The first time I fell off was at my first riding lesson. I was riding in a big arena and the horse took off for some reason and I let go of the reins and held on to the horn while leaning forward. And I fell off and slammed right into the panels and thumped on the ground. And and the horse stops and turns around and looks at me with the most innocent eyes, like what are you doing down there. :)
My first time riding a horse, was my first fall(: was riding this cute little pony in a lesson with a girl who was much more advanced then me. She let her horse into a trot, and my pony followed. All well and good except that the 12 hand pony culd not keep up with her 17.2 best friend, so she started to canter. I actually managed to ride the canter out untill we reached the corner and started bucking. I fell, jump up, caught my pony and threw myself back on before my instructor could even get over to me :P
My most recent fall was VERY unimpressive. While cross country schooling my horse stopped at a cabin jump with hay bales surronding it....and I did not ;)
My worst fall was when I was in camp and while I was cantering my horse(in an indoor) I lost a stirrup, tried to reach for it but missed and slipp that way....kept sliding untill I was pinned between a cantering horse and a wall, unable to fall or get back up. Stayed on for the entire longside(60 feet) untill the horse cut the corner and I was released. I got away from that with a bad headache and some bruses....my instructor was hysterical because she though I had died.
My funniest fall was when I was sitting on my lease horse bareback while he grazed in this Tiny space before the woods began. One moment he was grazing with his head down like the lazy horse I rode with two whips and spurs just to get him trotting, and the next he picked up his head, and executed a flawless halt to canter. I did I backwards flip before sliding off his butt. My friends still wont stop laughing.
My first fall was when I was just getting back into riding, the second trail ride at my barn. I was riding a horse who was known to be a bit fidgety and ornery. He was crowding the horse in front, and I was trying to hold him back. Eventually he got annoyed with me and when the guy in front of me went to canter up a hill, my horse threw a buck going around a corner and off I went. I hit my head pretty good and was pretty woozy for a while - thank goodness I was wearing a helmet!
Second fall was more recent, I was loping a sweet western pleasure gelding down the trail and he decided to spear off into the woods without any warning, catching my left leg on a tree, which pulled me off. Thankfully I wasn't hurt except for a bruise. The gelding (who is not known to be the smartest guy) at least had the courtesy to stop and was good for the rest of the ride.
Friends with ponies let me have a ride and suggested as only kids do that I go over a jump - went very well the first time BUT unfortunately 2nd time I came off over the pony's shoulder and hurt mine - dislocated it in fact. Not good.
Hmm, does falling on to your horse's neck at age 6 after he took off towards some cows count? I can't really remember my first big fall though. I haven't fallen off in a few years now since my horse ended her bucking phase and matured. I have a feeling that is going to change soon as my two year old loves to buck.
My first fall was pretty amazing. I was 4 and my dad had just gotten my oldest sister a pony that I was wicked jealous of but my sister hated because she was rather harsh to look at. She was a mean and ornery little creature but I wanted to ride her so bad so my dad tacked her up and I got on her. As soon as my dad handed me the reins she cow hopped, spun, backed up, reared, and threw me right into her water trough. It was the middle of winter and right after a pretty good snow so you can imagine how impressed I was being dumped into freezing cold water. She looked so proud of herself for dumping me and pranced around her paddock like she was showing me who was boss. The worst part, my dad told me I couldn't let her get away with it and put me back up on her in my soaking wet clothes.
My most recent fall was last summer. I had nothing on him but a saddle pad and was cantering around. I had tied my split reins and the knot hit my foot so being the space case that I am, I thought I lost my stirrup. We were at a full out canter and I leaned over to grab the "stirrup" and blanket and I slid off. My little sister was watching and laughed trying to figure out what the heck I was doing. Definitely never going to live that one down. My horse gave me the 'I can't believe you're my owner' face before helping me off the ground and letting me back up this time without the saddle blanket and with my reins untied.
I'm loving this thread! Lol
My first time falling of was when I was 8 and had just started taking lessons. My mom's friend invited me to go for a trail ride with her and ride her little welsh pony...who was 26, blind in one eye but as sweet as could be. We can to a log in the trail and my mom's friend asked if I ever jumped and I lied and said yes because I REALLY wanted to jump that log! So we trotted toward the log and just after we jumped the pony stopped on the other side and I fell off over her shoulder... I wasn't hurt but the woman later found out from my mom that I had never jumped before :/ oops..
The most memorable time I was dumped was about 8 yrs ago when I was 15, at a jumper show when my Thoroughbred who was usually a very honest jumper did the dirtiest stop in front of a fence propelling over his head and sending me crashing into the poles... Everyone came into the ring thinking I was hurt but I wasn't (not physically anyways, just the ol' pride). I got back on and finished the course even though I was disqualified. So embarrassing.
I was maybe eight. We had just moved to the states and our neighbors had horses. I tried to climb on one on my own one day and it bucked me straight off. Learned to not go jumping on strangers horses however, I'd be furious if a kid did the same to mine.