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post #21 of 30 Old 06-11-2013, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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That's good to hear... It looked like the bridle was tangled up on his back legs, and he was picking up speed, so I was concerned. Quite amazing that neither horse or rider were hurt!

Agreed, I was worried about that too, but there was nothing I found, so I'd assume that the horse was ok. I think the bridle would just have given up on life at the point it was pulled between front of back legs, that's a lot of force and power.
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My mother had me practice these off a neighbor's porch rail even before I was riding much. I served me well on the few occasions I've needed it. I made my kids learn, too.
Same here with my mom. Then it was on a line. I've only had to bail a couple of times but was very glad to have had that in the toolbelt when I did.

It's something I teach all of my students as well. Along with stern warning that it is only for absolute emergencies and most bumps in the road are easily worked through with a bit of effort.

And to add, xc folks get my utmost respect. It looks insanely fun but when it came down to it, I don't know if I have the guts.
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Oh my tracer that sounds scary!
^^^ ditto

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It's something I teach all of my students as well. Along with stern warning that it is only for absolute emergencies and most bumps in the road are easily worked through with a bit of effort.


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I so echo this. I am against emergency dismounts in general. I think you put the horse in that position, you get them out of it. But in a very rare occasion, it has it's place.
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I emergency dismounted on saturday. I never normaly get off a horse in any situation. But Reeco's saddle had slipped and I was on his side (along with saddle) with no way of getting back on and Reeco was panicing (which for him means bolting), so I dismounted.
Had absolutly no chance of landing on my feet but didnt hurt myself!

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Oh wow - glad horse and rider are okay.

I was never taught the emergency dismount but bailed purposely once. That is when the little brut of a horse I was riding decided to bolt and wouldn't listen to anything. He went straight into the woods and one particular tree was coming up and it didn't look like we would have enough clearance so I bailed. Horse scraped up my saddle and about took off the stirrup, but at least it wasnt my leg!

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That was one heck of a recovery!

As soon as I have little children off the lead rein - or, if they are bigger on a lead, emergency dismounts. They do not realise what it is but by getting them "Off your pony and onto the one in front" they will quickly jump off their ponies and change onto the one ahead. Soon they are doing it at a walk, trot and eventually canter.

Playing gymkhana games which involve jumping off at a canter/gallop (and back on) all stands in good stead for events such as that shown.

Many the time I bailed out for safety reason and landed running on my feet holding the reins.
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^^^ ditto
It was, believe me! But things worked out fine - my horse was absolutely fine, and I was only sore for around 48 hours - as I fell I hit a chain link fence, 'bounced' up the hill, then rolled down the hill to hit the fence again. As the people where I agist said, I should've had a video camera - might have won me some money on 'Funniest Home Videos'!

On a similar train of thought to the emergency dismount, have any of you ever seen the video (that I now can't find) that was about 'safe falling'? They had a mechanical horse that flipped forward like it was bucking and it threw its rider over the front, where they would practice rolling as they hit the ground (which was a gym mat). It was both amusing and a really clever idea.
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It was, believe me! But things worked out fine - my horse was absolutely fine, and I was only sore for around 48 hours - as I fell I hit a chain link fence, 'bounced' up the hill, then rolled down the hill to hit the fence again. As the people where I agist said, I should've had a video camera - might have won me some money on 'Funniest Home Videos'!

On a similar train of thought to the emergency dismount, have any of you ever seen the video (that I now can't find) that was about 'safe falling'? They had a mechanical horse that flipped forward like it was bucking and it threw its rider over the front, where they would practice rolling as they hit the ground (which was a gym mat). It was both amusing and a really clever idea.
YES! I did see the video you're referring to! It was a number of jockeys demo-ing how to do a "proper duck and roll" if their race horse was to stumble and fall down to it's knees at full speed, thus preventing being trampled or rolled upon if the horse was to flip...

I "believe", & I'm not 100% certain, but think, in fact, that what the video was was the "test process" that jockeys and riders at tracks who are responsible for "breezing the horses", I believe it's called, would have to pass with efficacy prior to being permitted to ride for that racetrack. From what I can remember, it was an insurance requirement for them to be fairly good at getting themselves out if the path of a galloping horse if the horse was to go down.

They were on this mechanical dummy horse (shaped like the "bull" at bats which offer "bull-rides"), and the dummy-horse would roll forward on a track, stopping at the end of the track, and the back end of the "horse" would then fly up, flinging the rider forward suddenly, & the rider would then "tuck and roll", while simultaneously moving their path a bit to the side of where the track the mechanical horse would've traveled if it had been able to keep rolling forward. Very cool! They landed on these super thick blue gymnastics mats...It looked like a great skill to have! :0)
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Yep, that's the one! Personally I think it should be a common training tool - you don't really think to practice falling when you're actually doing it...
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