I had my very first bad experience with my baby today.
I have NEVER saddled her before when I wasn't with someone, just in case I got into trouble. Well, today I decided was the day I'd step up and just saddle her, and if I run into a problem just deal with it as I come.
Now, this little filly is easier to saddle then most BROKE horses. I spent a lot of time with her and the saddle. I Can through it up, through it off her, she walks, trots, and lopes. I've slid it off her butt etc. No buck or a problem even after the first time we cinched her up.
So, I saddled her up and did some showmanship practice with the saddle on, then I notice the cat was looking sick, so Spring and I went over to see her...Turns out she got bit by something and had a little hole in her and it was swollen.
I tied the baby up, and brought the cat inside. I ended up having to go grab the first aid kit and I saw my baby had put the stirrup in her mouth, so it was caught there.
I went over and tried to undo the lead, which was pulled tight from her fighting it (even though it was a quick release knot). I couldn't get it out, so I started to take the back cinch of and as I was undoing the front cinch she panicked and reared up. She ended up flipping right over, and thank god my Parelli snap snapped because she would have either pulled out the post, or broke something in her body if the rope would have still been tied.
Once she was loose and back up she just stood when I came and let me undo the rest of the front cinch. Then it came out of her mouth.
She stood there with her head in my chest and we were both shaking and out of breath. About 10 minutes after (she still had her head on me), I walked around her and checked. She had very little injury's, but it kinda worries me where the one was. She had a cut between a cm and a inch from her coronet down. Not really deep, but it was bleeding.
After I noticed the huge flood because she landed on the water tank thing.
My poor poor poor baby. Thankfully she's not scared of the saddle and pad. Do you think she might be tomorrow?
I couldn't believe how much she trusted me to help her out.
I feel TERRIBLE.
Picture was after I put her back. I think she looks ok considering this is the first traumatic experience she's ever had. ???