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post #11 of 47 Old 04-27-2012, 07:39 AM
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I was schooling a TB over fences. She stuttered before the jump and still jumped... it had thrown me off enough that as soon as she hit ground i toppled to the side. 16.2 is a long way to fall.
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post #12 of 47 Old 04-27-2012, 07:54 AM
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The worst as far as damage to myself was 17 years ago and all could have been avoided. It was an unusually warm spring day so I was very excited to get out of the indoor and ride outside. Took Jana out to work her, didn't consider that even though it was warm, the ground was still frozen solid under the thin top layer of unfrozen sand in the arena. Jana had sliding plates on. Asked her for a stop, she hit frozen ground, lost her legs and fell on top of me. She was sore, got chiro & massage. I fractured 6 ribs.

The worst as far as being scary and the only one that I can say truly shook my confidence was a little over a year & a half ago. I was riding Woodstock, putting maybe the 10th ride on him, loping for the 2nd time. He went down in a hole that wasn't visible from the surface. We both went end over end. It was one of those rare slow-mo falls and felt like the cartoons when you see the characters rolling in a snowball effect with legs and arms flailing. I had no concern for my injuries, I knew my shoulder hurt (dislocation) but was more concerned about him. I was certain when I got up that he broke a leg. Thankfully he didn't. He ended up tearing a tendon and doing a lot of soft tissue damage in his knee. I didn't ride for a couple weeks after that one. That's the longest break I've taken from riding in 25 years.

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post #13 of 47 Old 04-27-2012, 08:15 AM
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I have a few!
First; Me and a horse I used to ride where doing some cross country training in one of the paddocks and we where going up a bit of a hill that had small rocks(almost pebbles) and she quickly put her head to the grown and pulled me with her, next thing I know the mare is on the opposite side of the paddock(10 acres) and my mum was going up to her, so I had been knocked out for a few minutes. I fractured my neck and back.

Second; Zoey had been out of work for about two weeks (from injury) and when it was time to get her back in to work, me and my friend decided to go on a short trail ride. I wanted to go for a bit of a trot, Zoey had other idea's. She took of bucking with her head to the ground and I went straight in to a barb wire fence, ripped my whole arm open and was knocked out. I still have scars on my arm.

Third; I was riding Zoey in the arena and at that time I was teaching her to canter(long story) she had been doing really well on the lunge line on both leads so I tried in on her back, OH NO, all I remember was getting up and realising I was in the paddock, which was over the arena fence and the paddock fence which was about 10 meter that I had been thrown.

Forth; I was out at Equestrian Park riding on of my friends standardbred. He can jump but his very slow so most jumps turn in to cat leaps, we were doing a very forward canter(for once in his life) and he completely over did it, my friend thinks he went at least a meter over it and this house(cross country jump) was about a meter as well, so you can tell it was a fair big jump that I wasn't expecting. I was winded for days!

Sixth; I was at EP again but with Zoey this time, we were jumping around a meter and then I did a set of jumps and then after the last one I landed awkwardly and Zoey completely flipped on to me, my AP saddle went in to my face and stomach.
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Thank you all for posting, I've enjoyed reading all of your experiences! I hope you have all recovered okay.
Another one of mine is when I was cantering a young horse on a 20 metre circle in an indoor school, he wasn't listening to any of my aids to turn and went straight towards the wall and sharply turned away in the opposite direction at the very last second, I went straight into the top of the kick boards and cut my hip up, the funny part is I actually bounced off of the wall and landed on my feet, hehe.
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post #15 of 47 Old 04-27-2012, 01:42 PM
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I was jumping my friends arab and we went over the jump but he knocked it and it spooked him so he did a sharp turn to try and canter off and i didnt expect it and just flew over his shoulder but when i landed he trod on my leg, got back on but boy was my leg bruised later that day,haha.
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post #16 of 47 Old 04-27-2012, 08:53 PM
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My worst fall was actually my first fall and it was before I was even into horses! We had two horses and were riding double on both. We were riding bareback on the horse I was on. Well, a motorcycle came flying by and the other horse spooked, did a 360 and bolted and of course the horse I was on followed! Needless to say, I did fall off and had a badly sprained wrist and both of my hands were just tore up (road rash!).

I have also been on a horse that fell twice. The first time we were both fine (he just slipped or something... not sure). But the second time, my horse spooked and slipped on the grass (I was double with my friend) and my leg and shin got badly bruised! Of course I got right back on!
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post #17 of 47 Old 04-27-2012, 09:26 PM
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My worst,as in most painful,fall happened when I was galloping my mare on a dirt track and we came around a turn and encountered a giant badger hole that had recently been dug.Horse hit the brakes and pulled a pretty nice pivot to the side to avoid the hole,but slipped.I kept going straight at the 30+ miles/hr. speed that we'd been running at (we were being clocked at the time) and hit pretty hard,skidded a ways before coming to a stop. Thankfully the horse was ok,if she'd stepped in the hole she probably would have broken her leg for sure.I had major bruising and scrapes on my entire side as well as a sprained shoulder and some stretched muscles,hurt for days but it could have been much worse.The helmet certainly did it's job!
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post #18 of 47 Old 04-28-2012, 11:50 AM
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My worst fall would have to be when I was practicing barrel racing. Me and my horse were in the outdoor arena, and we had just started our run. He spooked and galloped into the parking lot, when he wasn't satisfied with that he added a huge buck. And of course I was unprepared, I landed face first in the parking lot, and I completely lost my peripheral vision. Scariest moment of my life. I went to the hospital and I had fractured my skull.

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post #19 of 47 Old 04-28-2012, 12:16 PM
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My worst one was three years ago. It was just before I sold my horse to go to uni, and whilst I warned the new owners about my fall it wasn't the reason I sold him!!

He was always a bit spooky, and had a tendency to bolt and buck if he didn't like the situation he was in. It was something I mostly trained out of him, but the reaction was still there when things went wrong. Of course, it went wrong one day when out hacking in the middle of the hills with my sister: she was riding a youngster, who spooked at a rabbit and then tripped and nearly fell over. This freaked my horse out, who couldn't decide whether the rabbit or the other horse falling was more scary, so he went to bolt.

Normally I would have caught him before he got going and it would've been fine, but I'd injured my hand the previous week and was riding one handed with long reins, so when he bolted I wasn't quick enough to stop him. Usually, when he got going, the best thing to do was to do a quick flying dismount, as he would start to buck and work himself up, and would bronc until you hit the deck (and as an ID he had a LOT of power). However, I decided that I would stick the bucks out that day, and while he bolted across a nice grassy field I stuck on really well, despite his best efforts.

However, he then took off across a rough bit of ground, where there had been an old drystone wall that had long since fallen down. He realised how rough it was, and skidded from flat out to a standstill right in front of a pile of drystone rubble, throwing in a massive buck as he did so, and spun 360 degrees. I went flying off into the remains of the granite wall, headfirst, and cracked my hard hat down the middle.

I was unconscious for about 2 hours, waking up in hospital after my X-rays. They had originally thought my neck was broken, thankfully it wasn't, but I was kept in hospital for several days for brain scans, as I had a severe concussion and they wondered if I had brain damage. Thankfully I didn't, I was lucky beyond belief, but I scared a lot of people, and even my university wanted proof I wasn't brain damaged before I could attend. Scary time - especially for my little sister, who went to fetch help (no phone signal on a Scottish mountainside) and got me airlifted to hospital, and who caught my horse and took them both back to the yard and looked after them. She was only 14 at the time, and had originally thought I was dead when I didn't move after she heard the big 'crack' of my hat splitting.

But yeah - that's why I get a bit funny when I see people riding without hats. It literally saved my life: my head would've fared much worse against granite rock, especially if my hat cracked in two!
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post #20 of 47 Old 04-28-2012, 04:53 PM
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Fall was the worst injury wise but the dumbest reason wise :)

I trotted my horse over an 18" crossrail (we were doing some grid work in the lesson..this was a horse that was used to doing 3 foot courses). For whatever reason, he landed, immediately planted his front feet and bucked. Since I was still in two-point and therefore still a little forward, I came off over his left shoulder, landed on the heel of my hand and broke the bone in my upper arm. Two plates and 24 screws (add 6 months of the radial nerve remaining asleep so I had no hand control) later, it's been 6 years now and that arm is still weaker than the right.

To this day those that saw the jump and the buck said the jump was was checked for the usual pain/pinch points with no issues.

On my very first horse, we were riding our very first inddor show, course was set at 2'6. We had schooled over 3 feet for 10 minutes prior to the class over the same fences we would be jumping IN the class. For whatever reason, we came down to the one stride in and out, very simple, two single pole verticals, 2'6, he jumped the first fence beautifully and then stopped dead at the second jump, turned sideways and sent me into the second pole sideways. I actually broke the jump pole (standard size pole) in half with my hip, got back on while they reset the jump and then rode the rest of the course for schooling purposes, starting with that particular in and out, which he had no problems with..jumped it great the second time around :) Of course, I was literally crawling around the house for the next couple of days with this really interesting colored bruise on my right hip.

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