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post #41 of 45 Old 04-16-2011, 11:33 PM
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I can think of two.

First of all, I have an intense fear of horses falling on me. I was riding a friends pony for her because she was sick and I didn't have a horse to ride. I was cantering him and began to do a 20m half circle between E and B. Around centerline, he just fell down. I fell onto his neck just as he got up and I just slid off and landed on my feet. I didn't really fall off, but it was close enough to scare me.

The second time I was riding out in my uncle's field. My grandpa was working on his truck and my mom was riding around 100 ft from me. I asked my horse to canter and he did, I turned him and he took off. I clamped down with my legs so he bucked and spun, sending me flying. I remember going to put my arms out then thinking that it was a bad idea and tucked them up against my chest. The next thing I remember is laying down, facing the opposite direction of which I had been going, my bridle about 6ft in front of me and my horse across the field. My grandpa came running over to me and got me to lay down flat. After my mom caught my horse, brought him back, and put his bridle back on I got back on (of course).

On our way home after riding I got a wicked head ache so we went to the ER just incase. I got x-rays of my head, neck and back. They wanted to take more but I had reached my max for the year . It turns out that I had a concussion and my Dad got in trouble for not calling the ambulance even though he wasn't there .

It's definitely not as bad as some stories posted on here but they are my examples.

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post #42 of 45 Old 04-23-2011, 11:31 PM
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My trainer broke her hip but didn't do anything about it. She fell off her hano and hurt it more. I saw it. It was horrible. She was jumping and just fell. All you heard was a crack and a bam! Her horse ran to the end of the arena and trotted around but she limped and got back on. She is a tough cookie!
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post #43 of 45 Old 04-24-2011, 03:00 AM
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i was cantering bareback when marlea put her head down and started to buck, i went over her head and got majorly winded... i was terrified, i could only breathe out and i seriously thaught i was going to die!!!
luckily mum was utside and came running to me... it was the scariest thing of my life

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post #44 of 45 Old 04-24-2011, 11:03 AM
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I have had a few in my time:
One was yesterday. I was riding my little mare on the road for the first time, going at a slow walk, with a red vest tied onto her saddle, a red ribbon on her tail, and a sign sticking up from the back of my saddle, that said "Aggressive horse! Please watch out!" because she is easily angered, and has a bad temper. Traffic was going pretty good, when a four wheeler pulled up. He was going slow beside me, not revving his engine or nothing, when he said ; "Nice horse, does she bite?" By then, she was getting fed up with the constant rumble of the bike, and was nipping at it. When I said "yes, she does." he looked at me like I was the one trying to bite him, revved his engine, sprayed dirt at us, and parked up the road to WATCH. She reared up, throwing me off, and landed on her back, just missing me. So, while she was freaking out on the road, with me trying to calm her down, and see if she hurt herself, he was laughing! I just wanted to slap him!

Another time is when I rode my neighbors stallion in a parade. He said that he wiped his nose down with Vixx, to mask the cent of the mares. Well, rather he didn't, or didn't put enough. Rud was fine until halfway through the Canada day parade.I had him dressed up, with a flag on each side. Well, he got wind of a mare that was in full heat, and stood up, I leaned forward, and he went back down. Then, he took off at a full gallop through the parade. I could not get him under control no matter what I tried. I looked up, to see where he was going, only to see that he was running toward a hot dog seller, with a bunch of kids standing around. I didn't want any one to get hurt, so I threw myself off, grabbing the halter under his bridle. I pulled him to the ground, stopping him. But, in doing so, I popped my shoulder, and dislocated my elbow, and he fell on me, snapping my ankle.
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post #45 of 45 Old 04-25-2011, 05:45 PM
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Ouch, there are some bad ones here and the pictures of the x-ray was crazy!

I have had two falls that scared the crap out of me, and only one other accident where I've been hurt.

First bad fall was about two years after I got Jake. I was stupid and with doing gymkhana and rodeo I made him really hot around the gate. One time I was entering the arena and the gate guy didn't see me and closed the gate, hitting my horse in the face. He pretty much exploded, rearing and trying to bolt so I disengaged his hind and in his spinning and jumping he moved into a gap in a large hedge that had barb wire running through it, I tried to back him up away from it and tried to bolt through it, felt the barbwire on his chest and jumped. He got the barbwire caught around his legs and flipped. I got launched a good 10 feet away from where he landed. I just knocked the wind out of me, while he pretty much went into shock and knocked himself out. Took 7 people and 25 minutes to get him back onto his feet, I thought he was dead with a broken bone or impaled on the a rod that held the fence up, cause of the blood. He got up and was sore, but fine. Few cuts across his legs and chest, nothing that needed stitches though.

The other is when I was riding back from a 6 miles trail ride. We were in a river bed and Jake is very barn sour. So he was pretty much prancing and cantering in place like he normally does with a few small rears. (Which I was working on getting him out of) when out of no where he threw himself up and backwards. The other riders said he got a good two-three feet up in the air and landed backwards. I somehow managed to push myself out of the saddle sideways and landed only about a foot away from where he did. Being in a western saddle in the very deep sand of the river bed, Jake was on his back with his feet in the air and the saddle horn in the sand. I scrambled away as fast as I could expecting him to start thrashing and wanting to get up. When I looked back he was staring at me with and calmly staying on his back. I ended up walking over to him, grabbing the breast collar and cinch and pulled him onto his side, where he stayed until I checked him over and gave him to cue to stand up (he is trainer to laid down) and he got back to his feet. I did a thorough untacking examination of his back and neck and found no soreness or stiffness, so I got back on and rode home.

The time I got hurt was when I was in an arena for a mounted assistance unit test and he was over stimulated and reared (this was a week before he flipped on me) and bolted running AGAINST the fence of the arena. My leg was on the outside of the fence between the top and bottom bar and my shin hit the metal post. I don't know how I didn't break my leg but I had substantial swelling and nerve damage. (I could feel anything from below the knee to halfway down my shin.) A year later and I still can't feel in one spot thats the size of a apple.
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