Originally Posted by FlyGap
How did the ride go after you fell off? Was she better behaved or still a handful? Is she a regular lesson horse?
Glad you are ok!
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She was actually great after I got back on her -- better than she'd been all lesson. So either she got out whatever issues she had, or maybe I was more firm with her and communicating better . . .
She is a lesson horse, but with another trainer -- so my trainer doesn't have a good feel for her yet. (Which is definitely a problem in terms of reading her moods, etc.)
I am woefully short on technical knowledge (thus the lessons!), so things like half halts and lead changes aren't in my skill set yet -- definitely things to ask for lessons on, and I'm happy to be getting good information on what I DON'T know, but probably NEED to know.
I'm not going to say falling was fun, but I think it's raised quite a few ideas in my mind as to what I can be working on -- and I've definitely gotten a big lesson in listening to the horse. She was absolutely telling me a whole lot yesterday that I didn't listen to as well as I should have!
As to falling/bailing -- I knew in my head that limp and rolling was the way to go, but I think I kind of just went "splat!", LOL. She was clever enough to step over me, thank goodness, and I think she stopped as soon as she realized I was off -- no crazy gallivanting around the arena for this girl!
I really like her a lot, even if she is a bit moody -- she's anything but boring!