I've been seeing so many young riders gripping with all their might and weight on the reins when they come out of the saddle, I wonder if that is the new trend... screw the horse, just claw your way back into the saddle? What happened to the emergency dismount, or at least, taking the fall and walking after your horse? I can understand if this happens out on a XC course or trail, but these riders are Hunters, in a show ring, right next to their barn. Personally I haven't fallen off in a year as we've been taking it slow, I would always rather take the fall and brush myself off than kill my horse's mouth... I saw three girls come out of their saddles yesterday, I went and practiced emergency dismounting just to make sure I remembered
(my horse did better than me; she stopped every time I came off and looked at me like I was going to give her treats for it).
Thoughts? How do you fall off? Do you e-dismount?