Here I go again.. I fell off a horse who bolted when a dog ran out from around the corner.
To be honest, I don't think horses are very smart animals (risking the wrath of many horse lovers here.. maybe some can be trained easily, but generally they are not very smart). A fence and a hedge were separating us and the dog. Yet the horse I was riding was spooked.
I am getting very tired of these falls. They keep happening at the same stable. I know some people here have told me to stop riding at this stable. BUt this seems to happen to me more than anyone else who rides there. WHY? ARGh,.. I have five more sessions left in a package to complete. :(
Also, I was riding the horse on contact and was posting my trots beautifully ( I was told) when it happened. The thing is I wonder if I could have prevented being bolted off in a such a way. I did see the fall coming.
I managed to stay on for two strides before I got bumped off. Is there anything I could have done to prevent falling off in such a way? I landed very hard on my tail-bone; and it hurts now when I walk and even when I sneeze. :(
If I am riding a horse which spooks easily, how do I prevent him from getting spooked and taking off? He doesn't seem to do that even with beginners.. SO what am I doing wrong?
PS: I am taking a break from this stable and riding at a different one in a few days' time. I am taking the advice of some fellow members to switch stable, but need to finish my package first(Which I will deal with when I have regained confidence). I went for a class with the chief instructor at this new stable last week. He was so brilliant that I felt like all my previous classes at different stables were a waste of money! I didn't even know I had got my hand aids all wrong while making circles.. and that I was guilty of "saddle shagging"...