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        01-28-2009, 04:54 AM
      #11
    Weanling
    I have a fair few but I will just tell you the scariest one. This has a bit of a pre-story to it.
    Pre-story - One night some how the fence broke and my horse Banjo got out and we didnt know till the next morning. He went walking down the road and he ended up getting hit by a car. He was EXTREMELY lucky to have survived. The vet was even shocked he could stand up. He had massive chunks out of his hip and his back leg and a few deep cuts around his body. He ended up being ok and he is still ridable, after he recovered of course, but he had a massive fobia of cars for a while.

    The story - I was out on a trail with my friend and we had stopped to eat our packed lunch. We tied the horses to trees while we were eating. Chucky my horse some how managed to get his leg over his rein. This completely freaked him out and he went mental. He ended up pulling out the tree ( it was only a few metre high one and half dead). He jumped around and went bolting down the road with the tree underneath him! A few things about this freaked me out. Firstly, there are heaps of big logging trucks around where we were riding and I was sooooooo scared he was going to get hit cause im extra parinoid cause of what happened to banjo. Secondly I was scared for him cause he could have got really hurt with the tree under him. And thirdly, we were surrounded by bush so if he went in the bush and kept running not concentrating on where he was going he could have gotten lost and we would have never have found him! I jumped on the horse my friend was riding (Banjo, who I was so proud of for staying so clam during all this) and went running after him. Thankfully he stopped about 300m away. He got away with only a few cuts and bruises. I was still able to ride him home. Although he was really shaken up about it all. Poor chucky.
         
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        01-28-2009, 09:08 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Hmm...I've had lots of spooks on the trails while alone and ended up hanging on my mare's neck, LOL.

    The scariest moment though was probably this time I rode a Spotted Saddle Horse gelding on some trails that paralleled a river. We walked through a shallow part and then came to some ground that looked solid and dry. WRONG. It was actually super thick mud and he SANK. He became very stuck. I jumped off and was freaking out....luckily I was on more solid surface than him. I was alone and no idea what I should do. Sammy was freaking out too, but then seemed to give up, which scared me more. Luckily I was able to remain relatively calm and I coaxed him up and out of it, and he was just muddy.....but boy was that scary.
         
        01-28-2009, 10:11 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Ooh! One time in my first year of showing, I was doing Keyhole on a horse that I was only using temperarily. As she ran down to the chalk circle she spooked because she didn't want to run into it which caused me to flip out of the saddle and over her head, landing reigns in my hand facing her. The judge freaked out and after a long pause told the judges in the box that I stepped out of the circle...obviously!
         
        01-28-2009, 11:40 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    When I was just learning how to jump before I had my horse, the horse jumped out of his shoulder and I [somehow] let my stirrups and my legs flew back and I fell forward! I grabbed the horse around his neck and he went running. My trainer was sitting over there laughing at me! Hahaha. He screamed over, "Put your legs down!" and I did and I was able to stop him.

    It was frightening. It was five years ago, but I'll always remember that.
         
        01-29-2009, 02:14 AM
      #15
    Foal
    I have told this story before, but It's worth repeating...
    I had a OTTB with a bit of a "past"...He possessed the TB "panic button", the one you have no Idea where it's Located, or how it got pushed. I was riding indoors, and out of nowhere, and with no reason, He was up full on his rears, and I knew there wasn't much left for me to do. I got rid of my stirrups, only to have him SPIN hard to the right, throwing me 10 feet to the left from a height of maybe 6 or so feet...I attempted to get ready to hit the ground balled-up and rolling but, by the time the ground came up to meet my body, the point of my hip had already slammed the frozen dirt...
    Let's just say OUCH!! Took a full month for the bruise to do all the pretty colors of the rainbow...and I can now tell the weather ahead of time...must be raining now....
         
        01-29-2009, 02:28 AM
      #16
    Weanling
    Wow. I have just read all of your "interesting" stories.

    I think I'll make my daughter ride with a lead-line until she's about 25. I hope she doesn't object.
         
        01-29-2009, 02:38 AM
      #17
    Foal
    There are NO guarantees anywhere in life, so ENJOY!
    As far as I am concerned, everything that I encounter, even pain, teaches me something I will use later on....almost 5 decades and still going, must be working! (still raining, latest pelvic-weather report..)
         
        01-29-2009, 10:39 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    "There are NO guarantees anywhere in life, so ENJOY!"

    Isn't that the truth! Actually one of the first things I told my daughter when she wanted to start taking riding lessons at age 6 was that "if you're going to ride you're going to fall off". Sure enough she has fallen off twice. The first time she was on a 15.2 hand paint that was a nice mellow horse but happened to spook/startle and jump about 5 ft sideways. I saw the horse jump and my 6-year old daughter was completely airborn! I mean 3-4 feet off the ground and there was no horse underneath her (just like the cartoons). I let out a scream and she landed on her feet!! (who says there are no guardian angels?!) By then the horse was about 25-30 feet away from her and my girl brushed herself off, took a moment try to collect herself and got back on. She continued her lesson hoping noone would notice the tears streaming down her face because still quite shaken up but she didn't want to stop riding.

    The second fall was on a horse about the same size who was very grumpy that day. The horse decided she didn't want to trot any more so she gave a small buck and abruptly went for the middle of the arena. This time my daughter landed on her bum but wasn't shaken up at all. She basically stood up and said "I'll get back on now". We didn't even have time to ask if she was alright!
         
        01-29-2009, 11:47 AM
      #19
    Foal
    I think it was 2 years ago now that my scariest moment was. I was out on a hack with a whole bunch of volenteers/friends from a barn I use to volenteer at (T.E.A.D.). I was riding this little grey arab/welsh pony named champion. We were doing fine riding down the road and what not having a good time. But when we got to the rail trail it was a whole different story. We were going to canter down this long stretch of trail so I thought alright cool this should be fun. So I asked him to canter... I don't remember anything to clearly from there. I remember looking at the ground, then being on the ground looking at the director of T.E.A.D.. He apparently took off at a gallop and I lost my balence completely landing on the gravel. I was taken to the hospital by ambulance. This was the worse part for me. I am terrified of hospitals. I ended up getting horrible road burn from my wrist to my elbow. I have scars from where they had to get out some rocks. The pony stepped on 3 of my fingres but didnt break them, thank the lord. I had brusied a whole bunch of nerves in my back and I cracked my helmet.

    There is a funny part to this story that happened to my best friend. ( I wasnt there I was on the ground in pain:P) So she was riding this very green horse who has never ridden out on the roads before and a police car came rushing by him and splashed him with a puddle. So he bucked and off came my best friend into a puddle. I laughed when she told me this story:P
         
        01-29-2009, 09:10 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    My scariest moment was actually not in saddle. It was spring shot time and Walka, my 16 h 2" gelding, is absoultely terrified of vets/shots. My previous vet who did very well with Walka unexpectatly died a week before our appt. So I called another vet who was recommended by a friend I trusted.

    Well, she was very nice and all but was a bit timid around
    Walka (couldn't blame her, he was bug-eyed scared). Long story short, picture 6 - 8 inch thick spring MUCK, me holding the lead line and suddenly Walka goes to jump in my direction to get away from the vet.

    I go to move out of the way and can't, feet firmly stuck in the muck. Front hoof hits me in the forehead on my way down and after that I just lay there waiting for it to be over, one way or the other.

    Will always remember the look on her face, probably thought I was dead because I never moved an inch during the trampling. Up popped my head, covered in muck and blood and then I openned my eyes, all you could see where the whites of my eyes! Walked away from that one.

    Side bar: my skin afterward never looked so good. Can understand why some women do mud treatments!
         

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