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post #31 of 69 Old 04-23-2011, 02:08 AM
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Good thread! In the 28 years I've been riding on my own, I'm sure I've hit the 100 falls good rider mark. From about age 13 on I was the girl who would climb on anything with 4 functional legs :) The first one I can remember well was on my first mare, King's Hot Bunny. I was 6ish, had a horrible habit of pointing my toes out and got my toe caught in a cattle panel at the lope and got pulled off my horse. She stopped looked down to make sure I was okay, my mom made sure I was okay and followed it up with "should've listened about your toes, huh?" The last one was this past fall when Woodstock went down in a groundhog hole and we both went hard. He had a tendon injury and months of healing, I had a couple bruises and lots of anger towards groundhogs!
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post #32 of 69 Old 04-23-2011, 03:20 AM
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I'm probably getting on for 300 falls i recon, if not more.

I've been riding since I was 2, I've been off the leadrein since I was 4. I ride problem horses, young horses, green horses, quirky competition horses and generaly horses who find it funny to put me on the floor.

At one stage when I was around 9 or 10 years old, I knew all the A&E staff by name and the ambulance staff didnt even have to ask name, age and allergies as they already knew.

Stan went through a stage of deciding it was fun to dump me every time I rode, we'd be going alon quietly and then he would explode into a massive rodeo display. Very hard to stay with him and generaly he didnt stop untill you were off, after that I could get back on and continue riding with no incidents.

Now I am conciderably older I do tend to stay put better but when I do fall I fall good style and generaly do damage to myself.

My most recent horrific fall (had loads of more recent little falls) was from a young event horse I was schooling. It bolted, attempted to jump out of the arena and didnt manage to make the top rail. He summersaulted and came down on top of me. Spent hrs in A&E with a suspected broken neck luckily it wasnt broken but I did crush 2 discs in my lower spine andhave the most enormous gravel rash you have ever seen.

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post #33 of 69 Old 04-23-2011, 02:43 PM
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I don't even remember.. Over 20 definitely. One was really silly. Trotting "side saddle" but bareback, slid off. There were like, five, where I was on a horse cross country and he refused and I landed standing on the jump. Three serious injuries, one tailbone injury (I do NOT know how I got back on after that one, I fell and landed on a hill on my tailbone, hopped back on and completed the remaining seven jumps on course. After I got off I had to beg the EMT not to take me.) Second was a serious concussion. Third was a "broken" hand. By broken I mean swollen triple its size, couldn't move it for months, huge calcification bbump, twelve xrays and no conclusive fracture/break. Baffled the doctors.
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post #34 of 69 Old 04-23-2011, 03:34 PM
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It's been so long since the last and only time I've fallen off (about 5 yrs ago) that I feel I am almost due to fall at this new stable I'm going to be riding at. I just have a gut instinct it will be for a stupid reason too, lol.
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post #35 of 69 Old 04-24-2011, 05:13 AM
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So far i have only had two falls since i started riding again ( If i remember about 4 as a kid ). First time was just slipping over his side when practicing with out stirrups. This last one was a really horrible experience. Two other barn mates and my self took the horses out on a "trail ride" on the back country roads around the barn which everyone has done tons of times. This time though there happened to be a jerkface semi truck driver who decided not to fallow livestock ordinances and slow down when he saw us. ( he had a good ways to at least slow down and we were not ON the road) My friends horse spooked which freaked Hugg out and he took off on me at a dead gallop. I lost my left rien and both stirrups, stayed on for a good half mile before falling off. Ended up with a messed up shoulder with lots of road rash and a broken ankle with possible torn ligament . Im healing up from all that now. CANNOT WAIT to get back out there though :)
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post #36 of 69 Old 04-24-2011, 12:20 PM
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I honestly lost count years ago. Now, I only remember falls where I got hurt or ones that were particularly memorable for some reason or another.

I've come off 3 times - in 18/19 years of riding. Had a lot of near-misses... one super talented "around the neck, back into the saddle" occasion, and one "grab the ears and pull UP" (I have NO idea why i did it... but it made the horse lift her head and popped me right back into the saddle LMAO)

One of the most memorable was me showing off some tack-less riding on my "dependable" large pony. As with all horses, he obviously felt I was displaying too much pride in what we were up to - so we complete a nice little pattern, two lead changes and a nice clean halt.... and were just standing chatting with a friend when "something" spooked him... he went right... I went..... straight down on my butt! It was a tad embarassing.

The worst of the 3 was when I was working as a "breaker" (I hate the term... always have... but that was actually the ranch's job title). I was putting the 3rd ride on one of the wild horse colts (they aren't "real" mustangs... but bred, born and raised in the wild) and just knew when I put my foot to the stirrup it was going to be a rough go.... it became fact as soon as my tush hit the saddle and he blew sky high. My partner said it looked like it was going my way when all of a sudden some "blue" word came out of my mouth (my hand slipped off the cantle of the saddle... he'd been bucking hard for nearly a minute and I was getting tired)... I was in a somersault over the left shoulder, looked like it'd be a nice tuck and roll situation, when I suddenly pulled my hands back and took the fall on my head/face/shoulder - and flipped over. She said it looked for all the world like I was, quite literally, planted!

She yelled for me to get up, but I couldn't seem to move (stunned senseless??) next thing I knew she was jumping over two corral fences and waving her jacket at the horse (who apparently was coming back to stomp on me some). She looks down and goes "Anything broken? If not, I'd REALLY suggest getting up"... so everything moves (hurts like nothing else) and I pry my body out of the dirt... weave a little... go get the horse and tie him up. Got back to our quarters... and couldn't find a first aid kid - so grabbed the horse idodine and started to clean up my extreme road rash, pull my lips out of my braces and then somehow I made it to the couch - where I apparently passed out for 5 hours. (I don't remember going to the couch... nor did I think I was out that long)

My partner comes to the house - and I hear "click" and a BRIGHT flash - open my eyes (one of which is nearly swollen shut) and there's her bright face right in front of me... and she's brandishing a camera. "For posterity! And what the hell are you doing sleeping on the job"... I'm not sure, say I don't remember getting there... she says "well, do you remember NOT tying up your horse too?"... "NO, I know I tied him...", "Nope... you just tossed the lead through the tire. I tied him, he's had water and is fine"... WOW. So I go, unsaddle, turn him loose and we start discussing the fact I should go be checked out - cept we can't dial out... and no way to get to a hospital ( hello, welcome, we're in "Nowhere, Canada" LOL). So she just keeps me awake all night and come the next day all seems well enough (nasty scabs, and colorful bruises... limited movement to my right shoulder)

Bosses found out... and refused (yes, refused) to take me to the hospital. (At which point I should've quit... but, at 18 I wasn't that smart). I stuck it out another 2 months with them... and THEN I quit. (HORRID employers.)

It's been 10 years, when I got back from the job it was determined I had minor nerve damage (the limited motion), and had got off REALLY lucky that I didn't also have brain damage (no helmet... bosses didn't supply them, and I didn't think to bring my own). The injury still bothers me a little - and everytime I put the 3rd ride on a horse I have flashbacks LMAO
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post #37 of 69 Old 04-24-2011, 09:20 PM
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Although I didn't fall on this particular occasion, it could've been really bad.

I was just sitting on my horse calmy and the BO, who was riding with us in the arena that day, accidentally manuvered her arabian stud into the rump of my lesson horse who then lurched forward at the freakin' speed of light ( I swear to god horses can almost teleport sometimes! XD).

Needless to say I ended up on the horses neck with the horn poking me in the stomach, ow.
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post #38 of 69 Old 04-24-2011, 09:33 PM
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Hmmm probably about 15 times al together the first I can remember is at about 7wen my evil lil pony thee me. But I'm sure she threw me many times before that. The last time was about 3weeks ago horse shopping they put the horse in an I'll fitting saddle and he bucked me off and I did a nice summersault lol I was real sore all week but other than that fine never really broken a bone being thrown but I've fractured my foot being stepped on...
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post #39 of 69 Old 04-24-2011, 09:50 PM
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To many to count lol! been riding my whole life and have trained 5 horses in my life time so truthfully way to many to remember lol! but I have only had two head concussions & two spraned necks. im thankful it wasnt anything worst than that.

When I can't ride anymore, I shall keep horses as long as I can hobble along with a bucket and wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out by the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them!
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post #40 of 69 Old 04-24-2011, 10:48 PM
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Way to many times to count. But my most resent ones where a couple weeks ago two in the same week :/

1. Riding my new horse and wasn't paying attention and leant back and put my hand on his bum. Turns out he doesn't like that very much and i got bucked of . That one was my fault learnt that i should probably pay attention to what i'm doing haha.

2. This one was the very next day. I was on my other horse and we were doing Grids at pony club. He wouldn't stay straight through it so i did it again to try and get him to go through straight . After the last jump he landed and swerved and i landed on my head. Managed to knock myself out and cant remember any of this or anything for the 2hours after that.
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