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post #1 of 17 Old 12-05-2008, 07:32 PM Thread Starter
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Question well, never fallen like that before!

Lately the horse I ride has been ill so I have been riding different horses every time I go. Well last time(two days ago to be exact) I rode the newest horse, JAZZ. He is a american thoroghbred so he is like a foot taller than I am. But then again I am pretty small. Well he is a jumper so every time I practiced my two point he would speed up into a canter and go towords the jumps. Well he has a FAST trot and a FASTER canter. So when I started to canter, he just went buzzerk. I don't know if I kicked him in the wrong spot or if he got spooked, I was very confused. So at full gallop, I start to fall off. It was more of a slide off as I was told later by some observers but it cirtainly felt like a fall to me! Then I hit the ground.It turns out that I had only broken a couple of fingers and pulled a muscle or two. I have fallen a couple of times before but not off a huge horse at gallop. Is like a WAY to fall off a horse safely at a gallop?
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post #2 of 17 Old 12-05-2008, 08:03 PM
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I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt too badly.
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I did one of those once too. Except I bailed into the kicking boards.. hahaha Lets just say my helmet was about 10% of it's original thickness.
We thought I had a broken elbow, but I just knocked it really hard and got some T3s from the doctor mm.
Safest way to fall off a galloping horse is into bushes or something soft looking, but if you have no choice then try to land on your side with some angular momentum so that the most surface area possible is hitting the dirt, and you roll away from the horse.

I don't trust horse's named Jazz because of the KWPN stallion haha.
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Glad you're ok!!!! Ask your trainer to teach you an emergency dismount, then practice practice practice so it becomes second nature. The most basic emergency dismount is to kick your feet out of the irons, hug your horse's neck and jump off/away from the horse. It's fairly awkward and I think I've done a terrible job of explaining. But practice at a standstill, then walk, trot, etc.

I should be one to talk because of the number of times I've started falling and just told myself "just hang on a little bit longer" lol

You should ask your trainer what you did wrong too. If he/she doesn't know his/her horse well enough to tell you what likely went wrong, you shouldn't be riding him!

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I've never really understood the emergency dismount, but that's just me...

I've got a 16hh horse, so he isn't huge, buthe's bigger than most of the others at my barn... Anyway, but every time I've fallen off and actually known it had a chane to do something before it happened, all I've really paid attention to is steering away from the wall and just letting myself fall.

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Lately the horse I ride has been ill so I have been riding different horses every time I go. Well last time(two days ago to be exact) I rode the newest horse, JAZZ. He is a american thoroghbred so he is like a foot taller than I am. But then again I am pretty small. Well he is a jumper so every time I practiced my two point he would speed up into a canter and go towords the jumps. Well he has a FAST trot and a FASTER canter. So when I started to canter, he just went buzzerk. I don't know if I kicked him in the wrong spot or if he got spooked, I was very confused. So at full gallop, I start to fall off. It was more of a slide off as I was told later by some observers but it cirtainly felt like a fall to me! Then I hit the ground.It turns out that I had only broken a couple of fingers and pulled a muscle or two. I have fallen a couple of times before but not off a huge horse at gallop. Is like a WAY to fall off a horse safely at a gallop?
the wording in your post made me laugh. Also when there is a title like yours you just can't help but come and read the thread Glad you didn't get seriously hurt and that you now take it with a smile :)
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post #7 of 17 Old 12-06-2008, 03:33 PM Thread Starter
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I am soo going to practice the moves!!! Thank you. And yes it is true, I will NEVER ride a horse named jazz AGAIN This event was however under a different state. All the horses where "so blobby" that's what my trainer said, he was the only horse to ride. I have seen him in the ring before but with a bigger more experienced rider so I wasnt sure. But the good news is that I will not be riding him anymore. I wont hold a grudge against this horse. He is pretty sweet but is a wee bit wild!!! good thing that my guy is back and healthy ans a horse!! I will try the moves ON my guy ceaser just for my safty!! THANX SO SO SO MUCH!!
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Well, I think you should ride this horse Jazz again, but when your a little more experienced and when some one else has worked with Jazz. But its good that you don't hold a grudge! And I am glad to hear that your alright! He sounds like the horse I lease, lol, sweet on the ground but when its time to go, its time to run. Alot...lol

You can't compare jumping a horse to flying...because jumping is WAY more fun!
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post #9 of 17 Old 12-06-2008, 09:12 PM Thread Starter
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well I just got home from the stable and I had a visit with JAZZ. He was as always nice on the outside. And I did try some of the moves on dismounting in distress. I thought they would be harder!!! So that's a plus. One of my friends told me that her friend rode JAZZ once, and that ONE and only time she fell off at a gallop just like I did but hit her neck on a pole. So I am so so so happy that I only fell off with a couple fingers broke and some nasty bruises!! Maybe down the rode when I am a better rider I will once again climb aboard the all powerful JAZZ LOL!!
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Good that your ok! Usually you have to curl youself up when falling.
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