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    04-04-2009, 12:40 PM
fell off my horse

I fell off my new horse yesterday. I am discouraged and really missing my 17 year old unflappable riding buddy. (He is a pasture pet now because of a tendon problem that will plague him for the rest of his life) I got this six year old horse that seemed very quiet tempered and is fairly small. My husband did not want me to get another older horse and have the constant lameness issues.
I think I should have lunged my horse longer before riding. He had not been ridden for a week. What happened is the snow crashed off the arena roof especially loudly, the trainer said my horse did an all four feet straight up in the air. When he came down two things happened, when he hit the impact exploded the loudest "gas" I have ever heard come out of a horse and I think that actually spooked him again, also I may have hit him with my spur. I use the smallest english kid spur because he is a bit on the lazy side. So he shot forward and off I came. It would have been funny if I had not fallen off. And I am sore today! I know that if I am going to continue with horses I need a better seat and balance. Learning as an older rider is a slow process, any suggestions for getting better quick. I did get back on and lope him for awhile. I take lessons and the trainer tells me sit back, heals down and all the right stuff but sometimes I think I just can't get it. My husband is thinking maybe we should send my new horse to the trainer who did such phenomenal job with my daughter's horse but I am thinking it is more me that needs to be trained. Sorry for the long post but I am feeling "directionless" so far as the horses are concerned!!
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    04-04-2009, 12:55 PM
That sounds like one of those types of falls that just about anyone would have taken a spill.
As far as finding your seat, have you done any bareback work? I know its sounds tough but I'm 51 and will occasionally ride my mare bareback in very controlled places just to get that balance work in. Even just riding with your feet out of the stirrups helps you find that sweet spot.
Keep going with the horse you have and if it ends up being to much horse for you then don't hesitate to switch. I went through 3 horses in 3 years finding the one that fits me and that I have trust in.
Be sure to give the one you have a chance. My Vida (she will be 10 this year) will be a bit goofy when its been a week since she has been ridden. When I can get a ride in every day or even every other day she is a dream. I think any horse that isn't ridden regularly is going to be goofy unless they are in their late teens or early 20's and they have better memory's.
    04-04-2009, 01:11 PM
One of the cowboys where we board our horses suggested the bareback idea. So I went into the arena with him there supervising. This was before I got my new horse so I was on my daughter's horse. All was going well, I was doing walking and some slow trotting around poles. The BO came through the hall into the arena by the gate and for some reason it startled the horse, he jumped sideways, then back and then sideways again. It was the third one that got me off. That fall really hurt for some reason. I did get right back on and sure enough I was walking along and the goat came bounding into the arena, he never comes by the arena. The horse spooked and I hung on and all was fine because he did not do the zig zag thing. But I am thinking I am not good enough for bareback, unless maybe someone was actually leading the horse, boy would I feel stupid but maybe I should try that?
    04-04-2009, 01:24 PM
I know its wasn't funny at the time but geesh that's a great story! You sure have bad luck
If your having problems with balance and seat I truly believe bareback is the best way to find it. Maybe start out with the saddle on and your feet out of the stirrups. You would have something besides mane to grab onto that way.
Tie up the goat and tell everyone to stay out of the way first
I haven't fallen off in over a year but I did break my back when I did. I know that feeling of fear the first time you get back in the saddle believe me.
I don't bounce near was well as I did when I was younger
    04-04-2009, 01:51 PM
My daughter also told me I needed to do lots of posting without stirrups like the trainer made her do. But our trainer said maybe that was not a good idea with my noticeable "bad luck" with falling off. Especially now with the horses feeling so "springy" She has gotten a bit cautious with me I think. So I think what I will do is just get someone to have the horse on a lead rope with a halter under the bridle. It will look silly but I am used to that!! Maybe I can get someone willing to do that for at least 10 minutes or so and see how it goes. And try and do more bareback work in the middle of a hot summer day in the outdoor arena where there are fewer surprises lurking. I am 51 years old as well. They say you are only as old as you feel, well I certainly feel 51 years old when I hit the dirt! Thanks for your suggestions. You have gotten me back on track. I think this horse will work out for me but you are right I should also realize that I can change my mind and find him a different home and look for an older horse. That kind of takes some of the pressure off .
    04-04-2009, 01:54 PM
By the way how did you break your back? Was it out on a trail? How serious?
    04-04-2009, 02:13 PM
It was just one of those freak things. I was about 2 miles from home in a hay pasture with my husband on his horse and I on mine. He was ahead of me so I got up to a gallop to catch up. I didn't realize he had stopped so I started to turn my horse while she decided to stop instead. I was planing on going to the side but with the horse coming to a stop I was just totally unprepared for the zig zag motion at that speed and off I went. It was November so the ground was very hard and I hit just right to fracture 3 transverse processes in my lower spine. I call them riblets they are the small bones that stick out on the side of the vertebrae. Nothing to do to heal them up just takes time. Thanks for asking
Have you thought about getting a gaited horse?
    04-04-2009, 02:46 PM
I don't think there's anything wrong with you or your horse.
He spooks and you fall; it makes sense, and it happens to all of us.
Typically, I fall off twice a week, as I ride horses who need schooling. : P
    04-04-2009, 03:18 PM
You must be young if you can fall off that often, or maybe you get better at falling and rolling a little more than just hitting flat?
My old horse is a gaited horse. He is a small paint tennessee walker.
My daughter likes to do lots of cattle sorting, playling at o-mok-sees and takes reining lessons. I don't compete but I like to go to practices with her. I did take my gaited horse last year but it was not quite the same so I thought I would get a QH so I could keep doing stuff with her. Okay, if falling is just part of riding, just curious, how many times can I hit my head with one helmet? I have never hit very hard, but enough to have a sore spot on my head. Somewhere I read that the cushioning in helmets can only take so many hits. Is your back completely healed or does it still bother you. I am worried about coming off this new horse on the trail because that is way different than arena dirt.
    04-04-2009, 03:27 PM
If I overdo I definitely know something is different. I can occasionally feel the bones floating around in there but its getting better all the time.
My confidence is still a bit shaky. I don't gallop near like I used to, rarely go beyond a canter. My horse is gaited as well so its better that I keep her in gait anyway.

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