I fell off my new horse yesterday. I am discouraged and really missing my 17 year old unflappable riding buddy. (He is a pasture pet now because of a tendon problem that will plague him for the rest of his life) I got this six year old horse that seemed very quiet tempered and is fairly small. My husband did not want me to get another older horse and have the constant lameness issues.
I think I should have lunged my horse longer before riding. He had not been ridden for a week. What happened is the snow crashed off the arena roof especially loudly, the trainer said my horse did an all four feet straight up in the air. When he came down two things happened, when he hit the impact exploded the loudest "gas" I have ever heard come out of a horse and I think that actually spooked him again, also I may have hit him with my spur. I use the smallest english kid spur because he is a bit on the lazy side. So he shot forward and off I came. It would have been funny if I had not fallen off. And I am sore today! I know that if I am going to continue with horses I need a better seat and balance. Learning as an older rider is a slow process, any suggestions for getting better quick. I did get back on and lope him for awhile. I take lessons and the trainer tells me sit back, heals down and all the right stuff but sometimes I think I just can't get it. My husband is thinking maybe we should send my new horse to the trainer who did such phenomenal job with my daughter's horse but I am thinking it is more me that needs to be trained. Sorry for the long post but I am feeling "directionless" so far as the horses are concerned!!