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post #11 of 15 Old 05-17-2011, 10:27 AM
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The two times I've come off have been when my horse bolted during my dismount. There was no thinking involved - what happened went down so fast that I was on the ground before I knew anything. Once I yelled "Mia, you %^#$@" and she turned around and raced back to me. The second time she went about 50 feet, then turned around as if puzzled I wasn't on her.
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-17-2011, 01:07 PM
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On a hack i always hold on. in the arena i try to let go but dont always.

RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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post #13 of 15 Old 05-17-2011, 01:51 PM
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I let go, I will worry about my horse once I am back on my feet- though luckily the three horses I have fallen off, all stood there. Though 2 days ago i did an emergency dismount and Cooper trotted off- we were in our pasture though. A friend of mine rode a pony out in a field and was thrown, she held the reins since it was hundred of open acres but the pony yanked back and her arm broke the oppostie way it bends! She now has a metal rod in her arm. So.. im letting go.
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post #14 of 15 Old 05-17-2011, 02:00 PM
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Hang on. If the horse gets a tug on the mouth, so be it. He shouldn't have let you fall off in the first place! :) LOL

Seriously, though, I agree that in an arena you have a choice: do what works for you and your horse; Exception: if jumping I would advise letting go.

If not in an enclosed area, hang on. Exception -- eventing; but those people are nuts anyway (right MIE?) and there is a support system on site for the riders and horses.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-17-2011, 03:20 PM
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I was always told to hang on... I have hung on to some dangerous horses before and they have always backed away from me. I am not chasing a horse down and trying to catch it. Even the day a month ago I got bucked off twice, I hung on to the reins, flying through the air and landed on my back. I was seeing stars so bad but I realized I still had the reins. I bailed off that same horse a few weeks before when he spooked and ran through the bit. He was approaching a drop off on one side or a fence on the other, I was not going with him so I bailed and held onto the reins. It was ground into my brain as a child to hang on no matter what dont loose your horse.
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