Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Southeast PA, USA
I'm a "ditcher" :\
Okay so, somehow, somewhere along the way I became too comfortable with the idea of falling off. It doesn't bother me at all, the problem is, I've developed the tendency to ditch when something goes wrong. Note, it takes a fair amount to knock me off balance, but I think this is kind of a problem. Just last Saturday I was jumping, all was good, but I'm weak and a bit out of practice. The last jump in a line was about a 2'9 oxer. The horse took it at an awkward spot that I wasn't really expecting (totally my fault, I sorta forgot to actually ride cause he was such an easy horse xD). In the end we both landed off balance and I ditched before things had a chance to play out. Unfortunately, I managed to land on my elbow and did more harm than good. Thankfully no fracture, but no riding for a week or two. Not horrible, but not desirable either.
So, I guess the point of this is, is it really a bad thing? Advice? Your own stories? Any reply is appreciated. Kudos if you read it :]
"The art of riding is keeping a *horse* between you and the ground."