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post #1 of 19 Old 02-02-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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3rd fall today...

But who's counting? First one I wasn't wearing my helmet and my head bounced, I think it hit a few rocks, and I always wear one now, but I didn't get back on. Second time I had my helmet on but broke my tailbone, and couldn't get back on. Today the horse I was riding went into canter after the poles and did a 180 one way and I went the other. But hey....it was a good fall for what that is worth! Nothing hurt, I got up, got back on and away we went again. The first two falls I laid on the ground for about 5 minutes saying, "owe, owe, owe" over and over again with dirt in my ears and mouth. Today...not bad and I was very proud of myself to get back on again and do it again!
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post #2 of 19 Old 02-02-2013, 10:27 PM
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After you come off 10 times you are considered a rider because by then you'll figure out how to stick a horse a lot better. Those trips to the ground never excited me at all. I got so I could stick a bronc, not that I knew the horse was going to go into full blown head down bucking.
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After you come off 10 times you are considered a rider because by then you'll figure out how to stick a horse a lot better. Those trips to the ground never excited me at all. I got so I could stick a bronc, not that I knew the horse was going to go into full blown head down bucking.
I think the whole notion that you're not a good rider if you haven't fallen x times is rubbish. There are plenty of good riders out there who are conservative in their riding and don't end up falling a lot.
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glad to hear you weren't hurt!
Last year I fell off two times! In the last 8 yrs. I've fallen off 3 times total and 2 last year LOL I think I got too relaxed, first time we were riding back into our yard, hubby had let our dogs out which didn't have collars on with tags that jingle and they came booting down the hill behind my mare, I think she might have kicked out at one, I bounced forward and promptly fell off nearly in front of her LOL good thing she is good and stops, looks at me like she's wondering why I am down there!
That was in the spring, then in the fall I was out on a ride with about 20 other riders, a friend was behind me on her big gelding, he kept getting close up my mare's butt and she was being good at trying to ignore him.....then he tripped and I turned, my friend's face was right there and I couldn't see her horse LOL his head/neck went between my mare's hind legs and under her! She gave a little jump ahead which was fine but got too close to the one in front of her that promptly booted her in the head LOL my poor girl! We were in the bush and my mare spun but stopped, I slowly slid off of her and ended up with a bruise the size of a football on the inside of my thigh!!
I have never been bucked/reared/bolted by a horse and I've seen people fall off like that and I sure don't want to try it LOL

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post #5 of 19 Old 02-03-2013, 01:47 AM Thread Starter
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OMG Thunderspark, I was trying to picture that! I would have been fine with what the horse did if I was riding western, but I have just started doing english lessons and I feel like I'm learning to ride all over again! Today I think I fell better than the other times. I guess learning to fall correctly does help.
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post #6 of 19 Old 02-03-2013, 02:31 AM
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Not sure i should be proud , but in queerky way I am.......15falls in14 years of riding. Been two years no falls so I am due soon,
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post #7 of 19 Old 02-03-2013, 03:49 AM
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So you were forced to worship the dirt gods today ;). You can never worship the dirt gods enough, just when you think you have prayed enough, the dirt gods will find a way to get you back on knees, or head, or butt (however you choose to pray), and worship them some more! Lol!
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post #8 of 19 Old 02-03-2013, 04:39 AM
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well done you for getting back on and going (also well done for deciding on the helmet after the first fall!!)

I've had so many falls I can't remember most of them, but I have broken ribs on my old mare... That was something as simple as the way my body is built(I tend to injure my left ribs easily), I got left behind at a small jump and lost my stirrups, ended up underneath the mare and rolled over backwards as she jumped over me, I'm soo **** lucky she didn't step on me that would have been so much worse..

There were silly falls where I vaulted on bareback from the ground one day (I was 5' and my mare was 15.2hh), Bubbles didn't like that and I promptly ate dirt with no helmet on (oops)

I'm probably about due for another one on my big boy Mitch, I've had him 2 years and fallen off him twice, the first time I tapped him on the shoulder with a crop and he went from lazy twit to rodeo bronc, I had no chance, I never knew he would buck like that!! (Have since learnt to stay on bucking maniac)
Second time was jumping a pile of branches in the paddock, the first time was alright after we both supermanned it, second time we jumped it he bucked afterwards and I lost my stirrups and promptly slid off the side and ate dirt again.

This year I got thrown severely off a friends mare, the mare has a bit of a story behind her but I went out to give the owner a hand, vaulted up into the saddle and didn't even get my other stirrup before she was going bronc on me, I held on and was hanging off her side with her saddle slipping and then realised i wasn't getting back on anytime soon, so I let go and pushed off with my feet and promptly got thrown into the ground, luckily I wasn't underneath her though, very close however.

-Note to self, what do all my falls seem to have in common minus the bareback one? Answer: Loss of stirrups... Solution: practice stirrupless work muuuuuuch more!!
(I never actually put two and two together till literally right now!)
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R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms
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post #9 of 19 Old 02-03-2013, 07:28 AM
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The old cowboy who taught me how to ride made me ride a spunky pony bareback. I wasn't allowed to get on a saddle till I could lope him around the round pen without falling off. I ate too much dirt then I try to admit. I can say I hwvnt had many falls since, and I've rode some pretty rank horses. I think I've fallen off my gelding twice in the years I've owned him, and the last was a friends horse who went rank and I lost my reins. Once I figured out I wasn't getting his head back, I half fell half bailed off. I was like you and laid on the ground for a few minutes. It had been a while and I didn't bounce like I remember I used too. I'll give a little advice. You can learn to fall. My honey taught me. He was a jumper in the army and he calls it the five points of landing, or something like that lol. Basically, when your going down, don't stick your limbs out to brace, and put yourself in a roll before you hit the ground. Learn how to hit the ground and it doesn't hurt so much. :)
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post #10 of 19 Old 02-03-2013, 10:46 AM
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I've fallen off more times than I can accurately remember... though I did go the first 7 years of my riding career without ever coming off and let me tell you -- it irked me like nothing else ever would to be told that I wasn't a "real" rider after those 7 years because I hadn't fallen off. I thought the goal was to stay on? ^_^

Anyhow, I've taken plenty of tumbles now. I have been very fortunate though because they have all been just that -- tumbles. Knocking on wood as I say this, but I have never been badly hurt beyond a scrape, a couple bruises, and maybe a few pulled muscles. I have always bounced back up to my feet within seconds. It's such an instinctive thing to get up off the ground that I'm probably too quick to do it -- not taking stock of whether there are any actual problems. I just feel terribly vulnerable on the ground and I don't like the embarrassment that usually accompanies a fall so I feel somewhat compelled to make it look as trivial as possible.

I think the fact that I don't accurately remember every fall has to do with the fact that I never have been badly hurt and I've always gotten back on to finish the ride. They haven't been a big deal in the past, and as I continue to knock on wood... hopefully they won't be a big deal in the future either. Though, there is the small matter of the fact that I will be spending my entire spring and summer this year on two super green broke mustangs and these are the first such horses that I will be taking it upon myself to finish.
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