You can't ride horses if you're not willing to fall off. Yes, I'm supposed to be limiting my exposure to rapid decelerations assisted by the ground but the reality of riding is that it's going to happen eventually. I have only fallen off Theo once and it was for a ridiculous reason while I was goofing off. I've sat all of his rodeo worthy broncs over the years but while not paying attention, I tipped out of the saddle and landed on my butt.
Did that again today except today it was during a botched flying change heading into the end of the arena. We had a miscommunication, Theo had no idea what I wanted, tried to do a last minute change with a leap/buck and then had to turn to avoid hitting the end of the arena. The overly flying change was not a surprise but I thought we were going right. Theo thought we were going left. We had a parting of the ways as I expected to have a horse under me to the right while he was trying to carry me to the left but my butt wasn't really in the saddle. I basically flopped off much to the surprise of Theo, Trainer Z, and me.
I was laying on the ground, looking up at my worried horse, and all I felt was relief. I'd gotten it out of the way. Theo didn't try to unload me or do anything bad, we just had a miscommunication and I lost my balance when he scrambled. I landed on my lower back with not much momentum since we'd been in a collected canter. Head and neck were not involved. It wasn't scary in any way. Painful to fall off a 16h cantering horse but once I'd taken stock of my body, I got up and got back on.
Poor Theo was horrified. The first thing I saw when I looked up was his gigantic nose squished against me with the whites showing in his eyes. I immediately started petting his nose and telling him he was okay. When Trainer Z reached for his bridle to back him up I swear he shook. Poor baby, he really thought he'd screwed up. People so rarely fall off of him and he really hates it. He'll unload people with full intent but his people? His special people? He never, ever drops his people. Even if I didn't want to get back on, I needed to for his sake. He was seriously shook. I got back on, assessed the situation, and then we went back to the canter. We did most of the exercise again but skipped the change since I was sore and he was rattled. Then he got a nice groom and back to bed.
And now I'm on the couch with a heating pad for my poor back. Chiro appointment is tomorrow. I'm going to have a spectacular bruise. And here I thought I was going to get hurt putting blankets on all of the babies but that went perfectly. Kiki is already outgrowing her borrowed 63" so I'm getting her some ridiculous blankets that she will probably destroy.
Someone is looking pretty cobby these days. And feral. Of course she walked into the barn and got blanketed with no drama but then she led the babies on a 'let's try to get rid of our blankets' run once she was loose. It's now four fillies in that field, the two yearlings and the two weanlings. I held the weanlings while they got their first blankets on. The drama was limited but appropriately dramatic. Glad we did that before I encountered the ground, I don't think I could contain a rearing, spinning weanling right now.