Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
About five or six years ago, I was riding my mare... we'd never cantered before because she had a bucking problem... a major bucking problem... at anything faster than a trot. We were trotting down the side of the road and she was acting really good, so I clicked to her to see if she would be ok or not at going a little faster... a faster trot, but a canter. Instead of the faster trot, she went right into a slow canter. Scared me silly when I realized that we were cantering, on a very loose rein, with no bucking. It was only for a few strides, but my smile was a mile wide and I felt absolutely elated! Even now, when I think about it, I feel elated. (it definitely wasn't my first time ever running with a horse, but that was the first time I'd ever thought about and done that with my girl)
A few years ago, my friend and I were riding our horses... I'd say about four years ago. I was on my mare, my friend was on my uncles mare. We were cantering (at that point, I'd learned to 'read' my girl and could usually stop or ride through her bucks) and my girl bucked all of a sudden... a very, very small buck. I didn't even feel it coming, it took me by complete surprise and dislodged me. Before I could regain my balance, she did another buck, and I came off... kinda. Somehow my foot got stuck and I was hanging on one side of my girl, trying to get my foot loose because I didn't want to be drug. I lost my grip and my girl panicked and took off. Thankfully, she only drug me for a few strides, but when my foot came out of the stirrup, I was positioned in front of her and she trampled me and knocked me unconsious. When I came to, I was laying half in the road, my glasses were gone, my horse was gone, and my friend and the horse she was riding was gone. Nothing was broken, and by the time I found my glasses, my friend was coming back leading both her horse and mine. She'd taken off to catch my mare while I was unconsious... Best friend ever.
Neither of us were hurt badly, but it was months before I regained my confidence...
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)