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    03-04-2011, 08:54 PM
  #1
Super Moderator
Falling off? How many people never have on their current horse?

I had a interesting (to me) thought today and I was kinda wondering how many other people were in the same boat...So, today as I was riding Lacey (she was feeling extra frisky), she kept doing "airs above ground" and just being silly. I think she must have bucked at least 3 times and reared maybe once or twice. Her ears weren't back at all and it was just "Happy day!" sorts of playing around. But, I noticed that when she was doing that, she was really actually paying attention to me and pausing when I got a little off balance, so I could get back in balance again. (disclaimer: I did get on her case about her behavior, even though it was happy)

I just thought that was really great that she apparently wants me to enjoy "flying" too. Haha

Then, I thought about it and I remembered that I've never fallen off her before (I've fallen off other horses more times than I can count, my last instructor used to teased me that I must be riding half in, half out of the saddle for how many times I'd fall off) and I thought it was even funnier that Lacey hasn't "allowed" me to fall off yet. There have been times where I was sure I was coming off but somehow lil Miss "Ima Unicorn/Pegasus" has just shoved me right back to where I'm supposed to be.

She's such a funny girl. She definitely has "rules" for her life. Like, the one that says no one should ever fall off of her, the one that says every stranger we see while trail riding should have treats for her, the one that says water should be avoided at all costs but that if the issue is pushed and the wee human on her back REALLY seems to want to go through it, an exception can be made...etc...

I love her to pieces, just sayin.

So does anybody else have a horse that believes rule number 1: No human should ever fall off?
     
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    03-04-2011, 09:00 PM
  #2
Foal
Well, I've never fallen off of -any- horse, ever. Unless you count that one time that someone pushed me off the back of a horse. I was trying to get off anyway, but I had been riding double bareback, and the other girl was basically sitting on my lap since the horses hair had let me slide under her, pretty much. I didn't even know the girl. Can we say, awkward? And then we couldn't untangle ourselves, so she pushed me off.

Anyways. Just because I've not fallen off of my own horse yet, doesn't mean he hasn't tried. The second real ride we went on, he decided he was over and bucked... but I stayed on. Hasn't happened since.
     
    03-04-2011, 09:08 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Technically, I guess I don't count since it isn't my horse, and I have come off once..but ehh..lol
Toby's my best friend's lil' qh/Halfie pony, and he's definitely a babysitter type. He tries his hardest to keep you on, and keep you balanced. I guess I was just too much :p. Wasn't his fault, since you could tell he tried to help me back up, but I slid off his side over the jump anyway, haha.
But anywho, point is he tries his ****ed well hardest to keep his rider on, and he refuses to go any faster than he feels the rider can handle :p It's actually quite hilarious when a lesson is riding him and he doesn't even want to trot on the lunge because they're so unbalanced, lol.
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    03-04-2011, 09:22 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I've never fallen off my gelding. I wouldn't say that is any thanks to him, as he's certainly barreled around at an unbalanced canter while I was precariously hanging on. He's not trying to fling me off, just 4 and still green. I think he would freak if I actually did, he's still very dependent on his rider for reassurance and he wouldn't be getting any if I fell off.

My trainer's gelding has had so many people (including me) fall off him, that he just stops, looks at you in the dirt and is like "there goes another one....". He isn't trying to unseat anyone, he's just SO big and as a warmblood has a gigantic movement that anyone trying to canter him bareback ends up sliding off the first few times.
     
    03-04-2011, 11:43 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I've only come off Zierra once in the 12 years I've had her, and that included me doing ALL her training myself from a foal to now. The only time was totally my fault, I was putting her at a fence to big for her, and after the third or fourth refusal, she rocked back like she was going to jump and changed her mind midair and went skidding through, so I just neatly tipped over her shoulder and landed on my arse.

But she's exactly how Lacey is - I've ridden her bareback, and jumped, and she'll go into a crow hop until I'm so far up her neck, I'm staring at the ground between her ears thinking how much this is going to hurt and she'll abruptly slam the brakes on and throw her head up to toss me back onto her back. She's had me SO many times, and it can only be called deliberate the way she makes sure I don't actually go flying.

Jynxy on the other hand has nailed me twice already in the year I've been riding her, LOL. Both times bareback the little snot.
     
    03-04-2011, 11:57 PM
  #6
Started
I hadn't fallen off in YEARS... Until I got Vinnie.
As a matter of fact, I just fell off him about 4 hours ago :P We were riding in a new lot, so there were some scary things: two pieces of litter, a stock chute, and woods. He got over all of that suff but was TERRIFIED of an old rail road tie outside of the fence (it's sort of like a square log, about a foot tall and 4 ft wide). So I walk him by it a few times. Then, one time he just stands there staring. I'm talking softly to him then BOOM! I hit the ground
I don't even remember what part of my body I landed on.. All I know is the he hopped sideways and I didn't!

I fell off him another time before that because of him spooking at some grass moving in the wind.

He was feeling frisky today, but no performance :) Once in a while he'll throw a buck when we start to canter, but he's an arab so it's more like a more energetic canter
     
    03-05-2011, 12:15 AM
  #7
Trained
I've never fallen off of Abby, but I've only had her since September and haven't ridden her much. I'm very surprised I haven't though. The times I did ride her, I was in a saddle that was too small for both of us and I would ask for a lope. She started crowhopping all over and eventually hard bucks. I later found out her hip was out. She lopes fine now. But it's been so cold and she's been testing me while undersaddle, so I've only loped her on the ground. She was also very herdbound at the old barn, so she ran me through a bunch of trees one day. They required me to wear a helmet..the visor of it slid down so I couldn't see. Good. Times.

I've only fallen once and that was off of Poseidon. I was bareback and loping bareback for the first time while taking some senior pictures. She took off when I wasn't prepared. I slipped and landed in front of her. I rolled under her for a few paces, then she realized I was there, stopped and looked at me like, "What are you doing down there?" I had roadrash all over my back and a legit hoofprint on my left shoulder blade. The only thing I have from that is the two ends of the hoofprint on my back.

That was right after the helmet rule was instated for wranglers. I taught swimming lessons with my boss the next day..in a swim suit. She knew what I had been doing the day before, but didn't say a word. She knew what was up. Haha.
     
    03-05-2011, 12:28 AM
  #8
Weanling
I've only ever done dressage with my horse..he's not spooky, doesn't buck, rear...so I've never had the opportunity to hit the dirt! Before that, i've fallen twice in the 12 years of riding - the exact 2 times grandma came to watch me ride...and I've only made a mistake in 1 dressage test - the 1 show my grandma came to.. Anyway! Once I start jumping I have a feeling my clean record isn't going to stay that way for long lol
     
    03-05-2011, 12:56 AM
  #9
Started
I can say I have never fallen off my gelding. A few days ago he tried to buck me off bareback, first time he'd ever bucked with me, but I managed to stay on. The next day he bucked again under saddle but I straightened him out. :) I'm suprised I've never fallen off with all the crazy things I did with my friends over the past few years.. I've almost fallen off my friend's horse that I basically learned to ride on, but when I started to fall I bailed. :)
     
    03-05-2011, 08:26 AM
  #10
Weanling
I've never fallen off of any horse ever. However, I have abandoned ship when I feel that the need arises! Not certain if that counts as "falling," since I was the one who made the jump.
     

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