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        08-03-2010, 09:45 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    The first time I fell off was when I was taking a private lesson when I first started riding- I might have been seven or eight. The mare I was riding either spooked or I did something to cue her without realizing it [this is too long ago for anyone who was present to remember] and she took off. I went flying. Wasn't hurt, just scared out of my mind!

    The next three falls all happened off the first horse I showed. He was the slowest, laziest horse you ever met, and I probably would've done better in Western Pleasure classes then in my English classes, but regardless. He spooked at any small thing, and twice he spooked in a corner of the indoor arena. Directly outside was the mare's pasture, so I'm sure they were acting up and he heard and spooked. I slid right off both times and had the wind knocked out of me but again was not hurt.

    The third time with the same horse was out on trails. There were two horses in front of me, and the middle horse was trying to go down this little hill.
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    |__________ < It looked like this. Literally, a tiny hill, but the horse kept getting upset over it. His nervousness made my horse nervous and the first horse nervous, and while the other two were trying to fix things out, my horse spotted a deer that was on the trail ahead. He spooked, I slid off, and that was that. Being young, we all dismounted, too scared to continue riding, and walked home. No injuries.

    The next time was off of Rainy, my current horse. I was putting her over a few 8 inch cavalettis when she [and I suspect she was frustrated, since we had been working for a while, and I was pushing her to continue, rider error 100%] reared up and bolted. I was off before she bolted, but still no injuries. According to my friend who was riding with me at the time, she was perpendicular to the ground.

    Time after that, my girth came loose and I bailed, rather than being thrown/falling off. After that, I was on trails and she spooked [I wanna say it was a deer] and bolted off.

    Finally, the last time I fell off, we were cantering in the outdoor arena and she lost her footing. It had sprinkled eariler, but the ring seemed fine, so I went ahead and rode outside like an idiot. Her back legs slipped out from underneath her, so I threw my weight forward to help her get her balance. Instead, her front legs slipped out too and my weight going forward nearly pitched myself over her head. Then I lost my balance too and we both fell to the left. Luckily she jumped right back up so she wasn't laying on top of me. I was slightly bruised, but no major injury.

    I've been pretty lucky. For the amount that I've fallen off, I've never been seriously hurt. *knock on wood* :)
         
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        08-03-2010, 09:47 AM
      #22
    Yearling
    Probably 99% of the time my falls have been my own fault. I've gone out the side door on a spin, flown through the air because I didn't check the girth and the saddle slipped resulting in the horse making a huge all 4 off the ground leap, over the shoulder on a sudden stop, bucked off after a horsefly stung a huge mare going up a steep hill(thankfully I stayed with her until we got to the top of the hill and past the trees lining both sides of the trail, I landed on my butt and skidded about 5 ft and was digging dirt out of my pants for the rest of the day,lol) I must say, there is no teacher like pain!
         
        08-03-2010, 09:52 AM
      #23
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horseservant    
    By the way, if you are a true rider you never fall off you are thrown from your horse. There is no stigma attached by being thrown no matter how many times it happens
    No, you have this backwards.

    Very rarely is someone ever thrown from a horse. Thrown implies intent by the animal to get you off its back.

    99.99% of the time, people fall off. If the horse stumbles and you lose your balance, you fell off. If the horse spooks and you come unseated, you fell off. If the horse bolts and you don't have the ability to stay with him, you fell off.

    If a horse deliberately bucks in an attempt to get you off, then you can consider yourself thrown. Otherwise, in the majority of scenarios you've merely fallen off because you couldn't stay in the saddle.
         
        08-04-2010, 01:03 PM
      #24
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Very rarely is someone ever thrown from a horse. Thrown implies intent by the animal to get you off its back.

    99.99% of the time, people fall off. If the horse stumbles and you lose your balance, you fell off. If the horse spooks and you come unseated, you fell off. If the horse bolts and you don't have the ability to stay with him, you fell off.

    If a horse deliberately bucks in an attempt to get you off, then you can consider yourself thrown. Otherwise, in the majority of scenarios you've merely fallen off because you couldn't stay in the saddle.
    Well said, Speedy. I've seen Tommie Turvey once fell off the horse when the horse suddenly stopped on canter (couple years back at the Expo). And he's definitely a TRUE rider.

    I fell off together with the horse once going down the little hill (he tripped). And the **** thing stepped on my chest while getting up and trying to run away from me. I didn't go to the doctor, but I still think I had a broken rib, or two, as I had problems breathing deep for quite a while.

    Another nasty fall was when my cheap saddle broke throwing me over the horse head.
         
        08-04-2010, 11:15 PM
      #25
    Trained
    Too many times to count, here...haha. But only like, once every couple of years now...

    Last fall, I had been riding my mare bareback in one of the fields, and she tripped; well she's really sensitive to how your weight is positioned, so she got even more startled when I slid a tiny bit forward, from when she stumbled. She jumped foward a couple of times then stopped...as I went to readjust my seat, she then jumped to one side, and I landed next to her on the ground...yeah, she didn't plan that one at all hahahaha!
         
        08-05-2010, 12:01 AM
      #26
    Banned
    Proof that I get the hard things easy and the easy things hard.

    I had ridden successfully for about 8 years doing local shows and some very upper level gaited shows. I have always had a velcro seat (not a pretty one) but it sticks. Believe me, I'm not bragging...its gotten me into more bad situations than it has good. No one ever asks me to ride their dead broke nice old gelding. Its 'hey cori...I havent ridden HellFire in a few years...wanna jump on him for me?' and I usually go along...

    So I decided to take a friend up on a basic english lesson. She's kinda hippy-dippy and was in to natural horsemanship before PP and CA ever saw a saddle. She has me on the sweetest mare bareback on a lungeline. I was going along well and was having a really good time. I know my position isn't pretty so working on it is always something I want to get back to. We stopped to chat for a minute and I was just setting on her mare, flappin my gums. Mare takes *one* step to the left and off I go. Hit the ground like a ton of bricks. I didn't get hurt but I had a stitch in my side for a month from laughing so hard.

    After that, I hadnt come off in about 5 years. I bought Nico who is a reclaimed horse and boy did he rack up my 'tossed' status! He's short and round and QUICK. We were going on a trail ride and I shouldnt have gone. I was hung over and tired and he was in a foul mood. I saddled him anyways and off we went. My 'friends' charged up behind us at a gallop and I pulled a Wile-E-Coyote. My horse dissapeared out from under me. I landed square on my butt...I didn't laugh so much that time.

    Second time, I was fooling with him in the round pen and he was being really sweet. I thought...Im going to jump on him bareback. Its in the round pen...were safe. I am no longer agile enough to jump on bareback so I grabbed a mounting block, tossed it next to him, stepped up and went right over. Hindsight being 20/20, I realize that a 14.2hh horse had probably never SEEN a mounting block before and that he probably didn't have a CLUE what I was doing.

    The last one was the best. I was showing him for clients and they were bugging me to push him. I am no longer a big speed girl...atleast not with him. His quickness intimidates me. So we run a really nice poles pattern...he was firing his lead changes like a dressage horse. On the run home, im pushing him. He gave it to me alright. He slid to a stop at the gate and up and off I came. I landed perfectly on my feet....the crowd thought it was a trick.

    Long story longer, I have been tossed a few times. I think it is more like 90% rider error and 10% snarky horse. That's been my case...but as I stated, I get stuck with the nasties quite frequently.
         
        08-05-2010, 12:58 AM
      #27
    Green Broke
    It's dialogue time! This is the brief story of my fall a few hours ago...

    Riding on the trails behind the kid's hay ride.

    My Boss: You don't have your helmet on. Don't fall.

    Me: I NEVER fall. I won't do anything dangerous.

    5 minutes later.

    Me: Hey, Paul, want to hang back and race?

    Paul: Sure...

    Hangs back about 200 feet.

    Me: Ready?

    Paul: Suurrrree....

    Races off at absolute full speed. Whoever said Walkers weren't fast lied. Reaches finish line. Falls epically at a full gallop.

    Boss, panicking slightly: I told you to wear a helmet!

    Me, to Paul: I still won the race.
         
        08-05-2010, 06:50 AM
      #28
    Foal
    Being dumped isn't easy, but if it wasn't that serious of a relationship to begin with, you will get over it soon. The pain you feel right now will turn into a dull ache that will linger for maybe a couple weeks. But after that, you'll start to forget, and you should be as good as new in about a month.
         
        08-05-2010, 08:03 AM
      #29
    Weanling
    Camphammock I don't think that was quite the meaning lol
         
        08-05-2010, 09:05 AM
      #30
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by camphammock    
    Being dumped isn't easy, but if it wasn't that serious of a relationship to begin with, you will get over it soon. The pain you feel right now will turn into a dull ache that will linger for maybe a couple weeks. But after that, you'll start to forget, and you should be as good as new in about a month.

    The thread is about being thrown/falling off a horse, not being dumped by a BF or GF.

    Seriously, did you even READ the original post?
         

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