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post #11 of 40 Old 02-22-2011, 07:18 PM
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I'm 22, and I've had some interesting falls. My most recent being scraped off at a walk on my good friend's gelding, Sky. So embarrassing, and rather funny after the fact. Really stupid fall. Just got a couple of bruises and a jammed finger outta that one.

ANYWAY. The worst fall I've had was about 4 years ago at college. It was the first lesson back after winter break, and the horses were all fresh. The gelding I was riding decided that the mechanical door on the indoor was the scariest thing on the planet, after seeing it a million times previously. He took off bucking across the ring. I stuck it for about 5 or 6 bucks, when he twisted violently to the right, and I went soaring to the left. Straight into the wall. (I was told later, the slam echoed to the classrooms at the end of the ring) I slid down the wall and laid facedown in the footing for a minute or two before rolling over and trying to get up. I tried VERY hard to get back on, but my instructor refused to let me seeing as I couldn't breathe. I ended up being forced to go to the ER, and found out I severely bruised all the ribs on my left side, jammed my shoulder and bruised my nose. The doc said that a slight more amount of pressure would have shattered all my ribs. Long term I found out that that fall (flight?) also curved my lumbar spine. I now have a nice subluxation. ughhhh. I spent the next three days laying in bed loaded up in vicodin. wheeee!

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post #12 of 40 Old 02-22-2011, 07:26 PM
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Since you asked if one left us with scars, I feel obligated to answer.

It was my 14th birthday. My friend and I were riding at my uncle's farm when we decided to race back to the barn at a flat-out run. We were tearing along the fence line, absolutely flying, when suddenly I was in the air, upside down, backwards....and then dangling from the barbed wire fence in which I had landed. I had had a tack malfunction; the piece of leather that holds the D-ring for the cinch had cracked and broken. As a result, the saddle went flying off of the horse, as did I. As I said, I landed in the fence and was hanging in the air by my clothes, facing opposite the direction we were running. (According to my then-terrified friend, I came up and did a back flip/turn type maneuver before I hit the fence.) At first the only pain I felt was in my tailbone, as that was the only part of me that hit the ground. I stood up and began to walk back to the barn. Adrenaline still flowing, I said, "At least the fence didn't get me." I raised my ripped shirt, and my friend screamed, "Oh my God, Taylor! Yes it did!" I was gushing blood from my side, which had been devoured by the fence barbs.

Now nearly four years later, I have four lovely scars along my side. It looks like I was clawed by a cougar.
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post #13 of 40 Old 02-22-2011, 07:43 PM
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I've never had one that I couldn't get back on after a few minutes to catch my breath. As a child, I "practiced" being a stuntman, lol, and taught myself how to land and roll to not get hurt when falling. My wife, however, has with her last one. We were crossing a ditch and when we came up the other side, her horse kicked out at mine. She ended up going over her horses head and landed in front of him. Some how both her horse and mine managed to go past her with out stepping on her. She ended up fracturing a few ribs and dislocated her shoulder.

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post #14 of 40 Old 02-22-2011, 07:52 PM
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^Sunny, ouch!!!

Actually all of these are ouch...but landing in barbed wire is just a bad image!

I've only had a few falls where I didn't bounce *knock on wood*. First was a fall jumping, I front flipped over the horse's head, landed flat on my back and it knocked the breath out of me pretty good. The other time was also in a lesson. I hadn't checked my saddle before cantering, and the horse was a 3yo still learning to canter rather than dead gallop. He took a corner at a dead gallop, the saddle slipped, and I flew off the side landing on bleachers. Bleachers do NOT help you bounce...that time I messed my elbow up (couldn't fully bend or straighten for months afterward), ripped the skin completely off one of my shoulder blades, and broke my helmet clean in half.

I guess I've been fairly lucky...My worst accident had nothing to do with falling-my horse flipped her head back and knocked my teeth out a few months ago...broke that bone that holds them all in place :( The teeth are back to looking normal now, but it still hurts!

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post #15 of 40 Old 02-22-2011, 08:31 PM
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Happened about 4 years ago.

Had a horse go bronc on me who previously was quite sane and quiet. Broke 3 ribs on my left side, my right collarbone, and got a massive concussion. I believe that's when I acquired my retinal tear, since my vision was whonky for a few days afterwards.

Got the vet out the next day, because when a horse goes 'bad' suddenly it's usually a physical issue. Yep, sure was. He had arthritic changes in his spine and hocks, and he just couldn't take the pain anymore. He was retired that day. He's my Senior Pasture Maintenance Engineer now (pasture puff), and is fat and happy.

I was 49 at the time, and I don't bounce anymore; I splat and break things.

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post #17 of 40 Old 02-22-2011, 09:10 PM
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Pic and vid following...

I'm 15 (16 tomorrow) and thanks to scoliosis, I don't bounce.. Normally, I think the only fall I actually haven't been injured in was the one I really should have.

In 09 I was jumping bubbles and we were going over decently sized jumps, and of all times for me to lose my balance it had to be over to 30cm set up in the middle of the paddock, that takes talent though you know being able to jump 1m but falling off over 30cm. Anyways, I didn't stride myself correctly, bubbles was strided correctly but I was a stride behind, so I didn't go into position when I should have, got bounced backwards, lost my right stirrup and she turned left so needless to say I turned right. Sat on the ground swearing at my stupidity for a few minutes before getting back on with a sore hip and half covered in mud, doing the jumps again, then a few days later I find out I have cracked ribs... haha whoops. - I have the video of that fall but on youtube it's in the middle of another video so I won't bother posting that one.

Then about 2 weeks ago I was riding my 7yo (whom has never been on dairy pasture) He was being lazy and wouldn't trot so I tapped him with the whip and he pretty much exploded. It was like someone had set off a nuclear bomb up his bum, he bolted bucking and pig rooting and twisting, I stuck it for about 20 metres then suddenly found myself sitting in mid air beside the saddle going "OH SH*T this is a long way down", so I let go and bailed out, landed on the ground, smashed my helmet and sat there wondering why nothing hurt and watching him go bronc round the paddock. I come out with a green/blue/yellow/black/purple bruise over the inside of my right knee and part way down my leg. It looked more impressive in person though.
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The video is me on a horse I trialled, and for obvious reasons didn't buy.. But it is the exact same manner that I was thrown off Mitchell. (And the vid is also the fall I should have been severly hurt in jufging by how I landed, but got out of without a single bruise, although if you look closely at the vid you can actually see me bounce, I didn't bounce coming off mitch)

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Since you asked if one left us with scars, I feel obligated to answer.

It was my 14th birthday. My friend and I were riding at my uncle's farm when we decided to race back to the barn at a flat-out run. We were tearing along the fence line, absolutely flying, when suddenly I was in the air, upside down, backwards....and then dangling from the barbed wire fence in which I had landed. I had had a tack malfunction; the piece of leather that holds the D-ring for the cinch had cracked and broken. As a result, the saddle went flying off of the horse, as did I. As I said, I landed in the fence and was hanging in the air by my clothes, facing opposite the direction we were running. (According to my then-terrified friend, I came up and did a back flip/turn type maneuver before I hit the fence.) At first the only pain I felt was in my tailbone, as that was the only part of me that hit the ground. I stood up and began to walk back to the barn. Adrenaline still flowing, I said, "At least the fence didn't get me." I raised my ripped shirt, and my friend screamed, "Oh my God, Taylor! Yes it did!" I was gushing blood from my side, which had been devoured by the fence barbs.

Now nearly four years later, I have four lovely scars along my side. It looks like I was clawed by a cougar.
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OMG SUNNY!!!! How horrible! I've had encounters with barbed wire fencing, just getting to close to one on a trail ride and scratching my leg, but nothing to the extent of yours!!! You poor thing!

I bet now, you double check all your tack! I'm so sorry :(

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post #19 of 40 Old 02-22-2011, 09:16 PM
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Oh, I certainly learned my lesson about tack checking!

Actually, a few minutes before the accident my friend said, "Hey, your saddle looks loose, you might want to check it." I pushed it off, saying I'd fix it when we got back to the barn. If I would have checked the cinch I would have noticed.

Every time I think about that fall I thank my lucky stars that it was my side that got the barbs, not my face or eyes.
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post #20 of 40 Old 02-22-2011, 09:25 PM
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I forgot I have pictures from my recent incident...no pictures from that day when the teeth were all pushed out of place, but here's a picture from a few days later after the dental surgery, along with a picture of my smile now so that you can see the difference. lol. My lips aren't ACTUALLY Angelina sized.
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