Hail + Tin Roof = BAD
Walked Rebel over to Toni's arena, first time away from home on his own and it was bright sunny weather. Then about half way through our ride it started to hail. It wasn't so bad at first. He did seem bothered by it but I just kept going....I didn't want him thinking it was something to be scared of. Then it got harder, and I couldn't hear myself think. That's when it got bad, and he bolted around the arena and absolutely exploded. I didn't want to get thrown so I did an Emergency Exit and stepped off, grabbing onto a rope she had on the ceiling for kids to swing on when no riding is going on. (I do that with Jester just for fun, and he's learned to turn and walk back to me so I can drop back on) But in this case I dropped to the ground and went to catch my horse.
Once I had him calmed, the hail started to leave so I just walked him a few circles and then got back on for a little more work. He was fine for a little while, then the hail started again and this time as soon as that piece of ice hit the roof he jumped ten feet in the air and then to the left. This time Toni was there and got up to grab him while I jumped off. Then Toni just unclipped his reins and let him get comfortable, and once he was he came up to me and nuzzled my arm like "I'm sorry, Mom!" so I took him back to Toni's barn and put him in a stall.
I left him there next to my stud that I also have boarded there, because 1) It was still hailing and I didn't want him to get eaten by evil balls of ice and 2) Our three stalls are in use already so I didn't have an area to put him to dry out from our ride, since he was sweating after his stressful day.
So anyway, that's my fun story. :)
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.