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post #11 of 154 Old 08-28-2008, 08:39 PM
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A few years ago I was trail riding Sky out behind some paddocks and she hit a patch of ice (this was during the winter). She fell onto her side and we slid down the hill we were coming up. I panicked and twisted my way out from under her so I was left sitting about halfway down the hill while she got up at the bottom. I tried to stand and couldn't so had to slide to the bottom of the hill, and pull myself up using the sturrip while my friend ran to go get help. Sky was ok but I couldn't put any weight on my leg. So after someone came out to help me I finally managed to hobble back to the barn and I tried to get back on her, and then I tried to untack her despite not being able to walk....and I really don't remember most of that day..haha My leg ended up not being broken, but I did twist the bone in it, and that was pretty painful.
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post #12 of 154 Old 10-16-2008, 09:45 AM
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Ok - two of mine that stay with me:

First (definitely my fault). Cross Country training on a Welsh X that had a few behaviour problems (basically abusive handling when he was little). Anyway, we'd been doing quite well, so I gave him a long rein at cool down and took my feet out of the stirrups... AS SOON as he felt me relax he was cork screwing around the field! I (inevitably) came off, flipped and landed on'butt'. I had my arm caught in the reins though, so he dragged me a bit before running off. Thought I was going to die (and had been riding for some time by this point - so not a stranger to falling off!) Turned out it was a fractured coccyx. I had to a have a donut cushion, which of course the boys at school just loved!

My second was just a bit unfortunate. A farmer was keeping llamas in a field to guard his sheep (evil things!) They charged at me and my sister and our horses. Mine fell down a small gully and rolled over me, but my sisters managed to jump down. As they jumped over me, her horse landed on my leg! Seeing as they were heading for a main road I managed to get after them. But it was chaos. Plus, I had a hoof-print hole in my leg for 6 months. I like to think the scar will bring me luck!
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post #13 of 154 Old 10-16-2008, 10:28 AM
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The barn I started riding at was an awful, un educated, un safe!, and awfully run. The barn owner and her daughter ran the place and they were total money hungry, didnt care about the horses- excuse my language (losers)....

It was the only farm I could go to ride- I lived in the city and it was the only one around. So I sucked it up.. and did my best for the horses while i was there.... I was only 6yrs- 14yrs old while there.

ANYHOW... The daughter wanted $$$ so there was this pony that was a very difficult pony to ride- down right mean. Would buck and rear till you came off, almost like a game to see how fast she could dump you...

I was told she was worked with and better.. And I had no one to show that summer so the daughter offered me to ride her in the show... again $$$ for her...

I rode her the first time for practice. What do you know she takes off bucking and rearing, I go flying and used my hand to break my fall. Crushed all the bones in my right wrist! AWFUL!! Needless to say I did NOT ride her again!:roll:

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post #14 of 154 Old 10-16-2008, 09:24 PM
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In the last six or seven years or so, I have fallen off of my horse and others too many times to count. Most of them have been minor and nothing really happened because of it, but I've had two where I wanted to cry becasue they hurt so badly...

My very first fall was when I was eleven. I was jumping my trainer's horse, and over one of the jumps, I didn't bend my knees, and I bobbed right off. The jump was probably a two and a half foot verticle and it was really close to the wall. I went down... My foot was caught in the stirrup and my arm in the reins and I got dragged against the wall. Ouch. Nothing broken, just a few bruises and a cut/rub burn on my back that is a scare now.

And one more...

My horse hasn't been off the farm much in the last few years, and I started practacing with him at the fair grounds with my 4H. HE's great at home, as I was telling my people, and at the first practice ride, he bucks, but I sat it and took him into the warm-up arena where he proceeded SOMETHING like a mix between a budck and...somethign else, threw me a good foot into the air and down to the ground. Just got a huge bruise on my knee and just below it that laster for two months.

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post #15 of 154 Old 10-30-2008, 02:02 AM
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my worst fall was while show jumping a young in-experienced paint mare. we were approaching a double combination, she looked at something to the right, and jumped to early, pulling a rail and putting me off balenced. we landed, i lost my stirrups. She scooted one stride to the left, i managed to put my left leg on, and pushed her over, but it was to late she ran out to the left, and i was flung off her right side taking down the jump wing with my HEAD diving first, and poles landed on top of me. i got right back on her and we got over it in one hit. But the owner didnt look very impressed with the mare! lol
when i look back at it i think i would have more experience to ride her better and reacting quicker to the situation now that im older.
since then i havnt fallen off...2 years now i think? lol pretty lucky ive got a good show jumper/eventer horse now.. lol
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post #16 of 154 Old 10-30-2008, 09:10 AM
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my worst fall isn't to bad. was cantering (standing) a tb up a slight hill to a lighthouse, but i was slightly to long in the saddle so as this lad was a buck he put in a buck. my foot came out of the stirrups. i manged to stay on but in quick conseesion he repeated the same while my foot was out and i came off over the front. hit my head hard on the road that ran beside the glass paths, i was dragged underneath him and that dragged my body protctor up so my back was badly bruised.
sadly the worst thing was i was wearing my mum's old helmet which is now as good as a hole in the head. horse was enjoying himself so much he didn't seem to reliese he was riderless. went to the top of the slope and stood and watched me.
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post #17 of 154 Old 11-03-2008, 03:56 PM
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I've not had really bad falls *touch wood ;)*. So i'll explain my last fall. I was doing a dressage test in the indoor at my yard (so my pony knows the arena really well!). Well the test went reallyreally well apart from the final halt and salute at x. We trotted down the centre line just fine, as i asked for halt he slammed on suddenly and did a massive rear, flipped over backwards (by this point i was falling backwards with him). I landed on my back and he landed on his side, then he got up and galloped off bucking and enjoying himself. There wasn't even a reason for the rear! He didn't spook, there were no loud noises, he'd never actually done a big rear like that with me before either. Silly pony.
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post #18 of 154 Old 11-04-2008, 09:52 PM
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I was Jumping my pony and we were going down the ring and she decided to change leads and give a big buck and I was not paying attention and I flew over her head and she ran over me, Last thing I remember seeing was her hoof coming towards my head and it just glided over my helmet and one of her many other hooves hit my back and I was pretty blue for a few days.
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post #19 of 154 Old 11-04-2008, 10:31 PM
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My worst fall was at my camp 2 summers ago. The person leading the ride was an idiot and went down the trail that she knew had bees on it, and since I was the other person "in charge" I couldn't leave and save myself. We start getting to the part with the bees and all the horses are bucking and rearing like mad but still following each other because they're herd-bound.
I was really dumb and backed out at the last minute and tried to get my horse to turn around which caused him to buck harder. I went over his shoulder, in a western saddle, so the saddle horn went straight into my pelvis, then he jumped over me and kicked me in the head. Yay for helmets!
I was the only one to come off. *rolls eyes*
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post #20 of 154 Old 11-05-2008, 01:58 PM
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Luckily I myself hadn't had too bad of falls, I somehow always manage to roll away Even though I fell off the same horse twice in a lesson (was known for his attitude...), almost against the wall, but I still rolled. *keep rolling yeah!*

Anyhow, I will tell the worst one I've seen. So I was at this stable, taking a trial - 10 lessons. The stable never let the lesson horses out other than for lessons-NO pasture!!! Only for privately owned horses. So lesson horses were either in the stall or in a lesson... Anyhow, so I have a lesson with like 8-10 other people. One of them is this little girl riding this large horse (somewhere between 17 to 18 hands). The horse is a little crancked up (can you blame it?). Either way we are going around the arena in a line, just on the outside in a walk. The horse decides to spook and ran full speed into the middle of the arena where it did a dead stop. Little girl flies over the head, does a salto and lands FLAT on her back... I heard later she was ok, but it did look like she could have gotten hurt bad.
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