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post #61 of 86 Old 01-23-2010, 08:00 AM
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I've only fallen off a few times, but my first "real" fall (other than two stupid bareback falls) was a pretty bad one. After trying with all her might to get me off, my demon horse finally resorted to rearing while on a trail ride and flipped over backwards. It could have been a lot worse had she landed ON me, but luckily we rotated. I still ended up with a broken ankle though.

My other falls have just been stupid ;) Once I went on a trailride by myself bareback on my horse (who is honestly the bounciest horse I've ever ridden) and decided to trot through the woods. I was so busy just trying to stay on that I wasn't steering much and he went right under a tree branch. I ducked, but just never got back up lol!

The first time I jumped 3 feet, the horse just stopped dead in front of the fence....unfortunately I kept going!
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post #62 of 86 Old 01-24-2010, 09:47 PM
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my first fall was as a kid. i rode someone's pony and he bucked me off and i landed on the hard gravel. come to find out it was because he had an abcessed tooth and hoof rot. h/o i was only being led around so not sure if it really counts.

my first "real" fall was shortly after i broke my mustang a guy brought his horses over to ride. and i thought i'd try out his pokey little QH. and all of a sudden he wasn't so pokey anymore.. i flew over his head and landed on a patch of briars on my back.. looked up and i seem him charging toward me. i rolled out of the way stood up and tried to chase him down as he tried to catch up to the other horses. the poor guy wouldn't let me touch him after that.. me and my mom had to trade horses so that i could finish out the ride. it's quite funny though as i have had my mustang for over a year and i broke her myself and she has YET to unglue me from my seat.

she did however buck my sister off when we were riding double. my sister kicked her rear on accident. and it sent her off while we were galloping. and then another time she unseated my cousin. because of ill-fitting tack (yes i know totally my fault! but i am getting rid of it as it was a new saddle and was the first time being used!) half the time when she tries to buck with me i don't even know she is doing it untill someone tells me.

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post #63 of 86 Old 01-24-2010, 11:57 PM
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I've fallen more than a few times in all my years of riding...it's never really shaken me 'too' badly, but I've also been very fortunate to never be seriously injured, so perhaps that's why...dunno...ever since I was a about 15 I've only fallen off like maybe once every 2-3 years, even while training horses.

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post #64 of 86 Old 01-26-2010, 02:43 PM
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I haven't fallen off as much as I thought I should have from my years of riding once in a riding school onto my back over a jump couple of times of our pony Once of a shetland once jumping bareback (it worked the first time :P and the times after that) My best one though was sliding of the back of a pony on the road after he reared vertical it would have looked spectacualar but I didn't see it *huffs* :P OH forgot once of the same horse started rearing and bucking and just generalyl being a freak and I came off at the end of the reins and landed on my shoulder to which he started rearing silly horse and silly me :)
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post #65 of 86 Old 01-26-2010, 03:02 PM
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Haha, I know that feeling! I've been the queen of nasty falls most of my life - I have a decent velcro butt and usually if I'm coming off a horse, it's in a violent manner and I end up badly injured. For whatever reason, it's never shaken me. I swear I must be a masochist sometimes.

However, I actually felt nervous the last few years because Zierra is such an honest horse, aside from a single fall I had on her when jump training her as a 5 year old, I spent the next 3-4 years without a fall (I wasn't riding any horse but Zierra when I moved back to my grandpa's). I find it scarier NOT falling, because Zierra never pulled shenangins and I was actually a nervous wreck about how it was going to affect my future riding abilities on snortier horses!

Haha, meeting Shay-la cured the problem Since meeting her three years ago, her mom's Quarab mare has dumped me three times (once she came down with me), and I got dumped by our neurotic project mare once. Man, it felt GOOOOD to fall off! All four falls were very mild - bleeding nose for one, badly injured but not broken arm when she fell on me, injured leg when Szerina dumped me and nothing but a headache when Flik dumped me on the highway.

It's been about a year now again since I've fallen off, I'm kind of annoyed Jynxy is so quiet and reliable, she was supposed to help me hone my snorty horse riding skills, haha!

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post #66 of 86 Old 01-26-2010, 03:31 PM
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In my opinion, you aren't a bad rider if you have never fallen off, and you aren't a good rider. If you haven't had a good, in a lot of pain, type of fall, you aren't a real horseback rider. ;] But really, I just tell myself that to make myself feel better about falling off. ;] Last time I fell off was from my old lease horse Maddie taking off while I was trying to mount her and me hitting a solid cedar arena wall. Yeah, still have problems from that and it was 9 months ago... ):

So funny "joke" here....
So I had time to think while I was falling from Maddie.... I was like, "Ohh, im falling... This is going to hurt like a #^&#&$ $&#^#*$ &^#$%!!" She was reg. 16.2 hands. Bear... He is roughly 17.2-17.3ish hands... yeah, im really going to have time to think now. I will be able to finish the novel im reading, YAY! =] *gigglesnort*

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post #67 of 86 Old 01-27-2010, 04:12 AM
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I hadn't fallen off in my 9 years of riding until 2 years ago. Which would have been me riding for 6 years without a fall. My horse spooked at a mouse while I was cantering in a round pen warming up to jump. I wasn't ever scared to fall, I always kept in the back of my head, if it happens, it happens, just have to keep a level head. Considering I could've had a serious head injury if I hadn't had my helmet on(hit the back of my head into the round pen panels, blacked out real nice for a few seconds, scraped my lower back, bruised my tailbone, scraped up my jawbone and dented it<may have gotten kicked in the jaw in the process of falling off, but I'm not sure>). I respect the ground a whole lot more, I'm more observant about my surroundings when I'm riding and I trust my horse more as well. I am actually glad I have fallen, as I have learned a ton more about what to do and not to do in an out of control horse type of situation. You can't earn your wings to ride if you haven't flown from the saddle!!!

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post #68 of 86 Old 01-27-2010, 08:15 AM
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I've been riding all my life (we've been breeding alot of horses and ponies) and I'm sure I fell of a few time when I was so young I couldn't possibly remember it. But Since I was 8 or so it's prob 6-7 times, and 4 of that time it were because the horse got freaking afraid of smt and jumped straight sideways :P When they're just ffoling around I'm pretty good at holding tight to them.

But I never got injured, inly a few bruises, and some scratches. I'm lucky!
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post #69 of 86 Old 01-27-2010, 10:00 AM
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I've never fallen, I just quickly decide that I'm ready to take a break and sit down on my head. I had a gelding that I just got rid of that wasn't very surefooted, he'd hit the ground every few rides so I was always ready to make a quick exit. He wrecked in the middle of a creek that was about 3 or 4 feet deep last summer. I was thrilled. lol.
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post #70 of 86 Old 01-31-2010, 08:38 PM
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I've fallen off so many times I can't even count and the only times I ever got really hurt was with my own horse who I've only owned 4 months and I've already fallen off twice, sustaining a SEVERE concussion the first time [bucked into the air, landed on my head, amnesia for the next two hours.] Second, He spooked and I went the opposite way of him and landed on my hand, I'm actually contemplating that the xrays were misread cause it's still deformed and it hurttss. Those are the only two times I've fallen and not been able to get back on, due to being hurt so badly.
But stuff happens, you just move on. You can sustain a severe head concussion walking down the stairs in the morning.
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