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post #61 of 69 Old 06-05-2011, 02:46 PM
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hmm I think twice so far. But that is only in a year. I am sure there will be many to come in the future. Luckily none of mine were that bad. Literally one time the horse I was riding stopped at a jump and I just slipped off. Felt pretty sill after that one.

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post #62 of 69 Old 06-05-2011, 03:01 PM
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I have a few falls under my belt - but I never really kept track of the number. I've been bucked off a couple times and bailed once when a horse bolted and my saddle slipped and a tree was coming at my head. Choice was tree or ground and I chose the ground - probably a good bet at the time considering the horse skimmed the tree so closely that he left scratch marks on the saddle and the stirrup flipped over his back.

However, my bad pony Toby went through a period of spin and bolts that would dislodge me on a regular basis. I could sit other horses' spin and bolts, but not his. He would actually drop down like a cutting horse and then spin around like a reining horse while my but was still physically in the air. Left me with the feeling of my horse literally dropping out from under me. Always ended up landing on my right shoulder from it too which leaves it aching on occasion now. Glad he is over that phase now.

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post #63 of 69 Old 06-05-2011, 08:01 PM
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Only once that should actually count in the two years of riding... I was riding an overexcited mare and she decided to buck at the lope. I landed first on her neck and the crashed head first into the ground XD no real injuries although I was pretty sore for a week. Then I wasn't really riding, and I can't really count it as a fall. but anyways... I got dragged on the ground I was picking up the reins of the gelding I was riding and he spooked, I had no idea what was going on so I let go after he had dragged me a good portion of the arena. I was really sore but nothing major =)
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post #64 of 69 Old 06-05-2011, 08:13 PM
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I've fallen off once when I was little. But after that I learnt how to stay on. Lots of horses have tried to make me fall, but I hold on tight, haha!
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post #65 of 69 Old 06-05-2011, 10:25 PM
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i've fallen seven times , in eight years of riding . though three of them were in one year (;

1.) off a pony named starfyre ; he was a chubby paint pony of about 14.2hh . large pony . i was cantering in a field for the first time , and my friend mikayle took off galloping right across our path . starfyre got excited and took off after her , and after a few strides , bucked and then turned , off i went . broken collarbone .

2.) a horse at the same barn as starfyre , idk if this counts as a fall , but i was getting on , the crate that i was using as a mounting block broke , charmer (at 16.3hh) was scared of plastic , i had one foot in the stirrup , one foot in the crate , and after about two laps around the round pen , i flew backwards . nothing was hurt except my ego (;

3.) same barn as the first two , i was training a gorgeous mare named princess , bareback with a halter and lead , we were walking in the field , she saw something invisivle , took off , stopped , then took off again , and when i fell it was like stop , drop , and roll ; without the stop !

4.) i was cantering a mare , randi , that was real heavy on the forehand , and i was in two point without stirrups , she tripped and stopped , i flew over her shoulder .

5.) i was on madi (my horse) cantering bareback in the arena , decided to make her go between the wall and a barrel , about enough room for three horses to fit side by side in , she decides to ignore my aids and go superclose to the barrel ; she has always thought barrels were man - eating monsters . she won't jump over them for anyone but me , and to this day won't even stand still by one for me to set something down . anyways , her rump bumped the barrel , she took off at a gallop and started bucking and rearing , i flew off , landed on my knees , held onto the reins (they'd come over her head with me) , the only time i've EVER been scared at all ov her , she looked like she was scared of me , too , she actually pulled my up by rearing , and i just stood quietly until she finished , and i know people say to let go of the reins because you can hurt their mouth ; but i didn't want her to think i would abandon her when she was scared , and she calmed down and i got back on and we were fine (:

6.) madison again , we were jumping a triple , and the last fence was 4'6" and i had her going with a lot of momentum and had her focused , and then she decided to , at the last second , slide to a stop , turn , and take off around the jump ; i cleared 4'6" ! she , however , did not . i got back on and we did 4' .

7.) my most recent one , in january , we were trotting across the diagonal in the arena , warming up on a very loose rein , and suddenly it was like she tripped and fell , like a clutz , even though she hardly ever trips other than at the walk hahah , and i pulled up on the reins , trying to get her head up so she could get her feet under her , it felt like she got one leg back up and then went down again , started going down sideways , i grabbed onto the wall of the arena so that she'd have more of a chance to save herself and i wouldn't be crushed , slammed into the wall , i swear i didn't feel a thing , stood up to find her shaking herself off , she limped a little , walked her around and she was fine , untacked and groomed her , and went to get back on bareback with just the halter , just to get back on after the fall , i was pretty freaked especially since she had been limping , walked a few steps and asked my friend if she was limping , and the second she said yes i hopped off , not even to the middle of the arena , started to lead her back to the end , she took one step , and almost fell . worst moment of my life . she's fine now though , was out for about two weeks .
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post #66 of 69 Old 06-05-2011, 10:34 PM
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I've only fallen off once in 10 years. But that doesn't mean I'm a good rider that just means I'm LUCKY lol. I was going over a jump on the horse I used to lease in a clinic (there was a couple witnesses) He DIDN'T PUT HIS FEET DOWN FOR THE LANDING they said. Everyone said he didn't do it, it was the weirdest thing. So naturally, he crashed down after leaping over the jump landing on his side and landing on my leg. It all happend so fast I was in shock. Neither of us was hurt thankfully. I got right back on and rode it again. Even though "he didn't put his legs down" I'm assuming he went to bring his front legs down for the landing and that his legs gave out instead. It was so strange :(
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post #67 of 69 Old 06-05-2011, 10:54 PM
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lol if you count my impressive falls you know those once when people hold their breath 4... if you count all of the 29 in 20 yrs ridding lol.
the important ones are (in order of pain and injuries lol)
1. i had been jumping for 2 months and my horse lost a show so the trainer told me to ride his, it wa a beuatifull gray TB mare, and we were exercising really well them the trainer put a line of jumps i remmeber perfectly it was a verticall, 1 stride an oxer 2 strides and a triple bar, i went and jumped the vertical then the mare refused in the oxer and i fall... but... (yeah theres always a but) my arm got trapped in the raind and the mare started running arround pulling me 3 laps arround teh arena and jumping evertyhing on teh way, i got big cuts and stitches in my back and butt lol.
2. was some months ago i was ridding a green TB colt and someone shoot a firework near the ridding area and he went stupidly nuts runnign arround i wasnt able to stop him and got bucked off into a wall i hit the wall right with the head and had some cervical damage nothign major tought.
3. i was in a paddock at a jumping show, i was warming my horse up and it had rained the day before like really really bad, and when my horse tooj of on the first jump his back legs slipped and we bouth fall into the jump, and it actually fell in top of us hurting my neck yep this one got me permanent damage.
4. i was 4 ridding with my dad lol he was teaching me to ride, and i was starting to ride by myself, the mare had a foal and my dad got distracted talking to a worker and the foal got scared with the motor of the tractor the worker was using, and took off an the mother rear and i fell unconsious (yepo that we needed a helmet lol)
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post #68 of 69 Old 06-05-2011, 10:56 PM
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1.) when i was 7 taking lessons with my grandma, my first trot and i was too stubborn to post so i was bouncing around and my foot came out and i just sort of rolled off. no injuries got back on and decided posting was good :P

2.) showing my grandma how well i'd trained storm to jump, getting cocky and going for 2'. came up to the jump and just before we went to jump it i looked over at grammy to see if she was watching, forgot to give him his reasuring nudge, storm stops and i go over. ya grandma was impressed ;) broken arm and the look in poor storms eyes i swear he felt so bad!!

3.) just in december i was riding at a lesson barn, on a lesson horse, the trainer had me on a lounge line cantering. we were working on my seat with no stirrups or reins. all of the sudden the horse tripped, we both go down and she rolls over top of me... yikes right!! but the footing in the arena was really deep and i just sunk down. there was actually like an imprint of my body in the footing :P just like the cartoons where they characters fall into concreate or something and theres the perfect out line of them lol. no injuries just sore.

4.) riding bareback with a rope around sables neck my friends horse spooks bucks, ends up kicking sable. sable jumps to the side and i go off bouncing on my butt along the gravel trail. brused tail bone

lookin forward to the next fall lol =D

the hardest part of riding is the ground... yup sounds about right
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post #69 of 69 Old 06-06-2011, 11:01 AM
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Originally Posted by tbstorm View Post
there was actually like an imprint of my body in the footing :P just like the cartoons where they characters fall into concreate or something and theres the perfect out line of them lol.
that sounds like it would be soo funny ! lol when madison fell , the imprint of her knees was there and where she dragged a hoof , nothing else .
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