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    04-30-2013, 03:53 PM
  #11
Weanling
My worst fall was November 2011. I had bought my mare the summer before, she was in training and going beautifully, then at the end of summer I moved her home. Almost immediately after she injured herself and required 6 weeks stall rest. Our barn situation was not ideal, I was blinded by a lot of things I would never now be blinded by. That likely makes no sense, but I'd rather not go into great detail on a public forum. Anyway, after 6 weeks I did bring her back into light work. There were a LOT of things coming into play at that time. One night I got on to ride, walked halfway around the arena and she exploded. Took off sideways into a bucking spree. I stayed on for about 10 large bucks, then bailed. I knew if I had stayed on and let her eventually toss me things would have been a whole lot worse. I wound up slipping a disc and breaking a vertebrae in my lower back, along with a sprained neck and bad concussion. I should have been in a full back & neck brace, but because of swelling they could not detect the break until about 10 days later and at that point it had healed "too much" to be in a brace.

1 month later we moved. Immediately upon entering the new barn my mare was at home. Before that, she was never at home, she was not herself (part of why my fall happened). For a very long time I blamed myself for everything that went on, and truthfully it was all my fault, but I have learned not to dwell on it. I don't see it that way anymore, other than myself being blinded to some things I'd rather not admit on here. My doctor told me not to ride until about 3 months later. I had an amazing friend and my boyfriend help me along the way, keep her in shape until (and after) that point. At the 3 month mark I was SO nervous. I stayed on a short lunge line walking around for months. I knew my mare was completely sane, that nothing would phase her, but mentally I was far from okay. My mare is a saint, 100%. I had good rides and bad rides after that, rides where I would get off crying because I was scared she would do something, but not once did she try anything. In the past few months now things have changed immensely. 9/10 times I have an amazing ride. I am so much more confident in myself and in her. I would trust her with anyone and in just about any situation. Things changed for us after that move, my mare was back to being her sweet & docile self. I remember in the weeks after I fell, nearly every single person who knew of my fall was telling me how I needed to donate my mare to a rescue because she was nasty and would end up killing a person. Nearly no body would believe me that was NOT her. She is not hot or flighty. I can pull her out of the field after 2 weeks and lightly lunge at a slow trot for all of 5 minutes, jump on her bareback in her halter and she's fine. I could stick a baby on her and she wouldn't even consider trying anything.

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    04-30-2013, 05:07 PM
  #12
Yearling
Scariest... I was learning to ride my first horse and was teaching myself and breaking myself at the same time. Of course a horrible combination. I knew nothing really and she was backing up and I was pulling on the reins harder and harder... Long story short, she reared and flipped over. Thankfully I flew out of the saddle and she only ended up landing on my leg. I walked away with a bruised hip and a scratched saddle.

The worst fall I've had was when I got bucked off my gelding while cantering down a gravel road. I went over his head and landed on my head. I gave myself a concussion from it, and my balance hasn't ever been the same. I have no problem while riding, but occasionally I get a bit dizzy if while just standing there.
Moral of the story, wear a helmet!
     
    04-30-2013, 05:23 PM
  #13
Yearling
Riding for 45 years means there's no way I'll remember all the falls I've ever had. I can remember coming off a horse at full run when I first started working cattle and all I did was roll, get up and get back on (after she stopped and came back for me....that was a great horse) with no injury at all (still not sure how I didn't break my neck).
There are actually two that stand out as being exceptionally bad (when measured by the level of pain and the recovery time). One was from working with a new, young horse that I came off of (more embarrassing when you consider she wasn't trying to throw me) and hit something solid enough to crack some ribs. I can remember coughing, clearing my throat, even breathing hurt for weeks.
The second was the probably the more interesting. I came off a head strong mare who desided to take matters unto herself and run away with her rider. I got on her to let her try and run away with me, but she didn't so I took her for a few good runs. On the third run she did a hard turn to the right and I came off on the left landing on my wallet . Result was a deep bruse on the left butt cheek that hurt for 3 weeks, didn't show brusing for the first week and took 4 weeks before all the blood had been worked out of the injury (after being pushed through and brusing parts of the leg and foot). For "seriousness" it wasn't a bad injury (have had worst), but it was a major pain in the "left butt cheek" and resulted in more pain than most of my injuries.
I know people worry about their "heads" and wear helmets, but I've found that I've never (knock on wood) suffered anything close to a head injury nor have 95% of the riders I know. Arms, legs and torso are a different story. I've found that the torso injuries tend to be the worst for me with the longest recovery time. My neck and back are the two areas I worry the most about injuring since they are the injuries that are likely to end my life (or worse....my ability to ride )
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    04-30-2013, 09:48 PM
  #14
Yearling
Worst fall I ever had was when I was trail riding with some friends with my old horse, Chief.

We were going just for a quick trail ride and we were planning on spending the night at the barn. We were doing just a casual jog/trot along the road on the neighbor's property (the only thing between us and the road was a ditch). The barn was right across the street. We then broke out into a calm/collected canter then one of the girl's horses broke into a dead gallop. I swear this horse's stomach was 2 inches from the ground. Being courageous and cocky I was, I chased after her with my horse (out of the horses--Chief would be the only one to be able to catch up to her).

There is a small bridge that connects the neighbor's property to the road so that you don't have to go through the ditch. I saw that the girls horse went through on the bridge and all I can remember was thinking, "Oh sh--"

From what my friends told me, Chief didn't make it all the way on the bridge and his right hind leg slipped, falling on me and skidding both of us 6ft onto the road. I think I saw him get up and run back to the barn, falling in the ditch that separated the barn from the road.

It wasn't lovely...At all.
     
    05-01-2013, 12:59 AM
  #15
Foal
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 going to 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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    05-01-2013, 01:13 AM
  #16
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I really do not know what I would call my worse fall - there have been way to many of them.

Some ended with a stay in hospital, other with broken bones. All bar three ended with me getting back on the horse. Those three were because I was injured enough not to get back on.

I have been left hanging by the seat of my britches from a jump cup in the arena, I have fallen at the walk, trot, canter and gallop. Some fall have happened out Fox Hunting (Now that costs you 10 and makes you a member of the Tumblers Club and a good feast at the end of the season) eventing and show jumping.

I fell off one very rotund pony 17 times when I was determined to ride him in from the field to the stables without him stopping to eat in the field to the stables. He was a little toe rag, would yank his head down, veer off the track and trot fast down the hill stopping dead making me slide over his non existent withers over his head. As we were bareback and only had rope halters I would end up with the reins between my legs and he was fast to dart off tripping me when the rope pulled against my legs. Then I would have to catch him! I would lead him back to the gate and start again. I did it in the end! I am sure in retrospect that he was to full of fresh grass to bother to do it again!

Another pony that came to the riding school for training was a bucker. He could drop a rider in a nano second. I was given the job of riding him. Every time he dropped me I would clamber back on and start again. The surface of the arena was, at that time, cinders and I was black from the dust. I did ride him and he was fine after her realised that bucking meant that I would climb back on!
     
    05-01-2013, 01:39 AM
  #17
Green Broke
My worst fall came when my tank of a 16 hand quarter horse honey decided that an extended jog was not in her plans for the day. We were zooming along down a path when she hopped once bucked both hinds in the air, tripped, flipped, and rolled with the momentum. I hit the ground on my shoulder and back and the saddle landed on my chest. My head broke most if the fall and I heard rather than felt it thud against the ground.
I began coughing up blood after a bit and my mother rushed me to the hospital. After being ct scanned and given some demoral, it was determined that I had a mild concussion, fractured ribs, and a severly bruised lung that was in danger of collapsing. Definitely my worst.
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    05-01-2013, 03:59 PM
  #18
Weanling
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Originally Posted by beverleyy    
My worst fall was November 2011. I had bought my mare the summer before, she was in training and going beautifully, then at the end of summer I moved her home. Almost immediately after she injured herself and required 6 weeks stall rest. Our barn situation was not ideal, I was blinded by a lot of things I would never now be blinded by. That likely makes no sense, but I'd rather not go into great detail on a public forum. Anyway, after 6 weeks I did bring her back into light work. There were a LOT of things coming into play at that time. One night I got on to ride, walked halfway around the arena and she exploded. Took off sideways into a bucking spree. I stayed on for about 10 large bucks, then bailed. I knew if I had stayed on and let her eventually toss me things would have been a whole lot worse. I wound up slipping a disc and breaking a vertebrae in my lower back, along with a sprained neck and bad concussion. I should have been in a full back & neck brace, but because of swelling they could not detect the break until about 10 days later and at that point it had healed "too much" to be in a brace.

1 month later we moved. Immediately upon entering the new barn my mare was at home. Before that, she was never at home, she was not herself (part of why my fall happened). For a very long time I blamed myself for everything that went on, and truthfully it was all my fault, but I have learned not to dwell on it. I don't see it that way anymore, other than myself being blinded to some things I'd rather not admit on here. My doctor told me not to ride until about 3 months later. I had an amazing friend and my boyfriend help me along the way, keep her in shape until (and after) that point. At the 3 month mark I was SO nervous. I stayed on a short lunge line walking around for months. I knew my mare was completely sane, that nothing would phase her, but mentally I was far from okay. My mare is a saint, 100%. I had good rides and bad rides after that, rides where I would get off crying because I was scared she would do something, but not once did she try anything. In the past few months now things have changed immensely. 9/10 times I have an amazing ride. I am so much more confident in myself and in her. I would trust her with anyone and in just about any situation. Things changed for us after that move, my mare was back to being her sweet & docile self. I remember in the weeks after I fell, nearly every single person who knew of my fall was telling me how I needed to donate my mare to a rescue because she was nasty and would end up killing a person. Nearly no body would believe me that was NOT her. She is not hot or flighty. I can pull her out of the field after 2 weeks and lightly lunge at a slow trot for all of 5 minutes, jump on her bareback in her halter and she's fine. I could stick a baby on her and she wouldn't even consider trying anything.

Sorry that was a novel, lol
forgot to add that thankfully I was wearing my helmet! I landed on my head as I fell, and my helmet was cracked right through in numerous spots. I thank god every day that wasn't my head, and even though it was a nasty one, it could have been so much worse.
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    05-01-2013, 07:29 PM
  #19
Foal
When you deal with animals its always a when not if you get hurt. And how bad.
My worst was few years ago. I was riding around an arena on one of my geldings and out of nowhere(no one see it coming) he goes into rodeo bucking. Like all 4 off ground, grunting and twisting in air. I was using a different set of reins that day and one slipped out of my hands. As I tried to grab it he stomped on it and broke it off his bit and as he went back in air again he jerked sideways and I came off. But my left foot had become lodged in the stirrup. As he continued to buck I repeatedly was smacked on the ground then in air to wrap around his behind to hit my head into his right flank. I was finally dislodged from the stirrup when his hoof connected with my left legs inner thigh. I remember getting back on and going around the arena once and I remember un tacking him. After that I don't remember much until the next morning. I still deal with repercussions from that accident. Word of advise for those who do suffer an injury- Follow Your Doctors Instructions! They earned the Dr. They know what they are doing!
     
    05-03-2013, 05:01 PM
  #20
Weanling
Although I have been riding since about the time I could walk, I have been very blessed. I have been bucked off many times, but have never broken a bone.
My worst fall was about two years ago, and it was probably my fault. I had an awesome 5 year old palomino mare that I had been riding extensively since she was two. She was very broke, I could jump on her bare back in the pasture while she was grazing and she would just keep on grazing...Well, one day I had her in the arena and was going to lead her out to the pasture..I decided I was lazy and would just jump on her and ride her out to the pasture..should be fine right? Well she must've been excited, because as soon as I jumped on her, she started running down the fence line towards the open gate. I was trying to grab the lead rope on her halter to slow her down, and lost my balance as she let out a little buck. I fell off on the fence side, slamming my foot into a steel fence post at a run. It was the worst pain I've ever felt in my life. By the time I got to the ER, I had a grapefruit as an ankle. I thought for sure it was broken, but turns out it was just badly sprained. The Dr. Actually said I would've been better off breaking it, because it would heal faster! Well, crutches, an air cast, and lots of physical therapy later..I am much better, but my ankle is still much weaker than my other ankle, and if I put too much strain on it (like running) it starts to hurt again. Let's just say I learned my lesson!! But of course I was back to riding as soon as the air cast was off ... ;)
     

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