First Fall O.O and Stubborn Horse
Okay well, now Im 'officially' a rider :P Haha. After 9 years of riding. Lmao. Anyways, heres the story:
Well the night before my first show, we were going around the x-rails a few times to get the lines down, but each time on one line, my horse would go over the first jump, but then curve her body and throw her head up and swerve out from between the two jumps. I was trying as hard as I possibly could to keep her from getting squirmy and arching out, but no matter how much leg I put on her right side to push her over and open the left rein, she IS still a 1000+lb horse, so she would always win and refuse to listen. So she kept doing it, so when we went over the first jump, and she swerved out like usual, and my trainer was standing on the left of us, and grabbed the reins when she slowed down, to pull her over and maker her go to the jump, but right then Val (the horse) decided it would be awesome to speed up! :O So this is what happened:
Trainer grabs left rein, while the action of speeding up sends me and the horse forward, propelling me over her shoulder on the left while the horse goes to the left, down on her knees and then her right shoulder, as I roll off her shoulder and smack my trainer in the nose with my boot, while my trainer is getting pulled into the horse, as we all go down. Got a mouth full of dirt! Haha. It was pretty funny actually (not the fact that we fell and I almost got crushed, but how graceful I fell, apparently). It was scary though, seeing my face going towards the ground and a hoof flying at my face. Good thing my body reacted instinctually to roll my shoulder so I landed on my side and rolled away from the horse so she wouldnt crush me.
Almost got it on video too! And my mom reacted well and just stood by the sidelines. She said she saw my shoulder rolling and knew I was going to be fine, so yay. Glad she trusts I can handle things like this well enough! I also got right back on after my trainer helped me up and we patted each other down. Then we proceeded to do the line again, and we got it the first time, but then after that she kept fighting. Im starting to think she doesnt like jumping too much, because you can always tell when someone is jumping her for when she will try to evade the jump. She lays her ears back, arches out away from the jump, puts her head up and shows the whites of her eyes. On the flat, she's the best ever, aside from not liking the other horses (typical mare :P).
The next day(show day) my friend, who is also the best rider at our stables, was going to warm Val up on the jumps for me, since its my first show, and the horses second/third(shes a bit green still). But when she went to jump her, she was going straight, but wouldnt jump AT ALL. She refused each time. We even put the poles on the ground to walk her over them, but no matter what, she would NOT go over those poles. We have no idea why. So we didnt show her over the cross rails, just on the flat. Im not going to be riding her anymore though, because we really want to get into jumping more than I have been, so a more experienced horse is best for me right now.
Bahhh. Just my story :P
And another thing is that the day before the day before the show(lol) she was PERFECT. She didnt squirm or evade the jumps at all and we practically flew over them like it was nothing. But all other days before and after then she's not happy. We had her teeth checked and her whole self checked out, so its not medical.
Sorry for the long rantish thing :P