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post #41 of 83 Old 08-08-2014, 09:40 AM
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One time the bit slipped out of my barrel racing pony when I was like ten while I
Was putting the bridle on. It looked like the bit was in her mouth, but it was under her chin. Without noticing - I ran a whole barrel race - and won! Didn't have one problem, but I know me pulling on that bit under gigis ( the pony's) chin had to hurt pretty bad. :(

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post #42 of 83 Old 08-11-2014, 12:12 AM
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I have done some stupid things with my girl. She's forgiven me, and forgiven me and forgiven me... It's amazing she hasn't bucked me off or ran away from me from all the mistakes I have made. I apologize for my dumbness and she just takes a deep breath or, if I have really done something to make her mad, she turns around in her stall and refuses to talk to me - but then after she's done her tantrum she turns back around and is happy as if it never occurred - basically, forgiving me for what I'd done.
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post #43 of 83 Old 08-11-2014, 12:51 AM
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I've done a few interesting ones...

First: tried to put my bridle on inside out. I was rushing to finish getting ready for my lesson because I was already cutting it close so I sort of just grabbed the bridle, tossed the reins over the poor horse's neck and put the bit in. Then went to put his ears through and realized the browband was in the way *facepalm*. I had to reorganize myself and was a couple minutes late to my lesson but when I told my trainer what I had done she found it funny enough to forgive me.

Second, this was just a couple days ago:
I've had my horse for about 2 months now (my first!). He's green broke but super willing and has never offered to buck or anything of the sort. Aside from being spooky I feel safe with him. So the other day it was a scorcher and I wanted to wear shorts and also give him a break from the hot saddle pad and such and figured I'd try him bareback.

I didn't give it a second thought, bridles him, led him up to the mounting block like normal. He was reluctant to line up with it and was givingn me a look like "uhh, you're forgetting something" but I insisted and he did it. Then I climbed on like I usually do, being careful not to kick him accidentally. For a split second he stood and I thought it was going to be ok and I readjusted myself to sit in the right spot on his back. Then he took a step forward, which is something I'm still trying to work out of him, but I didn't worry.

Then poor Nova spooked! Hollowed his back out and took off in this funny canter/crow hop hybrid down the short side of he arena. I wasn't at all prepared for that and of course came off. As soon as I hit the dirt he stopped running and briskly walked over to me looking all concerned, like "WTH was that?!? Did it get you too?!"

Knowing I couldn't leave it like that I grabbed his saddle, and we had a nice quiet ride afterwards. Turns out that was his first time in his whole life wih a bareback rider, so I can't blame him. I should have known, since he's a sensitive horse and also a pretty nervous one, but I just assumed that he would be fine like all the older horses I had ridden bareback. Silly first timer mistakes I guess!
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post #44 of 83 Old 08-13-2014, 04:46 AM
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My trainer has left little room for me to make mistakes, if I do I don't stop hearing about it for a few months so I've learned to check everything at least 5 times! Just before I moved to my new barn where I do all my own training and such my trainer sent me out to catch Howii her 16 hand bay gelding and for some reason I grabbed her 12 hand driving paint pony... She just looked at my flabbergasted and then said "Do you expect me to ride him for 5 hours?" in a very sarcastic voice haha
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post #45 of 83 Old 08-22-2014, 09:50 AM
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I've been riding for just over a year now and the other day I closed the nose band over the horses bit and rode like that for an hour /: I felt so bad and I used the crop a little more because I thought he was being stubborn! Humans are stupid.


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post #46 of 83 Old 09-04-2014, 05:03 PM
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This was not really my fault, but when i just started riding (2nd lesson) about half an hour into the lesson we went to canter (with someone holding and leading the horse). When turning onto the short side of the arena i suddenly found myself on the ground. Looking over to where the pony stood quietly looking at me i noticed that the saddle was now hanging upside down under his belly! No one had told me i needed to tighten the girth before getting on. Its a wonder it lasted for so long without slipping!
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post #47 of 83 Old 09-05-2014, 12:22 AM
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This was not really my fault, but when i just started riding (2nd lesson) about half an hour into the lesson we went to canter (with someone holding and leading the horse). When turning onto the short side of the arena i suddenly found myself on the ground. Looking over to where the pony stood quietly looking at me i noticed that the saddle was now hanging upside down under his belly! No one had told me i needed to tighten the girth before getting on. Its a wonder it lasted for so long without slipping!
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Honest, glad you're ok but that is something that should be supervised. If it's literally your second lesson someone should be literally walking you through everything. I've got some young 'uns that have been riding about a year now. I can let them do things themselves but I still watch and double check them before they are allowed to the next step. (I do everything but the actual on the horse part of the lessons lol)

So please be careful and keep an eye out that you're being properly educated because that can be very dangerous!

Welcome to the insanity :)
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post #48 of 83 Old 09-05-2014, 05:30 AM
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When I was trying out Andy to see if I wanted to buy him, I was taking off his blanket, but forgot to unfasten a surcingle strap. So when I pulled it off his rump, the blanket locked around his hips and fell in a heap around his hind legs. I froze, terrified, but he just turned his head to give me a look, like, "you moron." Before I got on his back, I decided then and there that I wanted to buy him.

Another time, I had him bridled and ready to go for a ride. I led him away, but he followed me only a short distance before pulling up short and backing away, seeming almost panicked. It turned out that I had forgotten to unlatch his halter, he was still tied to the post.

And of course, that period when I first got him, and his saddle didn't fit. Those times that he played up and I punished him, when he was simply trying to tell me he was hurting. One time, he succeeded in bucking me off after I asked for a canter. I think he felt bad afterwards, I really do, because being the stubborn snot I was, I cued him to canter again, and he went quiet as a lamb. We did several minutes of canter work in a saddle too narrow for his body, and it must have really hurt. But I think he was trying to look after me.

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post #49 of 83 Old 09-05-2014, 08:38 AM
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Honest, glad you're ok but that is something that should be supervised. If it's literally your second lesson someone should be literally walking you through everything. I've got some young 'uns that have been riding about a year now. I can let them do things themselves but I still watch and double check them before they are allowed to the next step. (I do everything but the actual on the horse part of the lessons lol)

So please be careful and keep an eye out that you're being properly educated because that can be very dangerous!

Welcome to the insanity :)
Thank you for the concern but this was when i was 9 years old, so about 14 years ago now :p Its just a good story. I have since switched barns and am getting much higher quality lessons now :) I should have mentioned that.
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post #50 of 83 Old 09-05-2014, 04:26 PM
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Oh man, so many silly things.

Trying to take off a blanket/fly sheet without undoing the "booty straps" as I call them (leg straps).

Not tightening the girth enough...but managing to w/t/c both directions without the saddle slipping, only for my instructor to be like "How did you even stay on!?" when I walked past him and he could see daylight.

And this one is the most recent...I was lunging my horse and after I was finished, untacked him and allowed him to go roll in the arena sand etc. I usually walk away and go start picking up my stuff. Well I forgot to close the gate of the arena and walked into the barn, and a few moments later, I hear the clip clop of horse steps in the barn aisle. That's odd, I'm the only one here? I poke my head out of the tack room and my horse is standing at his grooming station, halterless, waiting for me to do whatever with him.

Oh, once, my vest wasnt zipped up and my phone fell out at the canter, and when I said 'crappp dont step on that!' my horse jumped it... I just think my horse finds me annoying sometimes.
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