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post #11 of 44 Old 01-19-2011, 10:07 AM
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OH BOY! I've came off a horse four times only. But when i came off seems like i'd always got hurt. first was my mare Time To Hide, we were riding bareback FIRST TIME both of use, and i dropped my cowboy hat coming up the hill. I wiped around and kicked her to go. She took of at a galloped and when we got to my hat (She was really hard to stop any other time) But this time she put on her brakes fast. And where did i go........ onto my hat. Felt like i broke my poor tail bone. Then the next time was when i was riding her. Stupid idea i know... i was riding her with no saddle blanket,just a saddle. More of a three step ride and throw then a ride. I've learned from my mistake. Third time was on my step dads paint. The day before i rode a friends paint bareback proving to my step dad i can ride any horse (Or so i thought! HEHE) hes like OK you can ride my horse. i always nagged about riding him, well everything was going well, just about to get him up into a gallop and he CROW HOPPED!!! yes crow hopped and threw me. bout broke my wrist but like my step dad says. "If you get threw by him you get right back up and ride." I knew that so i did. Haven't rode him since and it calmed him down a lot.but i plan to before we sale him. Then there is my horse Hero, not really bright about riding him since he has a very bone back bone. Still putting weight on him. Well he has a very bad habit of turning quickly. just stopping and turning, well i was riding bareback and stopped him. he turned quick couldn't squeeze tight enough and away i sailed. Litterly sailed to the right.

I say if you haven't fallen of a horse yet you haven't experienced hard.

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post #12 of 44 Old 01-20-2011, 12:26 PM
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great thread! I've never come off while riding and do you know what i so wish I had because now i kind of have a fear about coming off and it's stopping me progressing in my riding. I actually want to come off to get it over and done with! I am a re-rider and always rode bareback when i was a kid after a ten year break i'm back riding and good the fear of falling is more real than before. Great to hear stories where people weren't seriously hurt well apart from pride! kinda re-inforces the fact that "it won't be all that bad"

should i or should i not.........
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post #13 of 44 Old 01-20-2011, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by lilruffian View Post
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.

Same with me!

I have fallen off four times in ten years. First time I fell off was a few months ago. I was jumping and leaned forward to early.
Second time we were trotting without stirrups and I slipped off.
Third time was last week. I was riding a very small pony. Was not used to his strides etc and went flying off when he put his head down XD
Fourth time was last friday. It was my first time off my horse. She stopped at a jump then decided to jump it :p
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post #14 of 44 Old 01-20-2011, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by netty83 View Post
great thread! I've never come off while riding and do you know what i so wish I had because now i kind of have a fear about coming off and it's stopping me progressing in my riding. I actually want to come off to get it over and done with!

I was the exact same way! II really just wanted to fall off because it was making me terrified of falling off. I did not know what to expect.
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post #15 of 44 Old 01-20-2011, 11:18 PM
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I didn't come off for the first several years of riding. I remember talking to another girl about my riding when I was in middle school and we discovered that even though she was older, I had been riding longer and had more experience. She asked whether I had fallen off. I told her I hadn't, and she informed me that I wasn't a "real" rider until I had fallen off. She said it out of spite, but I was rather annoyed by it.

Whether you've fallen and how much you've fallen has nothing to do with how good a rider you are, in my mind. It's just blind luck in terms of what horse you're on, when, and what that horse decides to do. I hate for anyone to imply that the more you fall off, the better a rider you are.
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post #16 of 44 Old 01-21-2011, 12:39 AM
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i have been riding for about 4 and a half years and i have fallen of probabley 1 to two times a year!!! and i want to keep it that way :p

but i feel now that i am not as scared at fallin off and i feel that i am getting better with "not falling off" like the other day my mare had a bit of energy and i asked her to trot and she went straight into a fast canter which caught me completey by surprise, she then bucked and then she came to a sudden stop!!! a year ago i would of fallen off in thhat instance but i didn't (yay)............i seem to fall off onto soft surfaces though !!!

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post #17 of 44 Old 01-21-2011, 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by HopalongCassidy View Post
I say if you haven't fallen of a horse yet you haven't experienced hard.
I love this quote!! That really cracked me up. To those who haven't fallen off yet, congratulations.
The sad thing about me is that I've fallen off so many times I don't even get adrenaline anymore. My body has accustomed itself to the feeling and doesn't give the "fight or flight" response anymore.
I used to always jump up as quick as I could and try to mount before the adrenaline "shakes" took over my legs. It is so hard to get back on when your legs are shaky!
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post #18 of 44 Old 01-21-2011, 05:38 AM
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TBH I've given up counting the times I've fallen off. I now ony count the major falls where I end up in hospital for an extended time.
I've been riding for 20 years, I tend to ride highly strung competition horses, I also reschool problem horses.

I personaly think that if you have never fallen off then when you do fall you are more likely to hurt your self badly. People who rarely fall tense up when they feel themselves going, they tend to land flat rather then roll with it and they tend to stick hands out to break thier fall (and conciquently break either thier wrist or the collar bone).

I also believe that if you have never fallen then you are not progressing your riding by riding more difficult horses. Some of the biggest leaps in my technique has come after a fall where someone has pointed something out to me afterwards that would have either stopped the fall entirely or mitigated it.

Thelast time I fell off was probably boxing day 2009, I galloped pride bareback down the beach in a race against my sisters arab. Our dog shot out infront of pride (he was racing too) and pride who was enjoying himself decided that a rodeo display was appropriate. I sat the first 6 bucks, but a twisting buck as numer 7 unbalanced me and number 8 got me off! I proably wouldnt have fallen off if the pony in question hadnt been smothered in show shine a week earlier and so was slippy as hell!

Pre gallop

during gallop

Post gallop (with the dog in question and having been given a leg back up)

I have got photos of the start of the bucking session and of me on the floor (my lovely mother took photos of it!! horrible woman!) but they are too embarassing so I wont post them

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post #19 of 44 Old 01-21-2011, 05:46 AM
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In my eight years or so riding, I've fallen off 3 times. 2 on riding school ponies when I was little. I got unbalanced somehow on a pony and landed on my backside. The second I fell going over a jump (went to hospital but was just bruised).

And my best one is falling from our Shetland Apple when I was small enough to ride her... the shortest fall I've ever had! We'd stopped and she yanked down for grass and I hit the deck ha ha.
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post #20 of 44 Old 01-21-2011, 09:50 AM
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I've always been kind of reckless when it comes to horses, so there's no telling how many times I've fallen. I enjoy a good bucking round every once in a while. lol.

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