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    03-06-2013, 03:32 PM
  #21
Foal
I fell off my loan pony secon from the back of the ride, the horse at the back jumped over me, clipping my hat! I landed awkwardly, breaking my elbow... I got straight up and ran down the bridle path to fetch my pony!
     
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    03-06-2013, 11:16 PM
  #22
Yearling
Scariest was when I pulled my mare over on top of me. Thankfully she just landed on my leg and I just limped for a couple days.
I was riding my current gelding bareback down the road at a fast canter. I wanted him to slow down so I told him to 'settle'. I never pulled on the reins but he knew what I wanted. He also didn't want to slow down, so he went into some crowhops. My mind went into slow motion and I didn't grab a hold of his mane or pull up on the reins (my usual response). I went over his head (taking his bridle off while doing so) and landed on my head on the gravel road. Of course I wasn't wearing a helmet. I sat up to try and tell my sister that I was fine and my world spun. Pretty dizzy for a week or so after. I probably gave myself a concussion.
     
    03-06-2013, 11:34 PM
  #23
Weanling
I have a couple...

First big fall was off a friends horse who I had never ridden before. I mounted and asked her to walk off. She decided to buck. I sat 3 pretty decent bucks (apparrently) before falling off and landing square between my shoulder blades (at least I think). I can't remember about 2 hours of that day. According to my friend, I wanted to hop back on but she wouldn't let me. I untacked the horse, gave her a brush and put her gear away. Then my friend noticed I kept repeating myself so I was taken off to hospital. Nothing too serious, just a concussion :)

Second time, I fell off my horse Bo. I lost my stirrups cantering (Bo has a HUGE canter) and I slid off right near a fence post. I twisted mid air to avoid hitting the post and ended up in hospital again, as I had severe back pain. Nothing serious again, just soft tissue injury and I managed to put most of the muscles in my torso into spasm.

Last one, I was jumping my other horse GK and he rushed a double, got in too deep and cat lept over it (as he usually does in that situation), he cleared it (80cms from a standstill) and I forgot to keep my heels down, lost my stirrup and slid off landing on my feet. As I landed my patella tracked out and I could barely walk. I had to get my instuctor to load my horse into the float and get my grandmother to drive out to the stables to untie him from the float as I couldn't get up the ramp or step. I was back in the saddle about 2 days later (after being checked out by the doc) athough I did have to mount from the wrong side for about 2 weeks til the swelling went down. :)
     
    03-21-2013, 10:52 AM
  #24
Foal
My worst fall I actually wasn't hurt very bad at all. I was cantering my horse around a corner (that she hates, and always acts up in) and she lost focus and slipped. Going down onto her knees. She got right back up, but decided that it was my fault she slipped and started throwing a bucking fit. Like rodeo horse bucks. I stayed on quite a few, but then she slipped to her knees again throwing me to the side. She stood back up but my right foot was caught in the stirrup and I was on the left side dangling from her. Stupidly I yelled for help and she got scared. She bolted and I was just touching the ground on since it was my right foot caught, and I had fallen on the left. I was only stuck for a few strides, I was scared so much that I admit, yes I was in tears. I wasn't hurt and neither was Shadow. But I had no confidence for the longest time, because not until after did I think "Wow, I could be dead right now. Or close to it."

My other worst fall was my horse spooked, bucked, and wheeled around in a tight circle, I flew off and landed sitting up. I slipped a disc in my back, that still bothers me and this was well over a year ago. I didn't find out that it was a disc until this summer after I went to a horse camp and it was really bothering me. I went to the chiropractor and she thought that I was in a car accident. Just goes to show how dangerous this sport really is.
     
    03-22-2013, 12:16 AM
  #25
Foal
I've has so many that I can't remember them all!

The most recent really bad fall was about a week before my wedding, my friend had a horse come back from the "breakers" but she was too scared to hop on and asked if I would. Half way through the ride we're having a really nice canter on a loose-ish rein when he drops his head between his knees and goes to town. This horse isn't particularly co-ordinated, so he ends up bucking his feet out from underneath himself, lands on his shoulder, drives me into the dirt and rolls clean over the top of me, squishing me into the ground. I didn't break anything, but I got sand absolutely everywhere and it wasn't until the day before my wedding that I was able to walk properly.

My worst jumping fall was on my old pony, we were doing a six bar comp, bareback when he decided that he'd had enough, and took off for home. As we were heading through the float parking area towards the main road I decided that it would be a good idea to bail out rather than encounter the truck that was heading along the road. Unfortunately I bailed at a really stupid time, and ended up going head first into the side of a horse float, spun around into the actual float itself and bouncing out down the ramp. Oh, and I have it all on video as my mum was filming it. Her commentary as I'm coming off required beeping out lol
     
    03-22-2013, 11:57 PM
  #26
Weanling
I was cantering on a 13hh Kaimanawa (NZ wild pony) mare when a bird flew out from under her. She tossed her head violently, hit me on head and knocked me out.

According to witnesses, we continued cantering for about 200m before I slid off and the pony ground to a halt, wondering why I was on the ground. I woke up about 10mins later and was immediately hussled back onto the pony. The doctors appointment came later.
     
    03-23-2013, 12:29 AM
  #27
Green Broke
Well, when I was about 7 my dad bought a big bay gelding. And I decided I wanted to use his heavy saddle. Had my sister help me lift it onto him... but not tighten it. And we went to the Back of 40 acres. On the way home. The gelding took off. And so did the mare my sister was riding. As I tools down at my saddle it was slowly sliding sideways. Soooo. Me decided I was going to bail.

Well my foot got.hung up and I ended up being dragged under the horse for about 20 acres... with only scratchs. I think the gelding was more sore from.the back of.his front legs hitting the saddle then I was.. I consider that the worst. But not the only bad one lol
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    03-23-2013, 07:21 PM
  #28
Teen Forum Moderator
Worst fall I've ever had? Falling in love of my rather expensive, rediculously marish pony ;) Never really recovered from that one.
     
    03-23-2013, 09:25 PM
  #29
Weanling
My worst were these two.

- I was trying out a new horse, it was out in a guys field, he had like barrels and poles set up so I was working them testing him out. They guys said feel free to take him for a gallop to see how fast he can move, me being the little rebel took off, well the horse triped in a hole and I went flying and landed on two pointy rocks right on my knees, I still have knee problems today, and I am 15.

-The next one was when the BO son was galloping around with the flag, passing Ben circling Ben, trotting next to Ben. Ben didnt care. So I lean over and grab it from him to try it myself, and boy was that a mistake. I had just got it against my side when he FLIPPED out and took off across the arena, bucking, and stupid me, didnt let go of the flag, I came of after the 5th buck, but hey! I wasnt hanging onto anything, one hand was on my reins, and the other holding the flag. I landed on my head and did like a chin stand. I didnt have problems with my back for a long time, and now after another mild accident I had have been having major back pain..
     
    03-25-2013, 07:03 AM
  #30
Foal
My worst fall happened a couple weeks ago during a jumping lesson. We were doing bounces maybe 2'3" each. My horse went over the first one, but landed crooked and I was unbalanced. He thought about the second jump but ultimately ran out. I came off and SLAMMED into the jump standard which landed on top of me. Thought I might have bruised a kidney at first because I nailed it with my L flank.

Thankfully, I am just very swollen and bruised.
     

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