I will start by saying that Kemerton is the higher strung of my two horses. Even in his old age. He was a racehorse for a long time and when he gets worked up it can be a challenge to get his attention back and settle him down.
So Far So Good…
The ride started out okay. We started in the ring. Just walking and trotting and it seemed that everything was good. The ring started getting crowded with lesson kids. So I decided to go ride in the grass field.
Mounting Block Monster
He was perfectly quiet walking down there. Until we got to the gate and he saw that their was a mounting block in there. Evidently, it was a killer mounting block and he went into a state of panic. I tried to send him forward. Which caused him to panic and buck and spin. Then stopped and starred at the mounting block monster.
I tried to send him forward again and he reacted the same way. Bucked and spun. This time though when he stopped he was facing the other way toward the gate and the barn. He decided the best thing to do was try to run back to the barn bucking. Luckily, with me yanking his head up ( so I wouldn’t get bucked off), he didn’t get to going too fast and I managed to get him under control once I got back to the ring. As much as I wasn’t feeling it. I knew I couldn’t end on that note. I took him back in the ring and did some walking and trotting. Figure eights and stuff. Which was going just fine. Until, there was a little wind, and some leaves blew…. which sent him into another bucking and jumping side to side fit.
Trying To End On A Good Note
I was trying to get to a stopping point. So I just walked around a few more times. Then rode out the gate to the other end of the barn and hopped off.
Let’s say I survived, I didn’t get tossed off! Needless to say, it was a disappointing ride. I have been over analyzing the whole ride over and over again. This is the conclusion I have come to. Horses just have bad days. I know this by now. It is just a little harder for me since the accident since I have an aspect of fear that I didn’t have before the accident. The only thing that I can do is just keep on keepin’ on. Hopefully being able to deal with these things successfully will help build my confidence back up.