Thursday, January 14, 2010

One for the storybooks...

Snuggling with my sleepy horse

When I got out to the barn this afternoon, Panama was lying down, sunbathing. I went over and sat on him, snuggled a bit, and took the above picture. See the sleepy eyes?

I was still sitting on him when suddenly he decided to get up. I decided to just grab mane and hang on. Feeling him get up underneath me was amazing! It was fun... until I fell off.

Once Panama was standing, he decided to start walking. That's when I realized I had no brakes. Oops. I hadn't thought that through very well.

He walked. I said, "Whoa." He started running. I fell off. The end.

Of course, I jumped right back up (I always do) to discover myself covered in poop. Lucky me — I'd fallen in a mixture of mud and poop, made nice and soggy by the melting snow. I called to Panama, and he came trotting back over to me with some major pep in his step. I could just see what he was thinking...

"What are you doing all the way over there, Mom? What happened? I thought we were going for a run!"

I walked up to him and leaned against his chest and shoulder. My left knee was shaking, and I realized I'd done something to it, probably sprained it. No matter! I haltered Panama anyway, took him into the cross ties, tacked him up, and took him into the indoor arena for a short ride that didn't involve me falling off.

Interestingly, my knee didn't hurt at all while I was on his back. It definitely hurts now, though! I took a hot bath, and now I'm sitting on the couch with my leg up and a bag of frozen peas on my knee. It's a funny story about falling, but I have a feeling I'll find it considerably funnier when I'm not hurting anymore.



At January 14, 2010 at 7:01 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

When they run and they are bridleless and not trained to respond without a bridle you gotta go with em.
Luckily when I ride Indigo bridless shes more interested in walking or standing around.

At January 14, 2010 at 7:09 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Sydney, I wish I could have gone with him, but I'm not a good enough rider to stay on bareback and unbalanced at a canter for very long, especially on Panama's narrow back!

At January 15, 2010 at 5:36 AM, Blogger TxFarmhouse said...

I think the coolest part about your story is that Panama came over to you when he saw you on the ground. Like Trigger and Roy..but, sorry, Roy would have never fallen off. But, you're way ahead of me..I can fall off when using a saddle!!

At January 15, 2010 at 8:11 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I'm always tempted to stay on when a horse starts to rise up from the ground while I'm sitting on him or her, but I have yet to get some experience in riding bareback, none-the-less bridleless. I'm just amazed that you've fallen off as many times as you have without breaking any bones. I'm not afraid of falling... I'm afraid of the recovery time.

At January 15, 2010 at 10:48 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Berte, well, I'd gotten up already, but yes, he came right to me. He always has acted very apologetic when he makes me fall. This time it was apologetic and something else -- I think he was very excited about the idea of being able to run and "play" with me with no bit to hold him back. Too bad for him that Mommy's not as good at that whole playing business as he is. ;o)

NM, oh, don't jinx me! My knee was hurting like crazy when I got up this morning. It's getting better as I move around, so I think it was from being stationary all night, but I am a little worried that I twisted it when I fell. I can't imagine I could have done anything worse in that silly little fall than when I kicked in the other knee a few months ago, but if it doesn't start to improve over the weekend, I'll be going to the doctor next week.


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