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        01-03-2014, 03:25 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Depends on whether you mean just dismount because the horse is getting antsy/spooky and might become too much to handle, but before there's a real problem (I do that quite a bit), or because she's already become too much? The latter, which I've only had to do twice, gets done at the point where I'm sure I'm going to come off anyway, and I want it to be as much under my control as possible.
         
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        01-05-2014, 06:44 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by SlideStop    
    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.

    That's true, I think I have the mentality though of you ain't getting me off, whe he was bolting on me I was actually more worried about him then myself, as we were going through bush with a single dirt track, I was more worried he'd hurt himself..... I think I'm weird like that, got scratched up like no tomorrow, nothing major though


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    Originally Posted by tayloranngenevieve    

    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!!
    Haha he was probably like where'd you go mum?
         
        01-06-2014, 05:47 PM
      #13
    Foal
    As a novice rider I have only had to abort once and it was a pretty scary experience. We were on a trail ride and my horse slipped as he was trying to step up on to some rocks (my fault) he then decided to spin around and run back up the trail. As this was happening I lost the reins up by his ears. The rest is kind of blurry but somehow one leg came out of the stirrups and I slid off and grabbed onto a tree near by. After the initial shock I had to go chase my horse down and I ended up walking him up the rocks before remounting.

    I think it's really good if you have never had to dismount in what you deemed an emergency. My friend the horses owner was kind of annoyed that I wasn't able to sit through my situation but all was well in the end because I caught up to the horse.
         
        01-06-2014, 06:20 PM
      #14
    Started
    A month or so ago, I was warming up Vince for our dressage lesson when he started freaking out.

    A student was arriving for a lesson with her gelding from another property. Vince let out this nervous winny, started jigging, throwing his head around and even tried to stand up on his hind legs.

    I debated jumping off him but figured he would stomp on me so I decided I was safer in the saddle. I ended up riding a bunch of circles, changing direction, doing leg yields...anything to keep his mind focused on training. He eventually got over it but was a little hot the remainder of the lesson.

    If he wasn't so darn big I probably would have dismounted; glad I was able to ride through it though.
         
        01-06-2014, 06:57 PM
      #15
    Foal
    IMO the time to abort is as mentioned...when its no longer safe for you or the horse. I jumped off a mare I had once for 2 reasons, she was very spooky at the time and reactive and I was a novice rider so I didn't want to lose control and get hurt so I decided to bail and give her a lesson from the ground. The first time she tried I was able to anticipate her and bend her to a stop though just barely but the second time I didn't think I could get her and bailed. I gave her lesson to her from the ground, got back on, and she never tried again after that. However, recently I did bail from my 4 yo mustang gelding. I was riding sick and a family member was walking her horse with mine trying to be thoughtful and discourage any issues though my horse was actually having a great ride without him...but she was being thoughtful. Our horses stopped to take a drink just before I quit him as he was being so good. He decided to play in the water and she didn't want to get another bucket to fill the trough so she scolded him while I was still on. She unknowingly used too much pressure and spooked him so of course he spun around and went to bucking. (He has a big buck in pasture when playing so never thought I could stay on if he ever tried something.) I was so sick I couldn't bend him around fast enough and after the 4th buck my balance was pretty far forward and he was getting closer and closer to the T-post...naturally I didn't want to fall on that. So, I allowed myself to fall off...though unfortunately landed on my shoulder as I couldn't do much at that point. I was glad I stayed on till the 4th buck and did get back on and gave him a lesson. But I did end up in the ER and though they thought it was broken...ended up just being badly bruised. Unfortunately here we are over a month later and its still sore! Another lesson learned...
         
        01-06-2014, 07:46 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    I have never been in a situation where I have HAD to bail, like some of the other folks have mentioned. And I very, very rarely get bucked off. There are lots of times when I figure I am going to get dumped, and then somehow I end up staying on (don't ask me how.... must be some weird talent of mine ).

    But on the other hand, I think my brain has its own automatic "abort" button that I don't even have to think about.

    My one example is from last summer. I was riding my 2-yr-old colt for about the 6th time. He has been SO easy to start. Just a dream. I haven't started a colt in a while, so I was stupid and got lax. I thought I would ride him from the corral to the pasture. I had already ridden him in the pasture with another horse as a safety buddy, and I normally work him in the corral. And the pasture is where he normally stays anyway, so both very familiar places for him.

    We were walking through the "runway" which is probably about 35 feet wide for about 50 feet, and it's normal fencing smooth wire, with the top and 3rd wire HOT. He balked about halfway through the runway, and didn't want to walk anymore. I asked him to move forward as I always do (he was a little "sticky" on his 1st and 2nd ride) but he decided to throw a little temper tantrum for the first time. His butt hit the one side of the fence, and I'm sure he got zapped, and he lunged forward and headed for the other fence. I am panicking in my mind, thinking me and him are going to get tangled up in fence. I eventually fell off over the front of him. The more I think about it after the face, he was pretty much only crow-hopping. Sure, not easy to ride, but not that bad that it would make me fall off. I was perfectly capable of riding through it. But why did I fall off?

    The more I think about it, I think my subconsious mind had me bail. I knew I wasn't in a good situation and it could be very dangerous if it continued. I was really mad at myself for falling off (and mad for trusting a colt when I should darn well know better) but I was very thankful we both walked away with no injuries.

    I didn't mentally make the decision to make myself fall off, but I think my mind did it for me.

    I lead him out deep into the pasture, away from all fences, and mounted up again. Needless to say, he was rather spooky that *I* was going to zap him from behind (he did not know it was the fence that zapped him) and it took a few rides to get his confidence back. But I sure didn't make a stupid mistake again.
         
        01-06-2014, 11:08 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    I only bail when I absolutely can not save the situation. It's only happened twice. Once when a horse spooked and went into a blind panic. The other time was when I was clinging to the side of my horse after he stumbled and there was no way I could get my self back into position. Other than that, I always to to recover or ride out whatever is thrown at me.
         
        01-08-2014, 07:46 PM
      #18
    Trained
    I will only bail if I have exhausted every other option. I've had to do it once. We were trail riding and got lost. We came upon a main road we recognized and decided to follow it to the trailer. About 1/2 mile away, we pass a farm that had llamas. My horse an llamas is a bad thing. In a lightning flash, he turned into a rigid, high headed, snorting fire breathing dragon. This is a 16.2 TB with one hell of an engine on his hind end. He spun around and tried to bolt. One rein stop saved it, but only intensified the situation since he felt he was still in danger. 17 one rein stops later and traffic stopped in both directions in case because this was all going on so close to the road, I decided to hold onto the reins as firmly as possible, jumped off and hoped I would be able to hold onto him. Luckily I did and was able to hand walk him away to safety. Still took him a good mile to calm down, but in the end it was the right call. I'm a firm believer that you are safer on the horse than next to him, but sometimes to do have to just bail.
         
        01-08-2014, 08:47 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I aborted my mission once when Sonny took off going close to 50 mph in an uncontrollable bolt. I had been riding double, my friend in the saddle, me behind.

    He was bolting toward a ditch so I told my friend that on the count of 3 she had to jump off. She did and I got in the saddle and tried to slow him down. My efforts only caused him to spin into a tree, tear the cinch strap, and stumble. I launched myself off him mid tumble and landed chest deep in a ditch full of cattle farm run off. Sonny bunny hopped into the ditch and right up the other side and took off across a field. My friend went and caught him with her horse.

    It was an adventure.

    I've also been "informed" by a horse that the ride was over a few times lol. I climbed on my mom's horse once when she brought him home. I was bareback and he wasn't having that. I was on for maybe 2 seconds before my chin was introduced to the ground.
         
        01-08-2014, 10:13 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I know of a few people that bail at the first inkling of trouble.

    As far as I can recall, I've only chose to bail 3 times.

    The first was right after we paid over $150 to get our video camera fixed. I was carrying it and my horse spooked at a gunshot. I had the reins in one hand and the camera in the other. I was hanging off the side of him and had to decide whether to drop the camera to save myself or bail to save the camera. Camera 1, me 0.

    The next was while I was starting a friends horse. I was riding bareback on our driveway and he decided to take off back to the other horses. I slid to the side and he was heading right for my car. Instead of coming off into the car, I bailed early.

    The last was riding my rescue mare. The others that I was riding with wanted to lope a little. I hadn't loped with the mare yet. We were OK for a few strides when she started to buck. I looked down and she was bucking right over an open culvert. Instead of fighting to get back in control and her getting hurt in the process, I bailed and let her go.

    I'm not in favor of practicing the emergency dismount as some do. To me, that just puts in your mind as your first option. Only if you can't recover or you or the horse is in danger of getting hurt should you purposely bail.
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