I think scarier than my above fall was the one where I didn't fall off. It was horrible.
A few days before Christmas my friend Sam (Lovehorsesandrunning) and I rode Molly and Artie in the back fields with my mom, who always walks with us, as is her rule. My mom videoed us so I could see how Molly looked on tape these days, and after we were done I decided to practice half-passes a couple times on Molly. After a few times, I took my leg off her and she completely bolted. I don't even remember what happened, but suddenly my feet were out of the stirrups and I was gripping with my thighs super hard, and she was running racehorse speed across this huge field. I tried to grab the reins because my balance was off, Molly jumped sideways at a flat-out gallop, and I fell on her neck. So now we were running at a breakneck gallop across this huge field with me riding on her neck, gripping with my thighs and praying to God I didn't land a way that would hurt too bad. I was gripping a hunk of her mane and the reins, and I wrapped my arms around her neck to stay on, so I wasn't able to do a one-rein stop. Instead I tried to shorten the grip on my inside rein, so now at least I had her running in a circle. A very large circle, still racehorse speed, but at least it was a circle and she couldn't take us anywhere that might lead to trouble. A few times around she galloped, me still on her neck gripping with everything I had for dear life, and I remember thinking she was going to do a face-dive because of how close the ground seemed with me on her neck. I gave everything I had and turned her tighter and tighter in a circle until she was forced to slow her mad gallop down to a slow gallop, then a canter, then a trot, and then a walk. During which I jumped back in the saddle (man it felt weird, I was so used to riding her neck! :P ) and calmed Molly down. Sam rushed Artie over to help, she held Molly's reins while I settled her down.
I can not believe I stayed on, let alone controlled her and got her to circle while on her neck gripping nothing but a wad of mane and rein. She's got one strong neck to have kept it level while she had 110 lbs on it!! My mom was in shock, she said 99% of riders would have fallen off, and I believe it. I have no clue how I stayed on, but I'll tell ya one thing, I was NOT going to bail!!