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        04-22-2011, 03:40 PM
    Green Broke
    7 times and that's from my first fall when I was 7 im now 16riding since I could walk hah and most my falls were in the last 3 years haha
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        04-22-2011, 03:52 PM
    More times than I can count! I even bent my spine partly through falling (which hurts btw don't do that haha)
    My instructor told me I couldn't call myself a rider till I fell off at least 7 times and I waaay surpassed that @.@
        04-22-2011, 04:18 PM
    Hmmm, lots of times. Only seriously hurt once. I was galloping down a dirt road and someone paved their driveway, and my Arabian gelding made a quick left hand turn from dirt to blacktop(I'm sure you can guess what happened...) Broke my leg, foot and toes, an had a ton of roadrash. All due to my stupidity. I only remember being scared that my horse broke his leg. He didn't, and I will never gallop any road I don't know ever again...
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        04-22-2011, 04:43 PM
    I had my first one just a few days ago! Totally my fault. I've been training my gelding, and our first rides have been mostly around the cornfield across the road. By himself, he's a perfect gentleman.
    The neighbor girl happened to be out riding her massive QH at the same time, so I asked if she would like to ride with us.
    Normally, Siaga and I go around the field counter clockwise, we went clockwise that day. So he was introduced to two new things at once, rather than just one. We were going along mostly fine, with him being a little antsy, and we came to the irrigation ditch.
    He stopped and put his nose to the water to make sure it was safe, started to walk across it, spooked, and jumped it. I have never jumped anything and wasn't expecting that responce as he normally walks across the ditch. So then I'm off balance and don't have a good hold on the reins and he's trotting off and I'm slowly bouncing to the side... and then he goes into a canter (first canter on him) and the saddle, for heaven's sake, starts sliding sideways! Then he's galloping (my first gallop ever... lets see, first jump, gallop, AND fall...) and the saddle's still slipping so I bail. I remember looking down at the ground and seeing it flying by and then looking up and seeing my foot coming over his back and the reins flying and his mane waving and the sun shining through it, all in like, slow motion... then nothing. It knocked me out.

    I woke up and got the horse and started walking home, but a few minutes later I must have went into shock, because I don't remember crossing the ditch again or untacking him or taking him to the barn. After that I couldn't remember things like why and when I moved home (about a month and a half ago) but it all came back to me. Thank god I had on a helmet!
        04-22-2011, 04:44 PM
    Originally Posted by Jessskater    
    Twice. Lost a stirrup at a gallop and then was trotting bareback and turned a corner to sharply and I slipped off XD
    I've almost done that! I was riding bareback in a field and we were riding sidways on a steep hill and I almost slipped right off! The folks who owned the horse were laughin' at me. XD
        04-22-2011, 04:50 PM
    Green Broke
    Too many to count! The first I can remember, I was riding bareback and double. We were just starting to trot off and I bounced off. I didn't want to pull the other person with since I was in the back, so off I went.

    Another memorable one, I was riding a friends horse and we were riding on the edge of the road. The horse got one back leg in the ditch and slipped. Spooked the crap out of him and he spun 360. All I remember was that I was left up in the air and when I came back down the horse had spun completely around. I landed on my feet next to him.

    The rest I have been able to get back up and dust the dirt off. *knock, knock, knock* I think that's because I learned at a young age, being a stunt devil as a kid, to roll when hitting the ground.

    Some of the things that have caused me to come off: loose cinch and the saddle slid, deer, motorcycle flying by, gunshot and a piece of paper that I pulled out of my pocket, haha.
        04-22-2011, 09:41 PM
    I just had my first too, it was last sunday! I was cantering Gambit and he spooked and I got flung into the fence. I still have massive bruises all up and down my left side.
        04-22-2011, 09:44 PM
    More times than I can count...

    I have perfected my tuck and roll
        04-22-2011, 10:39 PM
    You're lucky, SD. Pretty much the only thing I have perfected is the splatter .
        04-23-2011, 01:43 AM
    Green Broke
    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.

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