My mare Josie is a bit of a skittish girl and FULL of piss and vinegar. The day started with me getting her out and tacking her up. I then went to help my b/f's daughter tack up my other horse Dee. Got Dee and daughter out in the arena when I went back for Josie. Got on the mounting block and had just gotten my leg over her back when she took off in a full bucking panic! I knew I was going down, but still held on for the life of me. That was not the wisest idea I have ever had. After she finally got me off, over her head, I landed on my hip and struck my head off the ground. I laid there for a good while as the world swam before my eyes. I coudln't feel my toes. But who was I worried about? That darn horse! Needless to say, I ended with a slight concusion and a HUGE bruise on my hip.
Looking back, I know what I did wrong and will hope to never repeat this. 1. She had been in her stall for 2 days. I should have lunged her! 2. She is impatient and I made her wait while I got Bethany ready. 3. When I was mounting, I think I may have nudged her side and leaned forward giving the impression I was ready to GO!
So after all of this and the fear of getting back on her after...I learned some valueble lessons, that I won't EVER forget.