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    11-14-2011, 11:18 AM
Green Broke
I was at a fun training show, and I was doing a 40cm class with Silver. After the last jump, she completely refused to turn, and went straight for the judges box. She slammed on brakes, and I went over her head and landed literally in the judges lap! I could have died! My instructor's never let me forget it, when ever we go to shows they always turn to me and say "Now Danielle, no going to get a rosette early." haha. It was so extremely embarrassing.
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    11-14-2011, 11:35 AM
Green Broke
The stories are hilarious. Joe - you are too funny for words. We will have to ride together one day so I can just crack up laughing.

Three years ago today I went to try a horse. I hadn't rode in many years but used to be a good rider. Horse was a little spirited but didn't seem to be spooky. Lady rode horse. I got on horse. Walked around to end of arena (there is a tree in the arena) and he moved to scrape me off of tree. He kept going and then took off running and bucking like a crazy horse. He bucked all the way down to the other end of the area, me with a tight grip on the reins (too stunned to remember anything like a one rein stop) and I could feel myself slipping sideways. I saw my life flash before my eyes and said prayer to Jesus NOT to let me hit the pipe fence when I came off. Come off I did as he ran through a gate area into a little corral. This was in central Texas (read ROCKY) and I hit the ground and rolled/bounced three times.

I was mortified in front of hubby because he knew me when I used to be a good rider. I was scared stiff and as it turns out, pretty seriously hurt. I had enough dirt in my hair to push up daisies, my face had scrapes and cuts. My leg was black and blue from thigh to toes, knee was 3" thick, huge hematoma on the left side of my leg about the size of my entire hand that resulted in serious nerve damage, a nasty skin infection. The doctor at home the following week was stunned that I was able to walk and hadn't broke my kneecap ("generally when I see a leg this bad it is shattered" he said) My leg is still discolored where the bruising was. Not as ugly as before but heck, it has been 3 years.

As a result, I still bought a horse, but the worse thing is it really shook my confidence and as a result I have been a timid rider that has got off, walked, etc. quiet a few times...I get scared sometimes and that is embarrassing as all get out - especially when I know I USED to be a really good rider. Now, I am the vice president of the sissy club! I have taken quiet a bit of flack about it from hubby about being a sissy but I will keep trying!!!
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    11-14-2011, 11:46 AM
When I was younger, I was riding this big brute of a horse named Mr. Big. A group of us were riding the horses back to their field after a lesson, bareback. Well, Big decided it was time to eat and I wasn't expecting it. I slid halfway down his neck and was about to 'gracefully dismount' when something spooked him and he shot his head up in the air. Being as small as I am, he launched me backwards, off his rump and down in the dirt behind him.
    11-14-2011, 11:51 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Courtney    
When I was younger, I was riding this big brute of a horse named Mr. Big. A group of us were riding the horses back to their field after a lesson, bareback. Well, Big decided it was time to eat and I wasn't expecting it. I slid halfway down his neck and was about to 'gracefully dismount' when something spooked him and he shot his head up in the air. Being as small as I am, he launched me backwards, off his rump and down in the dirt behind him.
There is a horse where I board named Mr. Big!
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    11-14-2011, 12:23 PM
A few years back I was working at a camp that had 4 horses. One of those horses liked to lean on gates. The rest of the fence had electric wire around the top but obviously not the gates. Anyway she broke a gate early one morning and her and 2 of the other horses got out. The other was an old pony that didn't care one bit. Anyway someone noticed and staff comes flying from everywhere to round them up. The issue is a lot of the people that came didn't know the first thing about horses and tried to chase them down. By the time i'm informed the horses are running for their lives and heading toward the road. A state road that gets its fair share of traffic. I'm still wearing my PJs as I grab a rope and run out of my cabin and try to head them off at the road but I was too late. I tell everyone to calm down and STOP CHASING THE HERD ANIMALS. Anyway, the horses make their way up the road through traffic to the neighbors farm where two go into a fenced in field and the other goes around back. I turn him on a fence a few times calm him down and throw a rope around his neck and make a make shift halter. I bring him into the field and he calms the others down. We get someone to drop off halters and lead lines and start the walk up the side of the road back to the camp. Throughout this whole ordeal the day campers are getting dropped off and hanging out their windows as they pass pointing out the horses to their parents and telling them their names, and waving to us. And i'm in my PJs and look like I just rolled out of bed. Oh wait, I did.
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    11-14-2011, 02:56 PM
For me it would have to be first time I rode Jim Conlan's stable pony. I had been riding for another trainer for quite a while. Stepped up the type and quality of horses I rode of a morning (from quiet and easy to ones the jockeys would refuse to ride). So Graham came up to me and said that Jimmy's pony needed a couple of laps and seeing that my next ride was 15 minutes away did I want to.

Stupid me said yes, Jimmy bring the pony over. We trot two of the lake and then head out on the A sand for 2 of canter. Not long after I ask for a canter I realize why they asked me. He has grabbed the steel and is bolting. I can not tell you how many racehorses we passed in 1st furlong. I start punching him out and telling him, well if you want to gallop, I'll make you gallop. We pull up after lap one.

The guys are giving me so much crap as I come off the track "how are you going to ride a racehorse if you can't hold a pony?" I wanted that pony to fall, land on me and kill me. Graham and Jimmy had a big smile on their face. Turns out they failed to tell me he has bolted on everyone that have rode him, including Jimmy. His average pull up is lap 3 and at most 6.
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    11-14-2011, 07:12 PM
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
I love this thread! Thought I'd share another one.

I was probably 15 or 16, my grandfather had asked me to come to the barn to ride a sale horse for prospective clients. Went out, grabbed the mare from pasture, tacked her up and climbed on. When I asked her for more advanced maneuvers (reining horse) she acted completely ignorant to my cues. It took me about 15 minutes to realize I had caught the wrong horse! I had grabbed another sorrel from the pasture, one of his broodmares who'd not been ridden in years and was green to boot. I'm still amazed she didn't send me flying. Once I did have the right horse, the sale went through without a hitch lol!
OMG!! I did something pretty similar back in my beginner/trail farm days. I was told to bring a bay out for one of the renters who was a beginner and didn't know the first thing about horses. I was still trying to get to know which horse was who- and accidentally brought out a *advanced* rider bay and had the person put on her!

It was an interesting one hour of a trail ride to say the least, thankfully no one got thrown I got a bit of an earful for it too
    12-07-2011, 05:59 PM
Haha those stories are so funny!
Mine was earlier on this year.. I take my tb x hanovarian to a 'fun' show, we done the ridden veteran abo****ely fine and got 2nd very proud I must say! Then her old owner rings up and announces she's coming to watch..okaay that's cool be lovely to see you any way bearing in mind the WHOLE day ella was an absolute angel.. she saw juliette and decided to show her how pretty she looks... so we go into the working hunter class... juliette and bf watching.... started doing the jumping part I NEVER HAD ISSUES WITH HER JUMPING! Then she see's the water jump (she loves water) gallops full pelt towards it,slides to a stop and drops her shoulder... I end up soaked as my mare is totting round the arena with her tail in the air! To make matters worse I somehow got back on her and she decided that she was going to rear, right infront of juliettes face! Needless to say I was mortified for juliette to witness that display from her horsie! The day before she came to the yard and was saying how I done wonders to that horse... lol xxx
    12-07-2011, 06:59 PM
Hmmm... Mine isn't that bad, but I was working on cantering and was going up a rather steep hill. Halfway up, I realize the morgan was up there and I start trying to tell my mare to slow down. But realize nothing's going to stop her! We go and she decides to all of a sudden take a left turn with her barely missing the other horse and I completely lose my balance. And to top it off, my leg (Still going at a canter) SLAMS into the horses but and the horse runs off. Once I finally stopped my mare, my leg was sooo numb. And all of this while my instructor is watching... Oops!!!!
    12-10-2011, 03:41 AM
Hehehe :P I love these!

Mine involved me getting new jeans.
Albie has a problem with standing still to mount (at the time, he's better now). My jeans wouldn't stretch to let me get on the horse.. I failed. See, it wouldn't be that bad, assuming you know.. It wasn't filmed and put on youtube. I was bending in VERY awkward ways. It took me about 10mins and some serious thinking before I got on my horse - involving standing on barrels, on tyres, and multiple other objects that just didn't cut it xD Barrels worked in the end though..
I am tempted to post the video.. but that would make it more embarrassing lol!

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