I got out to the barn, groomed, lunged Biscuit then saddled up. We were going to ride out in the back of the ranch for the first time. He moved out very forward. I was walking in the grass instead of on the road - just in case.
We got to the end of the pastures and I could see Snippy (crazy QH) with his head above the shelter wall. His body was totally hidden. I had a good hold on Biscuit as Snippy often runs like a crazed rabid idiot. All of a sudden Snippy EXPLODED out of the shelter and the two horses in the pasture next to him (we were level with the other two) both exploded and ran horizontal to The Biscuit. OMG all of a sudden he did a complete 180 and I felt myself coming out of the saddle - an Aussie saddle at that. Thank God I landed in the grass and am a little sore but unhurt. Biscuit took off for just a little bit to the end of the parallel pasture and went in between the two pastures and stood there by Sarge (our other horse) and I walked up to him and he was calm as a cucumber. I put him in the ditch and mounted and rode back to the barn.
After I got hurt 13 months ago (almost to the day) badly trying a horse and it shattered my confidence. I have always said I would never ride again if I came off a horse. Well...I did ride again and I wasn't scared. Poor old Biscuit looked like "how come you didn't come with me?" It was a red letter day for me...I came off, I got back on and rode.
Snippy is a PITA. All of the horses spook at him. He was briefly moved to another barn and he attacked another horse and tore its face up really bad. He is kept in a pasture by himself and his owner has lunged him but she can't ride him as he is NUTS.
I will have to give it a whirl on another day - perhaps with my husband's horse with us. He is used to Snippy being an idiot. If you have read all of this I wish a biscotti and latte for you!!!