January 21, 2014

Day 4 - A Ride That Impacted Your Life

Hands down the ride that impacted my riding life happened on July 4, 2012, during my weekly lesson. I used to be a fearless (*cough* ignorant) beginner rider. That is, until *THAT* day. That day was the day when my confidence with Ypke went from on top of the world to level zero. That day was when my perfect pony discovered that she could take advantage of me. She used to be a fun, tolerant horse until the Fourth of July.

Mug shot of the guilty pony
It was a normal lesson.  The pony and I were doing absolutely amazing, and I remember exactly what we were working on: using my seat to make upward or downward transitions.  I rounded the corner when out of nowhere she just blew up.

She flew 20 feet to the side (unfortunately that isn't stretching the truth) and off I flew.  Supposedly I sat the first 15 feet like a pro. I am proud to say that my gymnastics lessons as a toddler came in handy. I did an awkward front flip and stuck the landing... before falling to the ground. You didn't waste your money on the gymnastics lessons, Mom! I was terrified and just wanted to cry. Using every ounce of courage left, I reluctantly got back on.  I almost had waterworks on the Fourth of July, but I refrained.  

All kidding aside, things haven't been the same since then. She will just spook with no warning (we average at about one small spook a month and one blowup a year). There is no warning at all — I don't even have time to prepare. Her small spook is just a sudden leap forward, and her "blowups" are involved teleporting lightening fast to the side. 

Ever since then, I just have not been confident anymore. Sure, I didn't get injured, but it is always in the back of my mind. I do keep her working when she spooks, and I don't let her think that spooking equals getting out of work. One day, she will be a wonder pony again. Just wait and see...


  1. Ugh, sounds like my lease horse (also a moody mare). This spring she learned she could take advantage of me (i.e., forcibly eject me via bucking) and she did it twice in the same month. It was terrible for my confidence! To make matters worse (and add to my humiliation), she is one of those horses everyone thinks is totally bomb proof. Noone can believe she even bucks! ;-)

    1. I'm glad I am not alone with moody mare struggles! Everyone always thinks that since Ypke is just a cute, fluffy Fjord that she is automatically as sweet as sweet can be. Gotta love those moody mares though, they teach you a lot.


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