Originally Posted by Strange
Emergency dismounting is the way to go.
Or, really, to make things easier, just don't fall off. ;)
I say this is the best advice, yet!
I have been rather lucky, and over all these years I still have never had a fall or had to use the emergency dismount *knock on wood*.
However, I do believe it is something everyone should know, and possibly even 'practice' if needed.
As said, keep your arms in (don't land with them outstretched, as this is setting up for a broken arm), protect your head, and roll with the momentum of the fall.
Years ago I watched a trainer working with a young Trakehner cross. The horse kept trying to flip over on him everytime he attempted to mount. He used what I consider the 'super man' dismount. As the horse started to go over, he used his legs to push him off and away from the horse. I was sick to my stomach watching the events. However, he survived, and the horse did too.