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HI Spy: Embarrassing Moments

What was your most embarrassing moment as an equestrian?

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Falling offYou go in for a job interview at a professional office dressed in your best business suit and feeling very confident and put-together. Things are going great until the interviewer points out that you have a bit of hay in your hair.

You’ve just finished telling your friend what a great bond you and your horse have, and that you’ve really earned his trust and respect, and as if on cue, he reaches out and bites you on the arm.

You’re out on a date and you’re having a good time, except that your date keeps asking, “Do you smell that? It smells like a barnyard in here.” You shrug your shoulders as you remember that you forgot to change your shoes after walking through the pasture to throw your horse his evening hay.

Horses keep their humans humble. No matter how experienced and confident you are as an equestrian, your equine friends won’t let you go too long without a reality check. Because of that, horse people are typically quite willing and able to laugh at themselves.

So ‘fess up. Tell us about your most embarrassing moment as an equestrian, whether it was an incident at the barn, a wardrobe malfunction at a show, an experience when part of your equestrian life followed you into the outside world, or something else entirely. Click “Submit a Comment” below and share your story. Some of our favorite responses could be published in a future issue of Horse Illustrated.

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Kelcie    Salisbury, NC

3/19/2015 6:40:44 AM

My most embarrassing moment was when I was doing barrels a few years ago. I was coming around the third barrel and my lesson horses foot sunk down into the mud. He went down on his knees and I flew forward and face planted into the mud! It was so embarrassing because my whole family was watching and got it on video!

Catherine    Frankfort, KS

3/18/2015 8:56:17 AM

It would have to be when I was competing in jumpers with my mare, Drama Queen. We had cleared every jump, and we were making record time. Then the last jump approached. We were supposed to go around another fence in order to make it over cleanly, but we jumped the wrong vertical! That had to be the most embarrassing thing in my life! Ever!

Maddie    Puyallup, WA

11/1/2012 12:13:19 AM

A couple of years ago - when I was dabbling in western riding - I was sliding off of the pretty pinto I was riding, unaware that my shirt had gotten caught on the horn of the saddle. When I hit the ground I couldn't get it unhooked. To make matters worse the horse started walking away. My friend still makes fun of me for it!

Savannah    Denton, TX

10/5/2012 10:14:33 PM

My most embarrassing moment was when I was about 10 years old I was doing showmanship with a miniature pony. I didn't usually show with this pony, but that day was special because his previous owner was there to see him. My instructor put me with him for the purpose of showing him off. But he decided to drag me across the arena instead of look cute. I was so shocked it took me about half the arena to let go!

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