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post #1 of 19 Old 03-07-2013, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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I had my first fall today!

I had my first fall today! Its weird that I'm happy about it, but then again, it really wasn't a bad fall.

We were doing gridwork and working on how to feel leads. While I'm talking about it, how can you tell a lead without looking down? I had to keep looking down, I couldn't really "feel" it. We were trotting into the grid and cantering out. It was 3 bounces then 2 Xs, I think.

Anyways, we would do the grid and there were other jumps on the sides of the grid. So if we got what lead our horse was on at the end of the grid, we would turn that way and take the jump on that side. If you turn right, you get a line with 2 verticals. Turn left and you get a vertical.

I had turned left, and as I turned, the reins slipped from my left hand. I regained them but they were a bit long. I was trying to shorten them, and the horse was rushing a little towards the jump. I was putting a little pressure of the reins to try and slow him down. I guess I slowed him too much, because he kind of stopped in front of the jump and then jumped it.

It threw me forward, so I was kid of hanging onto his neck after the jump. I fell off but I kind of swung around and landed on my feet. I went step and then slipped. I was still holding onto the reins.

I had just said the day before that I couldn't wait to get my first fall out of the way. I wasn't saying "OMG I wish I fall off!" but more so that I just want to get it over with and know how to handle it and what to expect in times to come.

It was my first fall in 6 years! If I can, I'll try to post the video. Please ignore my dad saying "You got your wish!" at the end :)
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-07-2013, 09:42 PM
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Glad you are ok and it doesn't sound like you are too hurt.

Falling sucks, but it's something we need to accept as it's a sooner or later type deal.
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Glad you are ok and it doesn't sound like you are too hurt.

Falling sucks, but it's something we need to accept as it's a sooner or later type deal.
Nope, it didn't hurt at all. I was smiling afterwards :)
I had this weird sense of foreboding that falling was gonna come bite me in the butt. I knew it was going to happen and I was just waiting :)
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Unexpectedly dismounted ;)
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I'm waiting for my first fall on my current mare! Just the anticipation will probably make me fall when I wouldn't otherwise =P
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That's what I said :) I said I dismounted with style!
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Well...you're a rider now. Welcome to the club.
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post #8 of 19 Old 03-07-2013, 11:52 PM
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The first fall is always the worst, you imagine how awful it is going to be. Once it happens you turn into a better rider I think, ride with a bit less fear and realize that you are gonna fall once it ahwile and usually it is not going to be awful.
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post #9 of 19 Old 03-08-2013, 12:31 AM
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Yikes! Glad you are okay! My first fall didn't go as well. I slammed down onto my shoulder, dislocated it, bruised my ribs, and sprained my wrist! I didn't fall straight down, though. I was kind of thrown off sideways, the horse I was riding was spinning around to avoid being bitten by another horse, so when she spun, I went flying! Lol


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Thinking about falling is usually worse then falling. It can make your nerves and tense. Once you get that first fall over with, people tend to relax and focus better.

Glad you didnt get hurt. Here's to the many more falls!

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