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post #1 of 38 Old 10-09-2012, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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memories of the first tme you were bucked off

I have been riding regularly for a little over two years now (including week long rides in the Rockies), in spring of 2011 after I had been taking lessons for a few months and was still worried about falling off and hurting myself, my father in law decided he would borrow a horse of one of his friends for 6 months as a beginner horse for me as he didn't want me to ruin his ranch horses.

This horse was a gentle, not so athletic black quarter horse. I had still to do my first lope so we were in the round pen he suggested it was time to try. He was in front of me and on three we were to lope. So he counted then at the exact moment I kissed to get the horse to lope woe and behold his hat flew off, hit my horse in the chest, the result: buck 1 one had one foot out of the stirrup, buck two both feet and I was looking for an exit strategy, and buck three i took my exit and the horse caught my knee as I was on my way down to the ground. Apparently my first words were an elated 'awesome I've had my first buck off', then i realised my knee hurt like hell, but in true Albertan cowboy style I got back on as I new if i didn't I may loose my courage. Later that night my knee swelled to the size of a watermelon and I couldn't work for three days, but I got my 'bucking cherry' broke and confronted my fear of getting bucked off.

Needless to say I with time comes experience and I've had the one maybe two close calls since then, particularly an idiotic push bike rider in the mountains skidding and startling my horse, but I stay in control now and hope top not repeat that painful experience of spring 2011.

What's your first/most interesting buck off story?
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post #2 of 38 Old 10-09-2012, 11:07 PM
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My first and only tumble -

Buck and I were dinking around near the pasture, in the grassy area in front of some family rental properties. There was no one staying in the camps, so we were about to do some sprinting. Much to our surprise, the grey water sprinklers went off right next to us. He went up, I lost my balance and was leaning back hanging by the reins. The reins were bearing all of my weight and I didn't want to hurt his mouth, so I let go and did a controlled fall into the (fortunately!) soft mud. Buck ran over to the mounting block and was standing there quivering. I limped over and got back on before I could think too much about it and we finished our ride.
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post #3 of 38 Old 10-09-2012, 11:23 PM
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I have fallen off MANY times. But bucked off only twice.

First time I was on a green horse. Horse in front starts cantering. I try to hold baby back, baby bucks I go off . I land in soft dirt on my tummy. Dont' release reins, baby runs forward a few steps so I am dirt skiing on my tummy.
Later that day, I went straight from the barn to the dentist and when I went in to go potty, dropped my breeches and quite a bit of dirt fell onto the floor, I had belly scooped it up .

next time. trying to show my friend how to deal with her fractious horse. no time to go get my helmet (stupid me). I get on , work him, things going great but stop to chat, and when try ing to leave the resting space, he baulks. I press, he rears! I lean forward to stay on and without me being aware of it, my pant waistband gets hung up over the horn. he comes down and goes straight into bucking. I come off like pronto (I couldnt' do much since I was snagged on the horn) But, don't fall to the ground becuase I am hanging off the side of this bucking horse, by my pant waist! I think "HOly @#$%! I am in serious trouble here!" Just then my pants rip and lay me on the ground just as nice as you please.
I stood up, pulled my pants together and yelled at my friend "Go get your helmet, I'm getting back on". So, using her helmet, I got back on and rode a wee bit til he was calm and my pride not so bruised. But, that was one embarasshing day.

I thought the pants were goners as the tear was huge (like 16 inches long), ,but my friend snuck them home and for Christmas , sewed them together and now we call them the Frankenstein pants.
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post #4 of 38 Old 10-09-2012, 11:26 PM
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I am pretty sure it was Brownie, the evil one eyed pony. She dumped me regularly. Sorry, I can't remember the first time, but I know it was her, I remember times she tried so hard to dump me & I stuck on, haha!
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post #5 of 38 Old 10-09-2012, 11:41 PM
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I was maybe 4 andmy parents and I were on a trail ride. My moms horse likes to hold his breath when you cinch him up so you have to do it little by little. Well I got on up in the saddle while my mom was finishing off the saddlebags. My dad not thinking walked up trying to help my mom out by tightening the saddle up since the wagons were all lining up. Normally Big Boy doesnt spaz after hes had time to adjust but this time right as my dad pull up Big Boy reared and off the back I went. It was the beginning of winter so I had on a big thick pink and teal coat and my moms horse so happened to be standing in a nice fluffy grass patch. I whimpered alittle but remember being more embarrassed than anything.

That was the first and only time I got buck/reared off but have plenty of stories of me slipping and sliding off. Never been hurt EVER by a horse (thanking my lucky stars) besides a nice toe crunch by a big ol hoof.

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post #6 of 38 Old 10-09-2012, 11:49 PM
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Sky-----grass-------sky-------grass-----expletive------sky------two hooves behind the knees-------expletive--------Tera ferma!!!!

That's about all I remember!
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post #7 of 38 Old 10-09-2012, 11:56 PM
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I refuse to count falling off/getting bucked off my BOs' little 10.2hh pony mare with my horse falls. My feet are only 4" or less off the ground on her.

I've only been bucked off once. Went riding outside by myself and the entire time we were walking, my mare was snorting and staring at something. It took until we were right up next to this little pasture for me to realize she was having a total sh*t fit about a couple of minis. Mind, she had seen these minis on several occasions before and never posed a problem.

Nope. They grew some flarking wings and were obviously breathing fire. We were almost past them when she whipped around , bucked me repeatedly until I fell with a ridiculously lack of grace on my chest and chin, and she bolted full speed back to the barn.

My BOs' 4 year old son happened to see her standing outside the barn and my BO went out and grabbed her. Her phone had died and the other girl at the barn didn't have hers on her, so nobody knew where I was because nobody had answered my phone calls. I got to walk a 1/4-1/2 mile back, absolutely fuming.

I ended up going back out with several other people and we went by the oh-so scary minis again with no issue. We've been by them again with no eruption.

Horses are dumb.
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post #8 of 38 Old 10-10-2012, 12:04 AM
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Horses are dumb.

Can I quote you on that?
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post #9 of 38 Old 10-10-2012, 12:08 AM
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Been bucked a lot, but actually bucked off...well, first time was with Brocky! His first time out on a hack in the park. It's a huge park in the city with separate tracks dedicated for riding, cycling, walking and driving, not to mention a few football fields, picnic areas, a pine forest and the equestrian grounds and grazing area - an amazing place, but not the easiest for a horse going round for the first time.

He was great crossing the busy intersection to get to the park (the equestrian centre is just across the road) - actually more confident than his buddy, a 6yo ASH who'd done the trip plenty of times. He was a bit wary of the bicycles once we got into the park but nothing untoward. However, I could feel him getting tense as we continued and started down the track, and he kept popping little crow hops in. His head was high and neck arched, and he was snorting a bit - nothing I hadn't had out there before from some of the hotter school horses, though. So I just tried to remain relaxed and he started to relax as well.

Until we got to the football field. There was a break of trees between us and the training session, and it wasn't loud by any means, but the coach blew a whistle and BANG! Brock's front end disappeared in front of me, I was catapulted out of the saddle and landed head first. My helmet ripped off my head and I was out on my back for about a minute (usually I bounce back up immediately but there was no bouncing with this one). A really nice cyclist came and helped me while my friend grabbed Brock (he didn't run off, too much effort). My legs were too wobbly to remount so I walked him back and he nearly ripped my shoulder off being a brat about everything.

It was only once I had got back to the stable and untacked that I realised my toe was broken and I had a splitting headache and couldn't think straight. I strapped up my toe with Brock's bandages, put a cold drink on it and elevated it, then rested for a few hours until my head was clear again.

I was bucked off quite a few times after that but my roll-and-flop is pretty good so I haven't had any more bad landings. I quickly learned his "signal" and with the help of the good ol' one-rein-stop managed to train it out of him.
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post #10 of 38 Old 10-10-2012, 12:12 AM
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I fell off the first time I ever rode. My friend's plucky little pony decided she'd had enough riding and took off. I hung on for awhile but she turned too sharp and I fell off into the snow. My friend says I looked like a ballerina, so at least I fell gracefully, lol.
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