Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
As a rider of young horses, problem horses and some fairly oppinionated competition horses I've had quite a few falls (I think I stopped counting when I was 8 years old and had made it to over 100 then).
My worst fall came when schooling a young event horse, he spooked and bolted. I don't actualy remember anything after that. Mum (whoo was watching) said he took off, attempted to jump a 6ft fence (to get out of the arena) at a flat gallop. Unsuprisingly he didnt make it, he breasted the top rail and summersaulted, coming down on top of me (i'd managed to stay with him untill this point apparently). All 600kg of him landed upside down on me, scrabbled around for a bit and then he stood on my head as he got up (thankfully I had a top of the range hat on).
I woke up in the ambulance strapped to a spinal board (those things are horrificly claustraphobic) and spent hours terrified about whether my neck was broken or not. I had 2 crushed discs in my lower spine and I had huge amounts of gravel rash on my right arm, they scrubbed the gravel and dirt out of my arm with a nail brush and because I had a concussion they couldnt give me any pain meds. I was out of hospital the same day but only because the hospitals where chronicly short of beds and my mum is an extremely experianced Intensive care nurse who was able to keep an eye on me
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT