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        06-20-2010, 06:13 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    My instucter insists on a month bareback every year to strenghten your seat so when stupid incidents that would originally make you fall off your seat is much deeper so you can stay on much more!
         
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        06-20-2010, 06:24 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Haha the emergency dismout is totally the best thing ever I remembered when I learned about it my instructor was like OH NO YOUR HORSE IS GALLOPING TOWARDS A VOLCANO GET OFF NOW!!!! And that's how I remember it xP I know I was good at it but some of my friends weren't and when they didn't get off fast enough she said awww you died oh well haha
         
        06-22-2010, 07:39 PM
      #13
    Foal
    All this is great advice.

    But, what happens when instinct takes over? I've fallen off twice. Once was one of those times that I didn't see it comming and went straight over his head. He stopped in mid gallop with no warning. The second time, a mare was bucking, I lost stirrups and decided to bail. I have since glued my rear to the horse. Falling off isn't fun. I hope I never have to do it again.
         
        06-22-2010, 08:02 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    My farrier was on the Canadian team for mounted games, and he gave me and my 2 friends a lesson, and we had to learn how to fall off.
    He made us line up or horses 3 or 4 feet apart, then we had to climb up on them without stirrups, then roll off, and get onto the other horse. It was really fun, but a workout!

    When you are falling off you have to make sure that you don't land on your feet or hands. If you do this you can break or injure something. You should tuck yourself into a ball and roll for a couple feet even after you have hit the ground, to make sure you are out of the way of the horse.
         
        06-23-2010, 12:37 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I don't think the "jump and land on your feet" thing works too well unless you're going pretty slow and kind of expecting it. (Unless you're really good at falling I guess? XD)

    I've fallen off so many times in the past two years, I've lost count. (I'm like prone to falling off ? S:) From just falling forward and sliding off the side, to spooks, to being run away with because a horse is terrified of a water bottle, to being galloped away with with an OTTB. X_x

    I usually just let go and hope for the best, lol, not to hit my head or get stepped on. (Not the best advice. S:) I usually try and land on my back, but I end up falling on my tailbone and that's not fun. -.- Better than my face though I guess? I always wear a helmet, but I always end up hurting my neck too. :/ My last fall I wasn't hurt at all though, so I suppose I'm getting better at falling ? XD

    I've fallen on my shoulder and it was rainbow colors for a few weeks, haha. I think my most "interesting fall" was when an OTTB ran away with me and I stayed on him (fastest galloping anyone there'd ever seen) for like 50 times around the ring (I don't know how. XD) until I lost my stirrups and tumblesaulted off. I literally hit the ground and rolled. I guess that's the best way to do it though? Haha.

    I think the most important thing though is make sure your feet are out of the stirrups. Dragging is one of my worst fears. X_x And making sure you're not falling off the rail side is nice too. XD And wear a helmet of course. XP I'd also advise getting up as fast as possible in case the horse is still running/bucking/etc.

    Stay safe and on the horse! :]]
         
        06-24-2010, 09:28 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    To fall..... LOOSEY GOOSEY. If you stiffen or tense up your body, you're almost certain to get hurt.

    Or you could try and pull a cool one... like some kind of gymnast flip... but of course this doesn't always have the best results. In my case, it once did.

    I remember once when I was on my mare, teaching her to do flying changes, she would always buck when she swapped the back. So I was in a circle, trying to get her to pop her back change... the second I stepped out, of course, she bucked. Since she had been doing them so well lately, I wasn't expecting a buck, so I was caught off guard. My entire body was launched out of the saddle, I put my right hand on her withers, my left hand smack between her ears, my legs flipped over me, and I did a cartwheel, and, ironically landed on my feet, standing centered in front of her, and managed to stop her in a split second.

    The. Best. Fall. Ever. ^^^^^
         
        06-24-2010, 09:44 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    The best way to fall is to be loose but don't try and stop the fall. Putting your hands out will only increase the risk of breaking them. When I fell of at a jump I put my hand out and it went straight bang into the jump wing.

    Of course, you should tuck and roll but really not everyone can remember to do that in a split second.
         
        06-25-2010, 09:43 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    I remember practicing "emergency dismounts" many years ago. As many have already said, it's one thing to pick and choose when you're going to dismount while practicing, quite another if that choice is taken away from you.

    While I have only done this dismount twice when things got out of control, the first time I choose when, ended up doing a roll and was able to keep one rein in my hand. Ended up breaking a couple of ribs with the impact (arms were at my sides tucked in).

    The second time is still a bit of a blur, as I did choose to dismount but happened so quickly that I believe I landed butt first and rolled over backwards. That resulted in two fractured lateral processes in the Lombard region . Thank goodness for helmets or it would have been worse.

    So, I have decided that staying in the saddle at all expense is what is going to keep me safe. Unless there is a nice soft fluffy pile of hay right there or a deep puddle of water to land in.
         

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