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post #11 of 13 Old 04-23-2012, 09:56 AM
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My latest fall was two weeks tomorrow. In retrospect, I know that I am the reason that it went all wrong...but at the time, well. Here is what happened:

My mare Josie is a bit of a skittish girl and FULL of piss and vinegar. The day started with me getting her out and tacking her up. I then went to help my b/f's daughter tack up my other horse Dee. Got Dee and daughter out in the arena when I went back for Josie. Got on the mounting block and had just gotten my leg over her back when she took off in a full bucking panic! I knew I was going down, but still held on for the life of me. That was not the wisest idea I have ever had. After she finally got me off, over her head, I landed on my hip and struck my head off the ground. I laid there for a good while as the world swam before my eyes. I coudln't feel my toes. But who was I worried about? That darn horse! Needless to say, I ended with a slight concusion and a HUGE bruise on my hip.

Looking back, I know what I did wrong and will hope to never repeat this. 1. She had been in her stall for 2 days. I should have lunged her! 2. She is impatient and I made her wait while I got Bethany ready. 3. When I was mounting, I think I may have nudged her side and leaned forward giving the impression I was ready to GO!

So after all of this and the fear of getting back on her after...I learned some valueble lessons, that I won't EVER forget.
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post #12 of 13 Old 04-23-2012, 10:13 AM
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Oh boy, I've had too many to count.

The first ones I can remember were just silly falls. The first one I can remember, my mom was hosting a horsemanship camp at the farm. I was probably 4/5, when she was working with the students, I was put on ol' Jug, the resident plug along babysitter bareback and parked in the middle of the arena. I was little and bored, laid back on her butt and fell asleep. One of the boys riding in the clinic, loped past and smacked the old mare on the butt. She startled awake and I woke up when I hit the ground. My mom had him clean all 15 stalls, rake the barn aisle and pull all of the weeds along the arena fenceline

The second one I can remember - When I was very young, I had an awful habit of riding with my toes out. My mom preached and preached about it. I was riding in the outdoor (I think I was probably 6 or 7) and at that time, the fence was cattle panels. I was loping my mare and got my toe caught in one of the panels and got ripped off her back. Thank goodness for that sweet old mare, she locked em up and the looked at me under her belly like "Hey, you're not supposed to be down there."

Since then, there's been quite a few but at this point I only recall the very memorable ones. There was the time I rode Jana outside in the spring w/sliders on and stupid teenage me didn't think about the frozen ground under the topsoil. She stopped, hit ice and lost her legs. She ended up on top of me and I cracked 6 ribs. Had a couple go over backwards, a few that were bucking stock quality rides, and even more dumb should have been paying more attention spills.

It's just par for the course. No blood, no foul, brush yourself off and get back on.
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post #13 of 13 Old 04-23-2012, 10:20 AM
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I had a painful fall off my horse several years ago when a large dog came racing towards us and started barking and jumping at us. Of course, it was the case of the dog off leash and the owner nowhere in sight. My horse was green and not used to dogs charging at him and he reared and spun in a split second and I fell off right on the sacroiliac region on my right side. My horse bolted straight for the barn thankfully, he was fine physically but it took quite some time to get him used to even dogs at a distance. The dog owner came over the rise in the road and saw all of this and of course the dog would not listen to the owner calling. I was hurt but still had to scrape myself off the road and attend to my horse. Not a good day but a lesson learned and pain that lasted for months.
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