Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
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.