Yes, it is true. They were cantering along at a nice steady pace and next thing I know horse come to a jolting stop, pivots 90 degrees and there goes my student hitting the ground in a way I've never seen before and popping back on his feet before I had a chance to blink. From where I stood it looked like one leg got caught under his body and I feared he hurt his knee. But he explained that that is how he does a "dump landing" when he sky dives. HE said it felt like the horse's front leg buckle under him (horse tripped) and thought better to get off than end up underneath. In a split second, this novice rider felt something was wrong and had the wherewithal to do a perfect, emergency landing the way he was trained to do.
It was brilliant, I tell you.
So this student happens to be a friend and I'm giving him lessons for fun, really. Anyway he an avid sky diver (>2500 jumps) yet he is a novice horseback rider, coming along super fast.
If you are ever looking for a great student, find a sky diver! Their instincts and ability to mentally work through situations is incredible! That said, I think at our next lesson I'll have to talk with him about staying ON the horse when he trips rather than prematurely bailing. :)