I've been riding for years and just had my first fall today. We were working in the arena, and its pretty windy out today. We were going my the rail when one of the lawn chairs blew over. OMG! He thought it was going to eat him! He spooked sideways like lightening before I even registered what haappened. I managed to stay on for the spook, but then he started to bolt while still going sideways and I started to slip off the side. Figured I was comming off eventually anyways, so kicked my feet out of the stirrups and through myself sideways off of him. Hit the ground kind of hard, but managed to roll a bit and keep my head from hitting (don't worry, I had my helmet on). Unfortunately, my butt, wrist and leg took the brunt of the fall, and are a bit sore. Nothings broken thank god, just bruised.
I managed to calm him down and get back on to do a few more laps of the arena but couldn't do much more than that as my butts killing me, so we did some lunging and groundwork instead.
I've managed to stay on some pretty crazy horses, but I knew I would come off eventually, and guessed he would be the one that would throw me first. Lol.
Note to self- don't ride him when its really windy out until he's completely broke!
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