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        03-21-2011, 10:38 AM
    I fell off for the first time last week, and I sprianed my ankle and bruised my ribb. Lol, but funny thing is that I laughed, and got right back on... didnt really hurt till I woke up the next day, and Im already better. Well... for the most part, my ankle is still in a brace, and I have a cut on my side from falling on my glasses. It really sounds worse than it is. Falling wasnt all that scary, except for the split second before, and right after because I was ticked to see my horse running off (well the blur in the shape of him anyway...I lost my glasses :/) He made it back to the stable, and I took his big turd back in the ring and got right back on him.
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        03-21-2011, 11:34 AM
    Falling just happens. I was watching a lesson about 2 weeks ago, and one girl who is a good rider(her seat is good) was on one of the best (behaved) pony's in the barn. They were practising getting the horse to switch leads in the canter. She got the horse to switch leads, they took the turn on the circle they were doing. Something happened, she was thrown a little off balance before the turn or something, she wasn't quite sure, but flying off the horses back she went! She wasn't hurt but it was a freak fall. So don't worry about falling, if your going to fall it's just going to happen.
        03-21-2011, 01:03 PM
    You have to fall off at least 7 times before you can be considered a real rider. My first fall was at age 7 in the warm-up ring at my first show and I was pretty down about it. My instructor told me that meant I was on my way to becoming a real rider and only had 6 more falls to go because falling meant I was challenging myself. Boy, I'm definitely a real x 1,000 rider!
        03-21-2011, 01:11 PM
    Why 7...
        03-21-2011, 01:19 PM
    If you ride, you're going to fall. Getting up, brushing yourself off, and getting back in the saddle is what makes you a good rider.

    It doesn't matter how many times you fall off
        03-21-2011, 01:29 PM
    Do NOT ride with "I may fall off" attitude. Just don't. It'll set you for the fail because your mind will be set on it! If you are a beginner you will ride beginner horse, which will take care of you. Just be brave and relax!
        03-21-2011, 01:32 PM
    What ErikaLynn said.

    Also, don't fear it, most of the time, you don't actually get injured, except for your pride.

    There's no set amount of falling that makes you into a real rider. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes it was something you could control, sometimes it wasn't. I've discovered that alot of the time, I fell off because I was acting stupid.

    Practice emergency dismounts to feel better about it.
        03-21-2011, 02:15 PM
    Originally Posted by usandpets    
    Even then it's still not the horses fault that we haven't taken more time to gain it's respect. Lacking respect means lacking in training, and that's our fault. Yes you want to correct it but not blame the horse.
    I am going to disagree here.

    There are horses that know exactly what to do to put their rider on the ground. I have a mare that does a very dirty shoulder drop. EVERY time one of my friends rides her, the friend ends up on the ground.

    It's not nasty or harsh, friend does not get hurt and my mare stands there and I swear grins. Has nothing to do with respect. She simply doesn't want that friend riding her. I have another friend my mare has never tried the trick with.
        03-21-2011, 08:16 PM
    Falls are mostly self fulfilling prophecies. As soon as you commit yourself to falling, you're coming off. Consequently, if you are hell bent on staying on when you lose your balance, most of the time you'll be able to recover and stay on.

    When gravity does finally take hold, unless you're out in the open, let go of the reins and tuck and roll as you hit the ground. If you land in a thump, you'll increase your chances of getting hurt. Rolling distributes the impact better. Some will disagree on holding onto reins, but I have a now "bad" shoulder from a horse I tried to hang onto and instead had my arm torn out of it's socket.

    Finally, don't worry too much about it. It's really not a big deal. I've fallen off as some very upper speeds and didn't so much as have a bruise.
        03-21-2011, 10:18 PM
    This thread is really funny, only because I have just recently started falling off my horse, accidently, of course. I have fallen three times in the last week! All I can say is that you have to try to isolate the problem. For me, I was freaking out right before the canter, so I would lean forward, and when the horse stopped, I toppled right over the shoulder. All you can do is figure out why you might fall, and try to fix the problem!

    Also, immediately get back on a finish on a good note!

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