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post #1 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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The Abort button

Just reading another thread about falling off and how some people abort, do an emergency dismount and was just wondering when do you consider it abortion time?

I've never had a time when I've evacuated off a horse, if I can stay on I will, the only way that horse is getting me off is if they buck me off or I actually fall off lol

Giving that I haven't really had that much experience with chronic buckers, have had a horse bolt with me, just stayed with him till he slowed down.

There was one time when I was out bush with some friends and my horse went up, I stayed on and still walked him till we got out on the road, but I got off after that and walked him a bit (he was all jig joggy) walked him till he calmed down then got back on, I think that's the only time I've aborted.

Bit interested in hearing your stories, when your on a horse and you've hit the "OH CRAP" stage.
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 10:39 AM
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I stepped off once when a mare I was working started bucking on a hillside.

She probably was athletic enough to make it down with me on her while bucking, but it wasn't worth finding out to me. She continued to buck down the hill, I walked down and got back on.

Not certain of what brought that all on. But, we had no further incidents.
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post #3 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 10:42 AM
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Originally Posted by RedTree View Post
Bit interested in hearing your stories, when your on a horse and you've hit the "OH CRAP" stage.
I've done this twice, both times on my 16.3 OTTB, Sonnet. I'm 5'2'' and 105 lbs so when he wants to get his way, it's REALLY difficult to stop him sometimes! (he used to be really nervous)

The first time was about a year after I bought him. He was acting really weird in the arena, as if he couldn't focus. I kept telling my trainer that he was going to run in to something. To this she replied: "Only an idiot horse would run in to something!" Well… thirty seconds later, as we were cantering on a 20 meter circle, he started drifting to the outside. I pushed him in with my leg and tried pulling on my inside rein because he wasn't drifting just a little bit, he was drifting a lot!! He ran chest first in to a standard. As he ran in to it, I jumped off, landed on my butt, got up, and grabbed him to make sure he was okay. It happened so fast!

The second time, I had Sonnet on the track after working him for a long time. He is usually great on the track, very laid back and easy. I guess his racing instincts caught up with him because while we were cantering, he broke in to a gallop with me. It was fun at first because I felt as if I was in control, and he was having fun, but then he started heaving his head under and I lost control. I tried circling him, no use! I tried pulling back with all of my force, didn't work! I tried sitting and giving him all the rein, nope! So I figured that he might just run until he stops - okay! UNTIL HE DIDN'T GO AROUND THE BEND OF THE TRACK! He was headed right for the barn. I tried to do an emergency dismount but he was running so fast that I couldn't get off, I was literally sticking to him with no stirrups, one leg half kicked over his butt. When I eventually pushed myself off of him, I landed on the asphalt of the barn driveway - and he ran right through the barn! As soon as he realized I wasn't on his back, he turned around and trotted back.

We've never had such incidents again!! And thank goodness for that!!
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post #4 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 11:07 AM
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was just wondering when do you consider it abortion time?
when you know you cant ride it out and the situation is getting unsafe. A blind bolter, the sort that is running blindly to the point of racing through unsafe terrain, over cliffs, into fences and trees, that you cant turn, you need to bail, asap(yes, I've been there) as well as a situation where you know you cant stick it out or control it. for example:

opinionated mare unexpectedly launched into a rodeo style bucking fit, headed straight at a fence. I'm no bronc rider, and I knew I was coming off, so I was half thrown, half bailed, just before she hit the fence and flipped over back wards. I horribly broke my wrist(fractured and badly displaced), but I lived.

I'm all for sticking it out, but sometimes its more dangerous to stay on than fall off.
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post #5 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 11:56 AM
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Well, I think everyone's pretty much said that you bail when it's just too dangerous for you or the horse. I had a 20 year old Arab who bucked when she thought she had done enough for the day. One time she was bucking and I slipped off to one side. She finished her spaz and began to run off. I still had my seat and could have pulled myself back up in time and then reined her back in control, but the pasture was muddy and her legs were churning sideways. So I bailed. It wasn't worth having the horse fall on me.
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post #6 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 12:09 PM
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If the horse is flighty, mad or just generally being dumb, I don't abort. In that situation, its more of a principle thing- can't let the horse win lol

Otherwise, I have aborted plenty of times. Usually its when I already know that I'm too off balance and can't save it. Otherwise it has been when the horse was too terrified to use any reasoning side of his brain- there is no point in being mounted at that point.

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post #7 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 12:21 PM
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I think it's just something you know. I'd rather make my fall "mine" then be at the mercy of the horse (who clearly isn't thinking about my safely). The one time that stick out to me was bailing out on a run away. I knew he was heading right into the woods and I didn't want to take a tree to the face.
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post #8 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 12:33 PM
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I abort when things get too dangerous for me or the horse, the rest of the time I just fall or get thrown off. The one time I aborted my mission was when I had a horse fall down from underneath me. I felt him start to fall and I leaped off of him faster than I thought was possible. There was one other time, my gelding tripped and went down on his knees so I hopped off the saddle and helped him out. Mostly though I just stick with it! :)
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post #9 of 23 Old 01-03-2014, 01:58 PM
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I'm a crappy rider, so I bail off all the time. I also fall off fairly frequently, but I hardly ever get tossed off. Last time I bailed off Ahab, he was moving fast on asphalt toward an intersection, and I couldn't stop him, nor turn him on the asphalt road, so jumped off, holding on to the reins, got banged up a bit, and bought a stronger bit.
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As with Incitatus32, the only time I have ever purposefully bailed was when my horse tripped in the arena, and started going down. NO WAY was I getting pinned under her. I launched off just as her knee was hitting the ground. By the time I rolled and got to my feet, she was standing patiently waiting for me. I will never know how far down she actually went. And, luckily, I didn't have to find out!
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