My worst fall was just over a year ago while I was searching for a horse to buy.. I lunged this horse that had been out of work several months due to the owner living in Australia, and leaving her mother with the horses.. There were a few bucks etc in the lunging, nothing I couldnt sit though.. So I got on and had the owners mother lead me around seeing as he hadn't been ridden for a while.. Our second circle of walk, and I had been on him less than 2 minutes and he turned bronc.. Absolutely crazy. He went right off his nut and wanted me off bad, he went up and down a few times as the owners mum fled out of the way (I would have too!) and as he threw his last buck he twisted his bum around to the left and fled to the right in mid buck, leaving me with no horse underneath me, and coming down fast. Landed on my side and rolled over to see him still going hard around the paddock. Owners mum told me to stay put, not even to sit up, she put horse away and her and my mum helped me off the ground (which was VERY hard I found out). Nothing was broken, but it was the longest and most painful ride to the hospital I have ever had (and I've had plenty) but lots of my body was bruised and sprained, I couldn't walk right or ride for over a month.. I'm just lucky I never hit my head, even though I was wearng a helmet (brand spanking new!!) I come down from over 2 metres off the ground.. That helmet wouldn't have done too much should I have landed on my head/neck.
Lesson learnt... Never be the first person to get on a horse you don't know.. MAKE the owner, or another person whom knows said horse, get on before you do.. I have enough problems with my back, don't need more.
Although in saying that, my worst fall was definately not as bad as some on here, but it was my worst.
R.I.P ~ Bubbles - 25yo tb mare - 13.04.2011 ~ 8:30am ~ passed away naturally and peacefully in my arms