H horse meeting was happening in the arena on the other side of the fence and I was just warming Sonny up and asked him to do a nice lope. So we're loping along having this grand old time and Mr. Son just goes and gets it in his head that, "OH MY GOODNESS IT'S SPRING TIME! I'M SO EXCITED! WOOOOOO!" And just decides, for no reason other than pure happiness, that bucking is a good idea so, right in front of these 4H kids (ranging in age from 8-11) my horse just launches himself into the air in this massive buck (I have pictures but can't find them at the moment lol) and he totally ruined the 4H meeting 'cause they were all distracted by us just bucking around the arena. He got it out of his system after about 7 of those massive bucks and then he was good lol. My friend's mom was with us and once I had him calmed down again she was like, "Well that looked like it was fun..." <- She's a very experienced horsewoman and she couldn't stop herself from laughing at me because I apparently don't look all cool, calm, and collected when I'm surprised by suddenly riding a bucking bronco.
Just the other day our new horse, Nick, took off with me twice bucking. Also for no reason other than OH MY GOODNESS IT'S SPRING TIME! I'M SO EXCITED! WOOOOOO! - scared the bejebus out of my friend who was with me
Yeah...those are the stories I have so far. I'm sure there are more though.
I don't know...I might just attract the naughties out of horses