I was recently talking to a friend about our worst falls and was wondering if anyone else here would like to share theirs?
My worst fall was also my first fall! My instructor was telling me to trot around the school but the horse I was on decided he wanted to canter instead (he is like this most of the time.) After a bit of patience I managed to get him trotting around the school without him trying to canter off with me and then we came back to a walk. My instructor then decided we should trot around the school again, so, I got him into trot and about 5 seconds later he had picked up canter and was going around the school at a fast speed! He then tripped but picked himself up and this made him go even faster. My instructor then told me to keep circling him at one end of the school and not to let him stop until she said so, we literally must have circled about 15 times but my instructor was still telling me to push him on, I was getting a bit exhausted and dizzy from going in a circle for so long so my instructor decided she was going to try and "help me" and smack his bum when we came past. This obviously spooked him so he went towards the fence and made a sharp turn and I went flying into the air, landed on the fence, went over the fence and landed on my head on the outside of the school! In result of my fall I punctured a muscle in my leg where I hit the fence so hard on it and I now have a lovely dent in my leg! I unfortunately couldn't get back on because I was in a lot of pain and had to be carried back down onto the yard.
At the time I was in tears and was shaken up but now I laugh about it with the instructors because they said they have never seen anyone exit the school the same way as I have!