By your horsey or pony...... I haven't gotten dumped in years, so I suppose I was due. I took my gelding Samson out for a trail ride with his girlfriend, who is a big Belgian x, and her new barn mate who is an OTTB. Samson started out really slow, to the point that I thought he maybe wasn't feeling well (hehe I guess I was wrong ). Then we went off in a trot on a nice clear trail, and little Samson couldn't move his stout legs any faster, and his friends were already out of sight. So, he put all the extension he had into his trot, and finally rounded the bend and caught up when his friends stopped to wait for him. Then we made it to the huge field that is in this state park. Once before, Samson *almost* dumped me in this field, but it was because there were a bunch of school busses in a parking lot to the right of it (there's normally no cars in that lot, but there must've been a field trip to the park), and he was just excited I think. I stayed on but was very close to coming off, to the point that my triceps were dead the next day, because I pushed against his neck that hard without realizing I did it. The little bugger's go to move is not to buck, or rear, or bolt... it's to hop up and spin as fast as he can We've been to the field since with no issues. Soooo, yesterday we got to the field, and at this point, Sam was less sleepy, but certainly not overly excited. we get to the middle of the field and agree to trot, and Sam got left behind immediately, then proceeded to hop, spin, and off I went. I know it's not great practice, but I didn't let go of my reins (I never do), and Mr. Bugeyed just stopped and stared at me. I was so embarrassed, I hopped up and got back on (thank goodness he's a shorty), looked up, and our friends were still trotting and hadn't seen any of this go down (so I never told them oops). The rest of the time he behaved, but got himself so worked up, I'm pretty sure thinking he'd get left in the dust again. He did a huge extended canter in another field (I told my friends he was very naughty when we were left behind in the first field, and might have to stop for a teaching lesson in the next field). He was very well behaved, but I purposely held him back, before letting him out, and he went into this enormous canter, bigger than I've ever felt on him, I think partially to stay with them, partially to show off. So, he was well behaved for the rest of the ride, but overly anxious, and was dripping with sweat by then end (not a physically difficult ride). I went through 3 coolers and he still wasn't dry (I had to sponge him off when we got home), before I remembered Manes' trick of stuffing hay under their blanket! So he had hay, Irish knit, and another cooler on top, and that did it. After all that though, he got a bib clip last night. And a mohawk. So, I'm very sore in my shoulders from trying to hang on I guess (to the point of getting some median nerve compression from under my pecs) and somehow landed on my medial knee which is swollen and bruised (but I tested my ligaments and meniscus and all is well... lol go PT school). But I'm fine. And Samson is fine. But he got clipped as punishment (but he actually falls asleep while I clip him).... and a warm blanket and fresh shavings. The best part of the story? I've had Old Man Sam for 13 years, have gotten dumped by him now three times, and he'll be 29 in April. I got dumped by an old man!