So, as some of you might know, in late May I was at 4-H when my saddle broke and my mare, Summer, spooked and I ended up getting a concussion.
Well, that seemed to be a very big break to my confidence because after that I couldn't make myself get back on her. I would go out and tell myself that I would get on her and I would lunge her and saddle her up, but then I'd make up some excuse in my head as to why I wasn't going to that day. It became rather frustrating to me that one fall [I've fallen off plenty of times before and even gotten concussions from falling before] off a mare that I totally trusted could make me be like that.
Anyways, last weekend I told myself that I had to do it, so I went out and lunged her, but then I remembered that I didn't have any of my saddles there, and she's only ever been ridden bareback once before and that was by my trainer. But, she was especially good during our warm up lunging and flexing exercises, so I decided that I was going to try it. I rode her in just a halter and leadrope which I'd never done before either, because when we had our accident she took off running around the arena and snapped her bridle into about 3 pieces. So, since she's too tall for me to jump on off the ground, I took her over to a barrel and attempted getting on. My foot went through the barrel as I was trying to get on, but the loud noise didn't even phase Summer, so I didn't let it bother me either. I just rolled the barrel to the other side and tried again.
I was finally able to get up on her, with a lot of cooperatiion from her, and she stood like an angle while I was adjusting myself. We proceeded to walk around the pasture for an hour or so and she was absolutely WONDERFUL. She remembered everything that she had previously learned and kept her head down right where she was taught to. She got mmuch praise for being such a good girl when we were done.
Then, yesterday, I decided that since she was so good, I was going to ride her again. I lunged her as I do every time before I ride, not because she needs it, but because it can aid me in figuring out how much she's going to pay attention that day, ad it's sort of become a security blanket and bonding time for me. But anyways, I got on her and she was yet again just grand. I was feeling really confident in her, so I asked her to trot. She picked up a nice slow jog like we had been working on, and it was like we never stopped her training. She remembered absolutely everything.
I'm going to continue to ride her as often as possible, and I got my aunt to give me the okay to take her to college with me in a couple of years if I want to. If she keeps being as awesome as she has been the past couple of weeks, there's no way I'm leaving her at home when I make the big transition.
Kudos to you if you read my whole 'novel.' (: