We went for a New Year's trail ride today. It had finally warmed up enough to melt all the snow but left in its place, a lot of mud.
We had just headed out and were walking down a slope when Huck slipped in the mud and went down.
It was a very gentle fall. It was really more of a slide. But he ended up on his front "elbows" and with his left hip fully on the ground.
I had no idea what to do. All the other riders gasped out loud. But Huck just laid there for a moment, looking embarrassed (according to my husband). He seemed to mull over his options, took a deep breath and got back on his feet...all with me still in the saddle and both feet in the stirrups. The whole episode took about 7 seconds.
Should I have gotten off of him while he was on the ground? Or was staying in the saddle okay?
Like I said, it all happend so quickly, I really didn't have time to think but I guess it would be good to know the proper way to react if this happens again. My main concern was Huck being hurt but once he got on his feet, he was walking just fine. I was so scared he had hurt himself. I am seriously considering leasing this horse..he is such a trusty trail horse.
I know I was lucky that he didn't roll over on me.
So....has this ever happened to anyone and what is the right thing to do? Hop off while you are on the ground or hang on while they get up?
I now have a healthy respect for mud.