I have been doing ground schooling with Vegas for over 2 weeks. For the past 4 days he has been getting extra grooming since he is blowing his winter coat. In the past I have always lunged him before I rode him. My trainer says he's what she consider advanced green broke but was a good horse for me to learn on. I use to take most of my riding lessons on him.
We put in a fresh round bale of hay for them and since he had been doing so good the last few days with ground work, I decided to groom him then saddle him up and go for a ride. When I climbed up in the saddle, he just stood there like a good boy not moving. He kind of perked up his ears a bit when the saddle squeaked, new saddle. Other than that he was fine.
We started out in a slow walk then I nudged him to speed up and he was fine until the saddle squeaked. He immediately went into a spin trying to see what the noise was. I tried to do a 1 reign stop but he just turned the other direction and kept spinning then started off in a trot. I tried the 1 reign stop again and nothing worked, so I prepared myself for a quick dismount. About this time he decided to go into a spin, helping me off his back. I landed in a sitting position on my but. He took off running toward the road for a few feet, turned and looked at me, then started coming back . Once he saw the expression on my face, I guess he felt it was safer if he just went back to the paddock and stand at the gate.
I went and got him, took him back to the mounting block, got on, got off several times. Laid over the saddle and rubbed him on the other side, he was fine with that. I made the saddle squeak several times until he stopped perking his ears up and relaxed. Then I unsaddled him, led him back into the paddock, but I made him work before he could even touch that fresh roll of hay.
If I get up tomorrow and it hasn't started raining yet, I'm taking him back through Clinton Anderson's gaining respect and control on the ground.
Poor Vegas, he's going to be such a good boy for mommy.
I'm fine, a little sore. But I'm going to work Vegas through my pain.