Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: On the banks of the Red Cedar...
• Horses: 0
I had a scary fall off Frenchie yesterday...
Just when everything was going well, too.
It was all my fault, though. I feel so bad about it!
We were having a fantastic lesson yesterday - Frenchie wasn't even trying to stop at any of the fences, so we bumped the jumps up a little bit.
We came around a corner to a fence and it was just...bad. I saw we were going to have a really messed up distance, so what did I do? Absolutely nothing. I stopped riding. Had I shortened his stride we would have chipped and been okay. Had I lengthened it, we would have just gotten a long distance. Instead, we ended up getting there about a mile away. Frenchie, being the amazing horse he is, started to jump it but then tried to stop once he realized what a mess we were in, if that makes any sense.
We ended up crashing into the jump pretty badly [we actually cracked/broke one of the standards] and Frenchie slid into it kind of sideways. I originally thought I was coming off over his shoulder but I hung on and he ended up like...sitting down. For a scary second my foot was caught between his stomach and a pole and I was just hanging there, but I got it loose and bailed off the side right as he started to freak out a little bit and back up.
Right after it happened, he was favoring both back legs pretty obviously. I walked him around a little bit and then jogged him and he was only limping on one. We did the same thing after a few minutes and he was completely fine, which is good. I got back on and trotted him around a little bit, then went over a baby jump [probably 12" at most] a few times to make sure he didn't end on a bad note.
Poor Fry, he scraped his leg on the standard and lost a few patches of hair. There weren't any cuts and he wasn't bleeding or anything, though. After I got off I just rubbed liniment on his legs and then cleaned the scrapes and put medicine on them.
I feel so terrible, though. This horse used to be afraid to walk over a pole, and he's come SO far. I'm worried that this may have hurt his confidence a little bit :\ I'm also a little concerned about what it's done to MY confidence - I was so tense to the first jump after it happened he almost stopped.
Oh, and fwiw...I'm completely fine. When I managed to jump off the side I landed on my feet. He did hit the side of my face with his head in the process, lol, but nothing serious.
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