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    11-25-2013, 10:08 PM
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What do you do to feel less sore after a fall? And how do you over come the the fall?
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    11-25-2013, 10:39 PM
If you can get back on and ride, even for a few minutes, right after the fall , it helps.

It all depends so much on the person; their age, personality, state of health and the severity of a fall.

I've fallen many times. Every time I say to myself, "Ok, that should be my last one". As if it won't ever happen again. I am not sure I can always trick myself into believing that, but if I don't try, I wont' get back in the saddle.
    11-25-2013, 10:48 PM
I was given some good advice by my trainer when I had a particularly bad fall which was, "Get up, dust yourself off, take a deep breath and get back on. It was a long way from your heart." It might not be easy but I have found that it's crucial to get back on as soon as possible and try again.

How I personally overcome a fall is as follows: While I'm falling and/or on the ground I make sure I know exactly where the horse is and get up as quick as I can. I take a deep breath and pat my arms and legs down and see that I'm not missing any body parts or have any bits sticking out of me and then I shrug it off. That was then, this is now. Over analyzing it won't help any so the best thing to do is chug on and fix the problem. I tell myself that I must get back on the horse (or any for that matter) within thirty minuets. When I get the horse I might take it in a smaller arena or simply just walk it around or trot a little but I always make sure that me AND the horse end on a good note and in a good place mentally.

I one time fell head first while cantering my mare (through rider error and a spunky horse lol) when I was ten. It scared the crap out of me. I got back on within five minuets and walked and trotted around but didn't canter. Years later I still had a fear of cantering so my trainer made the best decision for me: whenever she put me on a horse she made me canter the entire time. If I stopped or got off she would literally chase me around with a lunge whip (me on the ground, not the horse(s) which just stood there while I ran around screeching). For three weeks I did nothing but canter, and on week four I didn't have that fear anymore. Same's true for if you have a fear after a fall. Expose yourself to it and muddle through it. If you have to, find someone who will chase you around with a horse whip if you stop or get off and push through it until it becomes comfortable again.

Now the remedies from the bruises afterwards are many. Personally I like a nice hot shower to loosen up my muscles and then I crash on the couch for a couple of hours. After that I'm up and moving, just like horses after a trauma you keep them moving so you don't tie up and are in double the pain. On rare occasions I've taken a couple of asprins or small pain relievers and iced different parts, but recently I found something that works twice as good: tincture of arnica.

I had a bad fall and was literally swollen from head to toe, my boss put some of that stuff on the worst parts and after resting on the couch for a couple of hours I felt better than any time I used asprin or the like. I've used it several times and trust me- it's worth it! It's not a gimmick or a hoax it's the real deal in the herb stores. :)

Everyone falls and it's natural to be scared or intimidated but just remember: that was then and when your on the ground staring at your horse - that's now. Push through and shrug it off (you can get checked by a doc later ) get on the horse and prove to yourself that you can in fact get back on. Happy riding!
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    11-25-2013, 10:48 PM
I did get back in the saddle it just scare me a bit knowing that it could have been worse and for the past 3 mouth or soo I have been falling at least once a mouth and it is start to bug me a bit that it keep on happening. Thought the last two was because of the saddle slipping
    11-25-2013, 10:55 PM
That's tough! If you are falling that often, you do have to look into why and what you can do to change that. You don't want to be TOO casual about it. Even a simple fall can break a bone.
Saddle slipping is one that you DO have some control over. (Ive come off ONCE from that. I now am more careful to double check girth/cinch)

Do you think you are falling due to some kind of negligence, or just bad luck , or are you working hard, pushing boundaries, and thus putting yourself in more risk in order to become a better rider?
    11-25-2013, 11:29 PM
More like bad saddle. I was not doing something I had a hard (cantering) time with it is one of my best gaits. The horse is just rounder in build and the saddle not the best in the world. But what scare me is I am start to black out when I start falling like I can't remember what happen when I am fall I just remember that I am on the gound and that I am sore. And the fact that the fall seem to be getting worse last time I went flying in to a wall the time before that it was a garbage can we use for mounting game. But I am not scare of riding I am just scared of getting and not being aloud to ride agin or getting hurt so bad I can't ride.
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    11-25-2013, 11:44 PM
I don't know if it's normal but I don't exactly remember when I'm falling either. My brain just registers when I hit the ground and gets me caught up later. I can tell you the general direction of where I fell off of but nothing more.

Are you keeping yourself limp when you fall or feel your saddle slip? Or are you tensing up? Work on going limp because I've been told from my doctors that that has kept me from being hurt worse. As for the saddle slipping would maybe over-tightening it help? I know it sounds horrible to say but if it's on it's on.

Also, if it helps any, on the topic of getting hurt so bad you can't possibly ride again I lifted a haybale and practically shattered my knee. It was so bad that the doctor said that I wouldn't be able to ride again ever or be around horses. I'm back on a horse six months later (through sheer tenacity and stubbornness). My point is that anything can get you to that point, I always thought it'd be a fall too that did me in but it wasn't.
    11-26-2013, 02:49 AM
    11-26-2013, 03:11 AM
Sometimes your adrenaline and the shock of it all, is just too much for your brain. If you're moving fast, your brain is going and you have a fall, it's just too fast for your brain.

You just gotta get back into the saddle and end on a good note. I totally understand your anxiety, I may not have the same situation but I've been in other life situations where I've had to just do it. And the anxiety is something you need to work on. Some days I can say, "This is NOT going to happen, stop thinking about it desiree and get over it" and other days it's so bad where I just need to think of other things and push it down. (I've been through two robberies at gun point hence the bad anxiety at times) And also, it helps if you can trust your horse. If I fell off Abby I know it would be my fault, not hers. I know that I can trust her to help take care of me.
    11-26-2013, 03:12 AM
1. Learn to fall better. Tuck and roll and try and stay relaxed, like a gymnast. This will absorb the shock and greatly reduce the pain and bruising, as well as really reduce your risk of a broken bone. Takes some practice to get the muscle memory for this but try and repeat the "tuck and roll" mantra regularly.

2. Get back on, unless you absolutely can't. Ride another 5 minutes before dismounting.

3. When you get back to the barn, ice up the worst affected area and raise it above heart-height to minimise swelling and bruising. If you have no ice handy, a drink from the fridge or running the area under cold water is a decent replacement. While immediate rest is good, try and keep moving over the next few days to stop the area from stiffening up and ensure it stays supple. I usually massage in some pain-relieving gel firmly with my fingers.

4. Remind yourself that every fall is a lesson and pain is a natural teacher. I'm not personally a believer in not thinking about falls, but I know some people just like to put it behind them and move on. I critically analyse the lead-up to the fall and think about how I can prevent it or at least reduce its severity next time. I try and identify the crucial point where I went from "might fall off" to "will fall off" and what I could have done in that moment to avoid it. If you're doing lessons this is best done in discussion with your instructor, who should have a good tip to avoid the same thing happening again. Say, if you felt your horse tense up a split second before a big buck or a spook, remember that feeling he transmitted and consider how a one-rein-stop might have helped. Then really visualise yourself doing that, and the outcome being different. Soon enough, that response to that particular situation becomes second nature.

5. Next time you feel you are about to fall off, force yourself to SMILE. I know this sounds crazy but you immediately relax which means, at the very least, the fall won't hurt so much, and at best that it may not happen at all as your seat is more secure (tensing is a great way to unseat yourself) and you're not transmitting your own fear to your horse, increasing his fear levels.

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