Only her second ride on George and she about gave me a HEART ATTACK!
I know some of you are following my posts, infact I have some "George Stalkers" ... lol. But for those of you who haven't been following my posts, I'll give you the short and sweet story : We got our 6yr (will be 7 on Friday!) daughter a 19yr old Standardbred horse for Christmas. His name is George. George was a race horse in Canada, then an amish buggy horse, then a trail horse. Anyway, he was underweight when we got him, and a bit annoyed and nervous. He's supposedly bombproof and the perfect horse for our daughter, but then he started nipping at me. I think that with the help of other members on the forum that I got the nipping thing pretty well figured out. Anyway, our daughter got to ride him one time (I posted about it) and he did great.
That pretty much brings us up to date ... so now ... yesterday we got George out again all saddled up and ready to go. My hubby forgot to put the halter on under the bridle, so he didn't really have a place to attach the lead rope (first dumb move). If I could go back in time, I would've went and got the halter and put it on under the bridle. SO anyway, my hubby "Jeremiah" was leading him without the halter while our daughter "Jasmine" was riding. Also - we only have a 16" western saddle. We don't have a child's saddle. Her feet weren't in the stirrups either - it was just suppose to be a short little ride around the yard. (second dumb move). I guess we should've moved the stirrups up to see if she could reach them (we've never moved them up yet to see if she would be able to reach them or not). So anyway - she was happy as can be riding George and Jeremiah was leading. Jeremiah's parents were visiting and just getting ready to leave, so they were watching her ride before they left. George was being a little bit onery, not as obedient and patient as he was the first time she rode him. But he wasn't horrible though. So Jeremiah's parents get in their truck to leave and they're pulling out of the driveway and Jeremiah standing there next to George and Jasmine waving to his parents. He said the next thing he knew ... Jasmine's going "Let's Go George" and OFF THEY GO ... WITHOUT JEREMIAH! I was sick, so I was sitting in the house on the couch, and from where I was sitting I couldn't see where they were standing waving, but I could see the path that goes down to and past the barn - which is the direction George and Jasmine went. So next thing I know I look out the window and there goes George TROTTING with Jasmine bouncing around holding on for dear life!! I could've DIED!! The path is a path between dense trees on both side, plus it's rocky near the barn - she could've really got hurt if she would fell off. She didn't have a helmet on either. (Third Dumb Move). We actually don't even have an equestrian helmet for her, but decided that from now on we'll be using her bike helmet until she gets an actual equestrian helmet. Anyway - back to the story. Jeremiah's hollering "PULL BACK JASMINE" and she's hollering "I CAN'T!" Which is probably because she was holding on for dear life. She started going side ways in the saddle and only GOD kept her from falling! Jeremiah hollered "GEORGE!" and George stopped and looked back at him. He stayed there until Jeremiah got to him and got a hold of him again. Jasmine still wanted to ride, so Jeremiah took her on George down the path by the barn and then once they got back to the barn he got her off and took George back in and unsaddled him.
What a SCARE! Needless to say, Jasmine got an ear full! We told her how she should NEVER try to take George by herself unless we say it's ok. We also explained to her that she needs to learn how to ride before she can ever take him herself. Anyway, now I'm thinking about saddling George up atleast a few times per week and training Jasmine how to ride. I have worked with her in the saddle - but OFF a horse (just on the saddle on a rack) showing her what different parts of the saddle are, and what they're for, and how to work the reins, etc. So she does know the basics - but she needs to practice them on George for sure. So we're going to be working on SAFE riding!! I don't want anything like this to happen again! It could've went horribly wrong! She did say that she thought Jeremiah was with her, so perhaps it was all a mistake. Regardless, I don't think she'll do that again, it did scare her pretty good. Thank God that George stopped when he did and waited! Another couple of steps and I'm sure Jasmine would've fallen off! I seriously think that God is who kept her on until she got stopped anyway!
George is our Standardbred X-Race Horse, X Amish Horse, who has found a very special place in my heart. We love our GEORGE !
Last edited by JulieinPA; 01-05-2011 at 03:41 PM.