So today I ventured up to the barn and lunged Vega. She did pretty well but didn't like the caveson so I have to invest in a better one. But I didn't really expect much with a $20 caveson anyways. The surcingle seemed to fit good. I had plans on hooking up the training system, but she seems a little uneasy about it, so I'm saving that for another day. I figure i'll let her get used to it in her stall before she has to work in it.
Then I rode my fiance's horse. Gem is usually a very laid back, can't get him to do much type of guy. I did a lot of walking and some trotting in a half seat to let him stretch out. He was doing good. Kept his head low which was something I wasn't really used to. I also rode him in his halter because he doesn't need a bit. Things were going good for about the first 5 minutes or so. I stopped him, pet him and he let out a couple of snorts. So I thought everything was fine and dandy.
I'm walking along and bam He jumped straight in the air and then kicked out. I flew straight up out of the saddle and landed back on, but to the left side. Gem moved quickly and I was falling off. I let go with my right hand but held on with my left hand I think. Before I hit the ground, I closed my eyes and let go with my other hand. I landed on my lower back I think. Gem cantered and then stopped and looked at me. I got up and got him. He was still acting sort of spooked so I decided to call it a day. I know I should have gotten back on, but didn't want to risk another fall. I turned my camera off and loosened the girth, rolled up my stirrups, packed my camera into its back and walked down to the barn. Gem did a few buck walking back to the barn. I told my friend nicole what happened, and we went through the video and saw it. It was pretty amazing I must say.
It didn't look like Gem meant to do any harm. So i'm thinking he got spooked, or he's in pain somewhere. I'm going to ask if the vet can come out and see if everything's ok.
But i'm fine. A few bruises but nothing big. I'm glad I was wearing my helmet because i'm sure it could have been a lot worse. And the funny thing about it too is that I was thinking of not wearing my helmet, but had this gut feeling I should.
I showed my fiance when I went back to work and he couldn't believe it. It was impressive. Haha
But I do think I need time to recover before I ride again. That was my 3rd fall in 12 years of riding. None have been with Vega which I think is odd because Vega does a whole bunch of crazy stuff.
Well, that was my excitement for the day.