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post #81 of 91 Old 06-14-2012, 02:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
I was riding this mare, she was my horse's pasture buddy at the time. She's green, known for bucking, sassy, but she's very attentive and willing. So I was schooling her for her owner. Walk and trot in figures, mainly serpentines and whatnot. Anyway We come down center-line and she starts bucking. I'm not prepared when she slams on the brakes and I pop off and land square on the top of my head. It hurt to look up or down.. I couldn't ride a horse for 2 months and even then it was only walk.

Turns out I had sprained my ankle, bruised my arms, and sprained my neck. It sucked..
The mare you described sounds just like my Arabella, minus the attentive and willing part :/ And yesterday I had a fall like yours where she slammed on the brakes, but instead of landing on top of my head she threw me onto the saddle horn landing on a very bad spot (now I'm not a boy, but let me tell you that hurt like no other) and then started bucking which threw me over her head and sent me into a dive roll! I guess it's a good thing I did gymnastics all those years hahaha

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post #82 of 91 Old 06-14-2012, 02:23 PM
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My horse reacted to two other horses freaking out and bolting. My horse did the spin, me still on, bolted, me still on, 2 bucks at the horses behind her, me still on, and the 3rd buck threw me off. I'm sitting here typing with a very painful, broken rib!
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post #83 of 91 Old 06-14-2012, 03:00 PM
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i trail ride but im going to share. i have two.
when i first started riding almost 7 years ago i only rode in my yard with my dad watching. well he went over the hill to do somthing and i decided to go through my nabors hayfield. 20ft through she started running, i gess beacuse of the wide open field. i went over her head and landed in a crouch on my feet. it was the first time galloping and my first fall.
the second was a few years later. me and a friend were raceing bareback and my horse started going twords the trailer cause she thought if she did we would quit riding. i tried to go back to the road but lost my balance and went over her head, agian. this time i didnt land so well. she stoped when i went over and landed infront of her and she was standing on my hair. I didnt get hurt eather time just sore.
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post #84 of 91 Old 06-14-2012, 03:43 PM
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Yehh everytime I would scream he would pace back and forth... I felt bad for him. But im just badly bruised. A few weeks of therapy and ill be ready to ride.
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post #85 of 91 Old 06-14-2012, 03:45 PM
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This is cheating since its about my husband but it was hilarious. So the hubby went and got his new glasses and when he got home he saddled up Bosley so I'm watching from our yard and all the sudden I notice that he is falling off sideways kind of like in slow motion, he literally landed like a sack of potatoes sound and all hehe I started laughing and he doesn't know if this horse is a take off kind of horse or not so he is yelling at me to come catch the horse while he gets orientated but I can't because I'm laughing so hard that I can't uncross my legs because I might pee myself. Apparently he is riding along and he looks down and to him it looks like Bosely is sinking into the ground so he decides to bail and the ground looks like it is right there when in reality he is still 16h away from it. I guess getting used to bifocals was the problem.
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post #86 of 91 Old 06-14-2012, 03:48 PM
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When I was 2, I was being lead on my dads QH, and my black lab was following us down a dirt road, and the lab went under the horses leg and he spooked and I fell off. Had to be rushed to the IWK because of a broken arm. I still have a big scar from it.
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post #87 of 91 Old 07-18-2012, 05:31 PM
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Wow! Some hectic falls... Mine was also... Interesting.
I have a 17.2hh Irish sports horse gelding(who insists he is a stallion...) We were jumping a grid work and he clipped the last rail. The second he landed he had a complete hissy fit of bolting-rearing-bucking which sent me headfirst into the bank... Seb continued to jump over me and into the horse standing outside, that horse completely freaked and reared, resulting that the horse actually fell over onto the rider. Seb bolted to the barn, got a fright and came racing back... Everyone had the look of "what the hell just happened?!" The other horse and rider were fine, as well as Seb. I was landed with a fractured wrist, bumps and bruises, a sprain and a broken helmet... Fun... Was riding again the next day. Only found out a month later about the fracture... At least I missed no riding!
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post #88 of 91 Old 07-18-2012, 05:56 PM
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Not particularly injurious compared to some of the ones mentioned above but...

Second week after I bought Brock I'd been doing arena work and decided he was ready to go out for a hack in the park with a friend. Now this park has been used for riding since the early days, it has a horse track that takes about an hour to get round at the walk. The park also has a bike and walking tracks, roads and sports fields, so a bit of a sensory overload but Brock had seemed pretty switched off up to this point and I'd asked him to do some things to test his spookability and he'd not thrown a hissy fit. And he wasn't bothered by roads. So I saddled him, lunged him and we headed out.

He was fine crossing the busy intersection but getting into the park he started pigrooting - nothing major and I rode him forward and through it, but it was on the pavers and with big concrete benches around so not much fun. Out on the sand track he started to spot other horses and tense up - he was holding his neck high and arched and was tense in the back and striding very forward at the walk but had at least stopped pigrooting and we kept going.

Got about 1/3 way through and BANG! The biggest buck I've ever had, I was catapulted from the saddle, landed head first and my helmet came off. Brock ran a few paces before coming back to my friend.

I was out of it for about 15 seconds, came around and was really disoriented and winded. A passing cyclist helped me up, I grabbed Brock and decided to head back. I couldn't remount as my legs were all wobbly and I was having enough trouble standing.

He was a nightmare going back, had to circle him every few metres and he stretched his new bridle. My arm and shoulder were pretty stretched too.

Anyway, got back, untacked and put him away. Went and sat in the tackroom and started to pull my boots off - turned out my big toe had broken coming out of the stirrup, so I bandaged it and put a cold bottle of drink against it. Then I started to see spots and get really confused and dizzy. Ended up sleeping a few hours on a lounge. My neck was out for a few days but I made myself walk on the toe to stop it stiffening and it healed up ok. Replaced my helmet, of course.

Edit: Ha, just realised this was in the jump forum, was wondering why everyone else's were jump related. Well, I guess he left the ground so does that count? Sorry for the pointless novel lol - Mods feel free to remove
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post #89 of 91 Old 07-19-2012, 02:12 AM
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Oh my goodness.... Some of these are sounding quite painful I sure hope everyone's alright now!!! I have two stories... No injuries or anything, just soreness and a wounded ego My first fall was on my mare Sassy in a lesson... We went to go jump a fence with a filler beneath it and she was NOT jumping that!!! But after some switching around and plotting I managed to get her over.... She was.... A little miffed to say the least... So we went to the next fence (a vertical) and she just stopped dead.... And dropped her shoulder... Off I go clipping my shoulder on the jump and nearly flipping and landing on my feet... My other fall was all my fault I tried jumping my other mare, Meg, over a ditch while I was on my own and she jumped it with so much effort... And I fell off and rolled probably twice... And she stopped... Looked at me as if asking why I was down there... And let me get back on her... Lots of typing for some little falls but I figured I might as well throw my stories out there
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post #90 of 91 Old 07-21-2012, 11:05 PM
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I have quite a few bad falls but I just have to share a story about my boyfriend. He was working with a 3 year old that had about 6 rides on it. The horse was pretty quiet but tended to spook at unexpected noises. We had eaten spicy food before going to the barn and it had given him an unfortunate case of gas... Well as they were walking around the arena he let out a huge loud squeeky fart and the horse just took off bucking trying to figure out what the hell had just happened. I couldn't even go help him because I was peeing myself laughing.
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