Originally Posted by breezy17
I have a question about this... how many opportunities do you actually get to do an emergency dismount? It seems like in most emergencies, you do not get to decide when you will "dismount"
My answer involves the logic that the emergency dismount is not only for moving horses. Sometimes you just need to get off. I've only used it once. We had gotten lost while trail riding. Ended up on a busy street and came across Llamas. My horse could not process the smelly, spitting, ugly beast. He tried to bolt over and over again. I probably did 20+ one rein stops trying to get him to stay put. Cars were literally stopped in both directions so as not to hit the crazy horse. (thank goodness for drivers who still use common sense) It was like sitting on a snorting, ticking bomb and it wasn't getting any better, so I kept his head around to one side so he couldn't take off, kicked both feet out of the stirrups and jumped off, making **** sure I was going to hold on for life. Luckily it was the right choice. I never got him past the llama. I hand walked him back a good mile to another road that led home.
Frankly, I also cannot think of a reason to do while the horse is moving. I would call that more of a controlled dismount rather than emergency. Sometimes if you know gravity is going to take hold, you can better control your descent to the ground by doing on your own terms.