Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I have to say, I have a horrible habit of holding on and/or staying on when it would probably be best to bail..haha
I have bailed three times, twice on Toby, and once on Dude.
First time, it was my first time on Toby, ever. We were in the roundpen, Drew forgot to retighten his saddle after we got up there and it was either bail or smash my face into the roundpen post at the gate..I obviously bailed, right off the back of Toby, landed on my feet, and then fell on my ass, from a canter. The second time on him was bareback, when he "dodged" a puddle in the roundpen and stopped, and figured I'd just slide off instead of trying to stay on only get off and let Drew on. I slid off like I would normally dismount, misjudged where the puddle was and ruined my brand new boots and jeans..only to be left to ride in a saddle with shorts, haha.
The time with Dude was completely my own fault. We had been doing amazing on listening to me (I was retraining him basically) and not paying attention to other horses and not rearing. We all decided to come up from our trail ride and race through the hay fields. Dude lunged forward and I fell back behind the saddle (one of the older roping saddles from when they had the really low cantles) and ended up bailing off the side of his butt and did the tuck and roll since I'd lost reins and stirrups. Dude finished racing and actually beat Tea and Toby after being about 10 seconds behind them, lol. It was really funny to watch him haul ass to catch up from the ground xD
But, I normally stay on until I'm actually thrown from then on. I keep a pretty decent seat, very good at rears (Lol, thanks to Dude), and decent with bucks/kicks. Only issue I've had doing absolutely anything on a horse since then was misjudging Lucky's trained-ness and used too much leg and almost ran her into a barrel. The self lreservaring mare that she is, ducked to the left and I stayed straight. Ended up landing on my lower back, but was good for the most part, just held her back a little the rest of the show, haha. Otherwise, I grab whatever I can and cling :p if I end up falling, I'm going to roll and get up. Hopefully Lucky remembers her training I gave her and stands when I come off this time instead of prancing around the arena :p
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