01-23-2012, 12:17 PM
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It was my horse's first event. Ever.
Well not totally. He has been to a jumper show before and done excellent. I take pride in the fact that my horse has a very calm mind and rarely freaks out over anything. So of course, I feel confident on his back. Even though we are doing XC, I felt okay.
We had done dressage, didn't do too hot but I was ready for XC. I don't have a body protector but I was confident I wouldn't need one. I've never come off this horse before, and maybe only one of two close calls. My trainer always tells me I need to get him more forward through XC because he tends to get behind the bit. So I'm pushing him forward as we hit our first fence. Yay, made it! Piece of cake. Second fence that I thought would be a problem, no big deal! Now here comes the third fence. Oooooooh the dreaded hanging log. I'd never had a problem with them up until now. Well, Ike takes a sharp right and I just FLEW over his shoulder. Slammed straight into the fence. Yes... the maybe 12" hanging log. In the "Grasshopper" level. *facepalm*
Ike took off back to the warm up area where my sister was with her horse. My sister grabbed him and lead him back to me. I on the other hand was on the ground struggling to get up because these darn people wouldn't let me get up! When I get hurt, I tend to get angry. I forced myself up, through the tears, and got out of the way. I wanted to get back on so bad. But they wouldn't let me. Poor Ike came back with my sister, practically hiding behind her. The poor guy had never had me come off before. Scared him just as much as me. Instead of being mad at him, I have him a hug and insisted on trying to get back on. Nope. Not today! I'd hurt my lower back really bad. Very slowly led him back to the trailer (very slowly....) and iced my back.
Basically the next two weeks I couldn't sit down very well, or bend over. I ended getting back on him for warm up for my show jumping round but didn't ride him in the class. I didn't want to ride poorly because my back hurt. He needed to have a good ride, so my sister ended up riding him for me in that last event. He did awesome of course, and in warm up I'd been able to jump him.
What was I most mad about? I didn't even get a cool bruise! :P