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post #11 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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With horses, it's not 'if' but 'when'. Truthfully, if you're around them long enough, you're probably or even certainly going to get hurt at some point.

It's a risk you have to decide to take. Minimize your risks by wearing body protection, and being as careful as you can, but don't stop enjoying your horse just because you're worried you might get hurt.

It seems sometimes like it happens when you least expect it. I've fully expected to be hurt a few times on younger, more reactive horses, but ironically, it's my old bombproof kid's horse that I've fallen from more times than I can count (doing stupid stuff that I probably shouldn't have been doing, of course ) and knocked myself silly.

I wish I had some motivational speech to share, but all I can say is confront your nerves and don't let them get the best of you. Don't take dumb risks, and prepare yourself for the event of getting hurt, but don't let the worry dominate your time spent with your horse.

Oh good, so lately when he's been acting up I'm expecting it.. So it's not going to happen! Whooo!! Haha I know I will get hurt at some point I'm just not looking forward to it at all. Seriously hurt that is, I've been stepped on, trampled, bucked, slid off, etc (never with this horse) and I have never been badly hurt... So I'm thinking this might catch up with me sometime soon.. xD

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post #12 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 02:43 PM
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With horses, it's not 'if' but 'when'. Truthfully, if you're around them long enough, you're probably or even certainly going to get hurt at some point.

It's a risk you have to decide to take. Minimize your risks by wearing body protection, and being as careful as you can, but don't stop enjoying your horse just because you're worried you might get hurt.

It seems sometimes like it happens when you least expect it. I've fully expected to be hurt a few times on younger, more reactive horses, but ironically, it's my old bombproof kid's horse that I've fallen from more times than I can count (doing stupid stuff that I probably shouldn't have been doing, of course ) and knocked myself silly.

I wish I had some motivational speech to share, but all I can say is confront your nerves and don't let them get the best of you. Don't take dumb risks, and prepare yourself for the event of getting hurt, but don't let the worry dominate your time spent with your horse.

I know that this is true, but I hope lots of little "hurts" will qualify as one big one. I have been tossed or fallen many times and come away with some hefty bruises but never have broken a bone. Been stepped on and had my eyebrow split by a flying head, but no stitches yet. Do those qualify? Can I still expect "the Big One"?
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post #13 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 02:55 PM
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With horses, it's not 'if' but 'when'. Truthfully, if you're around them long enough, you're probably or even certainly going to get hurt at some point.
It's not just horses. It's anything. Stepping in or out of the bathtub, walking up or down a flight of steps, having the cat or dog cut in front of you. Simple everyday things can result in a person getting hurt - or worse.

Living comes with risks. Be cautious, be safe but don't be overly anxious and ruin your day!
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I know that this is true, but I hope lots of little "hurts" will qualify as one big one. I have been tossed or fallen many times and come away with some hefty bruises but never have broken a bone. Been stepped on and had my eyebrow split by a flying head, but no stitches yet. Do those qualify? Can I still expect "the Big One"?
Hmm...I dunno. I'm inclined to say it really depends on what kinds of horses a person rides, and their skill level (and, of course, a little luck). Little injuries are a given, but I'm not sure about the 'Big One'.

Obviously, any horse can spook and we can fall and get hurt (or not fall and get hurt ), but your risks are naturally going to be quite a bit lower if you generally ride broke and quieter horses, and you're less likely to get 'the Big One'.

I've dislocated my shoulder before falling from a horse, but otherwise I'm like you - tons of 'little' hurts, no big, serious injuries that put me out for weeks or months or required me to get surgery or anything.

Though, I expect to be hurt bad at least a few times if I decide to pursue a real career in horses. That sounds bad, I shouldn't 'expect' to be hurt, but I know it might and probably will happen. The fact that I've gotten by with minor injuries so far is surprising, and I am just waiting for the Big One 'cause I know luck can't last forever.

Accidents happen regardless of training and skill level, but I think going about it safe, and riding horses that match your skill level lowers your chances of getting badly hurt.

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post #15 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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I know that this is true, but I hope lots of little "hurts" will qualify as one big one. I have been tossed or fallen many times and come away with some hefty bruises but never have broken a bone. Been stepped on and had my eyebrow split by a flying head, but no stitches yet. Do those qualify? Can I still expect "the Big One"?


Same with me.. This is what I think about!

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post #16 of 25 Old 03-01-2012, 03:23 PM Thread Starter
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It's not just horses. It's anything. Stepping in or out of the bathtub, walking up or down a flight of steps, having the cat or dog cut in front of you. Simple everyday things can result in a person getting hurt - or worse.

Living comes with risks. Be cautious, be safe but don't be overly anxious and ruin your day!

I just fell down my stairs the other week...way worse than any fall off a horse I've ever had haha

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Ok, now for what I meant to say. Well, then you must be good to go for a long time,. Statistically speaking.
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I am a firm believer in the power of thought. Mind over matter. Don't be dumb like I was as a teenager (scars to prove) but don't phsyc yourself out. I believe horses sense that.
I've been on a horse since before I can walk, I ride every single day. Most days i'm working cows or moving cows and that involves cutting. Hard cutting, as our cows are getting smarter . I still hit the ground sometimes. I aint too proud to admit it. Most of my falls are from my laziness, or pure exhaustion after working all day and I quit paying attention.
I've taken some dang hard falls over the years, I have lots of pins and plates because of some of these falls, but each time I get on I know the risk and the reward. To me, the reward outweighs the risk hands down. I am stubborn, I ride in a stetson and wranglers, no helmet or padding. My worst injury ever (i have a titanium mandible and 2 screws that hold my face together) came from soccer. I'm far from bullet proof. But ya can't go around thinking something bad will happen. Just be aware of the risk and do whatever you can to prevent it. Obviously the safest place is in a locked air tight concrete room....but that would royally suuuuuck!
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I'm waiting on my next fall as well... I have yet to take a fall off Bandit - I'm fairly certain that its going to happen soon enough and it's probably going to be a silly fall that will be 100% my fault and shouldn't happen.

Saying that.. I'm still just going to get on with enjoying him and get on with life.I always wear a helmet, I try and be sensible but horse riding is a risk sport, and after being run over by mr bombproof the other day, it's a sharp reminder that you can't control the way they think :)

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Your horse needs more basic training. You shouldn't have to ride out your horse's bucks. It's up to you to do more training. Your horse is telling you if he is nervous about being ridden. NO horse will just throw you "out of the blue" without signaling first. Think about what sets him off. I would take him back several steps in his training and solidify his ground behavior and his behavior under saddle before you mount. It makes you smarter to look back at your friend's injuries and realize that you don't have to end up hurt by your own horse.
Look into ground training. It's always better for a fresh horse to buck on the lunge and get under your control that way, than to wonder when he's going to act up.
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