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post #1 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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QUESTION: How many of you have never fallen off?

Obviously, this applies to anyone that has ridden for a significant amount of time :)
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post #2 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 07:08 PM
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I used to ride in high school and took a ten year break. I fell off about four times then. I have been riding again for two years and have not fallen off as an adult. Knock on Wood!!!!
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post #3 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 07:13 PM
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Hi, I rode from the age 12 to 28. Bailed once and got bucked off a friends horse, not my own...lol.

Knock on wood that I don't fall off now that I'm in my 40's riding again.
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post #4 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 07:53 PM
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I have been riding steadily since I was about 8 and I have fallen off more times than I can count. It is a part of riding. Now it doesn't bother me as much. I know to toughen up and hop right back on. But back when I was younger I was embarrassed and terrified. It was a scary thing to fall off.

And I am twenty now btw.

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post #5 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 08:44 PM
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Oh my I couldn't count how many times either, but there are a few I really remember...
I was about 8 and in a group lesson all the pony's spooked and took off I fell off into a mudd puddle and the pony did a u-turn and jumped over me...it was scarey lol
And my Tb I only had him a few weeks and the date was 6/6/06 creepy right.. I think something went wrong when I was doing a flying change, he tripped or something.

The lesson barn I rode at it seemed like he always put me on the difficult ponys/horses.. but it was good learning experience
I've been riding since I was 8 and I'm 23 now
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post #6 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 08:47 PM
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I didn't ride as a kid, so I missed the pony from hell stage where you get dumped a few times each ride. I've been lucky. In the 20+ years I've been riding, I've come off 4 times. I'm not sure there is a human who has not fallen prey to gravity at least once!

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #7 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 09:19 PM
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I didn't take lessons or anything when I was a kid either other than a week as a horsemaster at the camp I work at now as a wrangler. There isn't a specific mark where I consider myself "riding". I rode a horse for the first time when I was 5 and I was just thrown on a horse because my friend at the time had a bunch (she still does) and asked if I wanted to come over and ride. I ride at camp all the time now that I'm a legitimate wrangler. Otherwise it was whenever I could since I've started working there. This'll be my 5th year.

ANYWAY. The only time I've fallen was August of 2009. The first time I loped bareback. I was doing senior pictures on my favourite camp horse and while trying to look all nice and pretty for a second for a picture, she took off towards the corral and I half-slid/half-bailed.

I landed in front of her and got loped over. I know she kept going for a few strides. I remember rolling and getting kneed in the head. I opened my eyes and I was under her belly.

My back was all roadrashed and I had a hoofprint on my shoulder blade. Soooo mad 1) my friend who was taking pictures didn't get a shot of me falling and 2) that hoofprint only left the two ends as scars. Super lame.

But that's my only time in the past 5 years. Abby hasn't successfully dumped me yet. I'm waiting to just hop on her bareback (which she doesn't like and I haven't gotten more than half on her). That'll be an experience.


Sorry for the rant. :)
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post #8 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 09:25 PM
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Me!! Ha ha! Everyone falls off at some point yet for some reason I fall off for the dumbest reasons. I've been on bucking horses, rearers as well as bolters, all managing to cling on somehow & yet it never fails that I end up in the dirt on a horse that either spooks in some funny direction or the saddle slips.

My greatest fall to date occurred when I was chasing after a "runaway" on my old mare who I had only ridden three times before. I had one hand on the reins & with the other I was reaching out for the reins of the gelding (he'd bucked my aunt off & bolted). Well, Ebony dear thought we were racing, so I tightened up on the reins to stop her from passing him & she decided to simply put on the breaks!
Somehow I hit the ground, rolled & ended up right back on my feet ha ha! Then had to chase after both horses on foot!

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post #9 of 44 Old 01-18-2011, 09:31 PM
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Bahahahahh. Lilruffian, the mental image of that is hilarious. But I agree: The one time I fell off was pathetic. I managed to stay on Abby when I asked for a lope (her hip was out, which I found out later..) and she started bucking. I was in a saddle that is technically a kid's saddle. If I stand up in the stirrups (as low as they go), I was probably a good 9 inches above the seat.

I also stayed on her when she bucked in a field and when she'd whip around and bolt back to the fenceline because she's herdbound.

I hadn't thought of these...mini confidence boost!
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post #10 of 44 Old 01-19-2011, 09:35 AM
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There is an old sage saying that goes like this: :Never a horse can't be rode, never a rider can't be throwed." If someone has never come off a horse that rider has not rode many 'different' horses. Me, I've landed on the ground many times coming off a horse. The best cure for not becoming fearful is to pick your body up off the ground and get right back on. Of course, the next day the soreness does set in.
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