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post #21 of 41 Old 03-11-2014, 02:20 PM
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Awww BSM.. great story telling. You need to write more!

I am sorry for the actual adventure, but from our perspective it was great!! I hope you can figure out what happened but you may never know. I also hope you have more tame adventures with Miss Mia.

Keep us posted!

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post #22 of 41 Old 03-11-2014, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Sahara View Post
So, you pulled with the left rein, moving her into a tight circle to the left, and your saddle slipped sideways to the right since your left leg was on her back, right? Hard to imagine how you managed to do that, but without watching it happen I would assume you were not balanced at all and heavily weighted your right side...
Yep. I was just neck reining a gentle left circle, and decided to see how much weight I could shove off her right side. She spooked, exploded, and I pulled left because that is what I always try to do when Mia spooks and explodes in a snaffle. Left is her best turn, and letting her bolt straight in a snaffle causes bad things to follow.

Judging from the gouge marks in the arena, she put a lot of power into that tight turn. When it ended 1.5 circles later, my body was still mostly over her back. Had my weight followed my saddle, I would not have had any choice about dismounting. I would already have fallen off.

However, during the next 20-30 seconds, it became obvious that I would not be able to get the saddle righted, and bad things would have happened if Mia DID bolt from that position. So I bailed. I'm actually proud of Mia for holding her ground that long, because that is a pretty unnatural thing and Mia doesn't like unnatural things. And to hold there seconds after a hard spook means she is learning to hold her place when scared.

OK, we did 1.5 turns before she held her place, but that beats running around the arena with diarrhea squirting out the back. Been there, done that, multiple times.

Moments before the explosion, I was thinking of pulling my feet out and doing some no stirrup work. As it turned out, that probably would have been a bad time to try it...

I was also wearing a sweatshirt when it was 75 deg & sunny, so maybe being an Arizonan wimp helped me yesterday.
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post #23 of 41 Old 03-11-2014, 02:51 PM
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I know that wasn't funny, but I too laughed out loud.

I have a part-Arabian who is usually very, very mellow. But a few times she's "freaked." To the point where I have almost no control, it's like she's lost her mind, in the grips of total anxiety. Most of the time, I can one-rein-stop her long enough to dismount. She also spins, like Mia, and the last time, I got thrown and broke an arm. (At 63 I'm WAY past this kind of riding!)

My approach is, if anything seems to go the LEAST bit out of character, I dismount. And try to find the reason my horse can no longer think. I've narrowed my problem down to the presence of my horse's previous owner, who usually rides her now-gelded Warmblood. Maybe it's the ex-stallion setting her off, I don't know. I got my horse partly because she'd bucked her owner off several times, so maybe she's just remembering that.

Anyway, I kind of don't think it was tack-related in your case. I also don't think it's a bad thing she fell. There's just nothing like a horse "losing his feet" to interrupt panic. It sounds awful, but I've seen it work.

But I'm sorry you had the hard falls! Take care!
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Hahahaha I am totally rolling laughing here at work, you are a great writer! I have totally been there and done that, except it was when I was on my gelding who just stood there and looked at me like I was crazy or something. So glad neither of you were seriously hurt and hopefully you will be back to riding in no time.

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post #25 of 41 Old 03-11-2014, 03:35 PM
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The way you told the story is hilarious, and good for bailing! Smart move. But why did you throw a rock at her?
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post #26 of 41 Old 03-11-2014, 03:46 PM
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Have you considered a career in writing? I'm in stitches right now (Glad you aren't, by the way!) Please make a member journal for you and Mia's adventures- or a book. I'd pay for it! Glad you are all right!

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post #27 of 41 Old 03-11-2014, 03:48 PM
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Originally Posted by bsms View Post
Now I'm just trying to figure out how all those young folks write cheerfully about bailing off a galloping horse, when bailing off a completely immobile horse kicked my butt so hard! I couldn't be getting old, could I?
They don't all live in AZ, for a start

Your story is great - so much fun to read and being 53 I can relate to wanting a smooth easy ride on a calm horse .
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post #28 of 41 Old 03-11-2014, 04:35 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by updownrider View Post
...But why did you throw a rock at her?
I wish I could claim it was some brilliant training move. But it wasn't. It was probably mostly frustration.

Also, Mia normally runs to me the moment she sees me if something is wrong. So having her run away was frustrating. Having her act like she was about to continue running instead of coming to me even more so.

However, Mia & I have been together for over 5 years, and she reads me well. She understood that I expect her to come to me the way she expects our two geldings to come to her when things go wrong. She would be pissed if they didn't, and I think she understood my anger - the whole, "if you want to run, I'll give you something to run about" kind of foolish anger.

It was not admirable. But since Mia & I have a long history together, and since we share a lot of our temperament, I think I got away with it. If I had to do it over, I wouldn't, so to speak. But one nice thing about owning a horse for some years is that the horse will often understand and forgive the unforgivable in us. That is why she strolled over this morning, yawned a couple of times next to me, nuzzled my hand, and then walked over to her food bucket and waited for me to bring her hay. It is probably why she walked contentedly at my side as I led her for a mile before returning her to her corral yesterday. One of the cool things about horses is that they are so understanding and forgiving, even when we do not deserve it.

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post #29 of 41 Old 03-11-2014, 05:53 PM
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There is nothing like sharing a bottle of Motrin with your horse after a 'successful' ride

Great story, but I'm glad you and Mia were not seriously hurt. I agree that the ground here in AZ is mostly nasty - unfortunately, I have already made contact with it several times in my short riding career. At least I have managed to stay out of the cacti so far knock on wood ...

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post #30 of 41 Old 03-12-2014, 08:45 AM
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BSMS, so now what I want to know is: Why is it so essential to change a horse like that out of the curb that appeared to offer both of you the best chance of going unscathed? Are you training her up for a dressage competition? I personally hate spinning a spooking / bolting horse in a snaffle or attempting to do emergency stops. It's so much nicer for horse and self to nip spooking in the bud with a comfortable curb bit. I hate getting injuries and am no longer immortal. If it isn't broken, why fix it?
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