Originally Posted by tinyliny
After you decided to slip off, was it you backing the horse up rapidly, or was she trying to back away from you?
I thouhgt you had there when you drpped the flag, but I guess she didn't want to settle.
What happened there was that my own momentum when I came off was still going forward and because I was in front of her shoulder she took that as me asking for her to back up. At that point I was trying to get behind her shoulder so I could get her stopped by moving her hindquarters out. Though watching it after the fact, I could have stopped her easier than that. There was an element of tunnel vision in it. What I mean by that is, even after my feet hit the ground I was still in the mode of "get her stopped" in response to her spinning away with a lot more energy. It took me several seconds to dial my own energy back down enough to actually allow her to settle. My own recovery time is still a little slower than I'd like for it to be. Fortunately this mare is pretty tough and gets over it pretty quickly.