I didn't come off!
Ok so maybe it's silly but I'm so excited because in my lesson today my horse bucked and I stayed on! This horse has NEVER bucked or done anything like that so it was completely unexpected. I've been riding her for months and she's been very tolerant of my 'learning' and I guess that's what makes her a good lesson horse. So I have been working on transitions from trot to canter and vice versa and I said to my instructor that I can't seem to make her bend to the inside at the canter, she more leans to the inside but is looking out. So she had me working on transitions but going from a small circle at a trot into a canter coming out of the small circle and then going into a large circle. Then when I was ready to transition down, canter a small circle at least 3/4 the way around and then trot. My horse kept breaking into a trot from the canter before I asked her to in the smaller circle. I was so determined to get it RIGHT I kept doing it...I had to take a bit of a break now and then because it was HOT outside and I was getting tired. So I took a break and then tried it again. Earlier in the lesson my instructor had told me to tap the horse with the crop behind my leg because she was being lazy and needed to move more forward. So anyway, I started the small circle again at the canter and AGAIN she broke into a trot. I tried to get her back to a canter before a couple steps but she wouldn't so I went to tap her with the crop again behind my leg just to get her going, but I ended up tapping my leg anyway...for whatever reason that was ENOUGH to piss her off and she kicked out pretty good with her back legs. I went forward and landed on the pommell (ow!) but kept my reigns and stirrups and balance pretty well and had enough grip on the reigns to get her to 'whoa' before she went into a tantrum and bucked again. My instructor said she's never bucked like that and didn't see any reason for it other than that maybe she thought I was going to give her a GOOD WHACK with the crop and just reacted to that. She also said that maybe she was getting frustrated with the small circles. So, took a short break and then did it again but just one more time and then called it a day. We were both hot and tired! But I'm still excited that I DIDN'T COME OFF! :lol:
I'm happy for you! :)
You might want to do a bit less next time; sounds like the horse had had it.
I'm sort of a new rider, I started in October and I usually practice on weekends, and the horse I take lessons on is untrained and loves to break into a canter or gallop when she's not supposed to, and one time she broke into a gallop while I was riding her outside of the riding arena in the field, and she was galloping like a full speed race horse, and the person I work with and my sister thought I was gonna come off, but she galloped toward the barn and even galloped inside it, but I never came off of her and my feet stayed in the stirrups, and that made me happy :D I felt like a jockey haha. I haven't had my first fall yet lol.
But the horse I ride has a problem with stopping. We changed her bit after that and she is a lot better than she used to be. I don't think she would do it again. It was fun though :)
What did you do when the horse bucked? What did it feel like?
Because my sister is gonna start riding this horse who has a history in bucking at a canter, and she wants to prepare incase he bucks with her ( me and my sister have never experienced a buck before )
i've been trying to think of how you 'mimic' a buck without being on a horse. The closest I can think to come is sit on a normal kitchen chair, don't put your feet on the floor, put them up next to the sides of the front legs, and have someone yank the chair by the back legs without warning...that's kind of like what a buck feels like. Kinda also like being shoved from behind. But it also depends on the 'intesity' of the buck. I have been bucked off before and that's no fun. And I have been on a 'run-a-way' horse before and I guess it's not fun for me because I have had horses fall when I'm on them and dang near fall on top of me, or had them stop short or change directions suddenly when galloping and I hit the ground HARD. I'm glad you weren't scared but it sounds like a dangerous situation to me
The best thing to do an a run-away horse, is to try and turn him as if you are going around in a circle (not a small circle) then as you start circling the horse, gradually shorten the size of the circle, and then the horse should start to slow down. When the horse seems to slow down, keep shortening the circle, and when it gets real small, then the horse will be forced to go into a trot because it is hard for them to run fast in a small circle. Once the horse goes into a trot, it should be easier to handle. If your horse won't turn while galloping away, there is always the "emergency stop," where you put one hand on the withers while holding one rein, and pull down and hard on the other rein with the other hand. It hurts the horse, but if your life is at risk, it is a good idea to use it.
Congratulations! That is fantastic. Glad you didn't come off of her...slamming into a pommel feels yukky but not near as bad as hitting the ground!
Keep up the good work!
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