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        03-24-2011, 11:35 PM
      #11
    Foal
    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"
         
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        03-24-2011, 11:37 PM
      #12
    Started
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    That's what I'm saying! I don't realize I am falling until I am on the ground most of the time!
         
        03-25-2011, 12:57 AM
      #13
    Trained
    Quote:
    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.
         
        03-25-2011, 11:14 AM
      #14
    Trained
    My tip for an emergency dismount? Do it somewhere soft lol. If you are going to willfully leave the horse and choose to disembark, at least find somewhere to cushion your posterior =P
         
        03-25-2011, 04:32 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    My friend had to do an emergency dismount once when her horse was galloping off. So it does happen when you're moving. They were on a trail ride and her horse spooked at something. There is a large field where they were riding, and a main street right next to it. To get to the barn, you have to cross the street. Her horse ran off towards the barn, and she tried to do a one rein stop several time but he just kept on going. To add to the situation, it had started raining (great ride, right?) so she didn't want to risk being on her horse in case he slipped. She only ended up with a few scratches. So it is VERY important to know how to emergency dismount.
         
        03-26-2011, 01:02 AM
      #16
    Foal
    At the camp I went to; yeah we had to learn the emergency dismount. I haven't used it.... But, I have YET been thrown off a horse so I haven't REALLY used it (:
         
        03-26-2011, 01:15 AM
      #17
    Foal

    Be like me and learn some Ukemi (falling) if you can do this then doing a quick dismount off a horse should be easy! It really works, and I can personally attest to it working when falling down a set of stairs!
         
        03-26-2011, 01:18 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Coyote    
    YouTube - Judo Dive roll 1

    Be like me and learn some Ukemi (falling) if you can do this then doing a quick dismount off a horse should be easy! It really works, and I can personally attest to it working when falling down a set of stairs!
    I literally laughed out loud when I read that. You may have been serious but I got the image of some one doing that down the stairs in my head and it was funny.
         
        03-26-2011, 01:28 AM
      #19
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by apachewhitesox    
    I literally laughed out loud when I read that. You may have been serious but I got the image of some one doing that down the stairs in my head and it was funny.
    While I didn't fly as far as the running start-dive roll, I did manage to keep myself from breaking my neck while rolling down the flight of stairs. I've seen nearly identical techniques used in stunts that involved moving vehicles and animals. (By seen I mean I watched it in videos ect.) If you do the move correctly the fall will not hurt at all. I only had one tiny bruise from my encounter with the stairs, vs broken bones or death. (I was at the top of stairwell that had 3 flights in it, by falling/rolling as taught in Judo I only fell down half of one before stopping myself.)
         
        03-26-2011, 01:36 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    Cool I think I might just have to learn this technique
         

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