A big reminder....
So...I am leasing this cute little Paint mare named Katie from my trainer until the arrival of Cinny (which is this weekend, yay) and she invited my daughter to come out to ride her old kid broke horse, Blue, last weekend. We were going to just go out on a ride in the upper pasture, no big deal.
So I get Blue all saddled up for my daughter, and get her set up (she's just barely learning to ride) and I get up on Katie and head out to the pasture, only Blue won't go up the hill. It was apparent that my daughter just couldn't steer him and he was taking advantage and all the fun stuff horses like to do to kids who have never ridden. So I have her get off and hold Katie while I make him do what he's told.....
I just hop on not worrying about stirrups or anything (after all, he's a dead broke horse, right), and turn him towards the hill. He balks...so I give him a lil squeeze and the next thing you know he's rearing up so high he almost went over backwards! Starts spinning, bucking, crowhopping so I opt to bail out.
My trainer is FURIOUS at Blue, puts him in the round pen and just works his legs off. I put Katie back because watching her friend go berzerk and then get a major work out for it apparently caused her a lot of anxiety and I didn't want another flying lesson.
So my lesson learned this weekend....no matter how broke a horse is, they are still a horse and have their own brain. Also, that I have no reason to fear getting on my green broke horse when I get him because apparently I still know how to bail off without getting hurt ha ha. I haven't been pitched off a horse in 20 years, I think I needed that lil reality check!
:shock:I am so glad your daughter or you weren't hurt! That's scary! You are right - a horse is a horse - something we ALL should remember!
Yeah, I guess he knew better than to mess around with a kid on his back...I'm thinking her next lesson is going to be done on a lunge line ha ha.
Wonder why he did what he did? What did your daughter think about what happened? It didn't spook her, did it? I would probably have done just what you did - I'm glad you weren't hurt - the last time I made a less than graceful dismount, I broke 5 bones in my hand - NOT GOOD!
I've definitely known horses (*cough* Tango *cough*) who were perfect with a kid on their back, then as soon as somebody more experienced got on decided 'well, lets go for a good run/buck/rear/trying to jump over the arena fence' oh horses, I've quickly learned that no matter how much you trust 'em you've always gotta be paying attention.
My daughter just laughed. I asked her if she is afraid to ride Blue again, she said no...but we will see ha ha.
It's great that your daughter didn't get spooked.
A similar thing happend to my friends sister when she was a kid, and she never got on a horse again. It's really upsetting, and I hope she keeps her confidence!
Wow, It's wonderful to hear neither you or your daughter was injured in the incident. It is also a great lesson to share too. My riding instructor always told me there is no such thing as a bombproof horse. Horses are animals and may act out occasionally.
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