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post #21 of 28 Old 01-28-2009, 05:18 PM
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I have to say I'm w. you on NOT holding on to the reins, I have taken three pretty hard falls and I know I didn't try to hold on to the reins. I'd rather walk then have broken bones or worse. And I also know about the confidence thing. It takes some time to get back to were you were.
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post #22 of 28 Old 01-30-2009, 05:40 PM
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Lmao I fell off at a gallop once. I asked my horse to turn one way, he not-so-politely refused and went the other. Of course, as stubborn as I am, I insisted on still going the way I planned on going.

Definitely didn't hold onto the reins there. I forgot.
Messed up my hip pretty bad and broke a rib or two. Obviously, being super smart, I got right back on once I caught him and rode some more totally disregarding the fact that I could barely walk back to the barn. Throughout the hip injury it never hurt to ride, for some reason.

However, I never really had the confidence issue I thought I would. I fell off, couldn't move, called my friend to come get me, then got back on. I was just glad I wasn't too hurt to ride. Next time I galloped, didn't even blink. I don't know WHY, but I just was not nervous/scared. Probably because it was my own stupid fault for galloping towards the barn trying to catch my friend's horse who had just fallen on top of her and ran away... of course he picked THAT day to be faster than Beau.

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post #23 of 28 Old 01-30-2009, 06:02 PM
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I try not to hold onto the reins when I fall off or get bucked off. If I fall from one of my broke horses, they will go a few more feet and then stop and look at me. Gotta love a ground tied horse!! If I fall from a young horse, you can never really be sure what they will do if you keep ahold of the reins, they could try to get away or they could follow the bit pressure and end up on top of you. I tried to hold on one time and ended up with a horrible leather burn on my left hand all the way around because the rein ended up wrapped around my hand when the horse started his bronco routine. I can only imagine how bad it could have been if it hadn't come off my hand.

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post #24 of 28 Old 01-30-2009, 06:21 PM
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If its at low speed and you don't fall far from your horsie, I hold on. But if your flung into the middle of a field/arena or onto the other side of a jump, let go ALL of my falls have been pathetic/own stupidity ones I fell off on the road and moo shied at me and was like Why are you lying on the floor?

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post #25 of 28 Old 01-30-2009, 06:26 PM
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Sometimes when I fall off (which is not often, actually) it's a reflex; & I'll hold onto the reins...but then I drop them right when I am about to hit the ground. Sometimes I catch myself & just drop them right then & there, 'cause I don't want to knock the horse in the mouth. It happens though, & you can't help it sometimes.

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post #26 of 28 Old 01-30-2009, 07:43 PM
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I think its kinda pointless to hold on. I would be more worried about me than the horse running around, and if the horse steps on the reins then its the horses fault for doing the dumb thing that made you fall off to begin with.

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post #27 of 28 Old 01-31-2009, 05:07 AM
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All I can say is I'm rather impressed at all the people who can decide and analyse the situation of whether or not to hold on in the second it takes to hit the ground!! When I fall off, I just fall...
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post #28 of 28 Old 02-01-2009, 06:10 PM
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I normally let go.. I've beaten my predator instinct to grab stuff way too far :P

I can see why you shouldn't hold on, I had a pony stepping on my chest after falling off and holding the reins.

But I'm not sure my horse would stay if I fell off either, if he got scared by it.

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