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        06-27-2010, 01:23 AM
    It hurts like the dickens... if you do it the wrong way.
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        06-27-2010, 08:42 PM
    I've also been lucky. I fell off at more of hand gallop than a full out sprint a few years ago.. Luckily I was in the woods where the ground was very soft and padded with pine needles. I managed to miss a few good sized rocks and did a little tuck and roll. I had a few bruises on the initial landing spot the next day, but nothing severe. If anything it helped my confidence level that you can come off at that speed and not get hurt. I'm in my 40's, so not much bounce left here. It can be done without a whole lot of hurt.
        06-29-2010, 09:58 AM
    I've fallen off once. At the canter. I didn't get a bruise and the horse I was riding stopped right away and looked at my like "What are you doing down there?" I haven't galloped yet so I wouldn't know. A girl at my barn has a tendency to land on her feet. Everytime she falls off or gets bucked off, she lands on her feet! I even got to see one! Cowboy bucked and off she went, landing on her feet. She is a very experienced rider and Cowboy bucked really, really high!
        06-29-2010, 11:03 AM
    It all depends! For emample last week I fell off at the gallop, hopped back on and kept jumping, last year I fell off and went to the doctors for a cracked elbow. One of those was a successfully emergency dismount haha can you guess? But it all depends usually it's a big *thump* and the wind is koncked out of you
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        06-29-2010, 03:45 PM
    Ouch im glad I still bounce (well I think I do anyway)
        06-29-2010, 06:17 PM
    Oh, falling off in gallop is not anything I would recommend.
    The (so far) only time I've tried it I had to go to the hospital (broken rib, broken wrist), so I'd rather not repeat the experience, thank you :-D
    You should practice some falling technique, it might be helpful.
        06-30-2010, 08:03 PM
    I fell off once doing a barrel pattern, but it was because we were coming after the last barrel and my horse just started bucking, and it was unexpected, and oddly enough I landed on my feet first and then my butt. And then there was one time he and I were cantering around our arena and a horse in the pasture started doing laps around the arena (our pasture surrounded our arena), and Rocket stopped and started bucking, and I held on for a little while, but it was like someone had turned him into a bronco! I finally came off, did a flip, and landing in the squatting position in front of him on my feet, reins in hand. Rocket stopped and was like, "Erm... how'd you get there?" xD
        06-30-2010, 08:09 PM
    I guess, like everyone is saying, it all pretty much depends on the fall. I fell off at a gallop once, but it was one of my easiest falls ever. I fell onto the horses neck and hung there for a while before plopping easily onto the grass. My worst fall was at a horses' transition from trot to canter when the poor horsey fell... but saying that doesn't mean a fall from a gallop couldn't be really bad.

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