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    12-10-2011, 12:39 PM
  #51
Foal
Let's see...I went out riding with a friend on my newly purchased mare. She was a bit hot and we didn't know each other very well yet. I was a new rider (used to ride a LOT when I was younger but had recently got back into it then). We went riding up into the hills, when my rein broke off the curb bit I was using at the time! I jumped off her and managed to get it fixed, but was unable to remount her from the ground (have I mentioned that I am vertically challanged?? Lol) Well, we found some sort of metal box think up there, almost like some sort of box covering electrical things, way up in the middle of nowhere! I got my mare lined up, climbed up on it and managed to vault right over the top of her and land on my butt on the ground, on the other side. My friend couldn't help but crack up. She apologized and asked if I was ok, but said it was the funniest thing she had seen in a long time! However, the MOST embarrassing part was my mare. She stood there, turned her head and looked right into my face as if to say, "WTF was that, you idiot???!!!" I was mortified. LOL. I finally DID get on her, but I am sure my face was beet red the rest of the ride.
     
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    12-11-2011, 04:28 AM
  #52
Trained
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Let's see...I went out riding with a friend on my newly purchased mare. She was a bit hot and we didn't know each other very well yet. I was a new rider (used to ride a LOT when I was younger but had recently got back into it then). We went riding up into the hills, when my rein broke off the curb bit I was using at the time! I jumped off her and managed to get it fixed, but was unable to remount her from the ground (have I mentioned that I am vertically challanged?? Lol) Well, we found some sort of metal box think up there, almost like some sort of box covering electrical things, way up in the middle of nowhere! I got my mare lined up, climbed up on it and managed to vault right over the top of her and land on my butt on the ground, on the other side. My friend couldn't help but crack up. She apologized and asked if I was ok, but said it was the funniest thing she had seen in a long time! However, the MOST embarrassing part was my mare. She stood there, turned her head and looked right into my face as if to say, "WTF was that, you idiot???!!!" I was mortified. LOL. I finally DID get on her, but I am sure my face was beet red the rest of the ride.
LOL I have done that too!! My mamma has done it, when she was 21, showing off how she could vault onto a horse, but she was vaulting onto a pony and learned on a 16hh horse so launched herself all the way over LOLOL - might I add this was from the ground? Impressive IMO!
     
    12-11-2011, 12:52 PM
  #53
Started
Mine would have to be when I was 13 years old riding with my best friend. We were riding 5 year old geldings named Chip and Dale (named after the Disney cartoon chipmunks) down the road. Their names were perfect for them, they truly lived up to their namesakes, half brothers born a week apart, did everything together as best friends. Chip was spunky, inquisitive, and alert while Dale was carefree, lazy, and followed Chip's lead. We were nearly home, riding past the next door neighbors' property (who was out mowing her two acres of lawn as she watched us ride past) when I got the brilliant idea to tap my toe into Chip's front leg... He had been dragging his feet and I thought, "hey, if I tap him on the leg, he will stop dragging his feet, right?"... Wrong. Oh no, bucking straight into the air, sending me soaring out of the saddle! I couldn't of landed more squarely on my tail bone on the paved highway (not in the driving lane, just that a part of the shoulder was paved too). I am in so much pain, I cannot move. However, Chip then calmly walks into the ditch and happily munches the tall, lush grass growing there. My best friend tries to dismount quickly to help me, but her shirt got caught on the saddle horn. Tall horse, short rider, equals pretty stuck. All the while, the neighbor had stopped mowing her lawn, jumped in her car and drove to our rescue, didn't actually see her do this but she pulled up in her car to help us. And yes, my tail bone was broken, and I had trouble sitting for quite a while.

Funny though, in reference to the stories of the gas explosions... About 3 years later we were practicing patterns for doing poles, key hole, and some other games. I was riding Chip (curse the bolt of lightning that had deprived me of my favorite horse a year before I got my tail bone busted) and every time we took off, he let out a burst of gas. Each and every time, so we got a big laugh that his motto was, To start, Just fart! And he did, each and every time, without fail. Fortunately, when we did the actual games a few days later, he didn't pollute the air... Although there was another horse that had really let it rip when they took off for their run. LOL!
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    12-11-2011, 01:38 PM
  #54
Foal
One of the most recent ones were when we were in just a local fun gaited show. The game was to run as fast as you could from one barrel to the other ( both had buckets of water with plastic eggs floating in them ) with a ladle scoop out as many eggs as you could, keeping them in the ladle run back to the first barrel and deposit said eggs in the first bucket of eggs and pass the ladel to the next rider to do the same. Well I was first and we ran full tilt to the bucket with ladel in hand rounded the barrel and my mare saw the water and thought that she was tottally dehydrated ( yes I had given her water ) and stuck her face in and drank the WHOLE bucket of water. No way she would move so there I sat. By this time everyone was laughing so hard that I just let her finish. As soon as she finished it was like oh we were doing somthing and took off full tilt. My team still ended up taking second. The next year at the same show we were waiting to do the same race and one of the people I was teamed up with leaned over to me and said... You should have seen last year there was a girl and her horse and told me the whole story laughing all the way through. After she was done, I had to come clean and admit that it was me.
     
    12-11-2011, 02:05 PM
  #55
Weanling
Haha I love this thread!
When I was around 10 I would show this retired western pleasure quarter horse. He was very experienced so he would hear the announcer and know what to do. Most of the time it worked in my favor, and I barely had to cue. But one show, he got mixed up and trotted the WHOLE time when the announcer said canter, and cantered the WHOLE time when the announcer said to trot. Not too bad I know, but I was red the entire class!

Luckily not too many things are that embarrassing for me, but at my old barn (last year) the trails went by a cross country course. For whatever reason, ALL of the cross countryers decided the horse trail was the best place to.. umm.. do there business. One time I was walking down the trail, and didn't see a guy off to the side until it was too late. I had to awkwardly walk by, looking the other direction. That same situation happened about three times that summer!
     
    12-14-2011, 08:35 PM
  #56
Foal
Lol, these are soooo funny! You should have seen me, I tried to vault onto my 15.2hh mare bareback(I'm only about 5ft tall) and I managed a spectacular body slam into her side, and she just looked at me like "what was that about?"

Or the time, my friend and I were trying to ride my mare(same mare) double bareback and it was going pretty well. Niether of us had ever ridden double, and my friend had barely ever ridden bareback. So.we decided to go out on the trail, with me on the back. We went down the first hill, and both slid forward. I wound up sitting on my horses withers, so you can imagine where my friend was. All the while, the barn manager was loking at us like we were nuts, and the mare just gave us a strange look.

I love reading the new posts. I'm glad you all are enjoying it, keep riding, and please feel free to add to this thread, I'm sure that many enjoy reading it!
     
    12-15-2011, 12:16 AM
  #57
Yearling
I had more than my fair share of idiot moments that are embarrassing. The only few I can remember....at least right now are these two :

I had been riding a mans 5yo quarter horse for a few months, just working on retraining. (Should have seen the bit they had on this youngster) I had put him back in a snaffle and was reworking everything. Me and my friend were fooling around talking about swinging up into the saddle and bareback. We got the idea of trying to get on like the pony clubbers do at some gymkhanas, the horses run, rider jumps off does some task, turns the pony around which bolts and they use the momentum to swing back on.

Well not using my brain, I bragged that I could do it. My friends said that I could have a day to practice and show them tomorrow. So I worked and figured out how to do it, the horse was used to me swinging one and many other random tasks and was unconcerned about the whole ordeal. I forgot to remember that the horse was still young. So when my friends roll in and watch I get the horse trotting, plant my feet swing up, and the horse bolted. I was left face down in the dirt, with my best friend laughing her butt off and everyone else crowding around me asking if I was okay. I jumped up, with no more than scratches and started running through the barn to try and cut the horse off. (The arena has no fence) It took us over a half hour to catch the horse...lets just say I never tried anything stupid with that horse again.

Another time is a story I've told before. I was riding Jake around the stables bareback with a bridle, when while heading towards his pen (which was part of our laps) he threw a temper tantrum in front of the entrance to the barn, He was rearing, jumping, bouncing around, but I managed to keep him from moving any farther forward in an attempt to make him understand that if he wanted to go forward it had to be at a walk. Jake goes into a rear, and decides that he gives up on life and drops like a sack of rocks to the ground. I managed to step off before he laid on me, and stood over him.

That's when I heard the scream. I looked up to see that the stables was having some type of bbq in the entrance of the barn and everyone had seen the ordeal. People started running towards me, I heard someone scream for someone to call a vet. Jake meanwhile is sprawled out on his side, not moving. So I can see the cause for alarm. I hastily nudged Jake's side and clucked, as commanded Jake got calmly back to his feet. I told that everything was fine, I was fine, he was fine. One lady was in tears convinced that Jake had a heart attack. I hastily remounted and rode off, too embarrassed to say anything more.
     
    12-15-2011, 12:20 AM
  #58
Foal
I was in the yard, rubber gloves up to my elbows, cleaning my horses sheath, when I got the feeling someone was watching me. I looked back, and a seed salesman was standing there looking at me. I asked, How long have you been standing there? He said, long enough. I said, Let me explain to you what I'm doing.....yep, I was embarrassed as this was a non horse person who really didn't have a clue. LOL I can laugh about it now.
     
    12-15-2011, 12:43 AM
  #59
Foal
Well you see ... my story is ... awful, just plain awful.

I got a new pair of winter tall boots a few years ago - and I loved them. The zipper was a little sticky, but I got them up. After wearing them for the drive to the barn, I became aware of a pinching feeling behind my right knee. Thinking it was just the zipper rubbing on me, I went about fetching my horse, grooming, etc.

Once it came time to mount up - the outdoor ring mounting block was being used for a beginner lesson, so I decide "hey, why not use the fence, it'll look super professional and experienced in front of all the clients my coach had with her.

So, I angled my horse (who was very forgiving, thank goodness!) up with the fence, stuck my left foot in the stirrup, and just about when I'm ready to throw my right over top of the horse - the itchy feeling goes away, coupled with a tearing noise up the back of my breeches.

... I had zipped my boots to my breeches, and to my dismay, I was wearing pretty skimpy undergarments (I still maintain that NOBODY wants a visible panty line while wearing riding pants ...) so when my pants split from knee to waistband, the entire crowd of clients and my coach saw something pretty unsightly ...
     
    12-30-2011, 11:30 AM
  #60
Foal
These are all so funny! O guess it is only fair if I share my latest moment. I went to mount Erin ( my mare) bareback on Tuesday, with the mounting block low way. Andrea( my instructor), her mom, dad, and sister were there, as well as another trainer, and 2 other kids. Just as I had my leg halfway over Erin's back, she began to walk off. I was stuck hanging half off her back! So much for trying to show off! I hopped off, and got back on successfully, and had an uneventful ride. It was pretty funny, looking back on it. I don't think anyone saw...hopefully.
     

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