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post #11 of 33 Old 02-21-2013, 10:57 PM
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Bucked off of a young mare and landed square on my head... so lucky to have a helmet.

Bolted with many times and had my hand sliced open by what I'm guessing was the horse's hoof?

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post #12 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 02:00 AM
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Oh my gosh where to start!

Bucked off donkey: broken nose
Bucked off appaloosa: broken shoulder
Slung into tree: pretty severe concussion
Full gallop into steel cable horse flips lands right on me: broken wrist, severe concussion (forgot that me and my boyfriend were no longer together and that I had a new boyfriend... Awkward moment when I asked who that was in my room)

Most recent horrible thing... Petting Mr. Stud Horse when out of absolutely no where he rears back and lunges forward, grabbing me by my breast. Luckily I had on a thick shirt, only broke a little skin but bruised the ever living crap out of it. My girl looked like a watermelon for a few weeks and hurt like you know what!!! Me and stud horse aren't on petting terms anymore
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post #13 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 02:10 AM
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I've had enough falls I should be the freaking golden queen of horses.

Been bucked off and broke two ribs.
Dismounted and got kicked and broke two ribs.
Flew off over the horses head and broke a finger.
Got flipped on and rolled over and pulled all my groin muscles.
Got drug by a lasso and tore all my foot muscles.
Got bucked off into a metal fence and got winded.
Got clothes lined by a tree and rolled off the butt.
Got ran over while leading a horse and tore my calf muscle (still indented).
Got ran into a barrel and chipped my chin bone.
Got ran into a tree and had my knees taken out numerous times.
Had my fingers chomped on and had to punch several times in order to get them released.
I don't fall gracefully, so the numerous times I've landed looking up at the sun flat on my back, I've developed arthritis in discs four and five. I'm sure I also twisted my pelvis.

That's it for now... LOL
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post #14 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 03:09 AM
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I have nothing to share that is close to some of these injuries! Ouch!
Thankfully (knock on wood) I have never been severely (or even badly) injured by a horse. I will share my mild ones though....

-Many years ago, I would ride our pony with a bareback pad after it rained and she felt good so bucked me off on more than one occassion (I lasted like the first 3-4 bucks then went flying).

-When I got my horse, my trainer at the time was afraid to ride him as he reared with him (he also reared with me), so he said he would not ride him anymore and would only give me lessons (he was a big chicken obviously). The horse was green, especially over fences (and was very far from brave over fences). While in a jumping lesson, the horse ran out of the jump and my leg/foot got caught on the standard. I go pulled off and the standard landed on me. My horse ran back to his stall....

-I was talking care of a lady's huge German Warmblood Cross yet she always failed to inform me of vital information about her. The first time, she asked me to ride the horse when she went out of town. She said the bareback pad was fine to use, and told me to use it. We were trotting in the arena and all of a sudden she took off BUCKING huge bucks like a mad horse. I decided to bail (rather than fall and get trampled) so I jumped off and landed on my feet. The second incident was when I was to hand walk the horse. The owner failed to tell me NOT to walk her past the jump field, so I did.... and then she turned into a 2000 pound flying kite, leaping, jumping, and soaring in the air (all four feet almost over my head). The owner kept dismissing the severity of what happened, so I stopped helping her.

-Walked by a petting zoo with somebody and stopped to pet the little mini they had tacked up and tied to the tree (in access to the public, not behind a fence or anything). The little bugger bit me in the stomach. Yeah... really kid safe.

-My horse and I were cantering and he tripped and fell to his knees/shoulders, I flew off over his shoulder and rolled over to see his nose and front hoove coming right for my face. Luckly, I moved in time.

-Most recent (today...) I got off my other horse and we were leaving the arena. I opened the gate and went to walk him through. He cut too close to the gate door and the saddle rammed into the gate. He freaked out, bolted (while further pushing the gate), the gate pushed me, and I flew to the ground. I still had the reins in my right hand and was SO thankful he continued freaking out mainly in place and did not run forward. We wil be making very WIDE turns from now on....

Thankfully, my incidents are more of luck than injury!
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post #15 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 04:03 AM
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If the '100 falls to be a good rider' theory is true, I must be getting close! Luckily though, I've only had one severe one. But here's a little list to show my luck! Might also give some insight into my recurring fear of cantering...

- Showing off cantering bareback, got distracted and collected my forehead on a low tree branch. I was sore, but otherwise fine.
- Cantering on a trail ride, both stirrups fell off. I wrapped my arms around the horses neck and ended up hanging underneath her (I was veeery little back in those days!)
- Cantering on a trail ride and the horse sideswiped a tree and took skin off my leg, though my jeans were fine.
- Cantering same horse as above, he sidestepped and I came off onto a massive anthill. No bites though, but did hurt my back.
- Cantering for the first time in a long time on a strange horse. Came off and missed hitting a cavaletti pole with my head by inches. Hurt my hip.
- Double barreled just below the butt by a Clydesdale cross mare who thought I was another horse trying to steal her food. A mere hour later I had to drive for 4 hours. Whilst sitting on an ice pack.
- Cantering my mare just after I bought her (trying to finish on a good note after she took off a little with my sister). She bolted, I came off. Ended up in hospital with a possible concussion, sore leg, sore arm and sore back (and head of course). Ended up being a twisted spine that fixed itself, bulging discs, and a fractured elbow that took 3 months to diagnose. It was after this fall that we also discovered I have arthrosis in my lumbar spine. And I'm only 21!
- 2 weeks after the above fall, I got back in the saddle. My dad wad leading me because the mare was being strange. She reared, headbutted me, and I came off. Needless to say, I fell on my head AGAIN and then proceeded to replace my helmet since it was now covered in grass stains and was 10 years old, anyway.

I think that's about it for impressive ones. I mustn't taste very good, because I don't think I've ever been bitten... But my feet have certainly been trodden on plenty of times!
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post #16 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 08:37 AM
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I was jumping a Standardbred x gelding named Sable who, my trainer failed to mention to me, hated puddles. As we were approaching the jump, he noticed the puddle on the other side and stopped dead half way over the fence lol. I came off and fell face first into the puddle! I had a face full of rocks and got a lot of dirt in my eye.. I got back on the horse though, and fell off every single time we came to that jump so I just decided to call it a day LOL

The second incident was (mostly) by my own stupidity. I was wearing flip-flops at the barn (yes, I know, dumb!) and was leading my horse down the barn isle. He just had new shoes put on that day and for some reason, he spooked. He trampled my big toe about 5 times until it was just about crushed. I had to have a hole drilled in the top of my toenail to release the blood and had a little cast put on it.

And the last incident was when I was free lunging a friend's horse in a round pen. He got a little excited and kicked out and connected with my shoulder. Didn't break it, but the bone was badly bruised! Ouch

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post #17 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 09:37 AM
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After 10 years of riding I've finally broke something! I'm getting my new gelding used to arena work. he spooked and I took a tumble. Broke my elbow, but that's it.
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post #18 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 02:10 PM
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A couple years ago I was at a party and these people had two horses. One was the sweetest mare named Sky who had just had a foal and the other was a horse named Flurry. Flurry was so mean. It was dark and I saw him and walked to him, stopped about three feet away and stuck my hand out. He sniffed it and next thing I know I was on the ground with a horse bucking and galloping away. I was only like 12 and it scared the crap outta me. I had a huge bruise on my toosh and apparently I was pale after this happened. That was the last time I trusted him.
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post #19 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 05:20 PM
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oh! I remember my worst one - my mare was shod and stepped on my foot (I was wearing leather hiking boots even) and then twisted her foot... ripped my big toe nail completely off ughhhhhhhh
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post #20 of 33 Old 02-22-2013, 06:06 PM
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Was rodeo bucked by a bat-crap crazy rescue mare and fractured my left ankle (foot tangled in the stirrup as I came off). Wasn't wearing a helmet, so blacked out momentarily, but luckily no concussion. Mare came after me while I was on the ground and I'm lucky my best friend was there to stop her. I still have problems with my ankle.
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