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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 .