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post #41 of 69 Old 04-24-2011, 11:23 PM
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A bunch of times. I could probably count if I wanted.
You should learn to get over your fear. Once I had to bail, and had I not I might have gotten more injured than just opening a barely healing scab.
I was riding a horse that kicks and bites like no other. I was in a smallish ring with lots of people, and everyone was well aware that my horse should be avoided. Everything was fine, until a girl with another kicking horse nearly RAMMED into me! Of course, my horse swung out to kick, and the other horse swung back. Now, this swinging through me WAY off to the side of the saddle. I was almost perpendicular to the horse. I bailed. I didn't want the saddle to come crashing on his back and freak him out, nor did I want to risk getting tangled. I was fine, save for reopening that cut.

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post #42 of 69 Old 04-25-2011, 03:04 PM
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I have fallen of 22 times, including being bucked off, spooked, bare back and being rolled on.

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post #43 of 69 Old 04-27-2011, 02:44 PM
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lol...i don't think anyone can forget thier first fall....mine was 28 years ago off a 17 hand Tennessee Walker...i went one way my glasses another and my dad came from the barn get back on him right now...get up and get on him...I was sucking for air gasping, couldn't find my glasses, when i could finally get up there stood Ladies Red Prince looking at me as if i was crazy!!! yes I got right back on him, but now at 41 and starting to get back into riding I don't want to do that again...gonna be some really slow riding to start :)
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post #44 of 69 Old 04-30-2011, 10:54 AM
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I have fallen four times.
1. I was riding down a hill and my horse got spooked. I felt like I couldnt hold on so I rolled off lol.(age nine)
2. Was riding in the woods. Horse got spooked again, and ran through tons of thorns and branches with me on him. After getting a few cuts I got scared and rolled off again. (age nine)
3. Riding on a normal day when I decide to show off to my friends (silly me). We start galloping when my saddle slips to the left...I got dragged a good 20 feet before I got some sense in me and pulled out my foot. (age 12)
4. ^^a few days after this incident, I try and canter my horse and the exact same thing happens. I felt really stupid about not checking the girth and it hasnt happened since! (age 12)
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post #45 of 69 Old 04-30-2011, 12:05 PM
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I don't even know how many times I've fallen off lol, but I remember my last one which was last summer.

I was riding Lottie in a field and made the mistake of keeping Tazz loose in the same field. For the most part, he was munching grass and minding his own business. But when I cantered Lottie over a jump, Tazz must have decided to join in and as we landed Tazz cut across us. Lottie pulled up sharp and I somersaulted off the back

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post #46 of 69 Old 05-03-2011, 07:59 AM
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Ohgod, I can't remember all the times I've fallen off, but here's a few highlights.

My first horse, well, not technically mine but I was riding him at my aunt's all the time. Well, this was before I had a single lesson, so it was just a hop on and ride around thing - Blaze (the horse), well he knew this and I'm sure he had so much fun with it. He was a prick to stop (as in helloooo there fence, nice to meet you, I'm going to fall off over my horse's shoulder while he turns sharply now), of course the riding bareback didn't help much.

My first major fall (out of a saddle) from Blaze was when I took him for a canter and my stirrup broke, so I just slipped off sideways. Yeah. Had to go hunt down the stirrup in the dark, too.

Second major fall off Blaze was when I was helping my cousin get some sheep in (*******s!), the girth billet broke and the saddle slipped under him while cantering. This fall is also why I never use clip-on martingales, because the breastplate didn't come off the girth when I was going down. Poor guy stood on the breastplate, which actually put enough stress on the reins to BREAK them (so you can imagine what his mouth felt like), then tripped over the saddle.

---- OKAY, so the ones above were when I was about ten. I bounced when I was that young. 8D Still, I've never broken a bone, horse-related or not.

I do remember one of my old lessons where I was told to basically drop the reins and boot the crap out of my horse to canter. Obviously, I had a bad instructor. Fell sideways-ish and scraped a chunk out of my arm on the arena fence. Another of those lessons, on a different horse, the horse did a little pop-buck and I went straight over her shoulder - this one was my fault though, because I was leaning forward.

---- HAHA, those lessons where a total waste of time and money, but I still learned a little from there.

I haven't really fallen off recently, except on a trek last year.

Day long trek - we all stop for water. My horse is between another horse and a fence, playing with the troughball. Tail flicks into the fence, which I later discover was hot. CRACK. Horse goes up, I go up. Horse goes down, I go down. Horse goes sideways, taking two other horses with her, I land in the trough. Several other riders fall off from laughing so hard. We spend half an hour hunting for the three bolted horses, have an early lunch while I dry off, then keep going.
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post #47 of 69 Old 05-03-2011, 05:02 PM
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I have fallen off a total of 5 times and can remember every one of them very well. There have been a couple that really knocked the wind out of me even knocked me out completely for a few moments and others that I pretty much jumped off myself and came up laughing. And others that seemed to go in slow motion and I remember thinking to myself here we go.

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post #48 of 69 Old 05-03-2011, 05:11 PM
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Sooo many times.

I have great balance because of this, haha. I can now usually sway my body in whatever the direction the horse decides to go.

Unfortunately because of the many times I've fallen off, along with a skateboarding accident from when I was younger, and car accidents I've been in, I have three herniated discs in my neck that remind me of everything, every moment of every day.
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post #49 of 69 Old 05-05-2011, 01:52 PM
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Only 1, but it knocked me out cold for over a minute, and I had to go off in the ambulance when I came to. Fortunately, I don't remember anything at all in between realizing I'd lost my seat so completely that it would probably be safer to try to come off than to battle vainly to regain control...and 10 minutes later with EMTs asking me if I knew where I was (no), what had happened (no), and what the date was (not only did I not know the date, I didn't know what month it was, and because it was chill but not cold, I didn't even know whether it was fall or spring). I feel I should get credit for more than 1. :)
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post #50 of 69 Old 05-05-2011, 05:41 PM
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iv came off 6 times in 9 years. and thank goodness only 1 of them i have to be taken to the hosptal and stayed for 2 days then i had two go back and have surgey. iv been bucked off, they spooked, fallin on, rolled on, and bolted and druged down a hill and back to the barn. but iv been lucky so far.

"when life gets bumpy ride it out"

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