So...I am leasing this cute little Paint mare named Katie from my trainer until the arrival of Cinny (which is this weekend, yay) and she invited my daughter to come out to ride her old kid broke horse, Blue, last weekend. We were going to just go out on a ride in the upper pasture, no big deal.
So I get Blue all saddled up for my daughter, and get her set up (she's just barely learning to ride) and I get up on Katie and head out to the pasture, only Blue won't go up the hill. It was apparent that my daughter just couldn't steer him and he was taking advantage and all the fun stuff horses like to do to kids who have never ridden. So I have her get off and hold Katie while I make him do what he's told.....
I just hop on not worrying about stirrups or anything (after all, he's a dead broke horse, right), and turn him towards the hill. He balks...so I give him a lil squeeze and the next thing you know he's rearing up so high he almost went over backwards! Starts spinning, bucking, crowhopping so I opt to bail out.
My trainer is FURIOUS at Blue, puts him in the round pen and just works his legs off. I put Katie back because watching her friend go berzerk and then get a major work out for it apparently caused her a lot of anxiety and I didn't want another flying lesson.
So my lesson learned this weekend....no matter how broke a horse is, they are still a horse and have their own brain. Also, that I have no reason to fear getting on my green broke horse when I get him because apparently I still know how to bail off without getting hurt ha ha. I haven't been pitched off a horse in 20 years, I think I needed that lil reality check!