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    04-21-2012, 03:57 PM
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Foal
What happens when you fall off??

Sorry, I didn't know how to sufficiently describe my question in the title. Obviously I know when you fall you land on the ground . . .:) but I know that sometimes a rider falls off when out on a trail or a treck along the river etc, but I was wondering. When rider falls off in those situations, what does the horse do? How do you catch the horse again? What if the horse runs off? What is the horse expected to do in that situation??

Sorry just a lot of what ifs I was thinking about.


We ride out along the river by my house- always on our own- and I was wondering about these things.
     
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    04-21-2012, 04:03 PM
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Showing
I haven't fallen off since *knock on wood* last summer, but when I do, I always keep the reins in my hand so the horse learns to stop and stand when a rider comes unseated.
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    04-21-2012, 04:04 PM
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Green Broke
Oh man! Most times the horse will just stand there and wait for me to pull my a** back off the ground and get back on. Once there was teen age cousins running around on their horses and mine ran off into another pasture breaking a rein. One of the girls went and retrieved him. Its the only time I bailed cause he went to moving when I was re-mounting him (cause of commotion) and well, I am not exactly sure what he would do if I just plain fell off of him. I would hope he would not go far.
     
    04-21-2012, 04:05 PM
  #4
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
I haven't fallen off since *knock on wood* last summer, but when I do, I always keep the reins in my hand so the horse learns to stop and stand when a rider comes unseated.
Yes yes, this is what I do too! Just not the one time!
     
    04-21-2012, 04:06 PM
  #5
Foal
Wouldn't holding the rein really yank the horses mouth?
     
    04-21-2012, 04:07 PM
  #6
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by RyeDING4me    
Wouldn't holding the rein really yank the horses mouth?
Yes it can.
     
    04-21-2012, 04:11 PM
  #7
Started
Be ready to walk?

Really, you always have to assume the worst: That the horse will run off, leaving you stranded and possibly injured. That is why your cell phone should always be on YOU and NOT in a saddle bag, etc, and someone should know that you're out and where you were planning on going. Trying to remember to hold onto the reins while falling is a skill beyond me. If I am in control enough to remember that, I'm in control enough not to fall off in the first place. And all bets are off if you fall on your head and are knocked out anyway.

In real life, all the times I've been dumped, the horse has been kind enough not to go more than a few feet off, and I've been lucky enough not to be injured such that I couldn't get back in the saddle. But that's luck, and you shouldn't count on her. The couple of times the horse I was on bolted, I was able to stay on, but I have no doubt that had I come off, the horse would have kept heading for the horizon. In that case I would just get myself home, and then come back out with others later to try to find the horse if they didn't head home on their own in short order.
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    04-21-2012, 04:12 PM
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Yearling
I've fallen off twice out on the trails. One time I was able to hold on to the reins, since she had a halter on it was no big deal. The second time I let go but she only went like 10ft to the nearest grass patch :)
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    04-21-2012, 04:18 PM
  #9
Foal
Him running away is my biggest fear- well that and of course me getting injured. I hope he would just stop somewhere and eat. Someone told me once that horses will go to where there is food or other horses if they every get loose and that it is best to walk calmy toward them or let them get where they are going instead of chasing them.
     
    04-21-2012, 04:20 PM
  #10
Showing
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Originally Posted by RyeDING4me    
Wouldn't holding the rein really yank the horses mouth?
I try to use common sense. If I'm galloping flat out on trail, no, I'm not going to hold onto the reins because it probably would freak him out and bump his mouth. However, in the arena and at slower paces I try to.
     

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