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post #1 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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I've been baptized in trail riding! Heart pumping!

Okay this is just a story of my trail ride today. Over the weekend my fiancÚ cleared a nice long trail through the 10 acre woods, next to the boarding facility where I board, complete with a water crossing. Long ago it had trails but hadn't been groomed in years. Anyway today myself and the BO decided we would try them out. She has a new little mustang in training and she decided to lead her down the trails. We made a flashy pair. About 100 yards into the woods a tiny deer appeared on the trail which stopped Lola in her tracks. And when the deer monster finally bolted Lola attempted to do the same. I held my seat and rode out her frantic spinning and frustrated head tossing. Scared me to death as it is the first TRUE spook I've experienced in the saddle. But I was proud I stay on and didn't outwardly freak out. It did help to have a experienced person with me. The rest of the ride was uneventful (even if I was also looking out for other deer!) We decided to end the ride with the river crossing which was new to me and Lola. The river is actually a tiny 2-3 foot wide stream and maybe ankle deep. My fiancÚ leveled the banks and cleared all rocks.... But luckily I was chicken and decided to lead Lola across. The BO crossed first without a hiccup. She told me suck it up and walk through the river and show Lola neither the other horse of myself died of wet feet. So I didand was cautious enough to stand to the side. The river is so narrow I literally was able to cross and have zero tension on the lead. Lola sniffed, pawed, sniffed, and sniffed. She could tell the barn was just on the other side. Next thing I know she leaps from a complete stand still across the river, clears the embankment, and lands on the top, whirls towards me wides eyed and snorts. Somehow I keep my composure and held on to the lead even though my instincts scream "jump into the bushes and hid!" Imagine if I was brazen enough to ride her through!? My witness and BO says Lola jumped to the side of me.... But I saw all I saw was horse belly and tucked hooves. I kinda expected a frantic dash or a bunny hop but this was AMAZING and terrifying!! Needless to say I had had enough excitement for one day! My friends all laugh and say your finally a true horsewoman! But I say I need a drink! That's my exciting story of my day riding!
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post #2 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 09:19 PM
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wooo Hoooooo!!!! Sounds like y'all had a good time...some excitement, a few eye poppers but you made it back in one piece!!!! Woot!!! Trail riding is SO much fun...can't wait to go again! Post some pictures of your trails...it would be nice to see them.

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 09:43 PM
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Congratulations! and welcome to the trail world where it's not unusual for an inexperienced horse to want to jump a foot wide creek or ditch like it's the Grand Canyon

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post #4 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 09:51 PM
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I would have totally expected that, actuallhy. It is very common for a horse to jump a creek they percieve as jumpable, to avoid wetting theri precious tootsies. Next time , if you cross ahead of her, you will know to be prepared. A good way to not have to deal with this is to learn how to 'send' your horse across first, (and it helps to have either a halter and lead along under the bridle or a mecate rein).
Or, just work on getting her to cross under saddle.

But you did very well and congrats for you!!
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 09:55 PM
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It only gets better and better and more and more fun keep it up!!
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post #6 of 9 Old 08-22-2011, 10:08 PM
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I had the exact same thing happen a while back. My mare jumped a creek and when she did it all I saw was her feet and belly coming at me and I thought I would be landed on, but I wasn't thank goodness! She is a good mare, lol!

But it was my fault, I have this thing about jumping across creeks while riding- it scares me. I picture the horse slipping/sliding in in the soft mud as they land. (I saw this happen to a horse once and he was lame for a while afterwards, so that is where the problem started for me. He was the horse in front of me on a ride and we were crossing an irrigation ditch. He jumped it, slid a bit, and must have pulled something in his leg).

So that is why I decided to lead her across and put myself in danger. Probably would have been safer if I had stayed on. But all's well that ends well.
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post #7 of 9 Old 08-23-2011, 01:16 PM
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Glad you had fun. It's addictive isn't it? I am also glad she didn't land on you. Back in April, I did the same thing. I got off my mare to lead her across a creek with really steep banks. I never dreamed she would jump it. She did...and landed on the back of my leg. It has been more than 4 months and I still have a painful lump on the back of my leg where she landed on me. When I finally went to the doc back in June (yes, I waited that long to go), he said nothing was torn and if the lump was still there in August and was still painful, to come back. Guess I better go back. :)
In the meanwhile, I have learned to do what Tinyliny suggested...and "send" the horse across first.
And good job, handling your first "spook" too.
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post #8 of 9 Old 08-23-2011, 03:33 PM
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Thank God my mare is too lazy to jump anything really. haha I hate a when a horse does that though ! Freaks me out ,because a I could land on the horn . Knew a girl that did .

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post #9 of 9 Old 08-23-2011, 04:10 PM
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encounters with horns aren't fun. My horse started powering up an STEEP embankment once and I checked him and he bucked out twice to steady himself....well wasn't that special? I hit the horn of my Aussie saddle twice. It felt like I had been stabbed. OMG my entire stomach turned blue, black and purple and I had a HUGE EGG in my gut...I now have a little tiny lump and dimple. That was in March of LAST year! LOL horns are great to hang onto less fun to come in close contact with!!!
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