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    04-09-2013, 11:17 PM
Embarrassing moments

Ok, so lets hear it everyone! What is your most embarrassing moment horseback riding? Maybe we will all feel a little better about ourselves knowing we're not the only ones with embarrassing stories..
How about I go first, and Start the ball rolling?
So, I used to ride this huge ex racehorse named Luck. Keep in mind that at this point hadn't been riding very long. So I was riding bareback for the first time in the indoor arena with some of my friends, when we decided to start trotting. Now Luck has tendon problems in his back two legs from his racing days, which causes him to pull up his leg really high and fast when he walks. Which makes his gaits really awkward, I did fine for a good while, but then I felt my self start to shift off to the right. So I thought ok its fine I'll just stop him and readjust my seat. So I stopped him and almost like in slow motion Luck shifted his weight and I started to slip off. I fell the full 16.3 hands onto my butt from a STANDSTILL in front of all of my friends.
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    04-09-2013, 11:29 PM
The first time the owner of a farm I was managing brought out of state investors to see the two year olds. I came out on the first one, she sneezed, and I was so tense I fell off over her shoulder.

Bless their hearts, they teased me terribly and later I started receiving all sorts of "Sneezy" items (Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs type things) in the mail.
    04-09-2013, 11:36 PM
I was riding a green broke mare through a hay field one day with my younger sis in law. We was talking cutting up and I went to light my cig and I had been riding with my feet out of the stirrups and when the tall grass hit her belly she started crow hopping. Next thing I know I have a mouth full of cig and am flat on my face. The mare my sis in law and her horse stood and stared! That was the first time I ever fell off a horse!
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    04-09-2013, 11:46 PM
First time I ever tried an English saddle was on my best friend's little crazy Arab mare. She was 14hh of bouncy trot and snort n' blow. She also had this thing about a snaffle bit that she would automatically start trotting. So, my friend counter balanced for me and I swung up on her (mind you, I'm 5'7" and leggy and we hadn't let down the stirrups from my 5'4" friend riding). I couldn't catch my right stirrup and she just starts trotting away toward the arena with me bouncing along on her back. We got about fifty feet and I lost my left stirrup and started bouncing up her neck. Ended up bouncing right off her back and landed on my feet facing the way we'd come. To her credit, as soon as I was off her back, she stopped dead and looked at me like "How'd you get there?!"
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    04-10-2013, 02:15 AM
I have two. I think the most embarrassing one happened at a barn I used to ride at in Virginia. The farm was on the side of the mountain, with the arena/tack room/cross ties at the bottom, and pastures all up the side. When we were riding a horse that was pastured at or near the top we'd often untack them and groom them down and then hop on bareback with a halter and ride them up. I was riding a rather tall horse up for his owner and needed someone to give me a leg up as the mounting block was too small. She gave me a little too much up and I went up across his back and slid right down his other side onto the ground. It was hilarious.

The other time was at the barn I used to help manage. I was riding a boarder's new horse for his first ride at our barn. He had been of work for a while and was a little tense. Me, being the dummy that I am, got on, and as we were walking into the field I was to be riding him in I took my right hand of the rein to push my phone deeper in my pocket. Well what do you know, the second I get my hand to my pocket he spins him self around with a little buck. With my hand in my pocket I had no way to stop his spin and off I went, landing on my feet facing the direction he was trotting off. I felt like the biggest idiot ever!
    04-10-2013, 02:32 AM
I have too many to mention them all. I just laugh at them now. I've come a long way with my Hawk-thank goodness! On one particular day my friends and I were galloping down a dirt road and we saw some people with dogs coming towards us so we started to slow down. Well, my then green horse decided he was going to stop right then and there. My friend literally scooped me up and caught me before I even landed on the ground. Just like I was in a rodeo! I love her quick reflexes! Not real embarassing but I love my friend even more for it.
    04-10-2013, 03:06 AM
When I was 12 or 13, my Appendix gelding I had trained myself(yeah, parents knew nothing about horses) loved to gallop full blast whenever I asked. I loved it too! I had never had a bad fall even tho I rode on a bareback pad with no stirrups. In fact, I really don't remember anything worse than getting a face full of branches.

He was a sweetie, an only horse who followed me everywhere. A friend of my mom's told me stories about barrel racing so I decided to gallop home at top speed one day.

We roared down the trail in the wet grass, flying over wild strawberries with me whooping and laughing and him going his fastest. It was nothing new or different until we had to make a 90' turn to get home.

He slipped in the mud and rolled on top of me. Twice.

Luckily, we were both made of rubber. No bones broke. But when I tried to breathe, my lungs wouldn't work. I choked and gasped as I walked the 50 steps into the front door.

As my breath went in, wailing sobs came out. My oldest brother was trying on his football pads in the middle of the room. He laughed and called me a big baby. At this point, I tasted some blood from my forehead.

I needed 4 stitches, which my RN mom did on the kitchen table that day. We lived 60 minutes from the nearest hospital where mom worked and she stitched everyone up in our neighborhood, human and animal.
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    04-10-2013, 03:52 AM
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I had a horse entered in a Show Hunter class but she went lame so, I substituted a youngster that I had bought several months before. He only had about six hours riding on him as I had ben busy and had turned him away to gain weight.

Show classes in the UK are very different to the USA and the horses are ridden by the judge and have to have their saddle taken off and run up in hand before the judge.
Kara was obviously very green but went well enough and being a lovely looking horse had caught the eye of the judge.
We were pulled in third prior to the judge riding him and running up in hand.
He went well for the judge and I could tell that she had enjoyed the ride better than the horse that was in first place.
His saddle off I led him out and stood him up for the judge to look at him. I then turned him and walked away whilst the judge watched how he moved. I turned and started to trot him back straight at the judge.
Now, I knew that the judge would move to the side, the judge was ready to move but, Kara did not know this and not wanting to run a human over, when we were about 10 yards away he bucked and dived to the side behind me. In doing so his toe clipped my spur and I tripped and went down. This, naturally startled him more and he shot forward pulling me along with the reins, straight through two of the biggest piles of cow poop possible.
All down my hat and shoulder cow poop was dripping! I stood and immediately went "Yuuuuck!" and doubled up with laughter.
I continued to run Kara up and a friend came into the arena to help put his saddle on. I took my jacket off and handed it to her whilst someone else came in with their hat and jacket.

I looked reasonably clean for the final selection of the judge.
Much to my astonishment we were pulled in first. I was never sure if it was sympathy from the judge or earned!
    04-10-2013, 04:22 AM
I have seen other people do what I did, and could not understand how someone could do something so lame and then I did it. I still am not sure how I could have been so lame...

I do not ride a lot of different horses, mostly just my mare who is built like a tank and trained to stand still for mounting. I also usually mount from a mounting block to save her back. One day I was at a trail head and was going to ride my friend's horse, a nervous, narrow backed mare who does not stand still for mounting, and I was mounting from the ground.

I got her to stand still for a split second and went for it. I dunno if I was too exuberent because I was not used to mounting from the ground, or simply mistimed because I am used to a much wider horse, but whatever the reason, I completely overshot the saddle and ended up on her off side, my left foot wedged in the twisted stirrup from the near side. The horse was starting to panic. I reached up and quickly worked my foot free with my left hand, and fell on the ground with a mighty WHUMP. I had to let go of the reins even though I still had them in my right hand when I fell, because that mare was outta there, not going to stick around for any more of my antics. So I let go of her, as she raced off I stood up, brushing myself off and looking around to see if anyone had noticed my folly, nobody was in sight.

I then yelled, "loose horse!" & my friend, who was getting her other horse ready came out to see what was going on to discover that the loose horse in question was actually hers. After the initial scare, the mare trotted back over to us. We call her the vel-cro horse because she hates to be alone, and in this case it was a good thing, I was terrified she would get out onto the highway.

I was mortified.

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