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        02-03-2012, 01:26 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    I always tell people, with a perverse pride, that I have come off something like 15 times in the last 12 years, with the large majority being on the trail.

    I feel your pain . . . But that didn't stop me from laughing at your inner dialogue! That gave me a much needed lift after a very long day!
         
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        02-03-2012, 01:27 AM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by LeaDFW    
    Holy smokes -- sounds like a circus act! I'll bet you felt THAT one for a while!
    Sure did...and conveniently enough one happened on the left side and one happened on the right side. My thighs and but were discolored for awhile.

    Let's just say I got strange looks at school when I walked down the hallway haha.
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        02-03-2012, 01:34 AM
      #13
    Trained
    You were lucky you were not hurt any worse
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        02-03-2012, 01:35 AM
      #14
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by IquitosARG10    
    Sure did...and conveniently enough one happened on the left side and one happened on the right side. My thighs and but were discolored for awhile.

    Let's just say I got strange looks at school when I walked down the hallway haha.

    HA! I believe it!
         
        02-03-2012, 01:38 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Did you go see a doctor
         
        02-03-2012, 01:57 AM
      #16
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Country Woman    
    did you go see a doctor
    Oh yeah -- as soon as I put weight on my foot, I knew something was wrong!

    (Although I actually DID get back on and ride the rest of my lesson -- as long as I'm not stepping down on my heel there's no pain it in at all.)

    I have a really deep bruise, either on the bone or deep tissue -- I'm not sure which it was; there was actually a very weird, scary medical thing going on with my youngest daughter at exactly the same time, so I was focusing more on trying to deal with that (via phone with husband, etc) instead of paying attention to the doctor.

    Hmmmm . . . Not focusing on the issue at hand . . . Seems to be a recurring theme for me . . .

    I'm on crutches for the next couple of weeks (although I'm hoping it won't be that long) -- I asked the doctor about riding tomorrow, LOL; he didn't say I COULDN'T, but he did kind of roll his eyes, haha.

    I would actually consider it, but my tailbone is all kinds of sore from that fall -- my heel might not be a problem, but for sure my butt would be, LOL.
         
        02-03-2012, 05:30 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Sometimes I think it's good to have a fall every once in a while in order to remind yourself it's no big deal (most of the time) to take a spill.
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        02-03-2012, 06:19 PM
      #18
    Trained
    How did the ride go after you fell off? Was she better behaved or still a handful? Is she a regular lesson horse?
    Could have been you and nerves to make her act this way or she may have been hurt from a previous ride. Congrats on getting it out of the way and not having too much damage!

    First I've learned to detect the the signals before a fit! Sidestepping, stiff tense back, tensing of their shoulders and neck, speeding up, balking etc. I then try and divert their attention back to me. Do a slow turn, ask for a half halt, switch leads, maybe stop slowly and then back. No reason to escalate a frustrating situation, do something they do well.

    Now I haven't fallen in 20 years (knock on wood!) but if a situation gets out of hand I make sure I become JELLO! I think to myself "rubber legs, cushion butt, wiggle arms, ride it out!!" Nothing worse than taking a tense fall. I also remind myself to drop and roll, not stop. Get out from under them! There is no shame in bailing safely if it's a last resort, but try and stick with it! Glad you are ok!
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        02-03-2012, 08:33 PM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Remy410    
    Sometimes I think it's good to have a fall every once in a while in order to remind yourself it's no big deal (most of the time) to take a spill.

    I definitely felt like it was something to "get out of the way", you know? Just knowing it's bound to happen sooner or later can be scary!
         
        02-03-2012, 08:45 PM
      #20
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by FlyGap    
    How did the ride go after you fell off? Was she better behaved or still a handful? Is she a regular lesson horse?

    Glad you are ok!
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    Thanks!

    She was actually great after I got back on her -- better than she'd been all lesson. So either she got out whatever issues she had, or maybe I was more firm with her and communicating better . . .

    She is a lesson horse, but with another trainer -- so my trainer doesn't have a good feel for her yet. (Which is definitely a problem in terms of reading her moods, etc.)

    I am woefully short on technical knowledge (thus the lessons!), so things like half halts and lead changes aren't in my skill set yet -- definitely things to ask for lessons on, and I'm happy to be getting good information on what I DON'T know, but probably NEED to know.

    I'm not going to say falling was fun, but I think it's raised quite a few ideas in my mind as to what I can be working on -- and I've definitely gotten a big lesson in listening to the horse. She was absolutely telling me a whole lot yesterday that I didn't listen to as well as I should have!

    As to falling/bailing -- I knew in my head that limp and rolling was the way to go, but I think I kind of just went "splat!", LOL. She was clever enough to step over me, thank goodness, and I think she stopped as soon as she realized I was off -- no crazy gallivanting around the arena for this girl!

    I really like her a lot, even if she is a bit moody -- she's anything but boring!
         

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