PH, as always the places you ride are breathtaking. I find it unreal that you can't find someone to go with you to fill the spare saddle!!!
Unfortunately, my saddle time has been drastically reduced do to an unexpected dismount. Finally got Gamer's abscess under control and thought I would have a quick ride Wednesday evening since the weather was lovely. DH was at a meeting, so I planned to stay on the property. However, about 10 seconds after mounting, Sultan came tearing out of the barn like a bat out of hell. Gamer spooked and I was turning her around to look at him when there was some insanely loud noise from the other side of the barn (later found out someone felled a tree) and Gamer lost her mind. She went from head up, eyes bugged to NFR saddle bronc.
I stayed on several bucks, but she was heading right for the fence (in the direction spazzy Sultan had galloped off) and I wasn't totally sure she was going to stop, so I bailed. In the greatest of ironies, Sultan skidded to a halt as I hit the ground and something about his movement spooked Gamer away from him - and onto me. She was still bucking as she moved across me and landed on me several times before continuing her bucking spree around the yard. It was only when George and Dream - who hadn't run at all - called her that she finally circled around to the fence and stopped bucking.
I picked myself up, caught Gamer, took her to the round pen and worked her on the ground a bit (I didn't feel it was safe to get back on, as I was pretty dizzy and not able to walk all that well). By the time we got to the pen she was calm and I only worked her for a few minutes as her focus was already back on me. Then I limped into the house to evaluate myself.
Amazingly, nothing is broken. Judging from the soreness/bruising/swelling, she got my right thigh at least 3 times and my left one once. My right ankle also took some kind of hit, as did my head, as I have had a vague headache since the accident (no marks on my helmet tho, so I can't figure it out). I was very
lucky nothing was broken, but it shot any chance I had of getting Dream to the race this past weekend. So bummed.