I had my first fall today! Its weird that I'm happy about it, but then again, it really wasn't a bad fall.
We were doing gridwork and working on how to feel leads. While I'm talking about it, how can you tell a lead without looking down? I had to keep looking down, I couldn't really "feel" it. We were trotting into the grid and cantering out. It was 3 bounces then 2 Xs, I think.
Anyways, we would do the grid and there were other jumps on the sides of the grid. So if we got what lead our horse was on at the end of the grid, we would turn that way and take the jump on that side. If you turn right, you get a line with 2 verticals. Turn left and you get a vertical.
I had turned left, and as I turned, the reins slipped from my left hand. I regained them but they were a bit long. I was trying to shorten them, and the horse was rushing a little towards the jump. I was putting a little pressure of the reins to try and slow him down. I guess I slowed him too much, because he kind of stopped in front of the jump and then jumped it.
It threw me forward, so I was kid of hanging onto his neck after the jump. I fell off but I kind of swung around and landed on my feet. I went step and then slipped. I was still holding onto the reins.
I had just said the day before that I couldn't wait to get my first fall out of the way. I wasn't saying "OMG I wish I fall off!" but more so that I just want to get it over with and know how to handle it and what to expect in times to come.
It was my first fall in 6 years! If I can, I'll try to post the video. Please ignore my dad saying "You got your wish!" at the end :)