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post #1 of 43 Old 03-11-2012, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question I seriously fell off a pony... I am so embarrassed!! :P

So... This I've been taking lessons for about 6 months maybe? I recently found a horse I love love love! He's a rescue horse and I'm not sure what kind he is, all I know is he's gaited and pretty tall. I've been riding him for about 2 months maybe? His name is Payson and he is very spirited! However, my instructor felt it was best for me to try another horse (which I completely agreed with). The next week she assigned me to a pony (Cookie). I was pretty excited just to ride a pony since its so much smaller, and I like "mini" things! :) This quickly changed however when I started trotting him and I could not sit my trot for the life of me!!!

I slipped off several times (doing the splits up against him) because the saddle kept sliding around. I tightened my girth and my instructor came over to double check it, and she said he doesn't have a high wither to help keep the saddle in place. I kept going, but I posted instead (as much as it aggravated me to do so). A few minutes later she asked me to lope, and it was a battle to get him to, but I got him there! I went around a few times and all of a sudden the horses in front of me all stopped, and to avoid a crash I slowed him down and turned. I believe it was during the transition from loping to a very fast bouncy trot, plus the turn, and my lack of a good center of balance that caused me to fall off. I fell on my back, hit my head on the ground, and I was thoroughly embarrassed. I am somewhat a perfectionist and I was very disappointed in myself to the point of tears. My instructor came over and was very reassuring. I took a minute, then continued on with my lesson.

I guess the purpose of me writing this is just to ramble. This was my first ever fall off a horse, and I'm glad it was just off a pony! :P It has, however, made me question my level of ability. What do you think I need to work on given this story, and what are some exercises to help me get better? Btw, I plan on going to lessons twice this week to make up for last weeks crappy one. I need a confidence booster. :)
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post #2 of 43 Old 03-11-2012, 06:15 PM
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Ponies can be very hard to sit the trot on so don't be upset about that. I would see about riding cookie bareback(if possible) that way you don't have to worry about that dangeroius slipping saddle with your balance being thrown off I think that would be your best bet. Also try to really relax and don't try so hard to force yourself to sit it posting is ok.

Don't beat yourself up you did fine and congrats for getting back on!
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I don't know if you're riding English or Western. I don't know if Western riders do this, but to help with your balance, run those stirrups up as high as you can go (English saddle) and ride. Like a jockey. At my barn it's called "frog position". It's HARD and super boring, but you will get SO much better at balancing. Walk it, trot it, canter it, transition up, down, change directions, back up.

And definitely get better tack on that pony!
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post #4 of 43 Old 03-12-2012, 03:32 AM
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Laugh it off ;) I think everyone needs to fall off a pony at least once!!! I got bucked off an 11.3hh breaker a few years ago. The little devil was going so nicely, I asked it to canter, got off its back and it hit the breaks, ripped its head down between its knees and bucked. I went flying over her head, summersaulted a few times and came to rest flat on my back. We all thought it was hilarious and my only disapointment was that no one got it on video hahaha!
Ponies are tricky, there is nothing to grip on to when you lose balance.
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LOL, don't feel bad. Going from a normal sized horse to a pony can really test your riding ability and balance. Not only are they quick and hard to fit a saddle to, just the difference in gait is a huge deal. That little short strided trot, even if it isn't choppy, can be very hard to sit and stay fluid on.

Shoot, I've been riding my whole life and have ridden some nasty horses. The first pony I ever rode nearly dumped me when he spooked and went from a trot to a lope . I had to ride him 6 or 8 times before I really felt comfortable sitting his trot.

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Apart from my tailbone, every bone I have ever broken is from riding ponies!!!

They're horrors haha, and trotting them gives me a stitch!

Plus side is you got back on, and honestly don't worry about it.. takes 100 falls to make a great rider ;)
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My only fall has been from a pony; a Halflinger I am leasing for my step daughter. I messed my ankle up BAD in January from a fall from that beast. Luckily my step daughter is happy with walking right now. This mare's trot is nasty!
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A pony, how lucky for you. That's the one to develop your skills on. Why do you think kids love ponies. They never know what they will dish out and that's part of the fun. I've seen people at aqha shows that can "sit the position" on zombied pleasure horses. The riders couldn't ride anything that gave them a bit of trouble.
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post #9 of 43 Old 03-12-2012, 09:33 AM
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Another encouraging "Laugh it off" vote from one who has taken her fair share of spills off ponies!
Sailing over the head when they slam on the brakes from a canter while tucking head to the ground... no buck needed, sliding off their round little sides, going off the rump... (not sure how that one happened though )

Although it doesn't sound like the pony is big enough to this on, Dancing Arabian has a good idea about the jockey position. I was a good rider before I rode race horses, but spending time in the "frog postion" helped build strength in my legs in areas I didn't know I had (and useful for hanging on) and it "worked" my balance, which improved my non race horse riding.
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post #10 of 43 Old 03-13-2012, 12:09 AM
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Oh this is nothing to be embarrassed about. Everybody has to fall sometimes. Once I was trotting a pony in a field and she stopped suddenly and dropped her head to eat and I literally slid down her neck because I wasn't sitting back enough. By far my most embarrassing fall haha. Ponies are the hardest to stay on with such bouncy trots :P

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