How do you help someone to get over their first fall off a horse ? A friend of mine keeps her horse at my place. He is an 8 year old Appendix QH who had no work what so ever done with him before she got him about 3 years ago. She moved him around from barn to barn, but no one was willing to help her train him.
She brought him to my place this spring and since then we have been working with him to get him going under saddle and be more responsive on the ground. I put about a weeks worth of very light backing on him, and let her take over all the while guiding her with his training. So far he has been a doll for her! We did a lot of ring work and finally started going out on the trails. This horse never once did anything bad like buck or rear or anything.
Last night we decided to take her horse, Sully and my horse Oakley out for a long ride. We have been rather slack on the riding lately because of the rain here, so Sully was acting up quite bad while she was mounting. She finally got on and he was still dancing around and being hard to handle. Before we even left the yard she had a hard time getting him to move forward, so she reinforced her actions with a tap from her crop. This horse exploded! He bucked like a bronc, and sent my friend flying into the ground head first. She cracked her helmet and suffered a bad concussion and whip lash.
(if you have read this far, sorry for the novel! ) So my question to you is, how can I help her to get back into the saddle? She is very timid and I know it's going to be hard for her to get back up on him. How can I make it easier for her ?