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Date:8/20/2014 6:19:01 AM
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HERE IT IS! my most embarrassing moment
My most embarrassing moment in my equestrian life:I had finally proved to my riding instructor, Christine, that I was ready to lease a horse. My mom came to the barn with me to talk about prices and responsibilities and everything for the lease. My mom hadn't come to watch my lesson in a year, but I finally persuaded her to come watch me ride. I kept telling her how good I had gotten and how great everything was going with my new lesson mount, CB. I tacked him up and casually led him into the indoor ring. Inside, I left CB in the center of the ring with I quickly went to grab the mounting block since Christine wasn't there yet to give me a leg up. Just as I was bending down to get it, I saw the realization in his eye that there was no one holding on to him. He spun around and took off to the other end of the ring, bucking. Big mistake for thinking I could trust him! I started to go after him, hoping and praying that Christine hadn't come in yet. As CB looped around to canter back the other way, we both notice at once that I had so stupidly left the arena doors wide open! There's another thing I shouldn't have trusted him with! His ears pricked forward and he turned toward the open doors. I ran desperately and hoping for my life that he would decide not to run out those doors, but out he went! Turns out, my Christine was just walking up to the ring and saw CB galloping toward her wildly, stirrups slapping against his sides. He ran right past her and was heading for the driveway. "Block the driveway on the left side!" Christine screamed to the barn. Several people ran out and waved their arms screaming. CB turned right around and ran up to Christine, who took his reins. By now, about everyone had come out of the barn, including my mom, and were all standing there, mouths wide open, just to see Christine lead CB back up to me. I had been standing in the arena door with my hand over my mouth in shock. I took the reins from her and walked back inside with my head down and face red, remembering to shut the doors this time. I thought Cristine would be so mad, but thankfully, she told me that it was not the first time CB had gotten away and that it was okay. It was a great way to show Christine and my mom that I was ready to lease a horse. I learned one lesson that day, that I would continue to use through my years of leasing. Never trust CB.
Sarah, Duxbury, MA
Posted: 2/28/2012 4:30:00 PM
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