I have a newbie storie:
I'm kind of new to horses. I've been leasing about a year and a half now. I'm mostly self taught. My lease horse, Cisco, is stubborn but let me know I wasn't wrong for trusting his as a starter horse about 7 months ago. I was riding alone and on the home stretch from a long trail ride when all of a sudden he ran about 3 bounds then started bucking, shaking his head and bucking like crazy. I believe he was stung by a bee because there was a lot of bees around and he NEVER acts like this.
Anyway, needless to say, I fell off. As I'm flying though the air I realize that I somehow flung around the front of him and was now under his front feet. I landed on my rump with by hand and legs crossed in front of me in the fetal position. I was sure I would get stomped on. However, no sooner did I hit the ground then Cisco took off running about 15 feet away from me and resumed his bucking and carrying on over there.
Some time later he calmed down and stood still and waited for me to get out of the dirt and collect him. We were able to ride the rest of the way home without incident. I ended up with and pancake sized bruise on my rump but no real damage.
This event made me realize how lucky I was to have Cisco as I believe he intentionally moved away from me so as not to hurt me. I was also very happy that he did not simply run away without me. I know I'm a newbie and have a lot to learn but that day I learned the value of thoughtful older horse.
"There is there until a man gets there then it ain't there it's here and here is what you wanted to get away from in the first place." -A.B. Gunthrie, Jr.