I don't know about anyone else but I have those slow motion falls where I can see the ground coming ,slowly, and I can think like a million coherant things at once then when I'm on the ground I'm like well that sucked. Anyone else fall like this or do they normaly have the "blackout falls"?
Yep, I think! First time I fell off my current mare I remember her bucking, me being pitched forward onto her neck, thinking that I should pitch the reins and push off to the side. But I didn't follow through, I got to the point of my hands on her neck ready to push, but then I just grabbed mane. Second buck she turned so the piece of ground I was aiming for was now a fence and as soon as her hind end landed I pushed. I still remember the fence getting closer to my face and the thought "smart plan, now you're out-stretched out arm is going through the fence and you're going to break it" I did manage to turn and just crash into the ground shoulder first instead of my arm catching me on the fence. I had some gravel in my arm, but nothing worse than any of the many times falling at the school playground growing up. I didn't get right back on as it was her first time having someone on her back (my ground helper let go of her before I was even all the way on, and silly me was taking his advice over my gut instinct of stepping down one more time before swinging a leg over. I didn't stand a chance). I went back to something she was good at before mounting up again, which was successful the second time around.
And falling off does give you interesting stories, and no reason to be embarrassed. I was riding the beginners pony one day in a lesson (my normal riding partner was lame and he was the only thing not yet used that day). So I was 17, riding for 11 years at this point on the kid-perfect Shetland pony, just trotting around the arena not paying attention and talking to the instructor. Well apparently he wanted my attention so he ducked his head and bucked once than stood perfectly still. I did a perfect somersault over his head, landing on my butt in front of him with my reins still in the my hands. I've never laughed so hard in my life.