Had a near fall tonight
Scared the absolute bejesus outta me! I had mounted Stiffler and was waiting while Indyhorse mounted Freyja. While waiting, Claymore came out of nowhere and came at Stiffler from behind (according to Indy). Stiffler is very much at the low end of the totem pole so when Claymore comes at him, you can tell he thinks "oh $h!t." When Claymore did this, Stiffler apparently lunged forward. I was TOTALLY unprepared for it so when he lunged, my lower half stayed in the saddle but my upper half was kind've thrown back. Out of reflex I threw myself forward which caused me to catch on the pommel with my inner right thigh as my left foot had come out of the stirrup and I was somewhat crooked.
I SERIOUSLY have NO idea how I stayed on. Mind you, all of what I just wrote took literally all of maybe 10 seconds from start to finish. Indy told me to stay on and ride him for awhile but I'll be honest. I wanted off. Bad. But that is my usual method for dealing with things like this. Avoidance. Riding it out really helped me, I know it did. I'm just REALLY sore now :) I really owe it to Indy... She is teaching me a LOT about Stiffler and his behavior. She is also helping me build my confidence as a rider too. Gotta love her! :)
*Dreams are within reach, you just have to go that extra mile to catch them*