05-15-2008, 10:46 PM
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Wow great stories guys. Here is one of mine.
This one time, we were trail riding it was dusky and we were about to cross the highway to get back home since there is no where to ride on the other side of the highway, so we do this all the time. Solomon had spooked at flag snapping, so I moved him away from the road to settle him down I was easing him down and walking him in circles to collect him back up, just asking him to do things and get his mind off the scary flag. Dixie does NOT like it when she has to go on with other horses lagging behind, so she started fighting my mom and my mom was trying to get her away from traffic because o fit but somehow Dixie had spun around and backed into traffic. I've never seen a horse back up so fast. I looked up to see a car skidding on the breaks and began slamming on the horn. Dixie reared while backing up after that and nearly fell over. While she was rearing my mom slipped her feet out of the stirrups and swung off her from the horn, and pulled her down and calmly walked out of traffic. She handled it so well but it was incredibly scary to watch.
Another time we were riding out in the small five acre pasture which has a hill that comes up to the road. Well, we were practicing cantering bareback so we were doing it up the hill so the horses would be slower and would have to stop because there was a fence there. Well, I had never cantered bareback before so it was my first time this time, and we went up the hill and there was a group of people walking wearing hunters orange at the top of the hill. As soon as they got to the top, Dixie spooked and threw my mom off and took off running. Lucky kept cantering but when he saw Dixie go whizzing past he snapped in her direction to follow her, well, he went right and I went left. I somehow managed to hang on though but I was clinging to the side of my horse, my hands and legs wrapped around him, and he kept hitting me with his elbow as he ran. Now that I was hanging on is side, he started whipping in a circle and spinning like a reiner! I felt my grip slack and I flew off him and ended up rolling down the hill. He came after me though, which I thought was a nice gesture and grazed while I lay there collecting myself.
Edit- for spelling