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  • Horse spooked and I fell off

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    12-29-2012, 04:49 PM
  #21
Foal
Maybe this is sad, but I've never fallen off a horse. I heard its supposed to make you a better rider but im way too scared to let myself fall, even if sometimes it feels like im going to:(
     
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    12-29-2012, 05:16 PM
  #22
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The first time I rode a pony to actually learn to ride - I was about 4 and wasnt allowed to hold the reins until I could balance without hanging onto them. I just bounced on the sand and was straight back on
I did put my saddle on the back of the sofa when I was about the same age, sat on it and fell off and got a really bad nosebleed - it hurt a lot more which said to me that ponies were safer than sofas
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    12-29-2012, 05:20 PM
  #23
Foal
Hahaha that's hilarious! To be honest, I think sofas are a tad safer imo ;)
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    12-29-2012, 05:21 PM
  #24
Green Broke
I fell off my QH summer before last while riding bareback - I'm only 5' tall, and she has a very bouncy trot!
     
    12-29-2012, 05:32 PM
  #25
Yearling
I can't remember the first time I fell off... I remember the last time. LOL. My naughty Thoroughbred that sadly hardly gets ridden right now due to me being away at college decided to be extremely spooky one day. No big deal. But then he spooked and reared up which completely caught me off guard and down I went. Right when I got up he gave me that look like OMG I can't believe just dumped my mom.
     
    12-29-2012, 06:28 PM
  #26
Weanling
When I was younger, I rode bareback a lot and would have the occasional fall here and there with nothing serious. In college, I was taking English horsemanship and there was no intermediate class so I was with all the beginners. One day we were working in the arena and a girl's horse spooked at the barn door swinging in the wind and instead of calmly redirecting his attention and jumped down and let her horse go. There were about 15 horses working and they thought it was a free-for-all and they started to wig out and girls were jumping off their horses left and right. I was one of the few to stay seated until my horse did a little rear. I went to jump off but my foot got caught in the stirrup so I got dragged a few feet and then managed to unhook myself. As I fell completely, my horse's hoof hit my calf and I could barely walk for the rest of the day and had a huge bruise for over a week. Not fun at all.
     
    12-29-2012, 07:52 PM
  #27
Foal
When I first started riding, my mom got me lessons at a new barn in the area. It had only been open a couple weeks and the arena was brand new and the sand was all soft and loose. I riding a bombproof mare when she decided to roll in the nice soft sand. The trainer grabbed me and drug me off then put me back in the saddle before she was even back on her feet. I was only about 8 and my mom and grandma were at the fence freaking out. The next time was my first horse, a 16h appy/tb retired barrel horse who was 25. I was about 10 riding bareback in a halter in our corral. My dad didnt turn the electric fence off and when I stopped at the fence to talk my dad and he touched the fence with his nose. Next thing I knew I was in dirt, the horse was hiding in his stall, and my dad was laughing at me :)
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    12-29-2012, 08:28 PM
  #28
Weanling
Second lesson ever when I was 10-years-old. Trotting along, a horse kicks the wall of the arena, horse in front of mine starts cantering. My bomb-proof lesson horse assumes he is supposed to canter. I managed to hang on maybe 6 or 7 strides, and then got dumped right in front of the window where parents (or in my case, grandparents) were watching.

My most recent fall was a few weeks ago while doing no-stirrup work. We were cantering nicely, but Finn lost some of his balance going into a corner. Instead or riding through it and picking him back up, my automatic reaction was to pull him down to a trot. The transition was, as to be expected, awful, and I kind of bounced right off.
     
    12-29-2012, 08:34 PM
  #29
Foal
My first fall was when I was little, in a small round pen, at a trot. Oh, the tears...
I had a couple other mini spills since then, but my only good fall worth a story was back in April when I had the saddle fitter there, trying out a beautiful Steubben. I was confident enough to get into the canter, and I don't know if my girl did something or if I was just being absent minded, the paddock we rode in sloped downhill slightly, she turned the corner, and I kept going... hit myself on the fence, fell to the ground, then yelled, "YES! MY FIRST REAL FALL!" as my horse continued to canter around the paddock... it was only later that I cried because I was afraid I could have punctured a lung, but I was okay. Hahahaahahahaha
     
    12-29-2012, 09:02 PM
  #30
Foal
My 1st pony. She was awful.
Never had a saddle, so it was easy for her to slide me off by taking me under low branched trees going full speed.
She also loved to give that little extra buck when we'd jump a bush or something.
You see, the neighbors had yummy, luscious alfalfa...acres of it! So, pony, always found a way to get rid of me and make a run for the alfalfa pastures.
Some days I would go get her, some days I wouldn't.
Llamas would signal something in her brain that would bring out her inner bronc horse. I'm not sure I ever made it past the neighborhood llamas safely.

But, I loved her.
     

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