This is such a great community, thanks for all the feedback.
HorseSense, I agree and also like Justice's suggestion- I try and break things down into the smallest manageable parts I can. Slow and steady, right?
I was so excited to go and take Jazz for our first mounted trail ride. But, before we hit the trail, Jazz bucked me off and I hit the ground :) I'm not upset, it was a disaster of a day and I should have known better than to try something new.
Before I tacked up, there was a bad incident in the pasture when I went to get Jazz. An aggressive gelding came after me - not once or twice, but 3 times, and was not just showing off. I posted earlier today asking for advice on what to do next time, if you have thoughts on the matter, please do share! Aggressive Gelding Went After Me in Pasture, What Happened and What do I do Next Time
After the pasture drama Jazz and I went inside, tacked up and walked around the arena for a minute- not sure what happened (probably b/c I was still pumping so much adrenaline and wasn't really there mentally yet) but when I asked her to gait she bucked me right off.
So, covered in mud, rocks, horse crap from the pasture, and now sand from the arena, I untacked Jazz, walked her for a few minutes, got her calmed down and then decided the best thing I could do is go home and have a beer!
Tomorrow is a new day, right?