I was lunging Emi lightly before our lesson when I had a clumsy moment with the lunge line, timed perfectly with Emi pulling on it. One moment I had her...the next I had nothing. She proceeded to canter (tensely) around our previous circle with the lunge line dragging along behind her. Of course she was also wearing side reins. I stood in the middle trying to be calm and also praying she wouldn't hurt herself. She cantered 10 or so laps before breaking to a trot and finally halting. I'd been talking calmly to her the whole time, "Emi whoa, Emi whoa, you're okay." Once she stopped I gathered up the lunge line, pulled the side reins and walked her for a few laps before putting the side reins back on and sending her back out on the circle. You could see she was worried for the first couple of laps but she quickly settled in and went back to work as if nothing happened.
This was about 2 minutes before the start of our lesson and she definitely had my heart racing. As it was our lesson was great. We added cantering with the side reins, which we hadn't done prior to her getting loose. I also long lined her for the last 5 or so minutes. We plan to focus on that for our lesson next Tuesday. Once again I'm so pleased with her good brain and very happy that horses are so forgiving. I felt horrible for scaring her but I'm glad everything turned out alright. She got a couple extra treats and was happily tucked in her stall when I left her for the night.
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