Originally Posted by smrobs
You're lucky, SD. Pretty much the only thing I have perfected is the splatter
Haha that's good.
In the year and a bit that I have been riding I have actually fallen about three times (though there were A LOT of close calls). First one was me cantering Pepper and when I asked her to slow she decided to stop dead and turn at the same time so I ended up falling off and landed standing beside her. Everyone said it looked like I just randomly decided to dismount rather then a fall.
Second was a few months ago when Sam bolted on me after my mum trotted past me and his movement was really jerky. Me knowing he was one to bolt wasn't paying attention and went over his shoulder and landed on my shoulder. He stopped imediately and started to graze.
Then just the other day I was cantering my trainers arab mare in her round yard and I lost my inside stirrup. Next I started to fall to the outside of the circle and she ran to the middle of the circle and and sudden chance of direction really made me loose my balance. Normally I would be able to save myself with my stirrup but that day my saddle slipped so I ended up half way down her side. She still hadn't stopped moving she was walking in little circles I eventually just dropped to the floor. Lucky for me she ran away to the outside of the circle because I really was expecting to be stood on. That was a bit of a stupid fall but lesson learnt make sure the girth is tight enough.
I have yet to break a bone and I also haven't gotten a single bruise or scratch from falling though I have definitely felt it the next day.