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    04-28-2012, 05:00 PM
  #21
Yearling
I have had 2 bad falls.

My first really bad fall as while I was in a QH race. A horse cut in front of my horse way quick and my horse checked herself. I ended up on her neck holding on and her knees were hitting my chest. I had a split second thought moment of "ok..i can hang on and hope she stops or I can let go and cover my head". I let go, she ran over me, kicked me in the face and the ribcage. Fortunately, sh eonly broke my nose and cracked a few ribs. If she had kicked just a little higher she would have killed me, if she had kicked a little lower she would have shattered my jaw.

2nd worst fall was a first ride on a horse. I had just gotten on her, she looked at me, pinned her ears, and jumped a 5 foot fence. Of course I wasn't ready for this and flew off the back of her. I broke the board in half, if there hadn't been a knot there I would have broken my back. I ended up with bruised ribs, a bruised elbow, wrist, and hand, and some seriously bruised vertebrae.

My BEST fall happened just last Friday :) I was riding my friends horse because he is a snot and really buddy sour so I took him out. We were loping up hill, the moment I shifted my seat forward he took the opportunity to kick me onto his neck. Like my butt was in front of the saddle horn and my hands by his poll. I let go out of previous experience (see above lol) it was the MOST comfortable fall ever! The grass was super soft and squishy, and felt like my mattress to be real honest. So since the horse was making his way home, I had a break and laid in the grass LOL
     
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    04-28-2012, 06:21 PM
  #22
Weanling
I can't really decide which is worse out of my two worst falls.

The first one, I was riding my spooky horse in the arena in the front yard, which is right next to a dirt road. He was going really well and we were cantering in a twenty metre circle when a horse float turned onto the road. It was empty and clanging everywhere. My horse freaked and he reared, bucked several times, reared again and pigrooted. I went over his head and landed on my chin, flipped my body over my head and landed hard. Dad caught my horse, and Mum called the ambulance. Apparently they had the major hospital in the state on call because they were worried that I broke my neck. I ended up simply cracking a bone in my lower back. Silly me didn't rest it well enough and stuffed up the bone somehow and my back is a funny shape and I can't stand for long periods of time - I can't even stand to wash the dishes anymore.

My second really bad fall was when I was schooling my mare in the back arena with no helmet on. My plan for the day was just to walk, and work on our lateral movements just in walk. When I asked her to do a walk pirouette, the saddle pinched in her back and she went bananas. She began bucking and rearing. I fell off, and my head landed on a solid dirt clump and then she kicked the other side of my head. I'd never been so scared in my life, and I was certain that I was going to die. I ended up with two huge swellings on my head and I tore all of the fibres, and ligaments in my right shoulder. I've still got lumps on my head, and my shoulder still acts up a bit, even though this happened like a year ago.
     
    04-29-2012, 01:17 PM
  #23
Pen
Foal
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Originally Posted by minstrel    
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!

I really do agree with you with about riding with hat. Even though my fall wasn't too bad on my head, I suspect that it would be a lot worse if I wasn't wearing my hat. I understand that it is a personal choice and people do know their horses really well but at the end of the day you never know what is going to happen
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    05-01-2012, 07:16 PM
  #24
Foal
I hadnt ridden my Quarter Horse bareback in a while and it was the begginging of summer so I decided to ride him bareback and gallop him full blast around a dirt pile in my field, I failed to realize that he had just lost his winter coat so he was SUPER slippery! After he went around the pile he took off full blast and I slid to the side, couldnt regain my balance and hit the ground HARD! I got a minor concussion and my hip was terribly bruised but that didnt stop me from riding to the creek! Haha (:
     
    05-01-2012, 07:33 PM
  #25
Foal
All I can remember is going to my barn and then waking up in an emergency room the day after. The people that saw it said I was on my horse and he got me off and kicked out and when he did it connected with my head. I was in and out of conciseness going to the hospital and was awake at the hospital but out of it completely and can't remember anything of what went on going to the hospital, at the hospital or being transferred from that hospital. I woke up in a completely different city because they transferred me to a bigger hospital that could handle the trauma I had. I woke up barely in time to be considered not in a coma because the doctor made one last round and said that if I was not awake by the time he rounded again it was time to do tests and see why I was not awake. I was unconscious all night and all morning and I woke up not knowing where I was or when I had went to sleep with a nurse beside me. I suffered a close head injury but the same day I woke up I was able to leave and I'm fine now and back riding. Note this all happened and I was riding in a helmet.
     
    05-05-2012, 01:49 PM
  #26
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Mary Liz    
All I can remember is going to my barn and then waking up in an emergency room the day after. The people that saw it said I was on my horse and he got me off and kicked out and when he did it connected with my head. I was in and out of conciseness going to the hospital and was awake at the hospital but out of it completely and can't remember anything of what went on going to the hospital, at the hospital or being transferred from that hospital. I woke up in a completely different city because they transferred me to a bigger hospital that could handle the trauma I had. I woke up barely in time to be considered not in a coma because the doctor made one last round and said that if I was not awake by the time he rounded again it was time to do tests and see why I was not awake. I was unconscious all night and all morning and I woke up not knowing where I was or when I had went to sleep with a nurse beside me. I suffered a close head injury but the same day I woke up I was able to leave and I'm fine now and back riding. Note this all happened and I was riding in a helmet.
That sounds awful, I'd hate to not know what happened to me. I'm glad you wore a hat though
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    05-09-2012, 06:33 AM
  #27
Yearling
Man, these stories are WILD!! Glad your all ok :) I've got two to add. First, my mare and I were very young! (we "grew up" together.) I was in a HS drill team competition. Going into a cross through...like an "X" of horses running, one in front of the other. She bucked in the corner, I went up on her neck holding on for dear life. She went through the cross through and locked up the brakes. Well, needless to say, I didn't let go of the reins. I pulled her over on top of me. Wish I had the video. You see me fly over her head, her head goes down, and she is ever so careful as to not step on me. Picking up her legs, trying to stop, all of this in a vague cloud of dust. I had a scrape on my leg, I should have been trampled. Second, I took her into a hazing line for roping for the first time. No big deal, had a buddy with me. Arena was freshly tilled, and very very deep. She spooked, went back, stumbled in the deep footing, reared up, stumbled back more....as she flipped over backwards, right at the very last second, she literally threw herself face first sideways into the dirt. I stood up, she stood up, her boots all twisted sideways and dirt caked in her eyes. My friends said she had never seen a horse deliberately hurt it's self to keep the rider safe to that degree. I truly have an amazing mare :) and yes, we have done a lot of growing up, and are accident free these days :) knock on wood!!
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    05-09-2012, 09:05 AM
  #28
Yearling
First of, I was young, STUPID STUPID STUPID, but I could stick in a saddle like I had velcro on my butt. I rode everything and anything with a problem. I liked a challenge. If it had a problem, I could fix it!
The barn I worked for brought in a gorgeous mare with a problem. She reared. Bloodlines out the wazoo on this baby. Registered and almost the perfect old time TWH conformation. 16 hands of muscled up awesomeness waiting to rear and toss you off. WOW!! Who wouldn't want to be the one to tame her, right? UGH wrong!

Our first ride went surprisingly well. Supervised in the arena. No biggie. So I got her into regular work and she settled in perfectly. I was so amazed at the way she moved, the way she settled in so well.

Fast forward 2 weeks to our first trail ride. I never even made it out of the drive way. She went up and down several times then bolted. I cranked her into a one rein stop and she went to backing up. Up she went again. According to the BO's daughter whom I was riding with, the last time she went up she flung herself over. She swore the mare knew she was going to crush me.

I landed underneath her half on and half off the cement driveway. Broken pelvic bone, dislocated hip, broken leg, almost every rib on the left side broke, Broken collar bone, cracked my helmet in half and still got a concussion, broken nose, broken right arm, road rash on the right hip and leg. Internal seepage bleeding was the worst. My guts hurt for months while the bruising healed,I pulled and tore all kinds of muuscles throughout my body. I'd have to actually look at the file to see exactly what all I did injure. I thought my Mom was going to kill me when I healded up.
It was horrible. I couldn't ride for well over a year.

This is why when people say I have a horse, should I train it to rear, I will be the first on the "You're a moron!" bandwagon. It's not challenging, it's not funny. It's freaking dangerous as hell to chance 16 hands and over half a ton of horseflesh landing on you.

I am thankful everyday that I am alive after some of the things I did when I was young and stupid. I got way lucky more than once.
     
    05-09-2012, 10:59 AM
  #29
Weanling
I was jumping my horse down a 2 stride line. First fence was 2'3, then second was a 2'6 oxer. We took the first fence horribly. Striding was horrible, not enough impulsion, and way crooked. We landed and were headed way left of the next fence. I decided I had enough time to correct the direction and get more impulsion. My horse disagreed. He hit the brakes right infront of the fence. I summersaulted over his head and landed on my right hip on the jump. Immidiately blacked out. Woke up a few minutes later thankfully. Turns out I broke 2 of the poles from the jump. My intrusctor tells me that something was going to break in that impacts, and she's just glad it wasnt my hip.

I decided that my hip wasnt broken or anything, so I didnt get it xrayed. It started bugging me again this Autumn (the fall was last winter). So I went to the doctor. Turns out I had fractured my hip and torn a bunch of ligements. Because I didnt get it checked out, everything healed awkwardly, and un able to be fixed (unless they rebreak my hip, and that's not happening.) So, now I can't lit for long periods of time without being in a considerable amount of pain (i work an office job :/) can't ride without stirrups for too long, and at the beginning of every winter it ACHES. And im only 18.

Moral of the story. Go to the hospital if you have any doubts. Never risk it, its not worth being in pain for the rest of your life.
     
    05-09-2012, 03:01 PM
  #30
Pen
Foal
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Originally Posted by Army wife    
I stood up, she stood up, her boots all twisted sideways and dirt caked in her eyes. My friends said she had never seen a horse deliberately hurt it's self to keep the rider safe to that degree. I truly have an amazing mare :)
That is really lovely to read, I can imagine that you and you mare have an amazing bond.
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