Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
Good grief, where do I start?
Well...there was this one time where I thought it would be smart to do Around the World exercises on my horse bareback while he was walking home. Slid right off and couldn't get back on because I'm too short and he's too tall.
Then there was the time that I decided it would be fun to hop on my horse in the pasture without any tack. Rusty takes off and I do an emergency dismount. Except it failed and I landed on my knees.
And then there was the time I went down to the creek. I let Rusty start grazing and, silly me, I just tied his reins so they wouldn't fall down his neck, and I turned my back on him to look at the creek. I look back and watch Rusty gallop home. I run all the way after him, and I'm sure my neighbor thought this was hilarious, as he had seen us ride down to the creek. Rusty runs through our pasture and makes a big scene of jumping every jump out in the field. He stops and I get on. Oh, but it gets better. I decided to take him out by the creek again so he would learn that running home doesn't mean you get to stay home. Well, silly me, I thought it would be fun to ride sideways on a steep hill by the creek. Rusty is not the most surefooted horse, and he tripped, and I fell off the other way and watched him trip all the way up the hill. Then I waded through mud and had to walk him through a muddy field and up by the road on a "walk of shame." Never doing that again.
And then most recently...my dad had this tarp out in our garden that Rusty found suspicious. I tried to ride him over it, but he wasn't having any of it. So I got off and rubbed the tarp on his face. He was okay with that. Led him over a thin strip of the tarp. He was okay with that. Started leading him over the big strip - Rusty thought he was a big cross-country jumper and leaped over the tarp and his front hooves hit me in the calf, causing me to faceplant in the grass and then I got hit by one of his back hooves. Went to the ER to make sure everything was okay. Now I have a hitch in my walk. Not trying that again.
Yes, everything seems to happen with me and Rusty...