December 27, 2014

TOABH: I'm a Loser, Baby

This latest installment of Beka and Archie's blog hop asks:

Let's talk about your horse's biggest fail.  What did Thunderhooves do that embarrassed you, scared you, shocked you or just annoyed you?
I am happy to say that this year I didn't get embarrassed by Ypke!  I also didn't get launched!
But, alas, in past years getting embarrassed in a public setting was inevitable whenever Ypke was involved. 
At the time when this took place, Ypke and I were only kind of involved with 4-H. We went to the occasional ride meet, and I attended all the information meetings.  I had just switched groups and was rather excited to show off my dear Ypke. Without further ado, let's throw it way back to July 2012...

Norwegian Fjord
Story time!
It was a blazing hot July afternoon, and I was off to the riding practice. Ypke loaded within two minutes (score!) and we were off to the arena. We arrived 45 minutes early, so there was plenty of time to warm up and get used to the facility (double score!).

Wherever we go, Ypke always draws attention, something that my not-so-humble-never-fallen-off (at that time) self loved. Around that time frame, I thought that we were all that, and I was excited to show off our mad dressage skills.  I'm sure we were a sight for sore eyes: muddy boots, tank top, hair down, ill fitting helmet, mediocre equitation, out of control pony, and squeaky Wintec... Good ol' Wintec, you were such a trusty saddle despite your voice!

Squeak, squeak, squeak.

We were racing around the arena at an uncontrolled extended trot. The pony's head was sky high and I was on the incorrect diagonal, trying with all my might to slow her down.  After several laps around the arena and jumping out of the ring a few times, I finally managed to halt her. Immediately when I halted her she began to paw.  How cute, I thought.

After she quit pawing I rode her over to the roundpen where there was a lunging tutorial going on. I was so busy watching that I didn't even notice Ypke was pawing again until it was too late. As I finally noticed she was pawing and dismounted, a strange "not quite right" feeling settled in my gut. Right when I dismounted, she dragged and shoved led me about 15 feet away to an extra deep, sandy area of the arena.

Down she went. Straight onto the arena sand. Straight on top of her tack. She was rolling. I was flat out mortified as I watched, trying to get her up to no avail.   My cheeks were burning red with both anger and embarrassment after a man standing nearby began to snicker and insult us.  The same man who thinks he is an expert on all things horse and chimes in ALL THE TIME with very rude and idiotic advice.  Everyone watching the lunging session turned and look at us, and I was now beyond mortified.
Horse rolling
rollin' n' hatin'
She got up and shook herself off, resulting in a dust cloud surrounding anyone within 5 miles.  Luckily, the tack was perfectly fine! I miss that trusty Wintec, it went through heck and back that day and wasn't even scratched. That is the major pro of synthetic tack — it takes a lot to ruin it!

I got back on and we were off again; trotting madly around the dressage arena once again. There was one spook in which I almost fell off, but other than that the meet went well. During showmanship she rolled three times though. Everyone thought she was colicing, but she was just enjoying the hot sand on a blazing hot day.

Moral of the story: If your horse begins to paw on a hot day... or while they are in water... keep them moving forward!  Lesson learned.

Oh, and I forgot to mention that she threw a fit about loading, and we were there until 10:00pm.  Of course, horses who don't load attract major crowds... typically crowds who are extremely unhelpful.


  1. omg... i would have been pretty upset at that too lol. silly mare doesn't care what anybody else thinks, apparently, and just wants to roll when she wants to roll! my friend's OTTB has a habit like that and she thinks it's funny now. i suspect she'll feel differently when he does it at a show...

    1. Ypke marches to the beat of her own drum, haha! Luckily, this only happened the one time... I couldn't imagine it being a regular occurrence!

  2. LOL that is hilarious!!! Sorry you were mortified, but thanks for sharing. Horses keep us humble huh? :D


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