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        06-10-2008, 11:54 AM
      #11
    Showing
    I'd suggest never try to hold the horse (mean holding reins or something) when you fell off (of course if you didn't fall on your feet :) ). Just let it go. I know on trail the horse can run away, but... It's just safer. I had really bad experience once on trail when horse tripped on hill and I fell off while still trying to hold the reins (horse wasn't mine, so I didn't want him to run away). End result: he reared and stepped on me really bad, eventually I let him go anyway because he was keep rearing. Had the same results couple other times (trying to hold horse when I slept off). And every time I eventually let the horse go, because it started to rear and buck feeling tied. Well, may be I should of get up faster to handle the horse, but it's not always possible. :)
         
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        06-10-2008, 01:18 PM
      #12
    Trained
    I just thought of another reason to let go. If you try to hang on most likely your saddle and other tack is going to get slipped off to the side or up or back. I have seen several horses not hurt by the orignal spook but rather by the saddle hanging on the horse sideways......so... its actually safer for your horse too!
         
        06-10-2008, 03:19 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Thanks guys! Ah, ok - being stepped on is kinda scary. I have seen some YouTube vids of falling off and they were scary! Well, some of those stories were so cute, lol, I hope my first fall will be nice a graceful... :roll:
         
        06-10-2008, 03:25 PM
      #14
    Foal
    The first time I fell off was about 6 months ago. I was jumping 2 cross rails..they were about 3 canter strides apart from each other. Anyways I hadn't been riding for very long (about 4 months) and it was probably my 5th lesson jumping - the place I started at wasn't very safe and the instructor wasn't very good. Anyways, I went over the first jump and I don't think my heels were down enough and both of my legs popped right out of the stirrups. So I tried to turn the horse out of the way of the next jump but he was set on going over it so I took the next one without stirrups..somehow made it over but when the horse turned to go back on the rail I fell off. I landed on my back so it knocked the air out of me and I was a little sore the next day but otherwise I was fine!
         
        06-10-2008, 03:34 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Well, your kinda like me! I've been riding for 3 1/2 years but I have fallen off once but that was b/c I passed out when we were in canter b/c I was dehidrated and it was REALLY hot that day. So I can't really remember the fall at all. And i'm not tall, i'm only 5'4" and my body is pretty proportioned. Lol.

    My advice would be, drink lots of water. Lol.
    And when you hit the ground don't tense up, be soft and kinda go into a ball. Or at least that's what they told me.
         
        06-11-2008, 01:08 PM
      #16
    Foal
    LOL I will remember - drink lots of water!!
         
        06-11-2008, 03:59 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sempre_cantando
    The 'good' thing about falling off (not that its good!) is that it usually happens so fast you don't have time to be scared. By the time you realise your falling, you've already hit the ground! Sometimes you fall slower like if you try to grab onto the horse and stop yourself from falling. These are the falls that scared me the most because I can remember the most about them. Plus, you can tend to land closer to the horse's legs and are more likely to get stepped on if you try to grab on.
    Very true. When I was looking around for horses to lease, I was riding a mare who obviously hadn't had much training at the canter. I asked for one, and she bucked, bucked and then reared. Off I came. I don't remember popping (or maybe jumping?) off, but I landed on my feet. It was a completely unconscious reaction, I think.
         
        06-18-2008, 11:48 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    I never fell off a horse until I got my own...lol I used to ride my uncles rope horse and he was a fast horse, you gave him his head and BAM he was gone! (it was fun on the racetracks)
    When I fall off if I don't get vaulted all that high I just roll on the ground until my momentum stops me, then I spring to my feet,
    If I do go for a flying lesson I try to roll(not usually succesful) then scramble out of the way, and lay on the ground for a minute collecting myself (temper) then get back on lol luckily my horse is short...heehee
    So ya main thing would be get out of the way, most horses won't purposly try to step on you but they are so big sometimes they can't avoid it
         

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