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 .