So last night I went riding. I decided that I wanted to ride my favorite mare ever, Summer. So I put her halter on her..[she lost hers somewhere] and grabbed my lead rope and other tack and headed to the lower pasture. We have 4 pastures, and 2 that are big enough to ride in. The first and main one with the biggest barn [9 stalls] is the largest pasture. That's where the horses are from 4:00 pm- 8:00 am. That's called the higher pasture. Then there's the camel pasture..thats the pasture with the camel and alpacas in it. It is otherwise known as the foaling pasture for obvious reasons. The camel pasture has a smaller, 4 stall barn in it that is built on to the biger one. Then there's the hay pasture, where the horses freely munch on a round bale of hay from 8:00 am-4:00pm. Then there's the lowest pasture, which is along the highway, and that's where the horses graze on grass when theyre running low on hay in the hay pasture before we can get another bale in there.
Well anyways, I don't usually [and by usually I mean almost NEVER] ride in the lower pasture because it's very hilly, and has bad footing for the horse. Also, the side that I ride in is the side closer to the highway and all the scary horse-eating vehicles that go by. But my llama was being especially annoying, so I decided to go down there. I put the saddle by the gate, leaning up against the fence because there's no where else to put it, then got Summer. She was a bit weird, almsot not even the same horse. I walked her over the ground poles which she usually likes and just happened to be sitting out in my pathway to the other pasture, and she acted like they were going to cut her legs off while she wan't looking or something, because she did NOT want to step over it. So, I made her go over it and when one of her feet hit it, she freaked out a little. Still under control, but notherself. Then I tooke her over it until she was conpletely comfortable and continued on to the other pasture. [Bear with me for this part, and keep in mind that I have 9 other animals in the pasture with Summer that are very curious] So, I led Summer down there, and when we got to the gate, I took off the lead rope and grabbed her halter to let her go in the gate by herself while I kept the other horses/ponies/donkey/mule/llama out. This isn't the first time we've done this, and she usually goes in the gate, turns facing me, and waits for me. This time, she acted like the saddle spooked her and took off running like crazy around the lower pasture. I closed the gate, and let her keep runnign until she decided to stop, then she walked up to me. Okay, so that was over. She had never EVER not been level headed about little things like this, so I was kind of shocked. So I lunged her before I tacked her, took her up to the post and tied her, then saddled her. She nipped at me when I tightened the girth [which she has done before, but only when she's in heat.] I know she won't bite me, so I scolded her and finished. Before I put the bridle on, I lunged her again to make sure everything was okay, then I just took the lead rope on and she stood there while I put the bridle on, even lowering her head all on her own. I got on and she was a little antsy at first, but then calmed right down like always. After about 5 minutes, she had her head vertical like it should be and was moving in her pleasure walk and jog. So I worked on walking and jogging for about a half hour and everythign was goign smoothly. She wasn't even bothered by the loud semis and other vehicles goign past, so I felt pretty good. Now let me say that we always canter at least once while I ride, it's jsut what we do. So I cued her to canter and she took off, but a bit fast for my taste [we're still working on training for pleasure] so naturally I leaned back and lightly pulled on the reins. Next thing I know, I'm sitting on top of a bucking horse telling myself to keep my seat and then I had a seat on the ground. It wasn't much of a seat since I landed on my arm, but that's just life I guess. And then I have a horse that takes off bucking and runnign as fast as she can around the pasture with a saddle and pad..btu no bridle. Where is it, you might wonder? On the ground. It jsut fell off like it was nothing. I was a bit stunned, so again I let her work off some steam, and then again she stopped and waited for me. So I lunged her again, and then when she was working quietly with her head down let her go into the big pasture with the other horses.
My question to you guys is why woudl she just start bucking like that [she has never EVER bucked before and LOVES to canter] and how did the bridle get on the ground..it was secure on her when I saddled and it had been just fine the whole ride, and I checked it to make sure nothign broke. I was riding in a snaffle because that's what we train in. But I'm so puzzled at her behavior all day yesterday. I hope I didn't do something wrong.