06-08-2012, 12:57 AM
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My most recent fall was last June. I was trying out a 16.1 or 16.2h TB mare that I saw online for an off-farm lease. She was great for the owner, but when I got on boy did she change. She bobbed her head a few times and just took off at a straight gallop. The owner said that that's not even the fastest she's gotten her to go yet! I tried to slow her down and next thing I know we're heading for a wall, she stops dead in her tracks and I went flying over her neck. My head hit the wall and I can describe it as practically rolling down the wall and slamming my lower back. All I kept thinking about was if my lower back was fractured again. Thank God just some bruising! Let's just say that's the last time I ever rode that horse and I'm not planning on associating myself with the owner when it comes to horses anytime soon -_-
And for some reason I always go back to the bigger and taller horses! I tell my family/other people, "I want something no smaller than at least 16-16.1 hands and up to 17 hands." but I do think it gives you more time to plan your fall. But it could hurt just as bad falling off a 13 hand pony. It all depends on the situation and how you land. Sadly for me, two of the past falls I've had have been on the spot on my lower back where I fractured it.