Well, I have the scariest, and the worst. The scariest, I was teaching a horse to trot jumps. He was a very accomplished Argentinian show jumper, but somehow the trot jumps part of his training never happened. So we were doing that, and at one of the first crossrails he stopped DIRTY. He was even kind enough to lower his neck so I would have an easier time coming off xD
Well, I tumbled right over his head, and landed right on the top of mine. I sumersaulted, but got right back up, wasn't hurt or anything. But the thing that scared the absolute **** out of me was that as I landed on my head, I heard my neck crack. That was just the most sickening noise, and it really woke me up to the fact that this sport is so dangerous. I had had falls previously, more serious falls even, but just hearing my neck go crack crack pop crack....jeez.
I have two tied for worst falls. The first was like 6 years ago. I was riding a new horse, and my trainer warned me that she really liked to take super long distances. So we did our courses, and of course she chipped every single jump. On the last fence of the last course I got ready for her to chip again....but she took it long. I went off the side and landed on my back, right on the pole. I sprained my back on that fall, and still suffer from the injury years later, my back is terribly messed up now. That was the fall that ruined my confidence, and started my jumping ahead problem that continues to this day.
And then my most recent fall....it was totally my fault, I was a complete idiot. Blue hadn't been ridden in 3 days, and I knew it, it was about to thunderstorm, and I got on anyway. Did our warm up and jumped a bit, all was fine. We were taking a walk break, and someone came down to the ring to say hi, and asked if I wanted them to open the gate to go out, and I said "oh, no, we're gunna do one more jump and then we'll be done." Stupid, stupid Cathy. Just cantering around the corner after the jump, Blue spooked and took off. He bucked a few times and started lunging forward, and that was it. I came off the aide, flipped in the air, and smacked my whole right side against the fence. It turned out that I had broken two fingers, but I didn't realize it at the time. My first clue was I was going to get back on, and I had to bump the saddle up. I was tying to redo the girth, but my hand just wouldn't work. I was very confused haha. I ended up getting back on and doing the jump again, without knowing I had broken my fingers xD my first and only broken bones :)
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