It hurts.......quite a bit. At least at a walk or trot, usually you just hit the ground and you're done. However, at a lope or a run, you hit the ground and then bounce a time or 2. LOL. At least I do anyway.
However, at a lope or a run, you hit the ground and then bounce a time or 2.
Not once you reach a certain age. I don't bounce anymore, I SPLAT. Very not-good, especially for us older riders. Our bodies just can't take the abuses they used to, without breaking and shredding things now.
I don't remember my fall at a gallop. It ended with me going to the ER with a good concussion and a broken arm. Thank God I was young ( 8 years old - kids bounce!) and wearing my helmet - it was wrecked.
I can only remember part of what happened, the rest has been filled in by stories from the people that were there. The instructor that was teaching me at the time told me she would tell me about it once - only once ever - then she wanted to forget it again, and she wouldn't repeat the story after that.
My pony was a bit of a brat, and wouldn't canter. I went to pick up a crop and that's about all I remember. Apparently the pony took off (we were riding in a quarter section, I think, with a few "average" sized riding rings within it, unfenced) and galloped a good ways. I stayed with her fine until she jumped a ditch funny and I popped off and bounced about ten yards. I was out cold, and by the time I woke up, my instructor had been able to catch the pony and everyone was gathered around me.
Apparently the pony was scared to death of whips - but nobody had told me or my instructor.
First and only time I hope to ever fall off at a gallop lol
I took a couple months off because of my broken arm and concussion, but I was back riding fairly quickly after the cast came off. I was scared, yes, and I stuck to the "old nag" beginner's horse for a while to build up my confidence, but as the rest of my riding career shows you, it certainly didn't affect me long-term!