Reminds me of the only big ride I've been on... or will ever go on
It was my first year of college. My gelding was leased out and I had to borrow a horse.
This event was the Ride for Life. 200+ horses and riders from back yard owners to well known horse trainers, breeders, etc... It was to raise money for cancer research. The event was created by 2 girls for their 4-h program and was a great idea.
The horse I borrowed was 4yrs old, just home from 60 days with the trainer. I wasnt told this until I was in the saddle and she freaked. I got her into the arena, worked her out, and we did over half the ride. Thank god I have always been thrown on green horses or it could have ended badly.
A few incidents:
I had won a raffle prize and went to collect it on horseback when the celophane still 5 ft away spooked her and she reared with people coming up all around "trying to help" but only freaking her out more. She was suppose to be sacked out and "never" spooks. Every noise made her jump and she would kick out at any horse who came up behind us. She also thought a childs pony was a calf that she could chase and again THANK GOD I got that horse under control before the pony even had a chance to notice this horse about to try and corral it. After the pony instance I decided we were done. There was no way I was putting kids at risk (there was a lot of ponys). I could stay to the back, tied a ribbon on her tail, handle the spooks but the bolting after ponys was my last straw.
Before the event even started an ambulance had to be called. A kids horse reared and the kid fell, hitting his head on a metal electrical box. Sliced him WIDE open. Very horrifying. All through the event people were getting hurt, horses too. It was mostly chaos. Never again for me! Posted via Mobile Device