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post #1 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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about how many times have you fallen off?

In my house, we have a big list on the fridge, and every time you fall off, you write the date by your name, the horse you were riding, and how you fell off, just for kicks :P. It's very entertaining to look at at the end of the year!! Lol!
I got bucked off a total of 3 times, and I just fell stupidly 6 times.
Almost all of these are my fault. .

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post #2 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 02:15 PM
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I honestly lost count years ago. Now, I only remember the ones that I got hurt fairly bad or they were memberable for some other reason.
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post #3 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 02:21 PM
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I'm with smrobs, I stopped counting lol...I've hit the ground quite a few times but only remember the more memorable or painful ones. It's just part of owning and riding a horse...It's not a matter of IF you're going to fall off or get hurt, it's when and how bad..and if you get back on!

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post #4 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 02:53 PM
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too many times to count lol but I always mange to get back on

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post #5 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 06:40 PM
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Same here..have lost count. In 30+ some odd years of riding I've been bucked off, tossed over fences, come off due to rearing and shying where the horse left me on the other side of the ring and other simpler falls one of which was just in a simple canter and I just lost balance..now THAT was embarrasing. Have only had what someone would consider a serious injury once (broken humerus and 6 months of radial nerve regeneration after the surgery)..the others just left me bruised and limping for a few days.
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post #6 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 06:48 PM
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When I was young and dumb, coming off was just part of riding and breaking horses. As I got older, not so much!

In the last seven years I have come off twice - though I am not sure the last one counts as my horse fell. He was having a stupid day and was terrified of a ROCK and reared over backwards. I pushed him off me when my back hit the ground. I was unhurt, he wound up with 20+ stitches as his self furfilling prophecy was that the rock really did bit him!

Seven years ago I took a bad spill and crushed my spine - I have been told that one more fall and I am paralized for life... I flat refuse to come off any more. Period.
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post #7 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 07:00 PM
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I've lost count throughout the years. Luckily I still have a 'sticky seat' which has saved me in a lot of situations though. I've actually been in more accidents on the ground than in the saddle!

I like your list idea though :) great idea!

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post #8 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 07:13 PM
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I think I am at about 15 falls, in 12 years . My riding as a child, well I dont' know how many times I fell. I forgot.
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post #9 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 07:37 PM
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I haven't been counting since my first 15 or so. I focus on the good moments ;)

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post #10 of 77 Old 02-11-2012, 07:56 PM
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The first time I fell off I was 5 years old, was on the trail with my riding instructor when her horse spooked, mine took off running right out from under me. I cried a little, brushed myself off, got back on and went home. I was very excited tell my mom that I had fallen and told her, "Mom! I fell off! Not Val, I FELL OFF!!!" with a face like this DDDD
As if my riding instructor would have fallen off from a little canter! HAH
The second to the 9th time was off my mare, Alibi. She's a Standardbred, and she paces and trots. Her trot is TERRIBLY bouncy, so I've fallen off of her from trotting around bareback, her popping a wheelie on the trail bareback(after a bath and showsheen), her refusing a fence. I jumped, she didn't.
I've also fallen off of this OTTB at my barn. We were in the outdoor, after him not being ridden in almost a year. Part of the fence was down, and a crossrail was in the corner. He POPPED over the crossrail, I lost my blance and he veered right toward the fence. I fell around infront of his neck, and he stopped dead. Like "why re you on the ground and not on my back?"
He's a really a sweetheart<3

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