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Well the ride I had the day I took this was the shortest ride in Sarah history!
The day didn't start well, she was full of Spring grass (which is incredible that it STILL hasn't died off being Summer) and she put up a fuss bridling her as she was back with her friends and didn't want to listen to me.
So mid bridling, she decides she wants to leave, I stay with her for as long as I can but then I get wedged at the fence which, being electric, if I touch, I die, so I had no choice but to let the bridle go. She leaves and takes it with her, tangled in her legs, she didn't freak out but I did. So then it got ripped which was okay for one ride, but I'd need a new one. So that was that.
Then mounted fine, she was all good, but seconds into starting the warm up, a lawn mower got turned on which sounded like a truck lol, and she spooked. Took off cantering which I was totally not prepared for but managed to pull her up. Managed to settle her, and then she reached the spot where it happened, so she cantered off again, this time with much more silly so she began bouncing and jumping. I thought "Today will be my first buck off..." but she pulled her self together but just after she bounced me off, over her shoulder. All I remember thinking was "Sand!" and then "Quest, please don't stand on my head".
Once she saw me on the ground she stepped to the side so that was a relief, but I was hurting. I was still in shock so my body didn't feel the full pain until I got home, so I was ready to get back on but the Lyme Disease took control and shut my body down, to protect itself. Which makes total sense, and in hindsight, forcing me out was the best decision my body could have made.
So I sat in my chair and didn't move for the rest of the lesson, which the instructor then got on and sorted her sillies out. She quickly settled and was back to normal, testing at times, but normal. It was nice to be on the camera side of a lesson for once as I could take some pretty shots of her in her pretty bridle, that now needed replacing.
Got home, took my back brace off and Jesus Christ did it hurt. Off to hospital for x-rays and ultrasounds to make sure nothing was broken and my spleen wasn't ruptured, all good, just had soft tissue damage to the left side of my body and bruised ribs. I couldn't move for three/four days. Was ridiculous, the ribs might as well have been broken. We get on a horse knowing it can be potentially dangerous so it's just a matter of time. I can honestly say I didn't ever expect to fall off Quest though! I was hoping to ask the instructor if we could do some canter work, so I got what I asked for, and I got two haha, man she has a beautiful canter. Still don't realise it is a canter until three strides in. Amazing.
This is my favourite photo I took and is now the lock and home screen wallpaper in my phone. I really look forward to all this farking grass dying so they stop getting all the sugar! Insanity. I also look forward to taking photos of her in her new bridle, it is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. She will look beautiful in it!
I've not been online too much and I just got out of hospital again for Lyme complications, so I will upload what I have left of my owls and hope to scan in my drawings soon.
Name: Quest Of Kardella