Had a great lesson today. Our coach could see that we were all riding speedy horses today so we spent the lesson working on slowing down. We were to do a lot of whoa and back up, also did posting trot on the long side and sit jog on the short with circles in the corners. We learned to stay on a circle and keep our horses head and shoulders in between the reins. I was also working on getting Cooper to lower his head more and to give him more rein, to trust him more. By the end of the lesson things were coming together so good.
We decided to tag along with one of the trail rides that were going out, it was a beautiful day out. We got through one field and were just heading off to the trails when I felt Cooper tense. I tried to keep his head down and to get him to pay attention to where we were going but it didn't work. Kaboom!!! I was on the ground! I remember seeing my leg coming up off his side and then all I was thinking about was getting my feet out of the stirrups since I wasn't staying on. I landed on my back in the mud. Luckily there were no rocks, it was like landing in a soft pillow. Cooper started to take off back to the barn and the girl who was behind me and our instructor caught him. I got back on but decided not to go with the trail ride after all.
My husband took the lead rope and held it while we walked around the pond for a bit. He spooked again but I was able to control him this time. We then went to the outdoor arena where I rode around at a walk without a leader for about 15 minutes then got off.
I am a tired now, just a little sore (nothing hurt when I fell), getting stiffer by the moment. Off to take a bath and lay down.