Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians
...One thing you'll notice if you ever fall off your horse is, he'll most likely stay with you. I've never had an Arab run all the way home with an empty saddle. They might run 25-50 feet after you scare them silly by falling off, but they come back and stick around til you're back up and ready to ride again. Or to walk them home from the ground if you can't get back up...
Agreed. Some years back, Mia did a double bolt. I got her stopped from one, tried to dismount, and she bolted in mid-dismount. I flew thru the air and landed back first on some rocks, and still have the pain to remind me. But as I rolled upright, still on the ground, I saw her racing away. I shouted, "Mia, you ______ _____ _____ !"
She spun around and galloped back to me. I was thinking I was going to get trampled, but she stopped next to me, stuck her head next to my chest, and I'm pretty sure I heard her say, "What are you doing down here? Now, make the bad thing go away..."
Happily, we had already made it back to my property, and the corral was a short distance away. I leaned on her the whole way. That girl can bolt, but there isn't a mean bone in her body. Some scared ones, maybe, but no mean ones.