Hey guys, this week i rode nana Saturday 8 miles, tuesday 3 miles, and thursday 8 miles (i might have tuesday and thursday mixed up), now alot of that was walkin. Well yesterday (friday) I rode Nana and she appeared to be fine, but when i hopped on her she felt different. I walked her around, and just kinda did serpantines and stuff like that to get her warmed up. I also trotted her and she did GREAT --nice and easy trot--, BUT i wanted to lope her becuase i really want to work on sittin the lope; I started to lope Nana and all of a sudden she throws 2 bucks on me and i won't lie, it almost got me. The first buck popped me out of the saddle abit and but the second one got me out of my stirrups. She then started like turnin almost, like left right left right trying to get me off or somethin. The hole time i was thinkin "well crap, there goes my no fallin off goal" and "get ready to hit the ground!!!!", but i just managed to GRAB the horn and glued my hands to it!!!
After that i was kinda in shocked but i immediatly start workin her hard, i did sharp turns and really made her work. Then i took her into the round pin and loped her again, and she did fine.... I sat the lope perfectly, and she didn't buck at all.. After i loped her in the round pin for about 5 minutes, i asked the Danny (husband to the girl that owns the stables) and he said "she could be sore from all the ridin." Now that really made me feel HORRIBLE, because i had worked her so hard for buckin on me..
Question 1: Did i do the right thing? I feel horrible, because if i had known she was sore, i wouldnt of even rode her that day.
Question 2: I think i am over riding nana just abit, how do i balance the resting time with the work time?