A great opportunity, but a really hard first day.
So I have been given the opportunity to work with a reined cowhorse trainer. He broke his arm and needed someone to ride, so I volunteered. I'm getting paid and now have four horses under my responsibility out there, and also whatever else he needs such as cleaning stalls, moving cows, etc. I won't say his name since it's too public of a forum, but he is a big trainer and well respected on a world level.
I am grateful for this opportunity but today was hard. I rode two of his broke horses yesterday just so he could see me ride, and then he is having me ride four of the colts now. Two are getting along good, the other two are just barely started. We started in the morning to avoid the heat, and the first two broker horses weren't too much of a problem.
However, there's this little bay mare that I really like, who he was having me fence. She was so scotchy because she knew she was going to hit that fence after some time, and I wanted to lope her to the fence and then KEEP loping a couple times but he told me not to. We used to do that a lot to keep them from scotching, but I won't if he tells me not to. I had to push her with everything I had to keep her moving to the fence, and we still only got about two good stops. It was embarrassing, I felt like I should of done better. On one of our bad stops, I don't even know what happened, but I got a little unseated when she scotched and I felt this god awful cracking and stinging up my back and to my neck and my vision went black for a moment. I have NEVER felt something like that before, not even on horses who have gone all out bronc on me.
As the day went on, it got hotter and hotter. Now, I can't eat breakfast in the morning because it makes me sick sick sick, and I was dehydrated by this time. I actually started feeling dizzy. A couple crackers wasn't cutting it but I only had the two year olds left so I told myself that was fine, I could finish up. I got on the first filly and she was great. Had a hell of a time getting her loping, and the way the reins were made it hard to smack her butt, so tomorrow I'm bringing a long dressage whip instead. But she was quiet and sweet, and tried hard. Regardless, as soon as I stepped off of her I felt like hell...I felt every inch of my body hurt, and that is NOT normal for me. I normally will not get sore from riding except maybe at an all day show, but certainly not after only three horses...
Regardless, I got on the last one with the last bit of my energy, and could feel my back start to pop as we were trotting in the round pen. It was so strange. Went away after awhile, but I have no doubt it's because of what happened on that bay mare. This filly was good but she would slam on the brakes whenever she got confused, and was majorly buddy sour. Tomorrow we have new things to do. However I was so out of it towards the end of the ride that I felt like everything was spinning. My ears got all plugged up (Like when you go up in elevation you know, and you have to yawn or something so they pop?) only they didn't get right until about four hours after I had left that place. I couldn't hear right at all.
On top of this, on my rein fingers, I now have THREE giant blisters that I am terrified to pop because they're so big. And they hurt. LOL. I've only ever gotten rein blisters once in my life.
It was just strange. The horses weren't bad but I have never felt like this before, or been this injured feeling. I took some anti-inflammatories which have taken the pain away for now, and I will take some again before I go to sleep and once more in the morning before I go back. I don't want to be in that kind of pain again, and have to admit it to him.
I don't know what the point of all this is, but dang, I feel like such a wimp. I've never had this happen before and I am just shocked. I was fine until I just landed wrong on that scotchy stop...Just a little thinking out loud I guess.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.