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QUESTION: How many of you have never fallen off?

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  • Is there anyone horseriding who has not fallen off?

 
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    01-21-2011, 09:52 AM
  #21
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Well I haven't fallen off *yet* I've only been riding for a year and a half. I'm sure I'll have my falls though.
     
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    01-21-2011, 09:59 AM
  #22
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Whether you've fallen and how much you've fallen has nothing to do with how good a rider you are, in my mind
I don't think falling off makes you a better rider but I do think dealing with the problems horses give you that tend to leading to you falling off, such as bucking, rearing, and spooking, gives you more experience and does make you a better rider. Someone who has experienced these things knows how to deal with them and how to stay on better than someone who has ridden perfect horses all their lives.
     
    01-21-2011, 09:59 AM
  #23
Green Broke
You know how some horses get a reputation for being difficult to ride, problem horses and such? And when someone rides them successfully all the people involved say things like "Oh did you hear that Susan rode Blacky and he bucked and she rode through it, she is such a good rider."

I wonder if horses do the same thing. Hanging around in the bottom of the corner pasture having a chat: "Oh did your hear that Blacky bucked off Susan the other day? He is such a good bucker."

Laugh.

Add me to the 'fallen off more times than can be remembered' camp.
     
    01-21-2011, 10:18 AM
  #24
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Originally Posted by sarahver    
You know how some horses get a reputation for being difficult to ride, problem horses and such? And when someone rides them successfully all the people involved say things like "Oh did you hear that Susan rode Blacky and he bucked and she rode through it, she is such a good rider."

I wonder if horses do the same thing. Hanging around in the bottom of the corner pasture having a chat: "Oh did your hear that Blacky bucked off Susan the other day? He is such a good bucker."

Laugh.

Add me to the 'fallen off more times than can be remembered' camp.
You know, I wonder the same thing
     
    01-21-2011, 10:45 AM
  #25
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Originally Posted by Buckcherry    
I don't think falling off makes you a better rider but I do think dealing with the problems horses give you that tend to leading to you falling off, such as bucking, rearing, and spooking, gives you more experience and does make you a better rider. Someone who has experienced these things knows how to deal with them and how to stay on better than someone who has ridden perfect horses all their lives.
I still think it's a lot to do with luck. I have ridden far from perfect horses all my life. I've dealt with my fair share of horse craziness. The pony I had all through high school was the one infamous for rearing, running jumps, and dumping just about any kid that got on her. She still dumps any rider she thinks she can. Our warmblood is the one infamous for her spectacular spooks and bucking fits. She can spend several minutes at a time in practically a continuous bolt. I'm working with a Lusitano now who has temper tantrums when he feels like he's having to work too hard. He'll stop dead and rear/buck/toss his head until he thinks he's had his say. Now that I'm in college and don't have a horse of my own to ride, I'm being offered all of the very green or very challenging horses that aren't suitable for the more novice riders.

In 12 years of riding and all of these less than perfect horses, I've only come off about five times. None of them were anything to write home about and three of the falls were my own fault when I was gallivanting bareback.

I don't like to toot my own horn too much, but I think I'm a pretty well rounded rider... and I don't think the number of times I've fallen off has anything to do with whether or not I'm any good.

I'll have to knock on some wood... I've been lucky so far, but considering that I intend for riding to be a lifelong thing for me, I'm probably going to have a violent fall or two. Here's to hoping they aren't too horrific and don't happen any time soon.
     
    01-21-2011, 11:04 AM
  #26
Green Broke
I have fallen off sooo many times...like yesterday because my horse tripped on a trail...good times. Atleast we were all okay.
It's apart of riding and as long as we are okay then life is good ;)
     
    01-21-2011, 01:47 PM
  #27
Foal
I've been riding for about 9 years and I've fallen once (at a college lesson) and bailed once riding bareback.
The first time was over a jump, I wasn't in the right mind set and the horse did that fun bunny hop over the jump. Caught me off guard.
Second was a friend's horse bareback close to the other horse paddok, he spooked on a trail and dropped his head to the ground running with his head on the floor and popping his but up every step. I couldn't get the leverage to get his head up so I jumped and he stopped by his buddy.
Not been hurt yet :P
I've been riding horses of all types including just started off track racers with their fun paces to horses that buck and buck and buck at everything you ask for. (I've also trained them to be quiet and stop such nonsense)
I think that falling is something you should be able to do just because if It does happen, the way you fall may lessen injury but it doesn't help when you are actually riding. :)
     
    01-21-2011, 02:18 PM
  #28
Yearling
I've fallen off four times XD three were completely stupid ( I was only 8) and then just recently I got bucked off, and basically did a face-plant in the dirt =(
     
    01-22-2011, 07:30 PM
  #29
Yearling
I have been riding for a while and I have been reared off a friends horse
Bucked off the same
And just fallen on my but off my Riese
     
    01-23-2011, 01:14 AM
  #30
Weanling
I think the term "fall off" isn't the best description of what happens with horses. I remember falling off several times in my early days of riding when I went around a corner too fast and didn't have any balance. I haven't fallen off in many years. Nowadays I get thrown off, hurled off, flung off, launched off, or violently bucked off. There's no "falling." Unless you can "fall" out of a catapult.
I saw the most amazing spook earlier this year and luckily I wasn't the one trying to ride it. There was a big pile of garbage on the side of a trail and when the horse saw it she literally went in three directions at once. Her front legs went one way, her back legs went another, and then everything switched back the other way. Her body twisted violently like a snake. All in a split second. Her rider hit the ground so fast, she didn't even know what happened. I told her some things are just unrideable.
     

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