12-25-2010, 08:43 PM
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I really appreciate all the stories about similar instances. When I was young, at a summer camp, while cantering down a trail the horse behind mine got too close and my horse bucked out. I lost reigns and stirrups and was just holding onto her neck. Because the horses in front had no idea what happened, they kept going so my horse kept going too. The horse behind me must have gotten too close again and my horse bucked out again and off I went. I rolled for what seemed like forever! I had 'road rash' all up and down my stomach, split my lower lip which took 3 stitches to close, and broke my pinky finger. The next day when it was time to ride again I broke out in a cold sweat and burst into tears. I didn't feel like I was afraid to ride, I just felt like there were no 'safe' horses there to ride. I could think of something that happened with each one of them with other riders that made me feel unsafe around them. So I didn't ride for a week. Sat and read my book while others went out riding. Finally after a week I decided that the only one I felt comfortable on was the one that bucked me off, so I rode her again. We had a successful ride, even though that same **** horse got too close to her again and she made a small buck at him. I about ripped the head off of the person riding that other horse and told them to keep the hell away from my horse and that was the end of it. So, in one respect, I have that same feeling again...that there is something about each horse I've ridden there that makes me wonder if they are 'safe' to ride. But I have to remind myself that I've been riding there for 3 months or so and this is the first incidence I've had of being hurt. I guess my pride was hurt a little as well since there were so many people around, they didn't actually see me fall but they saw or were involved in catching my horse and saw me sitting at the mounting blocks waiting for them to come back. Everyone wanted to know what happened and was I ok. I just felt like saying 'yeah I'm the dumbass who lost control of my horse and fell off...thanks for asking'