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        09-29-2009, 10:17 AM
      #31
    Weanling
    Falling is part of how you learn. I was always told that you aren't a real rider until you've fallen off at least 10 times. Lol

    Every fall is an opportunity to learn something. Since I started riding again in January after a 15 year hiatus, here is what I've learned from falls off three different horses:

    Fall 1: One of my fist times back riding, the horse was testing me I think. He just spooked/hopped to the left, and I went to the right. Lesson: "Oh yeah, I have leg muscles, I should use them!"

    Fall 2: Horse made a nasty swing out at a jump at the very last minute. My face went into the jump standard. Lesson: "Don't jump ahead, dumb***!"

    Fall 3: Horse tripped and fell, catapulting me off to the side (which was good, bc if I'd tried to stay on on that one, I would have gotten smooshed) Lesson: Sometimes, coming off the horse is far preferable to staying on. Also, if you have to come off, landing on your shoulder/side is way better than anywhere else.

    Fall 4: Cantering on a trail ride. Horse spooked and pulled an unexpected full stop/swing around. I landed on my tailbone. Lesson A: Even if everything seems great, keep your legs tight, your body grounded be ready for anything, because you never know when a fracking butterfly is going to freak your horse out. Lesson B: Don't land on you ****** tailbone. Lesson C: Even if your tailbone hurts, if you're on a trail ride, stand up faster, or you may have to walk back to the barn when your horse makes a bolt for it.

    I think the 6 years I rode before, I didn't fall off as much as I have in the past 9 months, but I've learned from every single fall, and am a better rider because of it. I push myself, in a safe environment, with a good instructor, to do better and make improvements and sometimes, that means I come off. That said, having learned my lessons, I think I'm due for a nice long period of staying on, especially now that my muscle strength has started to catch up with my muscle memory.
         
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        09-29-2009, 05:06 PM
      #32
    Weanling
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    i had my first fall from cutter 2 weeks ago, I was galloping him in a feild on my barn property and there was a hidden mound of dirt and cutter tripped, flipped over, and fell, and I fell next to him. Though I have no memory of me hitting the ground. I woke up in the grass and my face litterally had a stream of blood pouring down onto my halfchaps and pants. The neighboors rushed me to the ER and a friend took care of my horse and now all I have is stitches across my chin, chipped tooth and bruised hand, and cutters completely fine except a scrape on his leg. God must have been with me and cutter that day :)
    Just thought id share a story
    SEE that's what I`m scared of.

    I`m sorry but I don`t wanna have to learn something through pain. Its just not the way I learn.
    I`ve never broken anything, never had a stitch, never chipped a tooth.. never even bled much more than a teaspoon.... in any injury I`ve ever had! I live a careful life...always have.. (up until I started riding... even so I`m an extremely cautious rider.. I normally wont even canter if I`m alone depending on the horse ofcourse.) and I`m scared!!! Scared to death to fall and get hurt.

    But I guess that's just the way it is.
    I can only hope that I don`t get one of those paralysis for life falls!
         
        09-30-2009, 11:00 AM
      #33
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cheply    
    SEE that's what I`m scared of.

    I`m sorry but I don`t wanna have to learn something through pain. Its just not the way I learn.
    I`ve never broken anything, never had a stitch, never chipped a tooth.. never even bled much more than a teaspoon.... in any injury I`ve ever had! I live a careful life...always have.. (up until I started riding... even so I`m an extremely cautious rider.. I normally wont even canter if I`m alone depending on the horse ofcourse.) and I`m scared!!! Scared to death to fall and get hurt.

    But I guess that's just the way it is.
    I can only hope that I don`t get one of those paralysis for life falls!

    But that's the biggest lesson you learn from falling....it (most of the time) isn't as bad as you think it will be. Humans bounce pretty well.

    Seriously though, the most important thing to know about falling is how to do it safely and correctly. Yes, there is always a chance that something really bad could happen that is completely beyond our control and that could hurt really badly, but in most cases, if you know how to handle yourself when you get in a tough situation, you can do what you need to do to get through it safely. Being cautious and aware or your mortality and respectful of the inherent risks of riding is one thing, but being afraid of falling can be dangerous because when you get in a situation, you're more likely to freeze up or react in a way that could get you hurt, rather than rolling with the punches and acting instinctively to protect yourself.

    If you are afraid of falling, the best way to overcome that fear is to practice falling in a safe environment. Maybe talk to your instructor about it, and ask if she can teach you how to fall correctly and in the safest possible manner. Ask if she'll let you practice or have a lesson devoted to falling. That way, if you get in a situation where you're falling for real, you'll have a better chance of falling safely and avoiding major injuries.
         
        09-30-2009, 11:24 AM
      #34
    Trained
    I have bit the dust on many green broncs, it's not fun.
         
        10-01-2009, 03:28 AM
      #35
    Yearling
    I've never fallen off and it hurts my conifdence as well. I get scared that I'm going to fall off, but I never have and I suppose that's what scares me the most. Because I never seem to come off.
    Or maybe I'm just weird. But I know I will fall off soon enough :P
         
        10-02-2009, 07:28 AM
      #36
    Foal
    The only time I have fallen was when I was at my friends house riding her little school pony. I was about to canter over a jump, but I wasnnt lined up properly, so I went to pull back, but the mare continued nun the less. I went over, lose both sterups, and flung right over her head.
    At my horse riding place, I ride a 15.1 horse who pigroots and stuff, and I have never fallen of him lol.
    Im a little confused at why though haha the horse I rode at my friends was a heaps good horse and it did nothing wrong, but I fell of her and yet I havent fallen of oscer who has his moments lol
         
        10-02-2009, 01:50 PM
      #37
    Weanling
    Whats pigrooting?
         
        10-02-2009, 02:09 PM
      #38
    Foal
    I've lost count of how many times I've fallen off a horse. The most recent was last month. I was riding this TB gelding (called Lucky Encounter - and yes he was an ex-racehorse) in the school. It was my first time riding him and I didn't realise how timid he was. Half way through my lesson he decided to spook at something (I can't even remember what now). He went one way and I went the other, and off I fell. I got back on, and not 15 minutes later he spooked again, and I fell off again!! The worst thing was, both times I was just trotting! I realise now that it was because I didn't have the most secure seat - I didn't keep my heels down and instead was gripping with my thighs. I haven't ridden him since, but I vow that the next time I ride him I will NOT fall off!
         
        10-02-2009, 03:10 PM
      #39
    Foal
    I know I don't have to fall off to find injury... I had a little really barnsour mare a few years ago. I kept asking her to leave the barn, little at a time. When I finally got her about twenty yards out, she bolted. We got through that okay. Circle once or twice and go again. She bolted again. We got through that okay.

    I guess the third time was the charm, because she changed her tactics. I only know this because my mom saw it, but the third time she reared and threw her head back. I know she did it twice, because she hit me so hard in the chin that it knocked my hide off. She hit me once in the chest and left a nice bruise. But the funny part is, I don't remember any of the rearing/head throwing. When I opened my eyes, I was still on her and my arms were wrapped around her neck. Actually, I was glad I had been riding bareback, else I would have eaten the saddlehorn as well.
         
        10-02-2009, 04:22 PM
      #40
    Yearling
    I get thrown all the time, mostly by my horse but a few of the others that I ride have some spunk in them too lol. When I get nervous, I just ask myself "what is the worst that can happen?". You might fall, and not get scratched, or you could break something it could be much worse. But that doesn't really bother me that much, because I feel that at least I would have hurt myself doing something that I love, instead of something really sad like a car accident.
         

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