I went on a trail ride today, and I had been riding for about 2 hours before we went. We went out in the orange groves behind the house. We had been out there for 3 hours or so, and we were almost home and there is a big open stretch of sand that's a straight shot all the way for about a mile.
So, we turned them loose and let them run. I had tightened the girth 3 times before we left, but once she got sweaty and slippery, that was a whole different story. I felt kinda off balance while we were running. We were way ahead of everybody else. I looked down to check the saddle to make sure it wasn't slipping, and it was on straight, but I slowed her down to be safe anyways. When the other horses caught up, they were running while I was trying to slow my horse down, but she picked up speed again and kept running, but all seemed fine so I let her. I just figured it was me who was a little off balance.
The next thing I know, I am sideways on my horse that is running about 40 mph. The girth had slipped when she started sweating a lot. I knew either way I was coming off. The saddle kept slipping further and further and I knew if I tried to hand on I would get drug underneath her, so I jumped.
I hit the ground and rolled about 20 times and landed in a sand spur patch
But besides eating a LOT of sand, scratches from the sand spurs, being very sore and scared out of my mind, I am fine
I got right back on and rode the rest of the way home