Well, tonight sucked.
Rode Scooby, not realizing Kellie already rode him (didn't check the barn board) and knocked over the barrel with my leg - so got a huge knot on my leg. Loped the pattern a couple more times then worked on his reining spins, which are still just step-over circles - and then did slow circle work... put him away with my leg burning, and then got out Whiskey...
It was late, past their dinner time, and she was cranky. Not listening, driving her shoulder into me, keeping one ear cocked to the barn, etc. Should have seen it coming. Pushed her into a lope, asked her to frame up, and she blew
Her head went straight up, and she dived to the side and bolted- tried to catch her up in a one rein stop but lost my center and couldn't save myself. Got dumped hard. Got serious road rash on my forearm and my hip. Which adds to the knot on my leg
. She looked rather pleased as she flew around the pasture without me, then headed over to Scooby who was still tied at the trailer. I limped over, got back on, and we went back to work.
Immediately pushed her back into the lope, and she tried to bolt again, but I was ready and one reigned her, spinning her in a circle while doing the "OT OT OT OT" (which is my cue for naughty) - then let her think about it and relax for a minute. We both took a deep breath and I asked again, and she stepped into it with only a little bit of nerves. Loped both ways in a circle, then went down to the trot, framed her up and did serpentines up and down the arena - then over to the trail stuff, went over the bridge, through the boxes, sidepassed both ways (which were great!
) then back to loping circles. She ended her lesson quite calm and relaxed, and I made sure to give her lots of encouragement as we rode, so I am hoping we made the best out of a bad situation.
My own darn fault for treating her like a broke horse, I just expected too much from her, and got bit. I am really quite sore but more concerned about pushing her to a buck/bolt situation... what a bummer. Hopefully no lasting damage done, tomorrow I will bit her up on the lunge and work on transitions for a half hour before I get on...
I went limping into the house and my hubby was like, "aren't you too old for this?" - today I feel like it. Had a hot shower, some neosporin and some advil - so off to bed.