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post #31 of 53 Old 04-19-2013, 09:13 AM
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post #32 of 53 Old 04-19-2013, 09:19 AM
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I have a non-jumping fall. My mom and I were at a gaming show and we were about to do the Hangman's race. You ride double on one horse to a rope hanging from a pole (looks like a hangman's pole!). The back rider must grab and rope, and get off the horse, while the horse and rider run around a barrel, and then must come back and "pick you up" from the rope. The person who is "hanging" cannot touch the ground or you are disqualified. Fastest time wins.

Well I'm the young one, so of course I am the "hanging one". We're on my big horse Beau 16.1 hands and this is actually his first show back from an injury, so he is a little full of it. We're heading down towards the rope at a pretty good gallop, and we are coming in HOT to the rope. I'm thinking quickly in my head that we are moving way too fast for me to grab that rope, but there are SO many teams entered, that if I don't try, we will have zero chance of placing.

So I tried to grab for it.

And I missed.

And landed square on my tail bone.

By some miracle, I didn't break anything, but my legs were tingling for a few minutes (probably not the best sign) and I had a nasty bruise.

I teased my mom it was her fault before she didn't slow down enough for me, lol.

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post #33 of 53 Old 04-21-2013, 09:28 AM
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I would always jump on my horse bareback and ride him down to the barn when he was in the field. Well one day he was on a hill and his right side was uphill.. So I jump on him on his off-side(so I don't have to jump as high) and I forgot this he never mounted from his off-side before and he freaked and ran down the hill bucking and snorting like a monster just jumped on him. He launched me up and since we were going downhill I fell from a high distance. The ground was frozen too. When I hit the ground I landed onmy side and my whole body went into shock and I couldn't even move anything for like 30 seconds. I just laid there. I suffered a grade 2 PCL tear and was limping for 2 months. I learned my lesson, and walked him down after that LOL

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post #34 of 53 Old 04-27-2013, 08:48 AM
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My worst fall... Hmm.

Eight months ago, I broke my wrist. Fun part? I got to get a neon pink cast and bedazzle it.

A week after we got my horse, there was a show where I rode. On the Saturday of the show, I couldn't fasten my girth (Let's say Jay was... erm... a bit overweight at the time ;)) so my mother tried to help me. (Jay also had a biting problem at the time.) Though he was tied up, Jay swung his head around and bit my mom on the butt. She was very upset. She took off to Co-Op and grabbed a girth extender. Luckily (or not, as I did not realize at the time) it began raining and the jumping was postponed till Sunday.

Girth extender and all, I tried to tell my mother that the girth was waaay too loose. She didn't listen and made me keep the extender on him. How I managed not to fall off during warm-ups, I don't know.

"If I fall off and break a bone, it's your fault!" I said, none too happily.

So I remounted him, and we were getting ready for our course; I went second or third- I don't remember now. The first jump, one on the outside called The Birch, went wonderfully. Jay felt the girth too loose, though, and began to speed up,like, "What do I do?! WHAT DO I DO?!". After we went over the second jump, which was a rollback from the Birch, I knew I couldn't stay on. I was already falling off over the Burgundy (second jump). The saddle just kind of fell off, taking me with it, then Jay just kind of stopped, like, "Where's my rider??". I was then rushed to the hospital and had many X-Rays. Turns out, I broke two bones in my wrist, knocking another out of place.

Was that my worst fall? Probably. Was it my scariest? Not really.

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post #35 of 53 Old 04-27-2013, 12:11 PM
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My worst fallen happened three years after I started riding. It was the first show of the season with a lease horse I had at the time, his name was Oreo. We were at a horse show and as always Oreo was wired for sound as we went into the ring. On the second jump something happened and to this day I still can't really figure out how it did happen. Somehow Oreo's two front hooves got stuck on the top rail of the fence, causing him to somersault over the fence. I had a broke arm, nose, a concussion and three cracked ribs (not to mention lots of bruises.) Poor Oreo had to be humanly euthanised to do the manner of his injuries. It was around that time that I stopped show jumping and got my first Shire.
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post #36 of 53 Old 04-29-2013, 08:27 PM
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I haven't really had a bad fall, but I have had a couple scary ones.... A couple months ago I was riding Candy on a trail with a friend. We turned around to see where my dog had went, and she was standing there sniffing something. My friends horse spooked, which made Candy spook. Candy turned up a 12 inch bank that happened to be covered in clay with a layer of leaves on top, and slipped. She fell all the way over. I was mostly thrown loose but she landed on my foot. It hurt, a lot, and somehow I got on my friends pony and rode home. I went to the doctor, and I only sprained a tendon, luckily! It healed pretty quickly, for the first two days I couldn't move at all, hopping on one foot would jar my injured foot, which would really hurt. I still have a black spot on my foot too! Candy has hurt me more in 4 months than Casey has hurt me in 4 years - almost broken nose, (temporary) crippled knee, sprained tendon...

About two years ago I was trotting Casey around in a field and she started bucking like crazy. I was thrown forward onto her neck, and then she took off galloping. She skidded to a stop, and did a little rear. I was underneath her neck hanging on like a monkey by that point. When she landed a let go and let myself onto the ground.

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post #37 of 53 Old 04-30-2013, 06:14 PM
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My worst fall was when I was jumping a meter something on Shade. He stopped and I went flying over the jump and landed on my back. I was afraid I'd have to sleep standing up. Haha. After a while it still hurt, so I went to the doctor who recommended I'd get an x-ray. The said I was fine, but to keep it easy for a while. But of course, us riders never back down, even for a week. :)
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post #38 of 53 Old 05-01-2013, 08:20 AM
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Good grief, I'm glad I haven't broken bones O_O
I'm a dirt-covered acrobat, haha! I usually roll and bounce like a beach ball. It takes me about 2 seconds to fall and 1 to get back up. To me the fear isn't hitting the ground, it's leaving my horse unattended or me getting trampled. I've always gotten some bad strains from snapping upright too fast.

My worst falls are baby stuff compared to you guys. I barely knew how to jump when I decided to go over a 3 footer by myself... dummy me got left behind twice before I thought, hmm, maybe I'll lean forward... I stood on my toes, came off mid-air, and somehow when I fell I bounced, rolled, and ended up standing with the reins in my hand with my horse at a halt. Bruised back and a sore shoulder.
I haven't fallen in 2 years, riding every day, but after my sister broke her arm and I saw all the new treatment for broken bones, I have an odd itch to do something spectacularly stupid... and it involves oxers...
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post #39 of 53 Old 05-03-2013, 05:53 PM
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My worst fall happened about 6 years ago...I was working with a mare that had been purchased from a ranch and allowed to run free for 5 years. She had a habit of blowing up during ground work. Once we worked through that and she wasn't worried about ground work we started into the other stuff. She was extremely whip broke (I have no idea what they had done to her in the past with it) and I had just finished a successful ride around the arena; my friends little sibling picked up a whip near the tack room, right as I was stepping off and flopped it on the ground. The mare blew up, took off broncing across the yard toward a flat bed semi parked near by, I almost had regained my balance when she caught me just right...I launched out of the saddle and into the edge of the flat bed sideways....I thought my back was broken at first...I could hardly walk..but after she calmed down I used the mounting block to get on her and walk her around one lap. Then I went to the ER...broken ribs and mashed my pelvis pretty good. I've had other incidents..but this was the only one worth mentioning.
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My worst fall happened about 6 years ago...I was working with a mare that had been purchased from a ranch and allowed to run free for 5 years. She had a habit of blowing up during ground work. Once we worked through that and she wasn't worried about ground work we started into the other stuff. She was extremely whip broke (I have no idea what they had done to her in the past with it) and I had just finished a successful ride around the arena; my friends little sibling picked up a whip near the tack room, right as I was stepping off and flopped it on the ground. The mare blew up, took off broncing across the yard toward a flat bed semi parked near by, I almost had regained my balance when she caught me just right...I launched out of the saddle and into the edge of the flat bed sideways....I thought my back was broken at first...I could hardly walk..but after she calmed down I used the mounting block to get on her and walk her around one lap. Then I went to the ER...broken ribs and mashed my pelvis pretty good. I've had other incidents..but this was the only one worth mentioning.
Atta girl! Getting back on for that one lap, bless your horse hide soul.
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