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post #1 of 11 Old 07-30-2011, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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Boy did I take a spill!

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

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-30-2011, 09:19 PM
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Thank God you were not hurt. That must have been incredibly scary. Did your horse freak out when the saddle went off so far? She is young, as I recall.
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Sounds like lots of fun up until the whole falling & sand burr thing...ouch!!!!! Glad it turned out okay.

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Gosh I would have not gotten up from that!!! When I fell off galloping I broke my shoulder!!! Glad your okay though.

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Thank God you were not hurt. That must have been incredibly scary. Did your horse freak out when the saddle went off so far? She is young, as I recall.

Yes, it was very scary, kind of one of those "did that just actually happen?" moments. Surprisingly, she did not freak out. She moved out of the way when I fell, and stopped and turned around

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-31-2011, 12:49 AM
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I was riding Mac last fall, moseying along with a friend and looking over my shoulder chatting. I was just telling her that Mac was pretty sluggish that day, when WHAM! He does his sudden stop, drop and spin to the right. I went over to the left so much that I put quit a tug on the saddle and by gosh, it slid so far over that try as I might, I could not right myself so resigned myself to landing in the dirt. In the corner of my eye I saw my firend's horse spinning and dumping his rider too!
As I am going down, I thought, Oh no! Will Mac freak out now that the saddle is UNDER his belly? I was up on my feet in a flash and undoing that latigo so fast, but Mac was just standing there. The little booger!
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LOL! It's funny how things like the wind blowing a bush and making the leaves rattle will scare them, but sometimes the things that might actually be scary, don't

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post #8 of 11 Old 07-31-2011, 08:07 PM
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Very smart of you to roll. Dispersing the impact almost always results in a good outcome.

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post #9 of 11 Old 07-31-2011, 08:14 PM
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My gosh you are so lucky. I'm glad you're ok.
That would have scared the crap out of me.
Just curious was the latigo leather or nylon?
It seems like I have more of a problem with the nylon latigos loosening up versus the leather ones.

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Very smart of you to roll. Dispersing the impact almost always results in a good outcome.
Yes, I learned my lesson the hard way. The last time I came off, I went "splat" on a gravel driveway and ended up with a concussion, road rash on my stomach and elbow, a busted up face, and a broken blood vessel in my eye

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