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Blogfest #3: In the Air

Published by • Feb 12th, 2009 • Category: Blogfest, Guest Bloggers

Blogfestby LexiLover, age 13

The feeling of flying. A lot of us horse girls know that feeling, when we jump the last big oxer at the show, when we take our favorite horse over a cross rail for the first time. It’s an amazing feeling. But in my craziest horse experience, I wasn’t jumping, I was flying straight into the wall.

It was just after Christmas at my old barn’s winter day camp. Back then, I was more of a beginner, and we were all practicing a routine to the song Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer. I was riding Allie, a little chestnut pony with a whole lot of attitude. We were supposed to be at the end of a line of about eight horses trotting in a figure eight, and Allie got super excited. She thought it was a race and said ‘Why am I in the back? I’ll beat you guys!’ and she cantered at top speed all the way to the front. All the other girls (who were much more experienced than me) were shouting at me and telling me to get to the back. I was panicking and felt sick to my stomach, not to mention how bad my hands were aching from trying to pull on the reins.

I heard my instructor, Harmony, yelling, “Slow her down, Haley! Don’t lean forward! Get her back in the line!” I could barely hear all the shouts when it happened. Time slowed, Allie accelerated, not noticing me on her back in the slightest, and in that split second I didn’t notice much more and I felt myself fly upwards for what seemed like 10 minutes and everything went dark. I heard a crash and some more shouts and gasps. I opened my eyes and looked around. I was lying on the sandy arena footing, my back smashed up against the wall. All of the horses were stopped. Harmony and some other people were crowding around me, and Allie was snorting in my face saying “Oops, sorry!” I was still pretty dazed when Harmony laughed and said, “You just got bucked off girl, and you did pretty good!” I laughed back. It was pretty cool, I had to say! I got back on, despite my aching rear end and Allie was much nicer afterward.

That was my first fall (not a very good one!) and I’ve had many others since then. The first one is always the worst, and it’s great to get it over with! I think the crazy and scary experiences we have make working with horses special. Danger can sometimes make it more fun!

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  1. I know what you mean! great blog, as well as great writing (:

  2. I pretty hard one for the first time falling! I’ve known horses like that. Yikes.. I particularly thought of one specific one… eek. Anyways, great blog, and I look forward to reading more from you.


  3. I have a question. How do you do a routine to Grandma Got Runover by a Reindeer? Great blog!

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