So Jordan is a girl on our team who is going to be leasing Ruger for the season. We went down today to ride. I rode Selena, she rode Ruger. It went fine. We worked on our spins, sidepassing, forehand turns, and lead departures. It went really well. We also worked on some drill manuevers (Or at least as much as we could do with only half the team there) and got Ruger used to being a little squished between Selena and the fence (Again, for drill, he has to get used to that).
Well towards the end Ruger was being a real ass. He started getting a little barn sour and bucking when she pushed him past the gate, so I ask her to get off and switch me horses. I took him tot he gate and started riding him really hard. I did a LOT of rollbacks into the fence. He started working better. I decided to do one more rollback then let him stop. Well, I sat down, he turned, then I went to go ever so slightly forward and WHACK. His head came up and clocked my in the face. I bit my lip and it was bleeding, and I didn't think at first I just made him lope and rollback more. After a couple more turns I stopped and took him to the middle, and Jordan looks at me with the biggest eyes and says "The entire back of his neck is red."
So I look and sure enough it is. The back of his head where he hit me was red from MY blood in that split second he hit me. I didn't noticed but my lip was swollen and bleeding pretty bad too. I went inside and cleaned myself up, jokingly told my trainer we were having barn fights, etc.
So, yeah. Guess who's going to get ridden in a martingale or a tiedown from now on? Yep, Rugey-roo. And before you jump on me for the tiedown, it will only ever be engaged if his head comes up WAY higher than where it should be. More likely I'll use the martingale. Since this is the second time he's done this, I'm worried he'll smack Jordan one of these days too so that's the main reason.
That's my cute story for the day. Haha.