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post #1 of 78 Old 06-22-2010, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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Red face What is falling off at a gallop like?

Well the other day i was riding behind my instuctor and she had to do an emergency stop, so my pony just swerved her horses bum by about 4 inches
(yes i gathered we were to close ) but since we we trotting fast i nearly took a flying lesson.

About 30 seconds earlier we had been galloping and it was my first time galloping, and now im curious to know what it fells like to fall off at a gallop.

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post #2 of 78 Old 06-22-2010, 04:19 PM
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Well, it depends on the situation. I've come off hard at a gait and popped right back up at a gallop or vice versa. I think the key is learning how to fall and land. Once I figured out how to tuck and roll it was much better,lol. Also, bailing and leaving the saddle under control just before you lose it normally leads to less bruising.
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I'm too a'scared to fall off when I'm going that fast.

I've fallen off at the canter, though. It's rather more painful than being spooked off at a walk or standstill.

I've also been bucked off at the canter. Not something I'd recommend as it resulted in a bad concussion, a bloody gash behind my ear, and a messed up back.
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It hurts. LOL. Sorry, but that's the only thing I could think of. Basically you're moving faster so you have quite a bit more momentum when you come off.

When I came off at a gallop I was actually thrown. My darling horse was trained to buck on command, well he also would do it occaisionally in "celebration". We were racing my sis, won, and he bucked. I don't remember anything except waking up on the ground, but apparently I flew quite a ways through the air before hitting the ground. I landed on my back and my head snapped back into the ground. My sis thought I had been killed, but I came to shortly afterward and was "fine." *Note, this is not Soda who did this.
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post #5 of 78 Old 06-22-2010, 04:21 PM
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Falling off at a gallop = NOT FUN.

Sometimes it'll knock the wind out of you and you can't breathe for a few seconds.
You just sit there stunned and just think what the heck happened?! It's very easy for you to get hurt falling off at such a fast speed. Don't do it! Haha :]

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post #6 of 78 Old 06-22-2010, 04:32 PM
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Hopefully, I won't know that answer for a while!
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post #7 of 78 Old 06-22-2010, 04:38 PM
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it depends on the way you land, where you land and what kinda ground you land on.

at the annan chase last year (the chase is basically just a race) they never had the ending well thought out, it's a long wide straight you get to gallop and theres a dead end when you reach the end, well rocky got competitive with the horse that was right on our tail and never wanted to stop...until he decided the bush at the end was scary so he stopped dead and i went over his neck and landed in the bush on my back, next thing i saw was his gray belly as he jumped the bush haha
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LOL this all sound like experiences i wouldn't not want to be in, well apart from GraciesMom.

The pony i was riding at the time and still ride is 8 years old and one of my instructors (my favourite one) told me that when he came to the school he would buck everyone off and that he sent her to A&E twice with a suspected broken neck.

And she told me this right before we started galloping, great confidence booster
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post #9 of 78 Old 06-22-2010, 05:13 PM
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Like it's been stated above, it depends on the circumstances. I've come off at a gallop three times. Once was into a barbed wire fence, once was because my horse bolted and then made a quick turn, and once because I was breezing my horse and she got spooked and hit the brakes. None were pleasant, but the expected ones, like the bolting horse, hurt less because I had time to plan a jump-and-try-to-hit-grass dismount, because I knew my horse was about to do a sliding turn. The suprise falls always seem more painful, but then again, I haven't had many extremely painful falls.
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post #10 of 78 Old 06-22-2010, 05:52 PM
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I find it not much different then the trot, as long as you fall the same way and tuck a roll. I haven't had any major fall that sent me to the hospital, but I don't really remember the painc(I've never remembered any kind of pain) anytime I fell I only ever got winded. If your in an arena it hurts a heck of a lot less, haha
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