Originally Posted by Tracer
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)