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        09-07-2011, 06:27 PM
      #21
    Weanling
    Silverspear, that happened to me as well a few years ago. I was at the fair and showing some people that our pony was safe to jump on. Well, he was indeed safe, but my jumping was not, and I overshot and fell off the other side, to their abundant laughter.

    Another really embarrassing one was a lot of stupidity on my part. I got the great idea into my head to take a book out and go sit on the horses' backs while I read. I'd done it earlier that day with nothing happening, so I thought it was safe. Just like closing your eyes, reading really puts you off balance. No biggy, me, absorbed in the book, pony grazing quietly. I absently slapped at a fly on my bare leg and BAM! The pony takes off like a shot. I, of course, had no idea what was happening so I flipped right off the back. I remember myself flipping through the air in slow motion almost, and then I landed on my neck and gave my head a really hard whack (I thought I'd knocked myself silly for a while there). Thankfully, the damage was minor and the effects wore off after a few days. It hurt a lot but if I didn't land so awkwardly, I bet it would have looked completely hilarious. This was on a totally deadbroke beginner safe pony, too. Accidents happen, and I'm smart enough to not try that stunt again.
    Lesson learned: don't read and ride. It kills!
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        09-07-2011, 07:40 PM
      #22
    Trained
    A few years ago, myself & my husband were out trailriding to a lake on scorching hot day. He was on an Arab a friend lent me for the summer. He had a beer in one hand & the reins in the other. Elektar (Arab he was riding), reached down forcefully to grab some grass, hubby got pulled off over the horse's head, did a sommersault & landed in front of the horse on his feet with the beer still in his hand. He smiles & says "didn't even spill a drop".
         
        09-07-2011, 08:20 PM
      #23
    Yearling
    I saw a girl at the barn fall off of her horse (sudden stop, I think) somersault over it's head and land facing her horse with the reins in her hands.

    Another fun fall was when a lady at my barn came off a green Shire/Percheron gelding. I think he bucked and she did like a volleyball dive roll and then stood up, perfectly fine. I was impressed!

    As for myself, I was riding this mare I've been working with for about a year and she is one of the most confident horses I know and rarely spooks. It was a windy day and as we rode past the door of the indoor arena, a gust of wind blew in and picked up the corner of a blanket laying over the back of a chair. We both saw it out of the corner our eyes. She spooked sideways so quick that I was suddenly standing beside her holding the reins. So I led her back over the the mounting block, got back on and we continued our ride. XD No wonder they say that in riding dressage, your position should be that if there were no horse, you would be standing upright.

    Oh, haha, I just remembered another one! I was taking my horse out to her pasture and was on her bareback and ponying another horse so I wouldn't have to make multiple trips. We went up the hill we normally run up, so I asked her to trot up which she did. I assumed the other horse would follow. He didn't. He stopped instead. So my arms holding the leadropes went in opposite directions with me in the middle and I was pulled off of my horse. Both horses looked at me like "what are you doing on the ground?" so I quickly hopped back on. :P Needless to day, we didn't trot up that hill again when we were ponying another horse.
         
        09-07-2011, 08:52 PM
      #24
    Foal
    A friend of mine was riding down the horse trail coming up to a stop sign. She was looking behind her talking to her boyfriend who was on another horse behind her and her horse walked too close to the stop sign and slammed the back of her head into it. She was so shocked and surprised that she lost her balance and fell off. Good thing she was only walking and not cantering. That could have really hurt. She was fine. Just embarrassed.
         
        09-08-2011, 04:33 AM
      #25
    Weanling
    My first horse was a 3/4 warmblood x tb and 16.2 1/2 hh. She was built like a brick-poop-house and green as the grass, I was greener then her! Well she had the really big warmblood movement that I wasn't use to so I hadn't cantered her yet, so we decided to jump a MASSIVE (20cm) log! LOL she jumped, my position was stand up straight in the stirrups and hold onto her mane right up the head of the bridle! Hahahaha so anyways, she jumped trotted out, jumped trotted out, jumped cantered out, I lost my balance and landed on her neck, slid off, landed on my feet facing her running backwards with the reins in my hands! Hahahahahah
    When I wasn't crippled from laughter anymore, I said to my friend at the time "how am I going to get back on??" that set us off again!
         
        09-08-2011, 04:33 PM
      #26
    Foal
    This is a good one....

    My best friend was getting on one of the barn's old, old horses, Laurel. She was just riding bareback. Laurel was probably 16.2, my friend about 5'3. She overdid her swing from the mounting block and went directly over Laurel. The best part is she perfectly landed in a wheel barrel on the other side. It was empty, which was good because it made it way more funny than upsetting. She just laid there laughing and good old Laurel was clearly thinking "Seriously?"
         
        09-08-2011, 04:49 PM
      #27
    Yearling
    I was riding my friend's arab gelding, galloping across the yard bareback. I went to pull him up to stop him and he threw a bucking fit!! I hung on til he was done bucking but then I went to turn him and he went one way, I went the other. I landed straight on my butt I always thought it was ironic that I could withstand the bucking, but a simple turn made me fall off
         
        09-08-2011, 05:40 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
    Haha these are good. I have a few two being mine.

    The first was when I was cantering pepper around the paddock with a couple of people watching about 50m or so away. I was having a great time but then she didn't want to stop. It took a couple of metres before she eventually stopped but she came to a dead stop and turned slightly in front of a little dirt mound. I ended up coming off and standing beside her on the mound. Everyone who was watching just thought I had stopped her and dismounted.

    Another time I was riding Sammy and I had already fallen off him but got back on because I wasn't really hurt and didn't want the ride to end with falling. We had been walking around for awhile when we decided to stop. (My mum was riding with me on Pepper) I was pretty sore (I had gone flying over his shoulder at a canter earlier) so I just sat there for a minute before getting off. I then went to get off but I ended up just sliding off and stumbling backwards and landing on my bum beside Sam. My mum laughed at me and Sammy just looked at me like 'What????'. So I still ended the ride with falling.

    Then another is of a little girl I know and her pony Paulie. He is usually quite a lazy pony but during this trail ride he decided he wanted to canter. I had cantered off on the horse I was riding and I had warned her before I started. She was fine with it. He then decided to canter too but not along the dirt road behind me but into the long grass on the side of the road (this was really long grass about as tall as this 12hh pony) There was also a lot of holes and things hidden under the grass. I didn't actually see this I just turned around when I heard her yell out. I think he tripped and stopped and she went over his head. He went running back towards the road so I went after him but luckily her little sister who was behind us had managed to catch him. I think she may have gotten a scratch but otherwise wasnt hurt. She wasn't very happy with Paulie though lol. He doesn't usually do that sort thing.
         
        09-08-2011, 05:53 PM
      #29
    Green Broke
    At the beginning of this year I was participating in a pony club zone championship thing to make up numbers and the first class was teams of four. I'd only ever ridden this horse for about 20 mins, and by the time it was time for the class everyone was rushing me and basically said just get on and go, not time, so I just chucked my saddle on, and jumped on. My girth was as tight as it could go but my old horse was a 16.3hh Clydie cross and I was riding a 14.2hh Quarter horse who was as round as a barrel. So we were riding alright and then of course my saddle starts slipping in the middle of our workout. So I do whole, weight in other stirrup to even it out, thinking just another 3 minutes. It would have been fine - I could have balanced my weight out to keep the saddle straight if I hadn't been the smallest horse in the middle of two others. We rode so close - great team of four, stirrups clinking, legs rubbing and each stride of the canter one horse would jam me one way (with the saddle sliding), and then the other would jam me and then the saddle was just sliding, sliding and I was sitting on like the skirt and then my horse feels something is wrong and slows and I just slide right off the side. So. Embarrassing. Associate falling off because girth was too loose, to top it all off it was at pony club where safety is meant to be this huge thing. Really bad.

    Also, the first time I fell off I got a leg up on the horse and then landed behind the saddle (I was about 9 or 10) and then this horse starts doing this little hop like she has a fly or bird on her back and then I just slide off. All on video camera.
         
        09-08-2011, 10:06 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    This was a few months ago on my new horse barney, now barney doesn't buck rear bolt or do anything naughty...this was witnessed by a fellow agistee and her mum.
    We were doing jump gridwork, barney likes to rush and his stride between the 2 jumps was flat so we put a blue pvc pole in between the jump, so off we go, he jumps the first jump and on landing he spotted the blue pole and jumped sideways away from the scarey horse eating blue pvc pole! I landed squarely on my butt and he just stopped. I sat there in silence for a bit and the agistees mum who was right next to barney asked if I was ok, I say "yeah....i'm just shocked I fell of barney" hahahahah
         

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