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post #11 of 38 Old 07-02-2014, 10:19 PM
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When I was riding a speedy horse, some snow fell of the arena roof and he took of at a gallop. I fell of and broke a rib

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post #12 of 38 Old 07-02-2014, 10:49 PM
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The scariest thing that has happened to me was when I was on my 16.1 hand qh. I took her to my friends house to go on a trail ride and hadn't ridden her in about a week. My friend had an airstrip for crop-dusters by her house that was like running on a racetrack - exept straight. Our horses were FAST. It wasn't your average run for joy. she asked me to race and I said yes. The horse I was riding had never had any problems with listening and was acting perfectly normal. We started the race and mine was in front and gaining. I started to pull back, but it was like pulling on a tree with reins around it. I screamed at my friend to stop her horse and she did, but mine wouldnt. I wanted to bail, but I knew it would hurt BAD. I tried EVERYTHING to get her to stop. She just kept going. When we got to the end of the airstrip, she jumped a ditch at least 4 ft wide lining the side of the strip and fell to her knees. I bailed then and yanked her before she got to running again.

Luckily, she was ok. I was a little shook up, but no injuries. When my friend got there she was crying and saying she thought I was going to die over and over again. I just can't explain how scared I was. I still get chills 10 yrs later typing this.
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post #13 of 38 Old 07-02-2014, 10:57 PM
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The scariest was riding a well trained but very dominant horse who decided one ride I was no more important than a gnat on his back and he no longer had to listen. I had his nose to my knee at one point and he was still blindly charging forward within regard to his own safety. This was the same horse who stepped off a ledge with his back leg because he didn't want to go the way I wanted.

The second scariest was when a green horse I was riding years ago bolted and my saddle slipped and I came off. The fall wasn't the worst part but the other riders horse going over me. Thankfully he only clipped me in the helmet and didn't step on me.
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post #14 of 38 Old 07-02-2014, 11:07 PM
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I haven't had an issue yet but I was just at a barrel race. This girl ran a perfect pattern and when she was running home her horse tripped and rolled on top of her 4 times!!! Thankfully they were both alright but it looked really bad. About an hr later another girl was running to the 3rd barrel. Her saddle broke and her foot got stuck in the stirrup. She got dragged quite a ways!!!
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post #15 of 38 Old 07-02-2014, 11:48 PM
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My oldest sister had recently gotten her mare and she was standing on one end of the field and another sister was standing in the middle of the field. I was on the horse and running back and forth between them and they'd catch her when I got to them. Sister standing in the middle of the field didn't catch the mare and away we went to the end of the field out onto the road (thankfully rural roads) down it a little ways and turned onto a gravel road. I was screaming WHOA! at the top of my lungs, sister that missed me was chasing after us on foot, oldest sis ran and hopped in the car and was chasing us in that. When the mare finally stops oldest sis get out of the car and gets on with me. I wanted off in a bad way but she wouldn't let me. Made the mare run all the way back home. That was pretty scary for a 7 year old. LOL

Same mare some time later, not sure how old I was by then but still pre-teen, and we were running back to the house and came around the barn face to face with a guide wire coming off an electric pole. Thankfully she saw it and came to dead stop, thankfully I stayed on even though I was riding bareback. My legs were shaking though when I got off.

The absolutely most terrifying thing though was when I rode JC into a mud bog and he sunk halfway up his torso. He went limp and would not struggle to get out. Didn't normally ride with a halter on but I had that day because we were on a treasure hunt and figured I'd have to be tying him up some so that was a blessing in disguise. I'm pulling on the lead rope begging him to try to get out and the whole time pictures of him sinking until his head went under was going through my mind. My friend finally found a limb and as I was pulling and yelling she was beating him on the butt and he finally struggled enough to pull himself out. I wasn't in the least bit of danger but my horse was and that scared the holy crap out of me.
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post #16 of 38 Old 07-03-2014, 12:30 AM
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When I was a teenager, a friend and I were riding down an old, overgrown road of some type that dipped down then up again. All of a sudden both our horses sank up to their bellies in swamp. The horses panicked and so did we. They both kind of reared up then lunged forward until they got to solid ground. It was all over in about 15 or 20 seconds but 30+ years later I still remember that sickening feeling that we were all going to be sucked into the muck and die.
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post #17 of 38 Old 07-03-2014, 01:37 AM Thread Starter
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Wow, loving everyone's stories! Surprised this was so popular, hehe, but then again horse riding is pretty dangerous... (which is why I love it)

I just remembered another terrifying mishap on my gelding. About a week after I brought him, I was riding him bareback. He'd picked up this habit of bolting (because he was bored) but I'm very silly, so I was also riding him on the buckle. All of a sudden he just galloped off straight for the electric fence, leaped it, with me still on his back, continued on towards trees, which unfortunately hit me in the face (I got clotheslined). Which was, of course, when I fell off. Naughty horses! (;
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post #18 of 38 Old 07-03-2014, 07:13 PM
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I can remember one scary ride, we had just moved our horses out to summer pasture, a 50 acre farm. There were a few other horses that were moved out there at the same time. I must point out that I was young and I would never do something like this now. The next day my sister and I went out to see the horses, they were all at the back of the farm so we got a rope and halter and a pail with grain in it to go out and get our 4 horses. When we got back there our mare came up to us and we gave her a treat and put the halter on, I got on and my sister got up behind me and we started back to the barn. Well all the other horses and our other 3 started crowding around, our walk became a trot, then a canter and there we were galloping along this field in a bunch of running horses. It finally dawned on me that the attraction was the pail of grain that my sister was holding and I told her to throw the pail and the other horses swung off to check out the pail and I was able to slow our mare down to a nice jog and we continued on to the barn with our other 3. We would often ride with just a rope and halter so I wasn't expecting the ride we had but the problem was the other horses wanted the grain.
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post #19 of 38 Old 07-03-2014, 11:52 PM
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I think the most scared I can ever remember being on a horse was when I was about 10 and my uncle took my sister and I on a horse trek - the only riding I had ever done was trekking at a walk and trot, and perhaps the odd lazy canter. On the way back for some reason my horse bolted and I did the worst thing you can probably do which was scream. No idea how long we went for until he finally stopped but I screamed the entire time - poor horse. To his credit he stopped at the top of a rather steep hill, I definitely would have come off if he hadn't.
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post #20 of 38 Old 07-04-2014, 12:11 AM
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One time when I was a young teen I went on a trail ride with a lady which was nothing unusual, I trail rode a lot. I lead down a trail that looked fine but was actually very deep, mucky mud. My horse flailed about and I fell off, his hoof landed less than a foot by my head. I was wearing a helmet but still. Another time we were running almost full out (he was a very fast horse) and the trail suddenly veered at a 90 degree angle and there was a low lying branch. First I was amazed how agile he was to navigate that turn with such dexterity, and I literally had to hang off the side to avoid the branch as stopping was not an option. Thankfully neither turned out bad.
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