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post #1 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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What's the most ridiculous/ humorous horse fall you've even seen?

Have you ever seen a fall off a horse (not resulting in a serious injury) that just made you giggle a bit?

Once there was this woman riding in a lesson with my mom. She was very green to jumping but they were only doing miniscule cross rails. She was on this silly old mare who jumped the jump like it was 6 feet high! Landed cantering, and the woman lost her balance. She brought the horse back the halt and next thing you hear is "WHOA WHOA WHOA!" as she gently slides off the side. It was like, a whole 15 seconds after the jump after she had regained control and halted the horse! It was so silly. It was almost like she had thrown herself off- but she didn't. We all, including the woman, had a good chuckle.

Then there was my mom, who upon her first ride on a horse ever (I convinced her to start) was dismounting and kind of threw herself and landed on her butt- she was quite unfamiliar with the dismount

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post #2 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 10:42 AM
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My friend was once jumping her mare who likes to dig into the long spots before jumps. They were jumping 3-3'6 and going over the jump both of her stirrup leathers slipped on the bars, she came off her horses rump and was kinda left hanging in the air. She plopped down over the jump and her horse just kept on going. We had no idea why she came off the back or how she didn't take a hoof to the face haha. Apparently she knew the bars on her saddle weren't safe but had forgotten to put up the keepers, now it's kind of a barn joke to yell at her to put up the keepers in the tack-up area. :P
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post #3 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 10:47 AM
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I'll tell on myself. I still laugh about it and it was one of those that was a real lesson teacher.

I was 7 or 8, working my mare in the outdoor. At that time the fence was done with hog panels. My mom had been preaching at me about my toes sticking out. Sure enough while loping my old mare I caught my outside toe in the hog panel and got ripped off my horse. Thank goodness for bombproof old horses, I landed under her, she stopped on a dime & looked down at me like "Hey what are you doin' down there?" It didn't take my mom 2 seconds to yell "I told you so!"

It fixed my toes.

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post #4 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 10:50 AM
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A trail I often ride at the end is a 4way intersection, I always wen tthe same way, coming up hill to this turn is a nice smooth wide trail, so I fly up the hill do a barrel left turn around the sign post and go flying up th elast 1/2 mile to the trailer, did it a 100 times, well one day I come up said hill and see some friends straight ahead and decide to go straight, well my horse did exactly what I trained him to do, hard left turn at the sign, afterwards my buddy told me I looked like Wil E Coyote in a roadrunner cartoon, I just sorta hung their in the air still in a good form and everything as the horse just disapeared out from under me.
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post #6 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 11:50 AM
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When Cowboy was REALLY gate sour, he would always stop by the gate and not go, and he was also in a bucking stage lol.

So we were by the gate and he stopped and I wasn't paying attention and talking to my friend when I kept tapping and nudging him to go forward when he threw the BIGGEST BUCK and it made me fall on his neck and I just quietly slid off lol.

Me and my friend couldn't stop laughing haha :) then again after every fall we laugh even if we got hurt lol ^_^
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post #7 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 12:23 PM
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This was many years ago when I had just started showing 4-H. I was riding my mare, Lady who was the sweetest little mare ever. Equitation class was going great and was almost finished. Lady decided she needed to crow hop a little and as she did, I went flying over her head, did a front flip, landed on my feet with the reins still in my hands.

I was told by the judge I would have won the class had I not fallen off. I didn't win, but I did get an award for "Most Graceful Dismount"
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post #8 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 12:56 PM
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When I was first riding, I rode my grandma's neighbor's ex-barrel racer paint mare. She was stubborn as the day was long and it didn't help that I was about as green as they come. The neighbor owned 40 acres on which I was allowed to ride the entire thing...with her four other horses (a QH gelding and three belgian geldings) roaming free with us.

Anyway, one day I decided to ride in the mare's one acre pasture instead of dealing with the boys, but Tonka didn't want to. She kept going back to the gate and just standing there. Mrs Cooper had given me a bat to ride with because Tonka could be so stubborn, but I would usually just tap her with it (was afraid of hurting her ). Well, that day I got pissed because she wouldn't go anywhere and WHACKED her on the rump with the bat.

Next thing I know, I'm doing a perfect flip over Tonka's head with the reins still in my hand. Landed on my butt and forearms with Tonka looking at me like "Ummmmm...okay. Bye!" and she jerked the reins out of my hand and took off.

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I have several actually. I work at a summer camp and the counselors get into shenanigans on horseback that usually end with people falling off hilariously.

1. At the beginning of the summer, I was up in the giant pasture with the oldest, most advanced kids. We had all taken turns racing on this flat part, so I asked another wrangler if he wanted to. We're galloping and both horses start to turn and veer towards the group over to the left. We pulled them back. Abby stopped so hard that I bounced in the saddle, thoroughly hurting my lady parts, which all of the kids (all girls) thought was just the funniest thing.

A minute later, I asked another wrangler to race. Both horses start to turn in the same spot again, so I stood up a little when Abby was going to stop. Nope. This time they both turned really quick and both me and the other wrangler just went flying off. I landed on my back with Abby looking at me like "What are you doing down there?" And all of the kids laughing their behinds off. We got up and hugged each other and laughed for the rest of the day.

2. This was right before we left camp for the summer. Me and two wranglers were riding around the arena ourselves, one being the one I fell off with above. We were trading horses around to see what they were like. I rode her horse that I had never ridden before in the saddle she was using. Except her legs are much shorter and she likes her stirrups high anyway. I became a jockey on an Araloosa. Turns out he's super sensitive to seat cues too. Glad that was mentioned.. I adjusted my butt in the saddle and leaned forward too much. He's off. Not cool.

So we're flying around the arena and when he gets back to the little box at one end, he stops. I was warned that he hops a little when he stops, so I expected that. But since my feet were so high, it didn't work. I bounce off and slip my elbow around the top post and the rest of me comes with so I just looked like I was standing on this fence resting (both elbows over the top post and standing on the bottom one) holding the reins still.

3. One was like Jamzimm's: This jerk horse I don't like was being ridden by a friend of mine. He didn't tell the horse to stop in the arena, so he kept going until he got to the fence, then stopped. My friend went flying forward, grabbed the fence and flipped himself over it so he landed standing on the outside of the arena.

4. The last one I can think of was a couple years ago. We had a girl who wanted to be a wrangler so badly, but she just wasn't a rider. We felt bad, it just wasn't meant to be.. She was riding with some other staff one day and we have no idea how..but she just slid off her horse. She was on the slowest, most dead-headed animal we have and she just slid off. We were walking by the way. No idea. It was the funniest thing and we still mention it at the corral often.
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post #10 of 47 Old 09-05-2011, 01:46 PM
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I had a pretty funny one the other day at a saddle club show.

I was doing training barrels on the horse I'm running until my mare gets better. Well, dumb me forgot my barrel saddle, so I used my Circle Y Park and Trail saddle that I do ranch riding in. If you've seen this saddle, it has like..no grip whatsoever. We were doing good fast loping to the first and second, and then she turned the third barrel and took off waayyy too fast for trainers and two strides later I fell, landed on the back of my neck, and did a backflip. The funny part was how I landed. I was on top of my head and looked like a turtle hiding in its shell.

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