My nice, wonderful, calm horse turned into a bucking bronco on Saturday. I had no clue what set him off and sent me flying after trying to get his head for a full lap of the gallop track. When I caught him and got back on, he was agitated but cooperative, so I finished my ride up and went to un-tack. That's when I noticed the back cinch was not where it should be and the hobble had broken at a rivet. It all came together!
So now I have a bruised coccyx and a bout of sciatica...all because I had gotten lazy and wasn't regularly checking my hobble.
I urge everyone to just check the condition of the connector next time you go to ride, if you use a back cinch.