The Zen of Falling
Funny you should think of falling. I somehow had kidded myself into believeing that I would not be doing any more of that. Heck, I've fallen 13 times in 11 years! Now that I am 52 years old, falling is just way more unappealing than it used to be, not that it was any carnival before.
You got a lot of advice from folks who are more knowledgeable than me.
I am going to try and incorporate that into my next fall, whenever it may be.
I fell off my horse at the canter just two weeks ago and it was one of my harder falls, due to the forward momentun. I just hate that moment, described by another, when you pass the point of no return and you say, "oh s**T! I'm going down"
I especially agree with the advice to always wear a helmet and carry a cell phone on the trails. Inside your helmet, write you phone number, name , blood type and any drug allergies, in case you are found unconcsious, God Forbid!
Anyway, the thing to do is not to worry about it too much. It WILL happen, I can guarantee you, so just try to worry about controlling the when. It is in God's hands. Because it's quick and sudden , it frees you from the stress that comes with bad things that happen little by little.
You cannot control it, so you are freed from that responsibility, just hit the ground like they said and accept.
Most falls are not that big a deal. There's the shock element, then the free chiropractic and the air knocked out of you. I always find that while I am sitting on the ground feeling my body to make sure I am all still in one piece that making some noise or quick , heavy breathing (like being in labor ) helps to dispell the emotional stress. If I need to cry, or cuss, or growl , or yelp or moan . . . I JUST DO IT! I never care what others will think of me and my noise. Then I realize that the world has gone on and I'm still in it and I need to get back on that horse.
Like another said, don't worry about making a big deal about it, just get back on, walk around and LAUGH! That's a big one for feeling better, if you aren't hurt. The real pain usually comes the next day, and you get to tell all your war stories at the barn or to your buddies. Show me the bruises!
I rode today for the first time since falling last (I really reefed my pelvis bad). I felt tentative and kept wasting emotional space thinking of all the ways I could come off again. I had to drag myself back to the here and now and admire the exquisitely beautiful day I was given.
Stay in the here and now. Your fall will come looking for you, so don't waste your time looking for it.
Last edited by tinyliny; 09-15-2010 at 01:15 AM.