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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