Kenny came to the barn with me last night and videotaped my ride. This was the first time I had ridden in about a week - I have been lunging in side reins primarily. Of course in my classic wisdom, I rode her bareback last night, but hey she was good! Bareback makes it much easier to get off, anyway. I left the surcingle on her just in case things went a little haywire - it gave me a bit of stickability.
She is getting better and better about this. She has progressed from having big backward explosions to taking just a step or two, then stopping. I hardly had to brace myself against her at all last night; just one split second of pressure on the rope halter and then she stopped. I am going to start introducing treats, like a peppermint, so that when I get off she will immediately think, treat! and come toward me. I generally do not feed her with a bit in her mouth but I think this will really help her understand the goal. I just hope she doesn't become an absolute pig and frisk me for treats every time I dismount. I suppose we could integrate clicker training if that becomes an issue.
You will see that the last time I dismounted, I did it to the right. Um how insane was that? I was psyching myself out, trying to figure out how to arrange my body to get off that side and every fibre of my equestrian being was screaming, this is WRONG! lol. Too funny. It was not a graceful dismount at all, but then again most "unscheduled" dismounts aren't. I figured when you fall off, it isn't always to the left, so we might as well work on that right side also!