Hmmm, I started riding very young (less than 2 years of age) but as best as my memory serves me, I think I was about 4 or 5 when I fell off the first time. I remember we were riding in one of the cow pastures to check the cows. We had just walked through some water by the dugout and my Appaloosa pony, Cheyenne, decided to shake. I shook right off of him, and I remember I landed underneath him. He didn't move one step though.
My worst "fall" was not me falling off the horse, but the horse falling. I was training a 3-yr-old filly. Super sweet, wonderful fillly. Never so much as pinned an ear in her life. I was loping some circles with her in the summerfallow field and the next thing I knew, I was walking home and holding my arm that hurt. The best that we could piece together (since I was knocked out) is that she tripped over her own feet, and rolled all the way over. There was dirt on my saddle, and I remember I was loping her to the left. Which would make sense since my right arm and left leg hurt. Thankfully, nothing was broken.
I had some naseau and dizziness the next morning so we went to the ER. Had a concussion, of course. But nothing was broken and my horse was fine too. Just one of those freak accidents.
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