Well, I have been riding for ten years now and my horse and I are inseparable. We never really had a consistent trainer before, but finally we found one named Ida. She taught me all through 2008 and she finally stopped teaching me when I fell off for the first time ever in September of 2009. This was approximately a year ago or so when I fell off by the way. But anyways, this is what happened -
My horse is an off the track Thoroughbred. So if you even walk another horse next to him, he'll go faster because what happens is his mind will click and think he's in a race. So my trainer, Ida, was teaching me to canter. Well, I was doing fine until we turned. Now my horse does everything, including run barrels, so of course he turns really fast and tight. She was cantering beside me on my friend's horse Lucky. They're both off the track, so what happened? My horse took off at a flat out gallop thinking I wanted him to. I flew off and landed on my head, bounced in the air and landed on my shoulder, and then slid across the ground. I was about two inches from the fence post. Everyone thought I was dead for sure, but I was perfectly fine, or so I thought. The only thing that kept me alive was my Troxel helmet and the fact that I know how to tuck and roll. Without that, I would have died and most likely his the fence post. So, I was very lucky.
After the fall it took me about a minute to be able to breath again, literally. Of course as soon as Shiloh felt me slide off his back and halted, turned, and ran towards me anyway which was amazing because he just cares about me enough to see if I was alright. The way my mom and trainer crowed beside me gave him enough room to take his front feet and step inbetween them and nudge me trying to get me to stand. Haha, I love my horse sooo freaking much. But yeah, that was the first time I ever fell off in the ten years I've been riding. I haven't fallen off since, but I'm sure I will soon again anyway, lolz. Since then I've gotten a new trainer whom I have been training with for about five or six weeks now. She's very good actually, and I'm really learning from her. She just may be my first consistent trainer ever. ^__^
Well, that's my story. The morals of my story: 1.) ALWAYS Wear a helmet and know how to tuck and roll. If not, be sure you know how to hang onto a canter, hahaha. 2.) ALWAYS trust your horse and treat him well. Shiloh really stepped up to me that day and showed me just how much more he cares about me.
Thanks for listening.
- <3 Shiloh