Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
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!