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post #1 of 14 Old 06-12-2008, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Bad Fall Today

Today I had my first real fall on Jubilee. :roll: I was riding her in the outdoor arena. She was really good at first. Did a lot of circles, bending, and such at the walk and trot. (I also lunged her earlier, walk, trot, canter and she was good).

Then I did some cantering with her. (I don't canter her that often, cuz I'm working at mostly walking and trotting right now). But she was fine for a few circles. Then I decided to cross the arena and change direction, wanting to see if she would do a flying lead change on her own. She did it, I think. But then I think she may have tripped a bit. Plus, I was looking down to see if she had changed it. I turned her quickly as I was doing this (too quickly probably) because there was a bunch of orange pylons and I was trying to avoid them. I think she spooked at them because she suddenly reared up, then let out a buck and I went flying and landed really hard, smacking my head off the ground. I am soooo incredibly glad I was wearing my helmet!!

Two girls who were watching came rushing over to see if I was okay. Jubilee got scared when she saw me on the ground, shied away from me and trotted off. (Thanks, horsie. :P ). Jaclyn came running in and grabbed her first, not wanting her to get tangled in her reins and disciplined her a bit. I was trying really hard not to cry. Like, I didn't hurt that bad, but still ... my pride was wounded, of course, I felt like an idiot. And I'm always a leaky bucket. So I kind of just sat there for a minute, shaking. Jaclyn and Vicky made sure I was ok.

One of the first things I said was, "I need to get back on." I went and grabbed Jubilee who by now was calm and completely fine, brought her over to the mounting block and got back on. I didn't feel scared, just kind of mad. The first thing I did was bring her back over to the pylon and let her sniff around it and stuff. She was fine with it. Then I trotted, and finally brought her up to canter again. I did both directions for a couple laps and she was fine. I didn't ask her for another flying lead change though.

And yeah, then I walked her out and stuff and both of us were fine. I was a little mad at her though. Although it was probably my fault for getting so ambitious and doing a flying lead and stuff. I don't know ... I wasn't scared. Like I got back on and stuff and I'm riding her this Saturday. I just felt crappy, you know? Like it's humiliating and I felt bad that she got scared too. Like why did she want me off so bad? I misjudged it yes, but I wasn't making her mad the rest of the time I was riding her, I was really soft on her mouth and she was responding well.

I don't know ... I'll be ok. It's just, falls are sometimes just really crappy. As I'm sure a lot of you can relate!

Sorry my post is so long and thanks for reading guys...

Pep talk anyone? Haha.

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post #2 of 14 Old 06-12-2008, 10:17 PM
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Aww Jub I'm glad you were okay. & getting back on is the best thing you could do- shows your confidence! I always get back on after a fall.

Hey, everyone falls...don't be too hard on yourself!

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post #3 of 14 Old 06-12-2008, 10:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks Poptart. I know everyone falls... but when it happens, it stinks. Haha.

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post #4 of 14 Old 06-12-2008, 11:12 PM
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Aww I'm glad your ok. If it helps I'll tell you what my dad did to me when I was gonna ride bareback.

I had asked him to give me a leg up on the mare, and he did it was a combo of a little to much help from and to much jump from me and up and over I went. I flew over her back and landed in mud and ants .
Very rarely do I ask him to help me now
Hope you feel better!

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post #5 of 14 Old 06-12-2008, 11:30 PM
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aw, sorry to hear about your fall! don't be hard on yourself! that's the thing about riding, it's great, but a fall is bound to happen sooner or later! glad to hear you hopped back on. who knows why she bucked? a lot of horses buck when you start training for a lead change, or when they trip, or maybe she was just feeling good. the best thing you can do is just get back on, like you did!
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post #6 of 14 Old 06-12-2008, 11:37 PM
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aw I hate those falls! Even though it doesnt hurt you just feel like your gonna cry but you try not to usually you dont but, when people ask you something and you get chocked up a bit. But getting back on was a good thing :) im glad your okay :)
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post #7 of 14 Old 06-13-2008, 12:00 AM
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Ouch! Falls suck, but they help us learn... glad you're okay, and you got back on!!


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post #8 of 14 Old 06-13-2008, 12:09 AM
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I had my first fall the other day. The horse I was riding was sorta grumpy, but we tried to canter him one more time, and he bolted, then bucked me off. :( I dont blame him. I think I hit the wall, and blacked out for a second. when i came to, i felt like i was dreaming. later i remembered having a dream where i fell off. in a way it was fun. By that time my lesson was almost over, so i got back on, but was to wimpy to trot. then, my sister was leading out her horse, and it spooked by a ditch, nocked her over, then almost trampled her. she said she didnt get steped on. it was an interesting lesson. Sorry my post is so long, too. hope you feel better :) :)

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post #9 of 14 Old 06-13-2008, 12:24 AM
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Awwww... Falls suck! Nasty icky hard ground!

I am so glad you are ok and that you were able to get back on! I am proud of you too. It takes courage to push yourself! You did it! ***Hooray*** Cookies and an Ice pack for you!

Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Don't be afraid or discouraged by the size of the task, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.

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post #10 of 14 Old 06-13-2008, 12:29 AM
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Speeking of cookies, theres a policy at my barn that when you fall off, you have to bring in cookies. kinda fun

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