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        04-23-2008, 12:14 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    I have fallen off a few times...not many (i almost did one time.....it would have killed me )

    Any way....FALL ONE

    I was coming back from a trail ride and vince was fighting for his head and prancing a little bit. I held him back until we were right at the end of the ride...about 50-60 metres away from all the others. Suddlenly vince did a massive buck...now he's bucked heaps of times among other naughty things like taking off and jumping out off the arena and i've stayed on (my family/friends/instructor call me super-glue sometimes ......i guess i've just gotten used to him ) but this buck wasn't like any of the others and although I was ready for his 'naughtyness' I wasn't ready for this. I came over his back and hit my head pretty bad.....i actually blacked out for a minute! My first thought when I came to was if vince was ok. I could see him from where I was lying and he had the reins caught in his front legs. I actually tried to get up and walk over to him but the person tending me wouldn't let me...i had to answer some questions first to check for concussion. After I was cleared I was given some water and the option to get a ride in the car but I said no and hopped back on vince......he was fine on the ride home....perfect in fact!

    It was completely my fault......i held him back (he was at the front to start with) making him go a bit crazy and try to rush to catch up with his mates.

    Just a little fall wouldn't make me stop riding forever.....i'm not that stupid....i think I would die of boredom and grief if I decided to stop riding!

    For this one I hurt my wrist minorly, got a few bruises and a blood nose but that was it.

    FALL TWO (an embarrasing one.....in the show ring )

    I had been trotting around in the circle and vince was going fine if a little too excited....then the lady asked for a canter. I got him into a canter fine but about 2 or 3 strides in he planted his feet and let off another buck....this time a bigger one...i was ready for it but got thrown off balance..actually I was kinda hanging off the side with my arms around his neck! I tried to scramble onto his back because by this time vince had stopped cantering and was walking. I gave up and kinda let go. I got up from the ground and brushed myself off.....then I caught vince, remounted and asked for a canter.
    I didn't win or even place this class but if there was one I think I wouldv'e won wierdest riding position!

    (almost) FALL THREE - the one that almost killed me

    I had been out riding with my friends and on the way home vince started to canter....i couldn't stop him and he was getting faster and faster. Mum had shut the driveway gate without us knowing and that's where vince was headed. The gate was an old style one....with spikes....sharpish spikes. By this time we were 50 metres from home and I could see that the gate was closed. I tried and tried to stop him and turn him around but he just kept going....about 50cms away from the gate vince swerved. I was hanging off the side about 10cms away from those deadly spikes....i was absolutely terrified. If we had've been just 10 cms closer to the gate before he swerved or if he had've stopped and sent me over I probably wouldn't be here....
         
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        04-23-2008, 01:41 PM
      #22
    Yearling
    When I was 16 I was being stupid, riding my horse bareback in an open field with just a halter and a lead rope.

    We were galloping and she spooked.... I went sailing over her head and broke my lower back.

    That was 21 yrs ago.

    I still ride. I just try to be safer.

    However, my darling Angel tossed me off about 2.5 months ago. To this day I am not sure what happened but next thing I know, I was up over the horn and landed into a round pen metal fence. Broke ribs in front and back on my right side. They are almost completely healed now though.

    What kept me riding? The love for horses of course
         
        04-24-2008, 01:07 AM
      #23
    Showing
    Hey some new photos I got today, some before and after shots. The second photo was taken 10 months after the first x-ray. Was taken just last week.

         
        04-24-2008, 01:34 AM
      #24
    Banned
    I have fallen off heaps, I have even fallen on my knees, lol. But I have never broken anything, the worst injury was just a large graze on my arm! 8)
    Wow M2G, those are some bad falls! They look very painful !!!
         
        04-24-2008, 07:54 AM
      #25
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kim_angel
    When I was 16 I was being stupid, riding my horse bareback in an open field with just a halter and a lead rope.

    We were galloping and she spooked.... I went sailing over her head and broke my lower back.

    That was 21 yrs ago.

    I still ride. I just try to be safer.

    However, my darling Angel tossed me off about 2.5 months ago. To this day I am not sure what happened but next thing I know, I was up over the horn and landed into a round pen metal fence. Broke ribs in front and back on my right side. They are almost completely healed now though.

    What kept me riding? The love for horses of course
    Gosh Kim I didn't know you had fallen from Angel :( Glad you are on the mend.
         
        04-24-2008, 12:18 PM
      #26
    Showing
    Wow M2G. I'm glad you're okay though.
    I never have broken a bone either, & I don't plan on it hopefully lol.
    & K_A aww I'm glad you're ok.
         
        04-24-2008, 04:57 PM
      #27
    Showing
    No no, my fall was quite lame! I have some neat photos to show but the fall was pretty lame. All of you guys have had much worst falls than me.

    Let's hear more!
         
        04-26-2008, 02:41 PM
      #28
    Foal
    A couple of years ago, there was this trainer who came to the barn that I now board at. Then I was just excersising horses for people, and once the trainer decided that I was a good enough rider for him, he would pick horses out for me to ride. Most of the time they were safe, and I never fell of any of them. This horse gave me a run for my money.

    One day, I came to the barn and he had a 5 year old gelding out, already tacked up. He told me to hurry up and grab a helmet, and that I was riding this horse. I ran back to the barn, grabbed my helmet and chaps and got on.

    The gelding and I walked about halfway around the ring when one of the huge biting flys landed on him. He flipped out and took off bucking like a freaking rodeo horse. I managed to stay on for about 3 bucks, and then flipped over his shoulder, landing flat on my back and directly below his feet. He bucked again, and his left front foot missed my forehead by 2 inches. The only thing I remember about that fall was the view of his hoof coming down nearly directly for my head, I don't even recall any pain.

    Once he stopped bucking, I caught him, remounted and finished out the ride, he was fantastic after that. Everyone was shocked that I got back up, I was only 14 at the time. I've always been the kind of kid that gets up on anything and is to stubborn to be afraid of anything (other than my best friend's demon Arabian mares xD).

    Another bad one was on my horse. I was riding him to tire him about before a trail ride, and I decided to jump a line of jumps.

    They were little, only about two feet, maybe a little over. We cantered up to the first one, and he took off perfectly, but as he was taking off, my right stirrup fell off the saddle. I don't think it was attached properly, and now I check it before every ride xD.

    Its ridiculously startling to all of a sudden not have anything to support half of your weight as you're jumping, so I came off while he was going over the jump. Somehow I managed to hit my kneecap on the jump (which was a good solid jump), and I must've slid about 6 or 7 feet from where I actually landed.

    He's such a good boy, though, and he made a valiant effort to not step on me, and came to a halt as soon as he could. He turned around and looked at me like I was an idiot, though

    I had sooo much dirt and sand down my breeches and shirt. It was disgusting, and my knee was all busted open and bleeding. Before I even cleaned my knee up, I fixed my stirrup and jumped the line again, and this time it was perfect xD And I still made it on the trail ride!

    I make it a point to get right back up, no matter what has happened to me, the one time I didn't, I didn't ride for about half a year and I was miserable.
         
        04-29-2008, 09:44 AM
      #29
    Green Broke
    I was cantering my pony Thunder (who likes to spook for fun). We hit a wet patch of mud he spooked and fell over on my leg, broke it in 3 places. I had a cast up to my hip and I couldn't ride for 6 months.
         
        04-29-2008, 11:43 AM
      #30
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by .Delete.
    I was cantering my pony Thunder (who likes to spook for fun). We hit a wet patch of mud he spooked and fell over on my leg, broke it in 3 places. I had a cast up to my hip and I couldn't ride for 6 months.
    That's a good one.
         

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