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    10-24-2008, 08:47 AM
  #1
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Emergency Dismounts

I have never been able to land on my feet in an emergency dismount. I land on my feet and then I end up on my hands and knees. I want to practice this but I'm not sure if there is a "safe and proper" way to practice or if I should just go out and pick up the trot and bail at the trot and then the canter?

Does anyone have suggestions on practicing an emergency dismount? I thought I'd pick the most laid back horse in the barn and start out bareback so I don't have to worry about stirrups and stuff?
     
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    10-24-2008, 09:37 AM
  #2
Foal
I've never heard of emergency dismounting! I've never been taught that one! What is the purpose of energency dismounts? Surely your safer on top of your horse rather than throwing your self off if you get into some trouble? If your horse has bolted for example, jumping off would be dangerous and painful, and unless your horse is ill or extremely naughty, most will stop after they get away from whatever has scared them, and will usually go over or around things to keep themselves free from injury. If you can't stop them, you can usually guide them, so if you are heading for somewhere you don't want to go, you might be able to steer away from it if your still with the horse.

If you think emergency dismounts are essential, be sure to bend your knees when jumping off so you don't jar them, and if you are going to do it quickly then bending your knees should give you more stability. Maybe try jumping off your bed first from a standing position, then try running and jumping on your bed then jumping off and see if you can keep your balance that way. Practise emergency dismounts when the horse is walking, and don't try trot and canter unless your certain you can keep your feet at walk. Try to land and keep moving with the horse, so if he's trotting land and run at the same pace as your horse whilst holding onto the saddle until you get your balance rather than letting go of him straight away.

If your doing this, is the aim to let go of the reins too? The reins may become tangled around his legs and he could run into danger such as onto a main road, although obviously that is better than having you not be able to stop him, hanging onto his reins and being dragged along too.

I think it could be a useful skill to learn, but should only be used in the most serious emergencies and not as a bail out whenever your a bit scared. Good luck with it anyway!
     
    10-24-2008, 09:48 AM
  #3
Trained
Farmpony, I know that emergency dismounts are recomended for safe riding... I however lack the "cat like" reflexes it takes to stay on my feet.

OK OK>>> I'm a Klutz! :roll: I prefer the "tuck & roll" method when it comes to landing the dismount. It's easier on my knees and I know I won't break an arm or something silly trying to stay on my feet.

The whole point is so you don't get hung up on your saddle, I wouldn't waste my time doing it bareback. If you're practicing it I would make sure you don't have split reins... That would tank if the horse got hung up on a practice run.

I'll add this just for funnies...The only time I actually made an emergency dismount my bra got hung up on the saddle horn... I'd practice WITH tack!
     
    10-24-2008, 10:18 AM
  #4
Showing
Mine would be more of an emergency SPLAT
     
    10-24-2008, 11:35 AM
  #5
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An emergency dismount is essential for all riders I think. It should only be used for exactly that... Emergency. I have had to do only a few emergent dismounts over the past 20 something years, but like I said... I always land on my knees in the end... Or, like when the pony reared and started to fall, I pushed off and landed on my side, but I don't know if I could have landed on my feet comming off a 13 hh pony at a teetering rear...

I remember practicing dismounts and learning the proper way to fall (tuck and roll) in lessons years and years ago.....
     
    10-24-2008, 11:38 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by hunkyhorse    
If your doing this, is the aim to let go of the reins too? The reins may become tangled around his legs and he could run into danger such as onto a main road, although obviously that is better than having you not be able to stop him, hanging onto his reins and being dragged along too.

NO! The aim would be to land on your feet w/ the reigns in hand. I've seen tons of riders do it at shows and what not, graceful little monsters! I would land on my feet, then I would fall on my knees, and eventually my hands, which is where I would loose my reigns... WHICH, If I were on trail, then I could loose my horse and have an issue...

My horses are pretty well behaved so the need for this isn't huge, but I'd like to be capable...
     
    10-24-2008, 11:50 AM
  #7
Foal
I don't think landing on your hands and knees, would be a very good move. The tuck and roll would be better. I landed on my hands and knees this summer. Both legs were extreamly bruised from my knees to my ankles. The older you are the harder to heal, the nurse next door was concerned about blood clots, so had to take a daily dose of asperine.I managed not to break anything, but at my age that also becomes a concern. I think part of my body aches and pains now, dirived from my past when I used to think jumping to and from galloping horses was all in the days fun..... Now 40 years later, I don't think so!!!!
     
    10-24-2008, 12:24 PM
  #8
Green Broke
WHAT?!?!?! We have to bail off?! Ooh jeebus.. that's a deal breaker for me. I'm sure I'd break a bone or something. I've learned the circles, but heard nothing of an emergency dismount. I'd probably pee my pants.
     
    10-24-2008, 12:57 PM
  #9
Yearling
I never learnt tuck and roll or ever heard of an emergency dismount, but it sure would be handy! When we did the games I vaulted off but forgot to run and ended up on hands and knees
     
    10-24-2008, 01:06 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by aappyfan1    
I don't think landing on your hands and knees, would be a very good move. The tuck and roll would be better. I landed on my hands and knees this summer. Both legs were extreamly bruised from my knees to my ankles. The older you are the harder to heal, the nurse next door was concerned about blood clots, so had to take a daily dose of asperine.I managed not to break anything, but at my age that also becomes a concern. I think part of my body aches and pains now, dirived from my past when I used to think jumping to and from galloping horses was all in the days fun..... Now 40 years later, I don't think so!!!!
That's my issue! I can tuck and roll, but in all honosty, that's when I've TRIED to stay on and gotten THROWN to the moon and back! Teehee... but I want to land on my FEET if I ever bail. It's rare that I bail... I bailed last night but I ended on my hands and knees..... I was... well... teehee OH FINE! I havent been on my old black horse in years because he's retired and I just wanted to sit on him... He was grazing w/ no halter or anything, so I got on him... He's almost 30 years old and can barely walk... Well, that's what he acts like anyway! He's a lightening bolt! LMAO!
     

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