Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
A new boarder had asked my friend to help her saddle and ride her new horse for the first time, but my friend wasn't comfortable on strange horses, so she asked me to help. We got the mare tacked up and in the round pen. Tried to lunge her a bit, but she had absolutely no clue what I was asking for, so we went straight to getting up in the saddle. My friend and I weighted the stirrups to see how she'd react (we'd been told by the owner that she "had been ridden a lot, just needed a refresher"). She just stood there. So, my friend counter balanced for me and I swung up into the saddle. I reached down to catch my right stirrup (weird saddle...was almost impossible to catch the stirrup with my toe) and she threw a little crow hop at me. I came forward in the saddle, but was fine, so I tried for my stirrup again. Last thing I saw was that mare's head snap around to the side so she could see me, her ears pinned flat against her head and this pissed off look in her eye. Then she rodeo bucked me and I flipped over her right shoulder. My left foot tangled in the stirrup (severely sprained my ankle...I'm thinking there may have been a small fracture they didn't see because even now, almost a year later, it will HURT if I overuse it). I hit the ground hard and blacked out (wasn't wearing a helmet). Luckily my friend was still in the round pen with me, because that mare came after me when I was on the ground. My friend jumped between us and kept the mare off me until I could get to my feet.
Do not tell me I can't...because I will show
you that I can.
Last edited by Mike_Admin; 04-26-2012 at 02:09 PM.