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post #1 of 32 Old 06-02-2012, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Smile idk if this goes under this topic but what does it feel like 2 fall from a tall horse

of course i fell off of horses before but im talking about horses that are 16.1 hands and etc. does it hurt? haha my curiosity got the best of me lol and besides i really like friesian horses but im really short buttttt im just wondering what it would feel like to fall from a tall horse?
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post #2 of 32 Old 06-02-2012, 06:15 PM
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I am wondering the same thing! Of course, I know what it feels to fall off a horse. and my recent falls were off of a 16 hh horse. But I am now riding a 17hh and almost came off the other day when while cantering on the trail, he dodged solidly left and I almost came off his right shoulder. I didn't like that feeling, becuase the ground is really hard there. were it the arena, I can deal with that.

But, will I quite riding? quit cantering? nah. but I will be careful.

I think the fall off a big horse is pretty much like a medium one; quick and breathtaking!
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post #3 of 32 Old 06-02-2012, 06:55 PM
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It hurts a little. Depending on how you fall and what you hit determines how much it hurts. But I can tell you this, hitting the ground hurts WAY less when the horse isn't on top of you. I got to experience that scenario back in December...
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I guess it depends on the fall. lol. I mean it's not fun falling off, whether it be falling off of 13 hand pony or a 17 hand Warmblood.

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Put it this way............... you try harder not to. I know it may only be another 4-8 inches but dang! It seems like the difference between jumping of the roof of your house or a tall building! I know when I had smaller horses I would be more apt to bail and now, I think twice, or maybe three times, lol.
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I am wondering the same thing! Of course, I know what it feels to fall off a horse. and my recent falls were off of a 16 hh horse. But I am now riding a 17hh and almost came off the other day when while cantering on the trail, he dodged solidly left and I almost came off his right shoulder. I didn't like that feeling, becuase the ground is really hard there. were it the arena, I can deal with that.

But, will I quite riding? quit cantering? nah. but I will be careful.

I think the fall off a big horse is pretty much like a medium one; quick and breathtaking!
Ha, ha, breathtaking alright...
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post #7 of 32 Old 06-02-2012, 07:26 PM
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Yeah. It's kind of a silly question but I get you. When I had ponies I was always falling off. I remember being winded mainly, I'd always seem to fall on my back and knock all the wind out of me. That was quite a scary feeling when you can't suck air back in. But I haven't fallen for years and my thoroughbred is 17.1 hh, I'm so much older. I think if I had a bad fall now I could do real damage if I fell badly. But I've never had a real bad fall, and for that reason I don't have much fear of falling.
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post #8 of 32 Old 06-02-2012, 07:53 PM
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My horse is 16.2 hh and I've fallen off him twice. The first fall happened when he stopped dead in his tracks right before a jump and it was quite bad actually, because I hit my head hard and ended up with a concussion, but the other one was very soft - I came off in trails and just flew in some bushes nice and fast, without any injuries. The falls really depend on how your body reacts - if it stiffens up or if it knows how to relax. One can have very serious injuries falling off even the smallest of ponies, if during the fall the body is tense. Around here, almost all horses can be considered tall (16 hh and up) and people are just used to falling of these heights - I believe, it is not much different than falling from a smaller horse.

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post #9 of 32 Old 06-02-2012, 08:28 PM
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I'm pretty short, and I used to lease a 16.3hh horse. He bucked me off pretty violently, twice. I remember feeling like I had a lot of time to think on the way down, but the thoughts were mostly "Really? REALLY? AGAIN?!"
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post #10 of 32 Old 06-02-2012, 08:37 PM
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Verona, that's funny :)

Big horse, small pony -- it's all about how you fall and what you land on. You have more time to do it right from 6 feet than from 5! :)
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