Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Elkhart, IN USA
Dumb Question Number 85,001
I'm embarrassed to tell the whole story, but I think I have to so that you guys may be able to answer me better. A couple of weeks ago, I got the bright idea to see if I could even get on my horse (4 y/o TWH mare). I tied her in the barn, put a saddle on her and climbed on. All was well. She didn't act uncomfortable or scared. For some reason I thought (or neglected to think)it was a bright idea to untie her and then get off instead of the other way around. As soon as I untied her, she apparently thought we were going for a ride. She started walking towards the door of the barn. Mind you, I had a lead rope on her, not reins since I didn't actually plan on riding. I said whoa and pulled on the lead rope a bit. No response, she kept going. I tried to grab the side of the barn door to stop her and that didn't work. After that, all I remember is waking up on the ground with a huge knot on my head and a dent in the telephone pole right outside the barn. Yes, I know, stupid beyond belief and I deserved every bit of that lump. My question is this:
I've tried a couple times since then to get back on her and when I try she dances away. Is is possible to have frightened her or shaken her confidence in that one moment? She's so young, I have to wonder. After that, if she's not traumatized, is it possibly something I'm doing wrong when I'm saddling her? I don't think it's that because she did let me on her that one time, but I'm groping for answers here. If I did traumatize her, what steps can I take to help her rebuild her confidence?
I'm ready to take my lumps for my idiocy, but please add some answers for me too if you can. Thanks! :P