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        01-02-2014, 06:05 PM
    First fall off current horse...

    So, I fell off Ursula for the first time yesterday. I've had her for nearly 4 years, and there have been plenty of near-misses and times where I should have fallen but, by some miracle, I didn't. Well, yesterday, I hit the dirt, hard. I wasn't even settled in the saddle yet. I had just gotten on, and we walked less than half-way around the arena when something jumped out of the woods by the arena. I don't know what it was. All I know is that I heard some rustling and saw a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye. Then I looked down to find myself suspended in mid-air behind the saddle. There was no time to react.

    My husband was on the ground at the time, with his horse (that used to be mine). He asked if I was okay, then let go of Rags to run over. Then Rags broke into a trot and came running over too. My husband helped me up and then Rags barged in and put his head right in my chest. It was quite possibly, the cutest thing ever. Both of them.

    It didn't get back on after I fell because my horse was totally freaked. The last thing she needed was to be freaked further, and the last thing I needed was to fall again. My horse is a rescue and we've made a lot of progress, but after I fell yesterday, it took me forever to catch her and then she stood there trembling like I was going to beat her for being scared. I'm afraid this is going to set us back to square one. :(

    I instead just walked her until she calmed down, then took her back over the "scary corner" and made her stand there until she stopped snorting. Then I praised her and called it a day.

    Anyhow, I went to the hospital, and nothing's broken, but I sprained my neck pretty badly. My back was hurting me before the fall and now it REALLY hurts. I can't even dress myself, I'm in so much pain, but this isn't the first time and won't be the last time I fall.

    So, I want to hear stories about your falls! What happened? Did you get back on? Were you hurt? Do you think I did the right thing by not getting back on right away? A lot of people keep telling me I'm wrong for not jumping back on right away. Every other time I've fallen, I've gotten back on, but this time it just didn't feel like the right thing to do. What do you think?
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        01-03-2014, 12:30 AM
    I'm sitting here with a broken wrist from a fall much like yours, except I was getting off rather than on when something spooked her and she took off running, then started crow-hopping when I tried to stop her. Came off semi-deliberately: thought I was all set to land on feet and roll, but my foot hung in the stirrup just enough to throw me back so I landed on my butt. And on hard-frozen ground, too

    Oh, and we were a couple of miles from the trailer at the time. Found my horse calmly grazing about a quarter mile up the meadow, trying to act like nothing had happened.
        01-03-2014, 08:07 AM
    And I'm sitting here with a broken leg!

    Story was that my horse spook and bolted off into the woods and I was forced to jump lest I hit some low branch or slam into a tree. I must admit I didn't have the best control and it was pretty hard to stop a frightened galloping horse.

    But I wish I can get back on, even just sitting still on a horse or just being with them. Not really one to be deterred, afterall I knew what I was getting into before I started riding

    You may need some recovery period, perhaps your body isn't ready yet and it would be unwise to start riding before you are prepared physically or mentally.
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        01-03-2014, 05:54 PM
    I haven't fallen off my current horse, but when I fell off my other two I always get back on, injury or not. I think what you did was right not to get back on if you thought it was broken, but I teach my horses they shouldn't do that by getting back on and make em do it.
        01-03-2014, 08:13 PM
    This brings to mind when I was trying to open a gate while riding Jasper. For some reason he decided to run through the partway open gate(it was one with a wheel on the bottom so I was having a little trouble fully opening it). Thankfully I was bareback, he slipped through the gate and then I was sliding off his bottom with both knees stuck on each side of the gate/post. I landed on my feet(obviously an emergency dismount ) and only two black-and-blues worse for wear. I quickly caught him and we did it over again the right way. Unless I'm seriously hurt(haven't been yet) I always get back on after a fall.
        01-04-2014, 12:44 AM
    Glad to hear you've not broken anything! Hope your pain subsides quickly.

    I've had one fall off my horse and it's... embarrassing, really. My mare has done some impressive turns at a canter and dead stops where I've been shocked I didn't fall! Yet this got me: she spooked and jumped to the side. It wasn't even a big spook; in fact she calmed down right away once she saw it was nothing. After jumping to the side, she came to a complete stop yet I was falling... sliding, sliding, sliding, bam! On the ground.

    She stayed put... and the look on her face as I was on the ground was priceless.
        01-04-2014, 12:54 AM
    Originally Posted by peneloppe    
    And I'm sitting here with a broken leg!

    Story was that my horse spook and bolted off into the woods and I was forced to jump lest I hit some low branch or slam into a tree. I must admit I didn't have the best control and it was pretty hard to stop a frightened galloping horse.

    But I wish I can get back on, even just sitting still on a horse or just being with them. Not really one to be deterred, afterall I knew what I was getting into before I started riding

    You may need some recovery period, perhaps your body isn't ready yet and it would be unwise to start riding before you are prepared physically or mentally.
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    Serious? I am sorry, but I didn't remember that you had broken your leg from your thread about that horse. So sorry to hear it went so badly for you.
        01-04-2014, 06:24 AM
    Thanks everyone for all of your stories!

    The good news is, I went to a chiropractor yesterday and I feel SO much better. The right side of my mid back still hurts, but the chiro said there's a lot of inflammation that will just take time to heal. I have been having chronic lower back pain for months, which is one reason I've been riding so infrequently lately. This is probably one reason for my horse's extra nervous behavior. The more we ride the calmer she is. (The snowy, slippery weather hasn't helped either). But after one trip to the chiro, the lower back issues I've been having for months are gone, and my sprained neck, though still a little sore, feels dramatically better than it did, and I can actually support my own head now! I don't know why I didn't see a chiropractor sooner! Maybe if I had done this sooner, I would have been riding a few more times in the past two months and not fallen off... :[ Well... I'm going to give my back and neck a few more chiropractic sessions and some time for inflammation to go down, and then I'll be back in the saddle (and hopefully stay there as long as intended). Lol.
        01-04-2014, 06:52 AM
    Falling off always sucks

    The only time I haven't gotten back in the saddle were the two times I ended up in an ambulance to hospital! Once with a fractured tailbone, the other with a dislocated shoulder and fractured humerus. Not funny ;)

    It aches and hurts for a few days after, and the next time you get on you will undoubtedly be nervous... Everyone is. But four years is good going, and you've come so far already. Just take it slow and steady.

    Best of luck!
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        01-04-2014, 11:10 AM
    Gosh! Some of you guys have had some serious injuries from your falls. I'm glad you're all okay! I consider myself to be very lucky. The worst fall I had was when I fell off my dad's mare and got stepped on. I fractured two of my ribs. I got back on right away after that because I was just so pumped. I was jumping courses with her, and the district 4H show was coming up. I wanted so badly to get it right, that didn't even notice my pain right away. I got back on, finished my lesson and then later that night I realized I was actually injured. I was stupid and didn't tell my parents about my injuries until after the show because I didn't want to not be allowed to compete. It was really dumb of me. The horse didn't need to be taught a lesson either. It was a total accident and she tried really hard not to step on me. I didn't make it to states in my working hunter class that year anyways.

    The biggest reason I didn't get on Ursula after I fell this time is because she was so tense and afraid. This horse has the most timid and fearful personality, probably because she was not treated very nicely in her first home. I have learned after years of working with her, that punishment doesn't help anything, especially after she's been startled or afraid. She just needs to be reassured, and once she relaxes and gains her confidence back, she's fine. She'll turn herself inside out trying to please me, even if she doesn't quite understand what I want, and has never done anything mean or tried to get out of work. I just felt like letting her face her fears, without punishing her or working the snot out of her after I fell was the right thing to do for this horse in that situation. She's a different horse than any other I've ever had so I'll just have to see how she behave next time I ride.

    I'm not usually too nervous getting back on after a fall, as all of my falls have been unintentional on the horse's part. Knock on wood, a buck or a rear has never unseated me in the 14 years I've been riding. It's always been the unexpected spooks and that one time the filly I had before Ursula tripped and fell, and I fell with her. They're all freak accidents that don't happen too often, so I don't fear the horse. I may be a little nervous with Urs because she might be a little nervous and she's more likely to spook when she's tense, but I'm sure if I make sure to get myself seated and have my reins gathered before we walk away from the mounting block, I'll be able to ride through it. I've always ridden through her spooks before. I was just totally unprepared for this one!

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