All I really want...
... Is a horse that listens consistently.
I've fallen off a horse about five times in my life, and two of those times were today.
I love my Ginger, don't get me wrong. She's a dream with novice riders, even though she's technically a "novice" herself. But when I get on her it's hit or miss. I moved her and my pony to a new pasture a few days before Christmas, and I've ridden at least once a week since moving them. We've been on the trails in their pasture and around the fields. I haven't used a saddle since moving because I don't have a secure place to put it, but she's been perfectly fine. I felt like we were bonding.
Today was a breezy, cool day, perfect for riding. I usually lunge her before riding, but I hadn't the past couple times. Lesson learned. She was "feeling her oats" as my mom would put it, and refused to listen. Not only did she refuse to listen, but she bucked me off.
Not looking for training advice or anything, otherwise I would have put it in the training section. I'm the kind of person that I'd rather have someone out here showing me, kinda like it's best to have a vet look at something rather than self diagnose. Just wanted to talk about a bad riding experience. Second time in five years she's ever tried to buck me off, first time she's succeeded. Bringing the saddle from now on.
You just gotta take it as it comes. I learned how to ride on horses that we in no way suited for a begginer rider. For instance, the mare that I learned the most from was a retired roping horse. She would charge you in the pasture if you tried to catch her, kick and bite when you saddled her, throw her head when you put a bridle on her, she was barn sour and buddy sour and would buck when you tried to make her move.
I wanted to give up so many times. I'm glad I didn't. I wouldn't be half the rider I am today if I didn't have a sh*thead of a horse to teach me. Lol. That mare taught me so much about horsemanship and I would never think about going back and trading the years I spent getting buck off and kicked at for a calmer horse.
I bet this horse will teach you many lessons about being a horsewoman just like Coco taught me. Keep your head up and remeber that every time you hit the ground your gaining more knowledge about horses.
I think that your never truely a horsewoman until you hit the ground and get right back on.
That's true... and I totally got back on. Worked through the intense pain in my butt bone and lunged her and got back on. Things were fine after that. She knows who's boss after a make her work a little. :P
did you say she tossed you twice? Bummer. C'est la vie. Makes for good stories, too. I always brag about how many times I have come off (14! and bucked off last month). I dunno, I am kind of proud of it.
EVERYONE who has spent any kind of serious time in the saddle has been bucked off or fallen off or somehow or other been "separated" from their place on the back of the horse... anyone who tells you they've never fallen off is either lying or hasn't ridden much.
My mare, who was the calmest, kindest and easiest to ride horse I've ever known dumped me more times than I can remember... some her fault... some my fault (like trusting someone else to tighten the girth and not checking before getting on).
It's a part of life with horses and besides... they have bad days too! Sometimes they feel under the weather, or in your mare's case "feeling her oats" and just don't wanna pay attention.. it happens.. :-)
On a final note, I don't think I would've let her find her own way to the barn with her being barn sour.. that just might give her the idea that all she has to do is get you off somehow and she can go home. It might, it might not depends on your mare.
Anywho.. hope you didn't get too discouraged.
ETA: I'm sorry it was another poster who said her horse was barn sour.. not your's. ;-)
I was always told from a young age that "you aren't a true rider 'till you've fallen off a hundred times." Take it as experience, brush yourself on, look at what went wrong, analyze it, fix it, and you've learned from your fall.
With the first horse I owned, I fell off of at least once per ride - at least. Usually it was 2 or three times per ride for a year. I learned lots, and became a better rider by learning from my misakes. Good luck, and chin up!
Yes, true riders fall off all the time!
Once I went to a 3-day lesson, I fell off at least once every day.. I was so sore after that :?
Well, to answer MysticDragon, she didn't go all the way back to the barn. She stopped and started eating. I let her go because I'd dropped my glasses and didn't want to risk her tramping on them haha. Gotta love wearing glasses.
A horse that listened consistently would be boring. It would be like a robot. I ride an old school horse...a seriously been there, done that school horse. If I am not paying attention, he will duck out on a fence. If I dont keep enough leg on, he might decide to stop. If it looks really "scary", he will slow down and stop, or stop and duck out.
Learn from your falls and you will become a better rider for it. And really....5 falls is nothing.
It sounds like you need to excercise your horse more often. Leave your saddle in the trunk of your car if you have to. Once or twice a week really isn't enough, especially if your horse is still somewhat green herself.
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