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    03-02-2013, 07:35 PM
  #21
Green Broke
When my nasty witch of a QH was intentionally trying to fling me off, you better believe I didn't give a rats a$$ about her mouth. Come hell or high water, I was staying on her because if I had landed on the ground she would have happily stomped me into an oblivion.

All other "unintentional dismounts" I toss the reins because my goal is to land as far away from the horse (and it's hooves) as possible. I'd rather walk or summon help with my cell phone than get stomped on accidentally.
     
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    03-02-2013, 09:32 PM
  #22
Weanling
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
Don't you just hate that feeling, when you realize you are past the point of recovery, when you say to yourself, "I'm goin' down!" and then, BAM! Instant chiropractic . I always here all my back joints crack. Sometimes, it's just that, and not much else. Other times, I feel like I was just tossed against a brick wall. I usually cuss like a mad sailor.
Ugh I'm like that now that I'm all old and creaky. When I was younger I did martial arts and my instructor was a Parkour master. We practiced throws, rolls, and falls from high places. I was in complete control of my falls and could avoid damage to myself and spring to my feet like nothing happened. If I did that stuff now I would just splatter...

I've been trained to use my hands to aid in avoiding damage to myself and safe recovery so holding onto the reins isn't even second nature to me. Unless I'm in an environment where a bunch of people and horses are at risk of my horse bolting into them (which none of my horses have been the "ditch the evidence" type) I do not care where the horse goes as long as I am safe. I've seen people pull the horse down on top of them by holding onto the reins.
     
    03-02-2013, 09:39 PM
  #23
Started
At the "moment of departure" I have had very little time to think about anything. One moment on the horse...next moment suspended like a Warner Brothers cartoon character before impact.
If I know I am in danger of losing control, my choice is to get off while I can, handle whatever the issue is and go on our way. I have walked a distance more than once with the horse trailing, but I am not a youngster and I don't heal as fast as I did several centuries ago. And for my efforts I am still upright and live to ride another day. : )
     
    03-03-2013, 07:00 PM
  #24
Foal
I would think the reaction leading to a fall would differ on discipline; as a Jumper from my original training, I'd never hang onto the reins not just in concern for the horse's mouth, but because I could pull the horse down with me going high-speed around a course; I would much rather let whatever horse my mount is at the time (not just my current mare but any other) take a gamble around the remaining course rather than yank him around at 30+mph next to 4ft oxers. But if I'm out on a trail and if I should ever slip, with any horse, I would hang on at the buckle to make sure the horse doesn't go running into any roads. There's a difference between falling during flatwork, and falling in the Jumping ring... I've seen awful incidents where people unintentionally yank a spooking horse's mouth and the sucker backflips, too. I'm weird about falling, I get one of those self-enlightening life-before-your-eyes moments where time stops and I think about several different things before hitting the ground xD
     
    03-03-2013, 08:07 PM
  #25
Started
I usually find myself hanging on until I feel the horse jerk on the end of the reins. Maybe it's because I'm not really thinking of letting go or hanging on as I'm flying through the air, or because most of the horses I've ridden stopped the instant I was on the ground...even my rescue horse who still, after two years of working together and riding, will buck at random times and is extremely unreasonable. But, I can tell you that I'm not consciously thinking of whether I should hang on or let go. It's always a sub-conscious thought.
     
    03-03-2013, 08:26 PM
  #26
Trained
One thing I have learned over the years of dealing with high powered WBs (for dressage) is that you do not, under any circumstances, let go.
Yes, I get dragged, yes the horse gets jerked on when it happens. But there are no injuries, which is the main thing.
Lunging, leading, riding, you do not let go.

I think it is different in many other disciplines and with different horses but I would rather wrench my arm, get dirt down my pants and have a horse with a sore palette than deal with broken limbs or trying to catch the buggered horse for 45 minutes (yes it has happened in a 80'x200' enclosed arena with about 4 people).
     
    03-03-2013, 08:56 PM
  #27
Banned
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Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
One thing I have learned over the years of dealing with high powered WBs (for dressage) is that you do not, under any circumstances, let go.
Yes, I get dragged, yes the horse gets jerked on when it happens. But there are no injuries, which is the main thing.
Lunging, leading, riding, you do not let go.

I think it is different in many other disciplines and with different horses but I would rather wrench my arm, get dirt down my pants and have a horse with a sore palette than deal with broken limbs or trying to catch the buggered horse for 45 minutes (yes it has happened in a 80'x200' enclosed arena with about 4 people).
Yeah I've seen it happen on the track.....horse gallops 5 rounds on race day morning when it's supposed to be doing a quite stretchy leg half round.....old bugger still raced and won later that evening!
     
    03-08-2013, 06:31 PM
  #28
Green Broke
It seems like every time I fall I instinctively let go, or either lose my grip.

I only remember one time when I hung on and it was one of the holy-crap-a-scary-bush-I-am-going-to-slam-on-the-brakes-and-send-you-flying-over-my-head times. The reins just slipped over her head with me. LOL.

Other than that, I usually let go. Sure, I've had to chase down some ponies, but no dislocated shoulder!
     
    03-09-2013, 08:12 AM
  #29
Foal
I'm pretty young, and at this point I've only fallen off once. I was trotting bareback for the first time, and I cued him to go back to a walk, and the stupid thing sped up! I, very gracefully, slowly slid off his right side, was only able to curl halfway, since it was only off a 14.2hh pony, and was immediately up. Bruised ribs, small cut on my elbow. Put the saddle back on and rode more.

I let go of the reins when I was perpendicular to his head- I didn't want to pull him towards me.
     
    03-09-2013, 09:26 AM
  #30
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by ~*~anebel~*~    
One thing I have learned over the years of dealing with high powered WBs (for dressage) is that you do not, under any circumstances, let go.
Yes, I get dragged, yes the horse gets jerked on when it happens. But there are no injuries, which is the main thing.
Lunging, leading, riding, you do not let go.

I think it is different in many other disciplines and with different horses but I would rather wrench my arm, get dirt down my pants and have a horse with a sore palette than deal with broken limbs or trying to catch the buggered horse for 45 minutes (yes it has happened in a 80'x200' enclosed arena with about 4 people).
I'm deffinaty of the same mind, Except it was a connie who taught me never to let go!
I'd rather hang on to a horses mouth than end up in a worse situation, perticularly when a horse is trying to get you off.
     

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