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post #1 of 18 Old 06-19-2010, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to fall off a horse:)

Can someone please explain to me how to fall off/jump off a horse. I kinda like the idea of staying on, but I think it would be a good thing to know if I was ever in a situation that I had to.
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-19-2010, 03:12 PM
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It depends on the situation.

An emergency dismount is always a good idea. Generally I like to swing my leg over, either way. If you want to jump backwards it's okay, but I prefer to go the opposite way I mount and jump forwards.

I'd recommend, whatever you do, try to land on your behind. If you're good with impact, legs is okay, and get in a ball and roll. Bracing with your hands is instinctual, but it makes you prone to wrist breaks and such.
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post #3 of 18 Old 06-19-2010, 03:32 PM
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Ok I have found that there is an art to falling off a horse. And though I myself may never master it I've at least figured it out. If your horse throws you the best thing to do is to bend your elbows to where your fists are at your shoulders this protects your ribs just dont jab your elbow into your gut lol.. And this is how to fall on your side I have been bucked off and landed this way many times and in my 15 years of living I havent ever broken a bone and I have been riding since i was 2.. So try that although I agee that it varies on the situation.
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Just tuck n' roll and pray you dot hit your head. It's worked for me so far ;)
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-19-2010, 09:51 PM
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Emergency dismounting is the way to go.

Or, really, to make things easier, just don't fall off. ;)

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post #6 of 18 Old 06-20-2010, 12:35 AM
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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.

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post #7 of 18 Old 06-20-2010, 01:31 AM
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Don't stiffen your body, because you won't absorb the impact as well. And I believe this is just as important as knowing how to fall: If you dismounted because your horse was falling.....move away from the horse until it gets up or calms down, because in that situation dismounting without getting hurt is only half of your worries. You don't want to stick the landing, only to have a horseshoe imprinted on your back.
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-20-2010, 01:40 AM
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Wow, this brought me back to my childhood. My first trainer when I was about 7 was this crazy crazy lady that wouldn't let anyone really learn to ride until they could jump off her horse at any gait. And I don't mean...okay lets see, I think I jump off now.... NOOOOO it was her blowing a whistle and you'd better be off that horse in less than 2 seconds!! It's amazing we all survived our "dismount bootcamp." ha ha

Anyway, I would say to always let yourself roll when you hit the ground, don't even TRY to land on your feet...generally speaking, it's just NOT gonna happen. I like to go backwards, land knees bent body limp and relaxed and let my self sort of roll onto my bum then I lean sideways and keep rolling if Mr. Misbehaving Horsie is still misbehaving so I don't get stomped.

For emergency dismounts I hold withers with both hands, lean forward and swing both legs over and then push off with my hands, sort of like a gymnast does on the vault only I push sideways not up so I can get as far away from that misbehaving horse as possible....and land as described above.
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-20-2010, 04:50 PM
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Tuck and roll is the best way to put it. And ALWAYS roll. I don't care if you just fell off because you can't sit your horse's halt, lol. One] because the falling off process could spook your horse, and two] you want it to be a habit, so when you do fall off a bolting/panicking horse, muscle memory will demand you roll.

I've never actually done an emergency dismount. I used to vault so I hoped on and off a lot, and I've fallen off, but I've never truly had to bail yet. I'm just going to count my blessings and hope I never have to, lol. =]

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post #10 of 18 Old 06-20-2010, 05:53 PM
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oh lets see...while i have never mastered the art of coming off gracefully....I do remember one odd dismount...

Saddle slipped and I did super man off the horses side...slid on my belly and elbows through the *soft* dirt where we were riding. Got a road burn/ scrape on my stomach about the size of a silver dollar but past that not even a single bruise lol

I do not recomend trying to fall like this requires special circumstances to work and be painless lol ;) (it aint smart in other words)

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