First of all, congratulations on your innaguaral fall (as a retournee).
The thing to look at is the mare's real attempt at biting you, why she did this, how you reacted and if it indicates a souring of her attitude to you, or her having some pain issue or what.
Thanks . . . I think! LOL! I am actually kind of relieved to have it over with -- you know it's coming sooner or later, and I was kind of dreading it, so now I don't have to worry about it any more.
Re: the biting -- she has VERY poor manners, so the biting itself isn't new, but the quality of this attempt was different, definitely more irritated for sure.
I know part of the issue was that we've been kept waiting for the trainer the past two times I've ridden her, and I'm learning that she definitely does NOT like to stand around waiting. I did consider walking her until the trainer came in, but got caught up in all those little fiddly things you do before mounting; checking stirrups and girth, etc. Next time I will absolutely make sure to keep her moving so that she doesn't get impatient.
The only other thing I can think of is that it maybe just wasn't her day for riding? I have zero experience with mares, but everybody tells me that they're just more particular about things. Possibly she wasn't in the mood to deal with me today, or maybe she didn't like the weather or . . . ?? Mind you, I honestly don't know if that's true about mares or not, it's just what I've been told! (Although they do seem a bit more touchy to me, just as a casual observation.)
YES! -- putting all the "pieces" together has been mind boggling!! I started riding at three, so I've always felt very comfortable riding, but this is the first time I'm learning the CORRECT way of doing things, and oh my gosh is it hard! I'm so happy to have this opportunity, though, because I know it will make me a better rider for the horse, as opposed to only thinking about MY comfort, etc.
I'm taking my daughter to ride tomorrow, so I'll stop by and see her -- even if I won't be riding for a little while, I do still enjoy being around the horses!