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!