Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
I've had three 'official' falls, now... (as in, both me and the horse fell, and not just me falling off, lol...)
First one: My mare Gypsie and I were riding down a hill on the side of the road at night. I had been up to my uncles and had found out that he and his son had been stealing my tack (halters, bridles, saddle-blankets, etc...). We had gotten into a large fight and I had taken my stuff, gotten on my horse, and was headed home. I probably had about thirty or more pounds of tack in my arms and couldn't hold the reins very well... My mare slipped and the bank we were riding on caved in with us and we went down and she rolled over my leg. I was fine, and I did get all my stuff back home and all locked up, but Gypsie ended up with a 'sprained' fetlock and was out of commission for a few weeks.
Second one: Same mare, Gypsie... and once again, we were riding on a hill. We'd trotted up the hill, and were slowing down to a walk (we had been in a very fast trot)... when she somehow got her legs tangled up and trotted/cantered down the hill trying to keep her balance. We fell near the base of the hill and rolled to a stop in a driveway. Gypsie skinned her shoulder up so badly that I had to call the vet out on an emergency basis and I had road-rash from the fall, but nothing worse. It took her over a month to heal up.
Third one: This one has been my most recent fall and the worst. I went riding in a group and took my gelding Dakota. My oldest younger cousin took her greenbroke mare, and said mare ran away with her. Dakota decided to bolt after the mare and refused to stop. He tried to take a ninety-degree angle turn from one road onto another at a full gallop and his hooves slid out from under him due to the gravel. He fell right on top of me and crushed me. He was barely injured at all (guess I cushioned his fall) but I spent several hours in the ER... I had to have my leg stitched up, had to have all sorts of x-ray's done, they thought I'd broken my chin-bone, my hand was all skinned up, and I'd dislocated my jaw... I was on crutches for about two weeks and wore ankle and leg braces for a few weeks longer because I could barely support my own weight... Even now, a few months later (this fall happened in February), I still can't ride much due to knee problems that my doctor's are trying to figure out what is wrong, because something didn't heal up correctly...
I now wear a helmet when riding.
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)