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    03-11-2010, 09:02 PM
Two types of falls.

Someone once told me that people experience falling off in one of two ways: Either you "black out" during the fall (one minute you're on the horse, the next you're on the ground, no memory of what happened in between), or you experience the whole thing in slow motion.

Used to be that I was in the "black out" catagory. One minute I'd be on the horse, next thing I know, I'm on the ground worndering how I got there lol. Anyway I fell off today. The first fall I've had since I started riding again. It was only when I was driving home that I realized that this fall was a slow motion one. It was really interesting to experience.

So how do you guys fall?
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    03-11-2010, 09:07 PM
Hm...never really thought about this. Usually I think I'm more of the blackout type. I always know before I fall that I'm going to...but don't usually remember the actual falling motion. A few times I've remembered it but it was because it really WAS slow slowly sliding off or something. Interesting.
    03-11-2010, 09:08 PM
Hahahaha I try not to fall at all lol I havent had a fall in about 13 years but I remember it being very slow motion. We were actually crossing an old bridge made out of railway sleepers and fell through it. From the second I heard the first crack of the wood to the point where we were in real trouble it seemed to take a lifetime. I knew what was coming but had no way to emergency exit so I just had to brace myself and wait for it to come and boy did it take a while lol

I did have a sort of fall a few weeks ago. I rode my mare into the dam and the mud just a few feet in was much deeper and softer than it had been before. Her front feet sank so she pulled herself up then her back feet sank and so on and so on. I held on for as long as I possibly could but I was bareback and we were both wet and I was starting to slip around a bit and knew I would end up coming off so I did an 'emergency exit, stage right' :) that fall was quick though cause I was laughing the whole way down and knew I was only going to hit water so it wouldnt hurt ;)

Does it count as a fall if you choose to jump off? Lol
    03-11-2010, 09:14 PM
Haha I definitely do the slow mo fall......but I guess that's because I know when im going to fall....if I feel myself losing it I try to catch myslef and if that doesn't work I yank my feet out of the stirrups and bail.......better to hit the ground then be dragged in a stirrup behind a scared horse.
    03-11-2010, 09:20 PM
Green Broke
Last time I had a big fall it was a mixture of the 2 you mentioned and them a little of my own. I didnt black out necessarily, but I do not remember from the time I left the saddle to the time I hit the ground. Then I hit the slomo phase when I hit and rolled, but also heard the thump really loudly in my head too, like I heard it more than I felt it... Then things snapped back to fast forward and I was up again trying to find my horse to be sure she was ok.

Other than that fall most of mine I was fully present the entire time, no black out no slomo, just "oh crap, here comes the ground!"
    03-11-2010, 09:22 PM
LOL...I'm like you phantomcolt. I know something's going to happen. Go through the try and collect stage. If that fails, it's hold on for dear life. When all else fails, ditch. But no, everything seems to happen in slow SLOW motion. I wish I could black out the time between leaving the saddle and hitting the ground.
    03-11-2010, 09:50 PM
Green Broke
Slow motion, knock on wood.
    03-11-2010, 09:59 PM
Wow, I've never heard of the black out method. That's a bit scary. How the hell do you hang onto the horse if you don't know you're falling? I'm in the slow motion group thankfully. I always feel like I have all day to pick my spot and roll.
    03-11-2010, 10:03 PM
Ive only fallen off 2 times. The first time was a "black out" fall, and the second time was both, the beginning was "slow motion" as in I knew I was going to fall and I felt myself leaving the saddle, the second part was "black out" as in I woke up in the grass and couldnt remember how exactly I fell.
But I think I really blacked out because when I woke up, my face and shirt was soaked in blood and I had a pretty decent stream of blood pouring from my chin
    03-11-2010, 10:07 PM
I haven't fallen in a while, knock on wood, but I've always been a slow motion faller. It feels like I have plenty of time to either scramble to stay on, or to accept my dirt eating fate.

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