I really like reading about people that have the same issues/thought processes as I do....not that I enjoy reading about people getting thrown off a horse, mind you. =-) I am a newbie to the horse world at 38 and have been training pretty hard for the past four months and just two days ago got tossed for the first time. At first, it was hard to figure out what went wrong but after having time to think about it and talking to my trainers, it was a perfect storm waiting to happen and I just happened to be the one to pull the trigger. This horse I've been riding belongs to the stable and has a few families that lease her to ride. One lessee has been using, unknown to anyone at the stable, a very bad bridle and spurs on her in a manner that is not appropriate. The horse has always been a little skittish but I noticed about a month ago that she was spooking a lot more then normal..but I just accepted that as her responding to my riding. Come to find out, it was not. However, when she reared up on me a few days ago, I managed to stay on for two 'rears' before her and I both went over backwards when I tried to pull back on the reins gently and calm her down. Obviously, I learned that's what you -don't- do. The head trainer said everything else I did was right, including understanding the importance of staying on her and trying to calm her down...even if I didn't accomplish it. He's always told me I have a great seat and I guess that helped stay in the saddle for as long as I did. However, I don't really want a career as a bronc rider. =-)
I also had a 'mystery' injury with my foot. I remember clearing my feet from the stirrups because I was going to do an emergency dismount but she threw me to quickly. When I got up, my right foot was really hurting....but I don't remember my foot ever hitting the ground. I came down on my side. Mystery forefoot sprain for the win!
I've come to realize that accidents, in my mind, are never the fault of simply one person. A horse is influenced by many people and usually it is a combination of those interactions that produce a situation. Besides, fault usually isn't important. We accept in riding that its dangerous...although sometimes the people around us don't quite understand that unspoken acknowledgment and want to place blame. =-)
I'm glad you are okay. I just ordered myself my first new helmet because of my crash. I appreciate the stable's helmet that I've been wearing for saving my noggin up til now but I've learned very quickly the vast importance of a good helmet. My new Troxel Dakota helmet in Grizzly Brown will be here next week...just in time for me to get back up on a horse!
Btw Sidmit - I would have punched that guy that said that to you, although it would have been a huge blow to an already hurt ego. I am lucky that all the people that were at the stable were very supportive.