PSA: the ground will be much harder each time you fall than it was the previous time. Despite the weather keeping me from lessoning for weeks, I was actually having a really enjoyable jumping lesson on Thursday. Chloe was definitely excitable but we pushed through it and kept working on putting 4-5 jumps/turns together. Towards the end of the lesson, I was coming to one of my last jumps, and I was already thinking ahead to the next part, when as we were in mid-air, Chloe ripped a huge buck. I was already in two-point, so when she landed the buck and crow hopped left, I just kept going straight…onto my face! I literally broke my fall with my face. I remember laying there thinking I knocked all my teeth out…and I could hear Chloe galloping around (farting). Jackie, my trainer, kept asking me if I was okay, and while I was physically okay, I did sort of want to cry. I got back on, jumped it a few more times, and it was fine. However, I could not get over that I fell off. I’ve had Chloe for 9 years and I’ve fallen off one other time (when she fell down herself in a freak accident) and while I realize that isn’t necessarily normal statistics, especially since 90% of Chloe’s riders fall off LOL, I still wasn’t prepared for how much it hurt my confidence.
I also think I may need a new helmet because my helmet gave me a black/blue nose. Does anyone have any comments about that? I am assuming it is a sign that it doesn’t fit properly?
It is pouring today. 🙁