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post #11 of 69 Old 04-10-2011, 09:01 PM
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Nada. Zilch, never.

I have a very BIG fear of falling, so when I feel I'm going to slip, I pray to god and hold on for my dear little life.
Twice I could have been thrown off but I hung on. Once I almost fell because I was jumping, and I lost my balance when the horse over jumped (and I released too late). I held onto the neck so hard I think I almost choked the horse). I also have only been riding for 2 summers and half a year ... so I haven't had much of an opportunity, especially since I don't break or ride horses that like to rear or buck... ok there was one, and as i said I almost fell, but she didn't do a BIG BIG buck.

I am praying to God I never fall... Probably will one day, but I hope it will be later, then sooner.

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post #12 of 69 Old 04-10-2011, 09:02 PM
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1. As a child, not sure how little, riding a horse in a private lesson, horse spooked, bolted, I hit the ground. Wasn't badly hurt or even badly bruised (that I can remember) but certainly scared me.

2. Riding a leased horse (a super slow, slightly dull dun QH gelding named Boomer) on trails when the two horses in front of us spooked after crossing a small ditch. Instead of following them over the ditch, he spun around and knocked me in the dirt. I probably wasn't paying enough attention- in fact, all I remember from that fall was seeing a deer up ahead on trails. I never claimed I was smart... No real injuries.

3&4. Same horse, Boomer, riding in our indoor arena during a lesson when the horses outside started running around, play-fighting and creating a general ruckus. He spooked/bolted and I hit the dirt once again. Wind knocked out of me, slightly bruised, but mostly just frustrated with the horse.

5. Trying to trot my then-leased (now owned) horse (Rainy, fiery bay Appendix mare) over a cavaletti, she flipped out for no apparent reason (later my instructor was checking out her saddle, girth, etc. discovered she was hurting in her back, and probably was fed up of the saddle hitting her in the wrong spots. Different saddle fit, plus a little time off to recover and she was fine), reared up and I slid off. Bruised my tail bone pretty good.

6. Got my own saddle for Christmas, a nice Wintec. Went to ride in it (after fitting it to Rainy, natch) only to have the saddle slide underneath her belly when cantering. Fun stuff. Learned that Wintec girths do not suit me, or my horse. Wasn't hurt, just a little embarrassed (riding with friends) and upset that my new girth was a POS.

7. Rainy spooked on trails, probably at a deer. I was not paying full attention and she spun and bolted, ditching me in the weeds. Luckily she stopped a few yards away to munch on the grass. Not hurt.

8. Riding outside, enjoying some nice weather after a rain shower the day before. Outdoor arena seemed dry enough, so I went for it. While cantering, we rounded a corner. Rainy's back legs slid out from underneath, then she tripped in front and I was flung over her shoulder. She came down on me for a couple seconds, then jumped up and trotted off. Somehow neither of us were hurt.

9. Another girth slide, completely my fault as I didn't check it after tacking up. Stupid me. Not hurt.

9 falls in 9 years of riding. Though I've had some stupid on the ground accidents too.
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post #13 of 69 Old 04-10-2011, 09:11 PM
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in 2 years of riding i fell off 6 times :) lol so I have 94 falls to go to call myself a good rider :)

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post #14 of 69 Old 04-10-2011, 09:25 PM
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Let's see.

Age 8 Fell of on a trail ride and got dragged...parents wouldn't let me ride again

Fast forward a zillion years

Age 37 Horse tripped while cantering, was planning on bucking fit, so I took a dive. Ended up with bad hematoma on leg. Will never not roll again.

Age 38 Horse did a 180 and left me behind. Ripped shoulder out of socket since I held the reins. Won't hold reins ever again in ring.

Age 41 Horse bolted during trail ride. Was going downhill with only a 4' steel gate in sight. Again bailed. Have since learned one rein stop. No more bolting

Age 42 First show ever. Wasn't properly prepared for jumping. Horse knew it, dirty stopped 5 times and got me off on the 5th try.

Haven't been off since...guess I'm due!

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post #15 of 69 Old 04-10-2011, 09:44 PM
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I haven't fallen much... Let's see: Twice at my friends house
Twice at horse lessons
Once at a barn my grandma boards at
Once at my grandmas
And once on a pony ride when I was little
So in all about 7 times, wow that's even more than I thought it was!
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post #16 of 69 Old 04-10-2011, 09:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MethowHorses25 View Post
I just had my first fall yesterday. It HURT!! I was riding along working on my canter when my horse turned to quickly and off i went... Knocked out my breath too.

How many times have you guys fallen off?
I have been riding for almost 6 years and have only fallen off 1.
I know this sounds crazy but it's true. I have been close to coming off multiple times but have been able to save myself from falling off!
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post #17 of 69 Old 04-11-2011, 12:30 AM
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1) When I was 5 I was being lead around on a Reining horse when it spooked and bolted, yanking the reins out of my walker. I rolled off the side while the horse was galloping around the arena. No carrots for that horse at the end of the day, I was

2) I lost stirrups at a gymkhana on a dead calm lesson horse, I once again rolled off the side that was the first time my mom saw me ride. (age 8)

3) Riding another lesson horse bareback, the horse jumped over a log instead of walking over it. (Age 9-10)

4) My first horse hated circles (Probably had back problems, now that I know better) and when he got excited I started circling and he bucked me off.

5) Same horse spooked while I was letting him run home from barrels, he went sideways, I kept going forward. I probably rolled a good 20 feet. Lol (age 9-10)

6) Jake was horribly gate sour, and when a bad gate opener closed the gate on his face (Hit him with the gate) he went balistic. Rearing and spinning, I tried to disengage his hind quarters but he ended up in some bushes that had a barbwire fence in them. I tried to back im up away from it but he walked right into the fence, and when he felt it against his chest he tried jumping it, got the wire caught around his legs and flipped over it. Luckily I got launched a good 10 feet from where he landed. But he hit hard enough to knock himself silly. Took us 25 minutes to get him back on his feet....needless to say the gate guy was fired. And sense then I have gotten Jake's gate sour issue handled. (age 14-15)

7) Jake was throwing a fit in the arena, started running backwards lost his balance and rolled over. (age 14-15)

8) My dad's horse hadn't been ridden in a while, and when I was trying to work out his kinks he threw a good buck and managed to dump me. (age 16)

9) My friends Fjord spooked at some kids jumping over horse jumps on their hands and knees, and Fjords have NO support in this neck. I swear it bent in half and I ended up on the ground. (age 17)

10) Jake got a bar of a jump caught between his legs and fell (Age 17)

11) I was attempting to do bridleless work on Jake and he was walking....started trotting...(THis is when I knew I was screwed) he started cantering.....and then before I knew it we were galloping around the round pen until he got a leg caught in a bar and we both ate it hard. This was one of my stupidest ideas and I paid for it. He popped a splint and I somehow threw my hip out of whack. We were both limping for a few weeks after. (age 18)

12) Jake reared up and flipped over on my backwards. Luckily we were in a riverbed and the footing was extremely deep. I jumped clear and rolled. He was stuck upside down with his feet in the air. I'm glad he trusts me enough that he didn't even struggle for a second while he waited for me to grab the cinch and pull him onto his side. He was 100% fine after. (age 20)

13) Once again.....Jake tripped and fell while cantering. We were both fine. Got video of this one.

14) Jake tripped before a jump and tried his best to still jump it while I tried to pull him up. That ended once again with both of us on the ground, and a good 2 month lay up for him with another popped splint.

Then I have others that are small.....bareback lost balance....bla bla bla.

Yes Jake has fallen quiet a bit as well. He has a very odd personality that if anything happens he just rolls over. Someone taught him to tuck and roll. xP But Instead of catching himself he just kind of lets himself go down....
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post #18 of 69 Old 04-22-2011, 01:06 PM
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Since I started riding about 8 years ago, I have only fallen once, suprisingly. I remember it vividly as it was the second time I have ever had a horse bolt on me and in a very dangerous environment. I was riding the same horse that is featured in my avatar, his name was pop-tart and he was an 18yr old Arabian(he was such a sweetie, though :) ). I was riding with my instructor and a couple off other kids down a public road quite a ways from the stable. We were heading back and some of the kids wanted my instructor to trot her paso because they thought it looked cool( I've always heard that when you trail ride you shouldn't rush your horse back because of the probability of it bolting, but I'm not sure). Well, long story short, Pop-Tart started trotting, pushed his way to the front of the group and took off in a full blown gallop! I was a complete novice at the time and tried to turn him, yell at him to stop but to no avail. I never even thought to hold onto the horn. We were running at top speed in the opposite lane, I'm lucky we weren't hit by a car. Well, I managed to stay on until he turned sharply and I fell off into some grass at a roll, no injuries thankfully! I remember my instructor cantering down the rode screaming if I was okay. :P Most frighteing experience of my life!
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post #19 of 69 Old 04-22-2011, 01:12 PM
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I cant count. I have fallen off so many times and been bucked off more than I would like to admit. I also at one time was a brave soldier and there wasn't anything I would not ride or go through. We would bring new horses home and I would take them off the trailer put a bossal on them and see what they would do. I didnt care now that I am older and I dont bounce back as easily I am a little more cautious. My most recent "fall" was actually getting bucked off a week ago on my new greeen horse. Week 3 of training always seems to result in a bucking fit but I was not prepared at all...
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post #20 of 69 Old 04-22-2011, 03:33 PM
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Twice. Lost a stirrup at a gallop and then was trotting bareback and turned a corner to sharply and I slipped off XD

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