Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Nine Mile Falls, Washington
• Horses: 0
The horses I ride seem to like having fun with their riders.
I rode a shetland arab mix, who is speedy as all hell. I was riding her after a small trail ride along the land, getting used to her and the fact that I was in this big western which the stirrups were too long for me.
We go into the list [arena] and the person riding with me who owned the horse asked if I wanted to trot. I asked for it, and she did. I wasn't expecting such a big, bouncy trot, so I squeezed to hang on with my legs. Huge mistake.
She bolted. We had stantions still in the list [big wooden things that we use for horse games] and she swerved to the side to avoid it. After that, she just went in circles. I clung to the horn of the saddle. Destiny, the horse, just kept going in circles and circles at full speed while I held on for my life. Eventually, She sweved sharp enough that I slid to the side. She was getting closer and closer to the rail, which was the side I was on, and so I had to make a decision: Get repeatedly smacked and scraped by the rail, or do I let go?
I let go, got hit in the back of the head by the horse's hoof, and was scraped along the leg all the way up the side of my calf. After a whlie of being looked at and checked for signs of concussion, I saw the horse looking at me like: Huh? What are you doing down there?
She is a very sensitive horse, but I think she just overall LOVES to run. She took the bit with another person who was trying to joust-- he got the shield, she went running in circles : p
But yeah. Long story short, every accident has a lesson to it. Just be lucky you got what you got, and didn't have anything worse than what could have happened.
Just be safe, and as a personal rule, I always check the girth after doing a good warm up. I check it once, check it twice, go for a ride, hop off, and check it again.
It certainly is a good habit to check the girth multiple times so that doesn't happen.