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post #101 of 154 Old 11-04-2009, 02:39 AM
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Okay well; i was on my first horse.. An Arab cross (The Owner Before us said he was an ideal First pony..But she drugged him the first time i rode him so of course we baught him cause he was "Awesome") After 6 months of owning him, he had finally learnt to trust me. Man he had some killer Pigroots and Bucks.. But after an arena ride i took him into a big paddock for a relaxing fun ride. We were in a FAST gallop and the bridle broke.. Which made the bit come down and smack on his front teeth, but now i had nothing to hold onto cause the rains done nothing.. But he stopped Dead on the spot and so of course i go flying over his head and land on my head, then doing a front flip and landing on my collar bone. But then i was worried about my horse so i got straight up and of course i got way to quick and ended up back on the ground. My Horses teeth were hurting but instead of worrying about his owner on the ground not moving he was eating lol.

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post #102 of 154 Old 11-04-2009, 03:14 AM
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well... My horse has an old sore on his back, and me not noticing just put the saddle on and got on to ride. My horse hadn't been ridden for 3 days so he was sure to be lazy. But when i got on and asked for the trot, I got a buck, a black, a sore shoulder, and a lot of tears!!! my saddle was touching his sore on his back and hurting him and making him bleed he was only trying to tell me that what i wanted him to do was help! someone else got on and he was still bucking, it was only when we took the saddle off that we discovered the promblem!! i was soooooooooooooooo worried and i felt sooooooooo bad that i had finnished cry from my injuries and started to cry for his!!!! it hurt and i was sooo scared it would happen again that I myself didn't ride him for 2 months!!! some one else did for me as i was to scared!!!

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post #103 of 154 Old 02-01-2010, 04:35 PM
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My worst fall was only bout a week ago, me and My tb were just plodding rounf the paddock, but we were in just a halter and tied lead rope(BAD idea!!) She was trying to turn back and get her own way, but it turned her sharply, but the tye came undone of the lead rope and i let go of it!! I was bareback and i lent forward like a jockey and she BOLTED! LOL i stayed on for a few metres, then fell on my wrist. I Broke 2 bones in my wrist, and it has to stay in a cast for 6 weeks. No riding!! ): ): ):

LOL so yeah thats my worst fall O:

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post #104 of 154 Old 02-01-2010, 05:04 PM
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Well, I guess I have two that I would count as worst falls for me. The first I can't entirely count as user error, because I was very young (8 years old) and didn't know what I was doing. I was riding my cousin's horse, a normally docile older arab mare, around their barn in circles. My aunt got bored and went into the house and left me to it. I don't remember all the circumstances, but they stallion they had in one of the paddocks started jumping around and squealing, I guess the mare I rode was in heat, anyways she jumped up to give a sideways kick in his general direction, and I flew off her, and landed in a pile of landscaping bricks my aunt had dug up. Broke my wrist, collarbone, and had to have reconstruction on my cheekbone/eyesocket. Thankfully I have little memory of it all.

My worst fall since actually knowing what I was doing was about 4 years ago. Pretty much completely my fault. I was working at a trail-riding facility where we gave guided trail rides, and I did the finishing work on a lot of the young horses they raised up to be string horses. At the time I was working a half wild halflinger pony, and I decided to go out with a group ride. The group going out at the time was a bunch of girl scouts, and I figured if I kept the pony back enough from the group it would be a good chance for her to just follow and learn the trails. Most of the ride went fine, the pony was nervous as hell but responding well to me and seeming to just take it all in. As the ride came closer to finishing, the pony got more uppity as we came in sight of the barn, but I thought it was fine, she was just a pony for goodness sake.

Well, about 100 yards from the barn front, she bolted on me and ran up alongside the trail group, I got her head around and got her circling, and she happily circled for a minute or so, I was laughing about it to the trail guide when wham! she planted her front feet. Having been "leaning into the turn" while she was spinning, centrifugal force just flung me off, and the pony snorted and hightailed it to the barn. I stood up cussing a blue streak and looked into the faces of 12 grinning girlscouts. Nothing was hurt but my pride, in that circumstance, but being thrown from an itty bitty pony infront of a crowd sure topped my life's embarrassing moments.

I gave up dignity when I got horses though, right?
Ah, thank goodness for horses teaching us humility in the most embarrassing ways they can devise.
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post #105 of 154 Old 02-02-2010, 02:38 AM
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I got thrown into a concrete and thick wire fence. My hip hit the concrete post and my arm got tangled up in the wire. Luckily, when I fall I go limp like a rag doll, and I didn't break anything. Just a cut up and bruised arm and I bruised my hip bone pretty badly. It took me months to completely heal, though I actually rode the day after...
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post #106 of 154 Old 02-24-2010, 09:39 PM
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My worst fall wasn't as bad as some of these! I am crossing my fingers not to get trampled/dragged/kicked in the face. OUCH.

I was taking lessons about 4 years ago at a farm near my house. I'd been working with a 3yo stallion at the time, he was a GREAT horse, but he did have energy and was still learning a lot. I was working with him on his canter, and made the stupid mistake of forgetting to check the girth.....should have known better. we picked up the canter, and he just went all out....hadn't really learned how to collect and canter at any speed other than GO yet. Well, we swung around a corner and of course, stupid me, my saddle slips onto his side, and I fly off onto a set of bleachers. Luckily, I was okay, but very shook up. My right arm didn't fully bend or extend for a few months...something in that elbow was swollen or sprained. And THANK GOODNESS I WAS WEARING A HELMET! When I landed, my head hit the edge of a bleacher step and the helmet snapped in was a quality helmet....I just fell hard. We kept that helmet kicking around the barn to show people who said they didn't need one. I will never ever ride without one.

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post #107 of 154 Old 02-24-2010, 10:12 PM
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sheeesh my worst was like 10 years ago now, i was riding my first ever horse (dennis haha) at a nice serene walk around the paddock (he was an ex-racer thoroughbred, so knew how to be a bit of a spare at times, in hindsight not the best choice for a 10 year olds first horse! haha) anyway, our paddock was right next to an industrial yard of some description which had never been a problem until that day when someone decided to left off an air rifle as i passed that side of the fence. Dennis spazzed and bolted, i fell off the back with my right foot still in the stirrup, he dragged me from one side of the paddock to the other. I was on crutches for 3 months after that one! haha
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post #108 of 154 Old 03-03-2010, 12:13 PM
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Been in a lot of bad ones...

Worst one, i think, was my first ride on Annie. We were out on the trail and she was stung by a bee and went nuts, bucking and kicking everywhere. I tried to get off when i noticed something was wrong but I couldn't get my foot out of the stirrup, because I was pinned against a tree (It was a narrow path) so I ended up yanking my foot out of my boot and twisted up my ankle (It wa spurple for days) then I ended up under her and all I could think of was "Cover your head" so I did. Got stepped on once but luckily I wasn't hurt too bad. Just really shooken up. I've been injured worse but nothing was that scary before.

I had a friend who's horse actually went over backwards on her. Over-bitted, sadly. But she bailed before she could get rolled on. Never made the same mistake twice.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #109 of 154 Old 03-03-2010, 08:29 PM
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I really havent had many falls. Just two. The worst one was while jumping. I was self taught (BAD) and i was going ahead of my horse. Or behind...cant quite remember. But he took off about 2 strides early and i flew straight up, over his head, and on the ground. Thankfully, when i fell he jumped right over me as well so i wasnt badly hurt. Sonny was standing right next to me on the ground. Just got a bruised back. Didnt stop me from riding 2 days later :)

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post #110 of 154 Old 03-18-2010, 06:45 PM
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I was riding the little pony I was breaking. I was in the arena by now and I was practicing some little jumps (literally 10"). The horse trainer that had been helping me train him a few times was in the ring. It was a line of jumps, 1 stride, 1 stride. The pony walked over it the first time and then I trotted up to it and he stopped. He wouldn't trot through it and would only walk so the horse trainer came up behind him and urged him on (trust me I was too and BTW there were no whips). He reared up and hopped over the first jump and then plunged to the next on and jumped it like a three foot oxer. I wasn't ready for this so I was way out of balance and leaning on his side. Then he cat jumped over the last one(jumping it like a 3' oxer again) and that was it...he sent me flying into the air and I did a full front flip in the are and face planted into the ground getting dirt in my nose, mouth and eyes. I then got up and got back on him. All I had was a few bruises! After that I started wearing a jumping vest.

Another one was off little pony that was being a brat for a little girl-it wouldn't canter. So I got on the pony and cantered it around the the arena. She was going well but was very obviously angry. So, at one end of the arena she stopped and bucked at the same time sort's hard to explain and I went head first into a wall.

I've been riding for three years and I've had a lot of falls. I've lost count but I'm at around 15-20.

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