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        02-10-2013, 10:35 PM
      #11
    Foal
    It wasn't exactly a fall but I was in a halter class. The horse behind the mare I was leasing at the time was flipping out and bite her butt. She reared and kneed me in the face, knocking me to the ground. On her way down she landed right on my hip with all her weight with her foot. Then she reared up again and I jumped/got dragged under the fence. Nothing was broken and got right back on a few weeks later when I wasn't soar anymore.(:
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        02-10-2013, 10:51 PM
      #12
    Started
    Oh another time, these boarders at my barn bought a new horse and I was asked to ride him. No one had any knowledge about his past, but he saddled, bridled, let you mount, I was walking and trotting him around and while we were walking, he flipped out and started bucking, so violently. I was western and her threw me into the horn quite a few times, then I bailed. Oh man. I cried. I thought I broke my pelvis.
    I was bruised really bad, and the bruise on my left thigh turned into a hoofprint. It was pretty cool(: lol
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        02-10-2013, 10:52 PM
      #13
    Foal
    My worst fall was a pretty scary one.

    I don't remember much of it, but from what witnesses say was that I was cantering around a corner on my horse and he tripped, wasn't able to catch himself and fell to the ground. All I remember was seeing the ground coming toward me and thinking, on the ground, "Oh my god. Is Audi (my horse) ok?!" Apparently, I stood up almost right away. My friend's mother came over, as my mom was running back to the ring from the barn, and she asked me if Audi fell on my leg. I said, "Yes, but he rolled off." (I don't remember this at all!!) However, I do remember the next part. I looked over toward my horse, still on the ground, and watched him to see if he was ok (I didn't approach because I was still in shock/wasn't thinking straight). He stood up on his own and as soon as he saw me, came straight to me. And I went straight to him. All I can remember from this part was that I kept petting his face and saying, "It's ok. It's ok."

    I went to the hospital, got a cat-scan, but there wasn't any brain damage whatsoever. I got a mild concussion but that was it. Don't worry, Audi was completely fine. When I came to see him the next day, I called his name and he came galloping over to me from the pasture. 2 weeks later when I was cleared to ride, he and I went to a local horse show. Lol If anything, he and I bonded quite a bit from the experience. It's also the only time I've fallen off my horse (I've fallen off of plenty of other horses though!).

    But, hey, we're both more bonded than ever. :)
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        02-10-2013, 11:03 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    Oh boy...my worst fall.

    I was teaching a horse how to canter. This comes naturally to most horses, but this horse was such a train wreck that he just had no clue. We were making progress but things were still iffy and one day when I asked him to canter, he just took off.

    We zipped around the arena and I was bellowing for people to get out of the way. We were doing motorcycle turns and I was trying my best to get him rebalanced and bring him back down when we took a turn awkwardly and wasn't set up right for the next turn. He was headed straight for the chain link fence (the gate). At this point, we would either try to jump it or smash through it, because he just couldn't take another turn and still stay standing.

    To avoid trying to jump the chainlink fence or smashing into it (which would have probably killed one or both of us), I leaned back and hauled on the inside rein and brought him to the ground. Kind of like a movie fall. He was so ubalanced that it was pretty simple to put him down, but it was at a cost.

    He was fine but I slammed my head so hard against the ground that I got side-to-side whiplash. The next day I couldn't move my head and the pain was horrible, so I went to the ER. They passed around X-rays for 5 hours, thinking I broke my neck, before deciding I sprained it and sent me on my way.

    By far the most eventful fall I've had...YET!
         
        02-11-2013, 12:22 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Well..I just recently realized why my back is screwed up..lol.

    I had just started leasing Lucky (bought her! Lol) and we went out to a nice show about 2 hours away. Her owner asked why I wasn't running an exhibition and made me feel stupid for not signing up..so I went and signed up for one. Well, I ended up with one and a third xD

    I'd only ridden this horse twice on trails and had no idea her leg cues were so PERFECT during a run. I went around my first barrel and looked great, amd as we approached the second she was a little too far out so I put on a little leg to scootch her over..Well, instead of a little she went about two feet and almost right into the barrel..being the fat, self preserving b!tch she is, she ducked to the left so she wouldn't run into the barrel. I flew off her (not sure how or where) and landed flat on my back (like I was taught in TKD). Well, instead of a leather belt, I had on a studded one and it ended up like so: / into my lower back. I can't even get it massaged because I can't deal with the pain. The studded belt didn't bend like a regular leather one would've.
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        02-11-2013, 01:07 AM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Hope you don't mind a non-jumping story.

    The one I consider the worst was when I discovered my kids had worked a filly, a three year old, without my knowledge. The kids were very young and thought they could do well. I didn't find out about it until she started bucking, striking, running backwards, etc, and scared them good.

    I worked with her on the ground a bit and she was nicely mannered. Next day I worked her on the ground and stepped into the saddle. She blew up. I remember thinking how unusual it was that I could see both hind hooves out to each side as she sunfished. Both to the right. Both to the left. She was very athletic.

    I eventually tired of riding all this out and sought to dismount. I got her slowed and as I stepped off she gave a huge lunge up and buck and drove her front legs into the ground like pile drivers.

    Next I remember sitting in the dust and wondering why I had so much bacon in my teeth from breakfast, which I didn't have that day. Took a bit of time for my head to clear to realize I was chewing dirt from the corral. Most likely pulverized manure.

    I remember finally seeing my kids, wide-eyed and looking through the corral boards. I told them, "Y'all aren't very good trainers. Yet."

    The filly turned out well, but it took a bit of doing. Or un-doing.

    I rode bareback broncs, one-handed rather than two-handed like some women, in the old GRA. That was six seconds or so and usually the pick up riders weren't so hot at the girl rodeos. Those were nothing compared to that filly.
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        02-11-2013, 01:12 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    [QUOTE=boots;1888729]Hope you don't mind a non-jumping story.

    I remember thinking how unusual it was that I could see both hind hooves out to each side as she sunfished.





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        02-11-2013, 01:42 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Whew. First one toasted my ACL, tore the miniscus in said knee, luxated shoulder and concussion. Green mare, scary object instead of my idea of circling until reason was reached, she pitch a bucking fit. Only managed to stay on through one(knee came down on steel pommel).

    Second FAR more damage. Loping a 12hh pony bareback with 4 other riders in arena, like a hooligan. Came around the bend to some teaffic and not a clear plan. Pony broke gait, jackhammer trot on a turn + slippery ski pants = arse on ground. Only, this arena had frozen manure clumps and my lumbar connected HARD. L3-4 is now disc-compressed/non-existent. Made an epidural during labour tricky and hurts on a regular basis. Pelvis all wonky from compensating, regular chiro and tennis ball massaging. Some sciatic issues. Horse rides lopsided cause o me. Other riders really notice it on him. Boo.
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        02-11-2013, 01:44 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    Oh, and most recently broken rib. The break not do bad, though the cruch turned my tummy. The intercostals still tender as hell a full year later. Oh well.
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        02-17-2013, 04:37 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    I've been pretty lucky so far.
    I managed to crack one of the wooden jump standards with my neck/upper back (literally broke the standard...they had to get a new one) but that was on a horse who was known for being a diiiiirty stopper - I was good at riding out his stops, but he started spinning after and I came off, right into the standard.

    I can't move 3 of my toes on my right foot, 2 vertebrae in my neck are rotated 15 degrees to the left, and my new chiropractor thought I had been in a really bad car accident because of the bad damage 3 vertebrae in my upper back showed. Oops?
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