Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
We were at a CW event and a reenactor friend wanted to ride with us--after hours, so there was no rush. He rattled off all of his experience and assured me that he'd be just fine. I lent him my babysitter QH, you know, the horse that stands forwever and will just drop his head to graze if he's bored. He carefully grabs the reins, puts his foot in the near stirrup, swings lightly up and lands...in front of the cantle...sitting on my horse's neck, then begged for help. I've given lots of lessons to lots of beginners, but I've NEVER seen the like! ROFL
The other story is about me. I was working outside, muddy arena, with a silly TB, that I only used with one of my students bc he was way too light to trust in group lessons. He wasn't picking up a lead (or something similar, don't recall exactly now), so I dismounted my student, and I got on. I worked him in the ring and he was getting more and more disenchanted with the footing. Since I had been teaching/walking/riding ALL day, I was too tired to hold on (English saddle) so I just let go when he bucked. I fell flat on my back, in the mud. It was like falling backwards into a mattress. I've only been THAT dirty 2 other times in my life, but my student was in stitches.
Last edited by Corporal; 09-13-2011 at 03:41 PM.