04-28-2013, 12:00 AM
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I think my biggest scare was a few years back and I was 14, and at a local horse show held at the barn we boarded at. I was riding a 16h QH gelding who I was already unconfident on. We were fine until it came time to run barrels and do pole bending.... I don't know what got into him, but even though I was already letting him go a little faster than I was used to, on the home run he went faster, and pulling back did no use. So I tried pulling his nose to the side to slow him down or turn him... I couldn't get his nose to budge, I was just along for the ride. He'd then slam on the brakes JUST before he hit the gate. If the fence hadn't been RIGHT there, I would have come off him nearly every time... Yes I had to grab the fence to stop myself from falling. But I wanted to compete so bad that I cowboyed through it, and at the end of the day walked away with a couple ribbons.
In 6 years we had the gelding, that was the only day he ever did something like that