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post #1 of 12 Old 06-23-2012, 03:16 PM Thread Starter
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My First Official Fall today

I took my first official fall today during the last part of my riding lesson...although I'd prefer to call it a controlled dismount. :)

I fell once as a kid when riding a cousin's horse that spooked, but I was 13 and now I'm 31 and I haven't fallen since. Until today.

I was practicing for my schooling show which is tomorrow and was in the last few minutes of my lesson having an awesome ride on Lilah! She's a Thoroughbred about 16-17 hands tall. We were trotting towards the end of the arena when she stumbled really badly. I tried to stayed on and tried to get my balance but she kept stumbling with her head pitched down and forward... it really felt like she was going to go down and roll over on me so I kicked out of my right stirrup and went up and over her left shoulder...consequently onto a pole that was on the ground from our pole work practice. But I'm OK! My neck and back are a little sore and I have a bruise on my leg from the pole, but other than that it's ok. I was so shaky afterwards!

I got back on after my trainer checked to make sure Lilah and I were ok and I walked Lilah around before I got on and we walked a couple of laps.

I know it happens at one time or another. Falling is part of the sport. And frankly, I'm glad I finally got it over with since starting my English training in January because now I know kinda what to expect. As I start practicing real jumping I'm sure I'll fall many more times. Hopefully none without serious injury!
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-24-2012, 06:47 AM
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Getting back on (assuming neither you nor the horse are injured) is an important part! Good for you! And you're right - it's not "will" it happen, but "when will" it happen...and even though some falls can be really bad, most of them are not. Getting that first one out of the way early is good. :)

My horse tripped like that last week when we were trotting over ground poles - his nose nearly hit the dirt. I didn't come unseated, but he was a bit shaken, and I had to coax him back into the ground poles until he realized he could do them just fine. That took 2 or 3 trips through.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-24-2012, 06:50 AM
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Also, the best advice I have for falls, in one word?

Arnicare.

I learned about this stuff last fall when I wiped out while practicing sitting trot without stirrups - took a corner, lost my balance, and basically bounced right out of the saddle and off the horse, through the arena fence, and onto the ground. My trainer suggested the Arnicare. I spent the next 24 hours slathering that on anything that started to get tight or seemed achy, and I was ready to go again the day after with minimal discomfort.
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I'm glad you're okay and you are ready to get right back on! Falling always sounds so horrible but at times it's really not that bad :)

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Didn't know about Arnicare, Thursday!

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On you controlled dismount, did you enjoy the trip?
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post #6 of 12 Old 06-24-2012, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thursday, thanks for the tip on Arnicare! And I'm glad you're ok too after your fall.

Saddlebag, the trip was great..but I didn't bring back any souvenirs...just memories. ;) LOL

My neck and upper back and traps are SUPER tight today. But I'm sure I'll feel better tomorrow after some rest.
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LOL, as the current record holder for controlled dismounts (or uncontrolled) in our family, I say congratulations on your first! So glad it wasn't serious.

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LOL, as the current record holder for controlled dismounts (or uncontrolled) in our family, I say congratulations on your first! So glad it wasn't serious.
I saw a great one the other day: a friend was riding her TB on the trails with us and he "sensed emminent doom" and "reacted sharply" and she spun off forward and landed on her feet, face to face with her horse, never even losing the right rein.

OK, I was impressed!
(And thankful that she was OK...)
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I saw a great one the other day: a friend was riding her TB on the trails with us and he "sensed emminent doom" and "reacted sharply" and she spun off forward and landed on her feet, face to face with her horse, never even losing the right rein.

OK, I was impressed!
(And thankful that she was OK...)
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Wow that is impressive! I've not ever had to do an emergency dismount before but I hope if I ever do I can be as graceful as your friend! Glad she's ok!
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I saw a great one the other day: a friend was riding her TB on the trails with us and he "sensed emminent doom" and "reacted sharply" and she spun off forward and landed on her feet, face to face with her horse, never even losing the right rein.
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I did the same thing once! ...only I was bareback, and it was my left rein that I kept a grip on... oh yeah, and I didn't mean for it to happen. My horse tripped.
Glad you're ok! Now you'll at least know what to expect!

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