Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Western Australia
My first fall was stupid, and I have it on video. We go over a 30cm jump, and I fall off 2 strides later, no idea how.
It was only about a month ago hahah
You don't have time to think about curling into a ball, letting go of the reins, or not tensing. One minute your up on the horse, and the next the ground is zooming towards you..
Luckily I was riding in sand at the time, so I wasn't even winded. BUT I always wear gloves now.. The only thing I hurt was my left hand because the reins gave me rope burn and I sprained my finger.. Haha :)
I didn't get back on that day because of my hand, but had no problems getting on a few days later, when it was a bit more healed.
Just don't think about it.
And whatever you do, DON'T blame the horse. Unless it was deliberately rearing or bucking because of respect issues. But even then, by the time you get up and over to the horse, it is too late to punish.