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....