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post #1 of 20 Old 03-22-2011, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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emergency dismounts

I've been ridding since I was about 12(i'm 25 now) and I have never leaned how to do an emergency dismounts, I just started taking lessons in middle of January(first time ever taking lessons) and last week my instructor asked me if I knew how, so I told her in theory I know how, just never actually done it, So now one of these next few lessons she wants me to do it and i'm kinda more scared of doing that then just falling off lol. Do you guys remember the fire drill things on the school bus when you had to jump out the back door? Every single time I had to do that I would hurt both my ankles, so I'm worried that (now especially that I'm older)I'm going to sprain my ankle, can anyone give me any pointers on emergency dismounts? Something to keep my from killing my ankle please
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post #2 of 20 Old 03-24-2011, 01:29 AM
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Here's an article in how to do it. I never learned it, some time I wish I had. I've talked to people that know how to do it and one thing they stress is to land on the balls of your feet so you don't over stress the ankles.
Learn How to Do the Emergency Dismount

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post #3 of 20 Old 03-24-2011, 02:03 AM
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That artical was interesting I always wondered what people meant when they said emergency dismount. I've never been taught so didn't know what they were talking about.

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I've never had to emergency dismount... But while your learning maybe you could wear ankle supports just incase you don't land on the balls of your feet?

Haha speaking of emergency dismounts, my best friend did one at the local show off her 14.1hh pony (she's 16 ) But it wasn't because something went wrong, more because she was doing a flag race with good old snuffy and she missed the pole you put the flag on, then all of a sudden she was in mid-air jumping off snuffy to put the flag on. Her mum and I are standing (well I was sitting on bubbles) on the sidelines cracking up, it was the funniest thing I've seen for a while, she never kicked out her stirrups it was just like she suddenly went up then came down beside snuffy running back to the pole (she landed on her feet too )

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I've never understood the emergency dismount thing. It's just dismounting quickly. O_o

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When I started learning to ride as an adult that is the way I was taught to dismount. Only difference is the horse is standing still, not moving. That is how I always get of my 17hh TB. I've never had a problem. The secret is not keeping your legs or ankles stiff when you slide off. Think of it like bouncing on a trampoline. Just kind of bounce off. Have someone standing behind you the first time so you won't have to worry about falling backwards. Once you do it the first time you will actually see how easy it really is.

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^^^ That is how I have always gotten off too, so I just never thought of it as an emergency dismount. I hate it when I sometimes accidently stay a little too stiff it makes my feet hurt.

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Part of my Pony Club testing was an emergency dismount. Basically it's taking your feet out of the stirrups and dismounting quickly while not standing still... I'd youtube it for further clarification =)
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If you kinda start running alongside Fred Flintstone style while you slide off, you won't fall down.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #10 of 20 Old 03-24-2011, 10:25 PM
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Lol MBP

Good info except if it were an emergency I'm not sure if I could do it as gracefully.

More like slide off any way I can and try not to get trampled!

A good tip when falling (sometimes you're forced to dismount lol) is to try to resist catching yourself, and just roll. I would rather bruise a hip than break a wrist.

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