I think it's pretty interesting that everyone's experiences are so different, but they all have a common thread to them. Safety first- ALWAYS :) We have all been taught how to work around horses safely, but we all have to find out the hard way at one point or another ;)
Reading these, I remembered another. I was around 10 or 12. We were doing an apple bobbing gymkhana. I got my apple, jammed my helmet on me head (but didn't latch it!) and started to mount my AWESOME games pony ( :)) He knew what he was doing so he turned around and headed for home- I was still only half way on! My helmet flew off, my apple fell, and I finally bounced off just before the finish line! I had a concussion and was finished for the day :) He really was an AWESOME pony, though!!