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post #1 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Red face First falls- lets hear um!

lets hear your stories about your first falls of your horses!!! i'll go first!!!
so yesterday i took my first fall of my new horse! he was out of work for 3 weeks due to an abcess! he was feeling better and it was the first time i was riding him in 3 weeks (bareback with only a halter in a pasture-not the smartest idea!!) we were trotting behind another horse between 2 tress! my horse started bucking and i grabbed a tree branch to stay on but when i let go i fell and my friend started cracking up! i only got some minor cuts on my knuckles from the tree and got right back on and rode for another 20min! i think he bucked out of excitment not to get me off he is an awesome horse and doesnt have a mean bone in his body (towards humans- not other horses)!!!
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post #2 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 04:18 PM
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Mine was not so long ago. Back in fall, I was on a trail ride with my instructor (Outtatheblue) and we cantered, but Reily decided to hand gallop ( I think lol, I am still pretty green) and I had neve done it before... So I went right over his shoulder. My leg hurt pretty bad for a couple months, and sometimes it hurts when it's cold out, but I was fine. I got mine out of the way early ;)
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I got mine out of the way early ;)
haha! i guess thats a good thing!!!
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post #4 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 04:23 PM
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Happened when I was about 10, I went to a terrible riding school, it was my first jump attempt. They didn't give me any position training, pole training, nothing. They just said "Stand in your stirrups and lean forward over the jump". I got left behind and fell off.
I really wish I had known better and gone to a different riding school, I go to a really good one now but it's like learning all over again!

To ride or not to ride? ... What a stupid question!!
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post #5 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 04:23 PM
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When I was little I was practicing gymkhana events with my Mom. I was on my big horse named Chocolate. I don't remember exactly how I ended up on the ground, but my feet came out of my boots and I was on my butt in the sand. I was so pissed off Mom literally had to grab me, kicking and screaming, and set my butt back up on the horse because I was so mad at Chocolate. I was a little kid with an attitude. lol
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 04:30 PM
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My very first fall was shortly after I started riding. I was at a week long camp at the place I took lessons. We were on our way back from a trail ride and one of the other girls came flying past me. My horse jumped. It wasn't much but enough to unseat the unbalanced beginner rider that I was. My riding instructor brushed me off set me back on the horse and told me I was now officially a horse back rider.

The best one to date! I was riding my friend's barn sour pony bareback. At one point she spun around to make a break for home. I started slipping but managed to grab a hold of her neck so that I landed on my feet with a hold of her bridle. The "oh s***" look on that pony's face was priceless!
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post #7 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 04:31 PM
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My first fall was probably about the..15th bareback ride, and 6th time jumping bareback over about 1.2'. Drew was on the horse he was showing, Sox, and I was on his little push-button lesson pony (only 3 and a half). Well, everything went well and his mum showed up a little early. So we decided to jump one more time and put the horses away. Well, when Sox left Toby's side, he kicked Toby (barely) and Toby got anxious. I kinda felt rushed (and being too confident for my own good lol) did a 180 and took off toward the jump at a canter. Well, when he spun, I got a bit unbalanced and while trying to rebalance I went even farther off balance. Toby tried to stop before the jump because he knew I wasn't balanced, but there wasn't enough time and he popped over it. As soon as his front feet hit the ground I rolled off and fell flat on my back, lol. We both had a good laugh, and no one's parent or the BO ever knew a thing :p
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post #8 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 04:41 PM
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I was on a trail ride and there was a log in front of me. I was paying attention to my friend or something and my horse decided to jump it. And this thing was big. It was actually more like 2 trunks stuck together. So she flies over it and I'm not prepared and I go flying over her. Lol I had bruises for a while.

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post #9 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 04:52 PM
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I had been riding 10 years give or take, when I was riding on hard pack trail when something spooked my horse (turned out the rigging snapped in my saddle), she bolted and my saddle fell off with me. I have scars all over my back from the road burn that took months to heel properly.

Some don't consider that a fall because I wasn't unseated, the seat just happen to brake I went with it, if it doesn't count I haven't fallen in 13 years of riding.
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post #10 of 24 Old 02-10-2012, 05:44 PM
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Second lesson ever. I was 9-years-old. A horse kicked the wall of the indoor arena I was riding in, and the horse in front of my horse spooked and started cantering. My horse said, "Oh! We're cantering now! Okay!"

On the plus side, I think I made it a good 1/4 of the way around the arena before I bit it. :)

Surprised at how many of you have had such a low number of falls. I've had tons... jumps gone wrong, saddle slipping during pole bending, freak bucking escapades, randomly falling for no reason...
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