Just a question to you riders and trainers out there.
During your training were you taught how to tuck and roll if you accidentally come off the horse? Toss yourself away from the horse if possible. Basically get away from the feet as fast and safely as possible. Where were you taught this and was it a mandatory teaching? Such as you couldn't go on from one step to the next without this training.
I was taught this before I was even allowed to walk, then again before trotting and again when cantering. With each new level I reach I was taught more safety procedures that went along with it. I'm 23 now and have fallen off, been tossed, almost trampled (knock on wood), bolted, pushed, shoved...a lot of things and thanks to the different trainers I've had I've been able to come out with bumps bruises and sore joints but thankfully and luckily nothing too much more serious.
I just read a blog from a girl, not sure of her age, she had her first experience coming off hard. She landed under the horse, watched as the horses hooves passed over her and a back foot hit her in the head. I don't know if she was wearing a helmet because it wasn't mentioned. The following comments were anywhere from "oh my god I hope you're ok" to "the horse needs to be put to sleep it's a dangerous animal" (that's a little extreme!). The thing that caught my attention though was this girl stated she's had formal training but for the few years she's been riding was never taught how to come off a horse as safely as possible. When tucking and rolling was mentioned she stated she didn't believe in it if her trainer didn't teach it. I didn't post a comment but I had to wonder even if the trainer didn't teach it wouldn't your survival instinct tell you to get away from the pounding hooves? Maybe the shock of impact would delay that reaction but I just don't understand how something like that could be missed or just left out in training?
Maybe it's just me and I was lucky enough to have trainers that preached safety in all forms like it was the law. I'm glad this girl is ok from what I read but it leaves me scratching my head? Posts like that worry me. If I can dig the link up from my history pages I'll post it.