first big spook :O
so today was really fun. and I need to write a formal thank you to anyone who told me to ride bareback to develop my seat becauseeeeee;
the weather was absolutely mental to day, it went from perfectly clear, warm and sunny when I left for my hack, to hailing, to sunny again, and then insanely windy, causing a pretty sizeable branch to fall only a few meters infront of us, of course also being the moment I had started to trust her on a loose rein (while in a field that Ive recently started trying to keep her calm in :/ )
it felt like she dropped out from under me, and then jumped sideways, a few meters, so that we were in the stinging nettles (that are about 3-4 foot high), I lost both my stirrups and her saddle had slid so it was almost completely sideways, before she went into a canter (even when she's scared its still not enough to get her galloping lol)
I think it was because I didn't have time to react, but i went with her, pretty much completely relaxed, and cantered her a few steps so she regained her balance, before doing a ors (was not going to let her trot like a maniac by stopping her straight) before jumping off and setting her saddle back to normal...
so yeah, if I hadn't had been practicing bareback the past week I would probably have been chucked in nettles, and had a horse run either run off or run home with a saddle under her
honestly I'm also really proud of her for calming down so quickly, pretty sure she felt bad for spooking as she's not a spooky horse in the least.
edit; also I know that on another horse this could have been much much worse, but I would brag either way as I'm too used to being an awful rider lol
stomp stomp, gimme food