You know when you see a horse [and] rider have a bad fall or you and your horse have a bad fall you think that there's no way you and the horse could walk off with scratch free.
Anyone want to share their stories?
I'll start off, my friends horse was free jumping a 2.6ft jump when she first got him. He got spooked by something and took off at the jump at a dead run. We both jumped in front of him but he wouldn't stop or slow down so we moved out of the way. It was a perfect take off then randomly during the middle of the jump his legs went all crazy and flipped over landing with his head between his legs and stumbled/kept running on his knees with his head between his legs. Then completely flipped over and ran into the wall and spazzed out kicking the wall until he jumped up and just stood there snorting. We first thought he injured his head because it looked like he had no clue what happened or where he was. But everything turned out good with no injuries at all, not even a scratch. And his brain is fine!
That is crazy! I'm glad to hear you and your friend, and her horse were safe!
One time me and my horse were at a regional equestrian meet. And it was a weekend shows, and it was a miracle that we had made it to regionals! Well our school's policy is that we weren't allowed to show on sundays since we are a Christian school. So before we left I decided to take my boy out for a couple of laps around just to stretch his legs (bareback) before we headed home. Well he had been a little antsy, and so I put in his reining bit (one that he knows NOT to run through at all!). Well my two-man partner also came in and decided that she was going to start cantering... right next to me and my "hot" horse (even though we had just been walking.. crazy horse!) well once she took off, so did my big boy. And i'm not a very good bareback rider so I was a little concerned, but was able to slow him down to a very bumpy and fast trot. Well we rounded the corner, and all of the sudden he TOOK OFF! He started flying down the fence! Nearly hitting some of the other horses! I on the other hand was trying with all my might to get him to stop and hang on for dear life. Now the arena we were in was of fairly good size, though it seemed smaller when he started flying towards the gate. Right before he hit the gate he turned, sending me saling, hitting the gate, and doing a backwards sommersault and landing on my back with my legs up in the air (must've looked hilarious). As soon as it was done, I checked him over and nothing was wrong, not scratches or anything! And I was fine to! It was strange though because as soon as the "ordeal" was over, he went back to being his normal lazy and gentle self! It was mind boggling! About an hour later, the announcers said they found a horse shoe from the arena we were in.. turns out it was Rudy's. The horse shoe was bent and all the nails were still in it! See, what had happened was when he was doing his weird trot, he over stepped, and tore out his own shoe, causing him to go running wildly because of the pain. I was so happy that is was just his shoe, and nothing else!
Uhhhh I hate falling into the gate/wall, has only happened a couple times but I try to fall off towards a "softer" landing LMFAO. Glad to hear you came out all right and that all it was was a torn off shoe! :)
My friend was doing breakaway roping, and right after she nodded, the barrier clip broke, snapped back and hit her horse in the face, the horse freaked out in the box and started bucking....she flew off and landed in the chute on top of the next calf! It was crazy...but neither her, or the calf was hurt, and her horse just had a welt on his nose.
I've had a few scary stories where I have gotten a few scratches but not terribly hurt. You said scratch free so I guess I only have one that falls in that category. =P
When I started seriously jumping with Jake I was stupid and Jake was honest. I had been jumping 2'6" consistently, with my homemade jumps (combinations of boxes, barrels and wooden poles) I got bored with that height and wanted to go higher, but the only way to go higher was to stand the barrels up and lay the pole across the top (roughly 3'3"). So being fearless as I was I just set it up, got on and brought Jake around and pointed him at it and asked him to go. Him being the 100% honest horse he is, he tried his best. With no preparation, my crappy jumping form and no ground pole he jumped. Then got the pole caught between his front legs and nosed dived and flipped head over hoof. I learned a very hard lesson, but we both walked away without a scratch. After that I spent months learning, and preparation before I tried that height again.
((Which I made an oxer like jump and so on...still not prepared enough, but at least Jake was able to get over fine))
Well, my favorite funny was wasn't actually a "bad" fall, although it looked like it.
Ended up this:
My old gelding was ticked off that I'd put him in turnout and then walked away, so he threw a fit. He was bucking, kicking, throwing his head around, running around like a crazy man...and then he completely slid-out where the water barrels had leaked. Landed on his butt, struggled to get back up (he was kind of wedged up against the fence), and then when he did get up, he had all the other horses freaking out too and he just looked at them like "Weirdos. What's their problem?" He was such a dork!
MY worst fall that I walked away from with only minor scratches was my first ever. I was riding my grandma's neighbor's paint mare and she was being incredibly stubborn. I was maybe 14 at the time and hadn't been around horses much, although I had always wanted one. Anyway, Tonka kept going to the gate and wanted to be with the other horses, but I wouldn't let her. The neighbor had given me a bat (she didn't have an actual crop) to "encourage" Tonka with, but heretofore I had barely tapped her on the hindquarters to get her moving. Well, I got ticked off 'cuz she wouldn't move and after pony-club kicking her got nowhere, I whacked her on the butt with the bat. It must have startled her that I'd hit her that hard (it really wasn't THAT hard, but it was harder than I'd hit her before) 'cuz she full-on bucked on me. I totally wasn't prepared and sailed straight over her head. Did a complete flip as I passed her head and landed with my butt in the dirt and the reins still in my hand. We both sat there for a second like "What the heck?!" then she realized I was on the ground and jerked the reins free and trotted off. I had minor scratches on my forearms (landed on my butt and forearms), but that was it.
Well I got my Gelding for a year and he bucked me off already 6 months before. And I broke my arm. Well we went out for a ride while my dad helped the BO with the fence around the arena and I went around the property. He was great we walked, troted, cantered and jumped a branch. We came back around and the barrel pattren was up and I desided one run wont be bad, so we walked in and I had him pick up his right lead and started a circle. We were coming around to go to the first barrel and he bolted and started to buck I stayed on for a bit, and my stirup broke so I bailed and watched my horse run off. I had a limp for a bit and a little sore but I was fine other wise.