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Why a sense of humor is important......

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  • Why a sense of humor is important......

    Riding my (sort of) new horse today and after 5 months of dedicated flat work to build suppleness, improve transitions, teaching him to round and carry himlself, we are progressing to jumping single fences from the trot. He's green and young and -indoors- very "looky". So, the aim is to build his confidence and reinforce soft to the fence and soft/quiet away from the fence.

    So, after clearing the vertical a couple of time as per above, I am directed to the plank jump. As we trot towards it he starts looking right and left and sucking back, but we cleared it. This is good, but the bad part is that despite grabbing mane I got jumped out of the tack and two strides later I am on the ground flat on my back. And this is the conversation that follows:

    Me (in my head): "Ooooowwww! I keep forgetting how much it hurts to fall off. Hmmm, this is not one to bounce up from. I think I'll just lay here a bit longer. I'm too old for this." As I crack my eyes open, I see my trainer standing over me who says, in the loudest voice possible:

    "THAT WAS THE BEST.EVER.SCHOOLING.JUMP!" He then waxes enthusiastic about how I kept the horse round and focused on the jump despite him looking at it like it was going to eat him, supported him with my leg, did not throw him away in front of the jump even when he slowed, and kept my eyes up. He then says "You jumped a 2'6" fence from a dead walk!"

    Me (still lying flat in the sand and now wondering just how ugly the bruise on my left hip will be and what DH will say when he sees it): "It's only 2 foot".

    Him: "Well......You know...... in the Marshall Sterling you can be asked to jump 2'6" from a walk. Now, are you ready to get up?"

    Note that there was no inquiry as to whether I was okay. We don't dawdle in our lessons........
    pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

    Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill

  • #2
    Originally posted by GrayCatFarm View Post
    Note that there was no inquiry as to whether I was okay. We don't dawdle in our lessons........
    That's the best part of the whole story.


    • #3
      Wellll, you were awake and talking....

      Glad your okay, and I dont bounce very well these days either, I feel your pain!


      • #4
        Glad you are alright and more importantly have a good sense of humor
        Zu Zu Bailey " IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE ! "


        • #5
          Congrats on getting him over the jump! d;

          My trainer is usually a bit briefer: "You hurt? Okay, get back on, jump it again, don't fall off."
          "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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          • #6
            Originally posted by GrayCatFarm View Post
            Note that there was no inquiry as to whether I was okay. We don't dawdle in our lessons........
            This is great! Loved the story. My trainer is similar- last time I got bucked off it was AT THE WALK (no that's not a typo). Horse was coming off of a week of stall rest, and he was being sooo good. Until he figured he would make the walk/trot session much more interesting. I went flying, landed on my head. I had a similar convo with myself in my head :"Damnit it hurts to hit the ground these days!" I believe I was yelling some choice words on my way to the ground also.

            Trainer: "Well, that was bound to happen at some point. At least you got it out of the way...." (I hadn't come off this one yet). Gee....thanks!

            I look at him and ask: "Did I seriously just get bucked off at the walk?"
            Trainer: "Yep"
            Me (while standing up and spitting out arena footing): awesome....


            • Original Poster

              Bucked off at the walk takes the cake! Worst part is that you get home and there are all these "reminders". Sand in your ears, your hair (even with helmet), cleavage (if you'e got it), down your butt, the list goes on and on.
              pace, path, balance, impulsion and ??

              Don't panic! Ralph Leroy Hill


              • #8
                Originally posted by GrayCatFarm View Post
                Bucked off at the walk takes the cake! Worst part is that you get home and there are all these "reminders". Sand in your ears, your hair (even with helmet), cleavage (if you'e got it), down your butt, the list goes on and on.
                What can I say- a sense of humor is important!


                • #9
                  OP I think I would really enjoy lessons with your trainer. lol


                  • #10
                    I love when things like that happen! I had a jump like that too and trainer was all excited haha. Glad you're ok and glad you had a good rest of your lesson! And stay on next time! :P


                    • #11
                      great story!! glad you okay too.

                      i love it at those times when you fall off and just have to have a good sense of humor about the situation that just happened,laugh it off and get back on like nothing ever happened.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GrayCatFarm View Post
                        Bucked off at the walk takes the cake! Worst part is that you get home and there are all these "reminders". Sand in your ears, your hair (even with helmet), cleavage (if you'e got it), down your butt, the list goes on and on.
                        I know...how does sand get in your socks under tall boots? I have always wanted to know. Luckily for me, I have no cleavage but I have experienced sand in my undies more times that I like to admit

                        Good to hear that you can laugh about it


                        • #13
                          That was funny. Glad you survived and hope the bruise heals quickly