02-05-2010, 01:42 PM
| || | Hmmm. Well, I've fallen off at least a few dozen times in my 24 years of riding. Mostly all when I was a dumb kid But to actually be bucked off? Only a couple of times, and all courtesy of my Arab gelding Playboy who knew every trick in the book for getting rid of his riders.
1. Spooked, spun and bolted at Pony Club camp, leaving me in the dirt (10 years old)
2. Bolted, bucked several times and launched me back first onto a gate which then catapulted me into the air, where I landed on razor sharp hunks of mud and slashed my back to ribbons (10 years old)
3. Bolted at the farm while riding him in a halter and finally got his head loose and bucked me off, making me do a somersault through the air and landing back first on a rock which cracked a rib and permenetly damaged my breathing (12 years old)
4. Bolted around a corner on ice and wiped out, coming down on my leg and destroying my left foot with a shattered growth plate, leaving me in therapy for several years and permenent damage (13 years old)
Somewhere into my teenage years, I got better at sticking with him. He dislodged me many more times then those, but those were the 4 bad ones I'll always remember thanks to the crippled body he left me with.