Lesson 1: Pay Attention and Keep a Good Seat - Always!

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Lesson 1: Pay Attention and Keep a Good Seat - Always!

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    03-01-2008, 10:43 PM
Lesson 1: Pay Attention and Keep a Good Seat - Always!

I learned this lesson the hard way today. My wife & I grew up with horses but got out the habit. We bought our horses in the fall and have had a great time. My horse is a 'husband horse' - a 17 year old quarter horse gelding. He knows his stuff, is close to bomb proof and knows his way on a trail, sure footed and precise.

Today it was fantastic weather and my wife and I went on a long ride. We ended up about 5 miles from home riding through a meadow of grass with scatted clumps of scrub oak. As we rode past some oak it happened. My horse suddenly did a 90 degree bolt to the left at top speed kicking his heels. If I had remembered my lessons of 'keep a good seat' and paid attention I probably would have made it. I was leaning back in saddle and holding the reins with one hand. I didn't even have the stirrups adjusted long enough since somebody else had ridden it. Bad. Bad. Bad. I'll never know what was there but there are mountain lion around.

I had no chance to lean in and just tumbled back. It's amazing how things go in slow motion at a time like this. As I went over the back I had a thought that I wish I'd installed the safety stirrups I got for Christmas. Then I saw my legs pop loose from the stirrups and then a thought, 'This is going to hurt!'. I landed hard but the ground was pretty soft. I wiggled and everything moved so I got up. My wife's horse had bolted too and she'd gone down. We both have a good set of bruises and strains but it could have been much worse.

The horses ran away and we found them grazing in a nice spot a mile away. They didn't have a single scratch or cut. One rein broke but the saddles weren't even scratched. My horse, being older, is rather sore now but his gait shows no strains, just a tired horse.

We were amazingly lucky and learned a good lesson. Horse back riding is relaxing but don't relax too much. Make sure the tack is adjusted right and be ready for the unexpected.

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    03-01-2008, 10:47 PM
Green Broke
Oh goodness! What an 'adventure' I guess hehe

Good post though, I think a lot of ppl do get too relaxed. Glad you guys and the horses are ok!
    03-01-2008, 10:49 PM
Whoo.. glad you're okay!!
    03-01-2008, 11:03 PM
Green Broke
Sounds like what happened to me yesterday.... except my stirrups were too long and I was lucky enough not to fall off.....

Glad you guys are ok.... those things can really get a person shook up
    03-02-2008, 10:04 AM
Glad you had a "good" fall. If you don't break anything its a good fall Tough to have to walk that far to find the horses though. I hate those slow motion falls, I prefer the one minute your on the horse the next your not type. They seem to hurt less. :roll: Hope you plan to get right back in the saddle.
    03-02-2008, 01:43 PM
Glad your ok and that's a good post because people do get too relaxed on their horses.
    03-02-2008, 10:31 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, I used to be way too relaxed on horses..... Old bomb proof trail horses that have been trained to follow and nothing else..... I was so bad that I even started slouching AND having a chair seat.......

Now all I ride are hyper green broke colts.... can't relax for a second with them!!

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