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post #1 of 6 Old 03-16-2014, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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Horsemanship Blunders

I was talking to my boyfriend and father the other day and neither of them are super big into horses. They wanted to know why I was - as if it isn't obvious!

They did raise some good points though.

My dad said, "You've been bucked off, flung off, kicked, bitten, stepped on, rolled on, and trampled by them. HOW can you still like them after all they've done to you?"

The answer, of course, is: I just do.

Then my dad wished my boyfriend luck with "this crazy"

I thought it might be fun to share some of our horsemanship blunders as I like to call them. Were you ever just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Any embarrassing/exciting stories to share?

My "flung off" adventure happened when I was trying to calm a horse down by holding onto its halter and talking to it and it was bit by a horsefly and flung its head and I went along for the ride lol landed on my butt in the dirt behind the horse. Both of us were very confused by what just happened. The horse literally flung me off its face

Oh, and it should be noted, these adventures all occurred with different horses over the years I've been riding. They've gotten less common, thank goodness!

So share your stories
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I fell off once when a horse sneezed in front of the horse's owners.

I swung up bareback and just kept going (on over) in front of co-workers. Co-workers who were really good cowboys and pretty good looking, I might add.

While warming up a STB in a jog cart, she pooped on me as we passed the grandstands with people watching the workouts. As funny as that was, and I could hear the gasps and laughter, I didn't dare join in because of ill-placed manure!

After galloping a string one morning I found out that everyone had been able to see through the hand-me-down white pants a jockey had given me and knew I had flowered underwear on. I was 16, shy, and very proud of those pants... for a few hours anyway.

A couple years ago, grooming at a polo match, I forget to have the player remove his spurs for one horse. I ended up at the edge of the field, across from the grandstands, hopping in circles on my left leg and slapping my rights heel and yelling "Your spurs! Your spurs." Those moves are now known as "The Spur Dance." and is replicated at parties throughout the season.

Fun times!
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Best blunder I can think of was like 15 years ago... I was new in 4h and our little club was gathered around one of our leaders who was going to show us how to mount bareback. He was explaining the procedure and casually had a smoke. It was early spring and the horse was standing in a bit of a muddy puddley mess. He finished with "so this is how you properly mount up" he swung up onto the horse's back, and right over the other side flat down into the puddle. When he got up half of him was covered in muddy water and his glances had mud caked along the frames and covering the lenses. His smoke was squished flat up at his nose. We laughed so hard but he was quick on his feet after spitting the mud and cigarette out "so that's how not to mount up... Krista here (one of our seniors at the time) is going to show you how to do it right" and then he left lol. I still giggle thinking back on this.
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I tried to mount bareback on my mare once, I ended up vaulting over her and landing on my butt on the opposite side with my trainer watching.

My mare ground ties exceptionally well. I can trust her not to move for anything if I absolutely must ground tie her when on the trail. Well.... I ground tied her while I was helping my friend dismount her flighty horse and my mare (deliberately) walked up behind the horse, bit it and watched as it took off back to the barn with me and the rider standing beside her. She then proceeded to saunter away and I'm pretty sure was laughing her butt off at me.

At a show where I was showing my mare she decided to haul me into the middle of the ring and stand there. Me, the judge, and four attendees couldn't get her to move one foot. Yeah.... that ended her show career then and there. I spent my last show watching the class from horseback, in the middle of the arena!

Oh horses, gotta love them!
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I love these all I'm laughing as I read them :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-17-2014, 11:01 AM
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I was still very green and tried mounting a mare with the help of a little stool. As I tried swinging myself up in the saddle, the stool suddenly disappeared from beneath me and I fell. From a standing horse. The stool getting tangled between my legs and giving a huge bruise on one of the knees.

I didn't give up. I tried mounting the mare once more, placing the stool in the exact same, uneven spot. Rinse, repeat - I fell again, with the stool getting between my legs again and giving me a nasty cut on the other knee. The mare just looked down on me with the most compassionate look in her eyes.

Finally, I managed to mount her. Loosing my whip in the process. In long grass. I spent the remaining of my riding time by cruising at the walk and looking for the cursed whip.

It was all observed by my instructor who just stood there, laughing and making witty comments. Most. Embarrassing. Lesson. EVER.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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