Thursday, August 12, 2010

...and we all fall down!

Yes, I fell again. I had another jumping lesson on Tuesday, and after our first jump, Panama decided he wanted to turn toward the wall. I was a bit slow with the reins, so he started to turn, saw the rail rushing up to us, and decided he didn't have enough time to do what I was asking. He shot off to the right, and I went down on the left.

Panama stopped about 10 feet away, right next to the jump, and looked sheepish. I got back on and we did it again.

And again, and again.

Despite that little fall, we actually had a pretty good lesson. My trainer worked us hard, and I was exhausted afterward, but we also accomplished a lot. I finally figured out how not to bounce around so much cantering in the two-point (something I've been having problems with), and I made some improvements on jumping. (I have a hard time remembering to look up and stay forward, among other things.)

In other news, though, remember the trail ride a month ago when Panama bucked me off and kicked my friend and her horse? Well, it turns out her ankle was fractured. It didn't show up in x-rays at first, but it wasn't healing, so she went back and had it x-rayed again. After going about her normal routine for a month, the fracture is now visible, so on Monday she had surgery to put some pins in it and help it heal.

I feel awful, but she just keeps saying it was an accident, and for all we know Voodoo did something to antagonize Panama. Regardless, I am now much more attentive to Panama's more subtle signals on a trail ride. He was listening to Voodoo a lot before he kicked him, and I could feel the nervous energy, so I am now on the lookout for that particular combination!



At August 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Eek your poor friend a month on a fracture is horrible!
But as everyone around horses for any length of time knows well it's not about if your gonna get hurt, its when and how bad.

At August 12, 2010 at 11:20 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

She said it didn't hurt at all (after the initial bruising of course), the swelling just wouldn't go down! I know injuries are inevitable around horses; I just wish it hadn't been my horse that hurt her! Even if I know he wasn't acting like himself that day, it still has shaken my faith in him a bit that he would do such a thing.

At August 14, 2010 at 11:25 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I didn't know they used pins for fractures. I thought they were just for breaks. I guess they want to close the gap so it can heal faster. Aren't you even sore after taking a fall off your horse?

At August 14, 2010 at 3:36 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

NM, I think that's exactly why they put the pins in, since it wasn't staying together well enough to heal.

As for being sore -- I wasn't! And the last time, when I fell twice on that one trail ride, I wasn't as sore as I thought I'd be, either. In fact, I haven't been sore from a fall since I hurt my knee over the winter. I must be getting really good at falling -- my mom saw my last fall, and she said it looked almost graceful. I guess if you don't get better at staying on, you'll at least get better at coming off, right? ;o)

At August 14, 2010 at 9:27 PM, Blogger JennyB said...

Wow I sure do hope that if I don't get better at staying on I'll get better at falling off!!! I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt. I feel for your poor friend but she's right, you shouldn't feel so bad and don't blame the horse. It really sounds like it was just one of those things!

At August 16, 2010 at 11:34 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Jenny, I'm right with you, hoping I'm getting better at falling... and that I haven't just been lucky so far. ;o) I have found though that what I'm falling on makes a difference -- the footing in the arena is very soft sand, and I think that is probably the biggest reason why I wasn't sore at all this last time. That's probably a better explanation than that I've learned to fall gracefully! My mom thinks everything I do is great -- she's my mom -- so I guess that extends to falling, too. ;o)


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