I have two..once was from my first time bareback, and one from just a few months ago when I showed Lucky for the first time. It always seems to be the times you try something for the first time, haha.
Well, it was two springs ago, and I always went out riding with my friend Drew. He only had one horse, his pony Toby. We'd go out, clean the bottom barn and go up to the top with Toby to switch and share riding him. Well, we went up to the round pen to teach me how to ride bareback. Nothing on at all, just Drew lunging him with me riding. Well, I was doing really good, wasn't even unbalanced at all for the first..8 minutes? Well, we've been cutting in around this puddle for the past 4 circles of cantering, and Toby decided he was done and slid to a stop, and then stepped to the left. Here I am, hanging onto Toby's mane pullin myself back to centre when I decide to just slide off instead because I only had half a circle to go after that until we were gonna switch riders. Well, you remember that puddle I was talking about? I misjudged how close we are and dropped my feet down and into it, my boots sunk in mud all half way up the ties, and then I slipped. My boots, jeans, and part of my shirt was covered in mud. We ended up putting a saddle on Toby and working on barrel and pole patterns instead, after I changed into my shorts. Western saddle+basketball shorts=no bueno, haha.
Now, next one. I was the first of the many that came off during a show up in Franklin PA. My first time riding Lucky in a show, and I hadn't planned on signing up for exhibition barrels, but I got attitude from BO asking if I already knew how to ride her on patterns, so I signed up. I've cantered her on the patterns at home, but I guess she isn't the same horse at shows. o.o
My exhibition run came around, and we had a lot of kicking at the gate and gate keeper, I warned him, etc. But it was whatever, I've had her kick during trails, so I knew how to deal with those. Well, I spun her (she spins a 360' an takes off, no 5 meter circle like everyone else lol) and we took off. She was a helluva lot faster and rougher at shows than at home. I misjudged her leg cues (since the previous horse I rode needed to actually be kicked on one side to move over and not just get pressure), we took the first barrel a little too close, but everything was fine. I didn't switch my hands over until half way between the barrels (clutching the horn because the cantle is like..an inch, so there might as well not even be one and I didn't want to fly behind again), which was a horrible idea. I guess I gave her leg to the left, and she went..straight for the barrel. The self preserving mare she is, ducked out to the left, and I fell on my ass right beside the barrel, and then I just laid down for a second lol. She had fun and went to try and prance out the gate and back to the trailer, but Drew ended up diving through the panels to the arena and grabbed her. I was really surprised, because every othertime I've fallen he's stood there, laughed, and then asked if I was okay..And it was embarrassing because of the fact that he jumped in, Im still not exactly sure why. I did end up going back in for my exhibition, and then the rest of my classes-after I took my belt off. Oh, and did I mention the inside thighs of my favourite jeans ripped completely open? Glad I wore shorts under my jeans that day. :p
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