Well, I came off today. But I had a great ride! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 05-15-2010, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,227
• Horses: 0
Well, I came off today. But I had a great ride!

Okay, here's how today's lesson went
Couldn't ride all week because of my AP exams. Had a lesson today.
Quick note, Joan is my trainer, and Ali is the girl I take lessons with.

Zeus felt VERY good today and once we got warmed up he was quite full of himself. I'm accounting it to the new farrier. His feet look better already and I believe he's moving better, especially at the canter. I was warmed up by the time Joan got there so we jumped right into work. We trotted around the dressage ring to start. Establishing our bend and getting the horses on the bit. Than we moved to the jump part of the field. Took off our stirrups and did some fun (ha ha yeah, right) posting and sitting trot. Sitting one lap, posting the next, sit, post, sit, post, etc. Than we working on the flat in our two point. Joan would call out when to two point and when to post again. Great exercise. Went into a canter from the trot and continued the same thing. Sit, two point, sit, two point, etc. Zeus ROCKED that canter. And it was in his "bad" direction too! Changed directions and did some turns on the forehand. Then did some leg yielding both ways, led with his shoulder the first few times but got some nice ones. Then went into the canter from the walk. Same two point exercise as before. He was a bit more unbalanced and rushy this way. But he didn't get stressed and try to just run like he used to. He kept it together and was only going a bit too fast and on a little bit bigger of a circle than before.

Took a quick walk break and started jumping. Zeus was completely chill and relaxed over the small warm-up crossrails. Trotted over them and he was very very good. Joan made a two foot oxer and a 2'3 vertical for us to do in addition to the usual jumps, and we added those. Once again, he was stellar. I got left behind a bit the first time over the vertical but was on the ball the next time. Did a few courses. Zeus was still right there with me, sane, and very adjustable. He did get pissed when I was left behind the one time, but that's fine, it was my fault. Started out the longer, more technical course great. Popped over the vertical to start, went around to the oxer which we ROCKED. My position felt really secure, I remembered to open my chest and not hollow out my back, folded at the hip and kept my leg right at the girth. Had a pretty sharp turn to a smaller crossrail. Great over that. Landed in the canter as he locked in on the second, bigger, (around 2'6) jump in the line. I felt him start to get really bouncy (almost like a coil tightening up, preparing for liftoff, LOL) so I checked him, half-halted with my body, and brought him back to a trot. He was still looking at the jump like it was much bigger than it was. Thinking back, the minute he started bouncing I should have circled, but regardless. Got to the base of the jump, I was ready. Sitting tall, hands low, heels anchored, chest open. The coil released and he ROCKETED over the jump like it was 3'6, not 2'6. Looking back it was probably a beautiful round jump, ha ha. I stayed with him well and didn't get left behind, but I was pretty surprised and probably wasn't sitting up straight and tall enough on our landing. That's when he got a bit dirty, the minute he had all four on the ground he threw his head down and pulled me right over his left shoulder. Time stopped for a brief moment before I hit the ground. I had time to think, "Really?!" and then I was on the ground. I sat up, laughed, and Zeus sneezed on my head. Instead of taking his victory lap like he did last time, he was standing right behind me snuffing my helmet. I was shaky (adrenaline!), but was laughing it off and got back on. Zeus was quite snorty and sensitive after that. I really don't blame him, he was feeling good and his "yahoo!" put me on the ground because I wasn't on the ball after that jump.

I trotted him around while Ali jumped another course and than played around with the small crossrails. I really wanted to jump the big X that doomed me but Zeus was WAY to hot and I didn't want a repeat performance. Overall I was super happy with the lesson. It was a lot of fun and Zeus and I are really communicating better. Dressage has done wonders for me and for him, and we're becoming a team. I could barely jump or canter him in a gag bit when I first got him and now we're doing courses (mostly trotting though!) in a french link and he couldn't be happier or be feeling better.

I love this horse.

I give myself very good advice, But I very seldom follow it
Gillian is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 12 Old 05-15-2010, 03:22 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 925
• Horses: 1
Sounds like a great ride! Haha, how weird to have an awesome ride and then fall off? Glad to hear you're okay though! :)
horseluver2435 is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 05-15-2010, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,227
• Horses: 0
It happens, and yeah I'm just fine. I did mess up my elbow. Pretty painful and it's bruised. Was pretty swollen but I iced it right away so no biggie. Just noticed a small cut on my face too. But otherwise, I'm solid!

It might all be a lie though because I took 4 ibuprofen when I got home, ha ha!

I give myself very good advice, But I very seldom follow it
Gillian is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 05-15-2010, 04:54 PM
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Flushing, MI
Posts: 925
• Horses: 1
Oh dear! That's no fun at all. :( Well, rest up so you can ride again! ;) That's always my thing when I get hurt- I have to get better, I have lessons on Monday!
horseluver2435 is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 05-15-2010, 06:40 PM
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 1,412
• Horses: 1
Glad you had an awesome lesson! At least your still in one peice after the fall. Whtaa a way to end the day, huh? Glad your not to hurt :)

There is one principle that should never be abandoned, namely, that the rider must first learn to control himself before he can control his horse. This is the basic, most important principle to be preserved in equitation - Alois Podhajsky
PumpkinzMyBaby22 is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 05-18-2010, 09:13 AM
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
Posts: 8,220
• Horses: 0
I'm sorry about your fall :( But on the positive side, you had a great lesson!

MIEventer is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 05-18-2010, 10:04 AM
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Inland Empire,Ca
Posts: 8
• Horses: 0
The sign of a true rider and horse lover is when you fall off(be it the horses or the humans fault, or no ones fault at all), and laugh it off and dust yourself off and get back in the saddle! I used to pride myself on only having had one 'bail off'(i prefer to call it that because if the horse i was training got wind of him actually being able to throw me off, all heck would break loose), but since, ive taken a spill, it was a similar reaction, i looked up kinda like, 'wait, why am i on the ground'. In my opinion, if your not willing to fall once in a while, its not worth it ;D
Jillibean6803 is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 05-18-2010, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,227
• Horses: 0
Thanks guys. It was my fault anyway, ha ha. I usually circle him when he gets like that.
It WAS a great lesson though, I love my instructor and my horse.

I give myself very good advice, But I very seldom follow it
Gillian is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 05-19-2010, 12:13 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Bunbury, Western Australia
Posts: 323
• Horses: 1
hahahaha, at least you can laugh it off!! i had a lesson with a great eventer that was local and nearly everyone fell off that lesson! hahaha he gave all the people that fell off lollipops but ended up giving everyone one because there was only a few people that didn't fall off! i fell off at in hand gallop, then i half fell half bailed off my horse that decided to bolt!!! hahahaha i learnt not to bail off a bolting horse :) but it was a great lesson!! :)

and move recently my new horse bucked me off out of the blue! hahahaha, i lost my stirrup and he bucked verticle! i was on the ground before i knew what happened! i kartwheeled over his head and landed on my butt with the reins in my hands and my horse just stood and looked at me like "well don't kick me then" hahahahaha

Elly ::: Diam ::: Ozzie
~~~Introducing Barney~~~

Last edited by corporate pride; 05-19-2010 at 12:17 AM.
corporate pride is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 05-19-2010, 12:55 AM
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Oregon, USA
Posts: 936
• Horses: 0
Glad to hear that you had an awesome lesson, but am sorry to hear about your fall! Rest up and then get back out there!

June 14, 2012
JumpsxGlory is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
great ride today! rottenweiler Horse Talk 1 03-14-2010 02:39 PM
Great Time Today :) anrz Natural Horsemanship 3 09-06-2009 04:58 PM
Had a Great Ride Today! anrz Dressage 7 08-20-2009 10:32 PM
Great ride today Aliboo Horse Riding 2 06-18-2009 07:20 PM
Today was the BIG day! GREAT NEW! READ PLZ! HorsesAreForever Horse Health 15 08-14-2008 10:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome