Mine would have to be when I was 13 years old riding with my best friend. We were riding 5 year old geldings named Chip and Dale (named after the Disney cartoon chipmunks) down the road. Their names were perfect for them, they truly lived up to their namesakes, half brothers born a week apart, did everything together as best friends. Chip was spunky, inquisitive, and alert while Dale was carefree, lazy, and followed Chip's lead. We were nearly home, riding past the next door neighbors' property (who was out mowing her two acres of lawn as she watched us ride past) when I got the brilliant idea to tap my toe into Chip's front leg... He had been dragging his feet and I thought, "hey, if I tap him on the leg, he will stop dragging his feet, right?"... Wrong. Oh no, bucking straight into the air, sending me soaring out of the saddle! I couldn't of landed more squarely on my tail bone on the paved highway (not in the driving lane, just that a part of the shoulder was paved too). I am in so much pain, I cannot move. However, Chip then calmly walks into the ditch and happily munches the tall, lush grass growing there. My best friend tries to dismount quickly to help me, but her shirt got caught on the saddle horn. Tall horse, short rider, equals pretty stuck. All the while, the neighbor had stopped mowing her lawn, jumped in her car and drove to our rescue, didn't actually see her do this but she pulled up in her car to help us. And yes, my tail bone was broken, and I had trouble sitting for quite a while.
Funny though, in reference to the stories of the gas explosions... About 3 years later we were practicing patterns for doing poles, key hole, and some other games. I was riding Chip (curse the bolt of lightning that had deprived me of my favorite horse a year before I got my tail bone busted) and every time we took off, he let out a burst of gas. Each and every time, so we got a big laugh that his motto was, To start, Just fart! And he did, each and every time, without fail. Fortunately, when we did the actual games a few days later, he didn't pollute the air... Although there was another horse that had really let it rip when they took off for their run. LOL!
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