Is It My Turn Soon?
This fall my friend was riding her mare, she's a VERY green rider and her horse spooked and she was trying to pull her up but the horse dove to the left. My friend flew off and cracked her spine.
My other horsie friend was kicked very badly in the face by one of her geldings in an accident. Nasty.
So lately when I go out to ride, my gelding is incredibly fresh because I don't get out there enough. I lunge him and let him have his fun but when we get in to the lope he still sometimes lets out a playful buck/kick, just being young and fresh.
I am almost nervous to go riding because I'm thinking it might be my turn.. You know bad things come in 3 and all.. I am being so irrational! But I have started looking at helmets and vest to be proactive in the event that something ever does happen.
So I'd really like to hear other stories of riding accidents and how they're better for it or just tell me I'm being a sissy so I can go out and get over myself haha.
I'm not really sure what you want to hear as far as
I have a responsibility to my family to a) be healthy enough to work and provide for them and b) do whatever I can to avoid needless medical bills.
For those reasons I do certain things:
1) I don't ride green or crazy horses.
2) I wear a helmet when I ride or longe a horse. 100% without exception.
3) I'm starting to think wearing a helmet while working with a horse's legs or in his stall is a good idea. A kick to the head can easily be fatal.
4) I don't jump unless I am also wearing a body protector.
5) I'm starting to think that I will wear a body protector whenever I am out hacking/trail riding.
With horses, it's not 'if' but 'when'. Truthfully, if you're around them long enough, you're probably or even certainly going to get hurt at some point.
It's a risk you have to decide to take. Minimize your risks by wearing body protection, and being as careful as you can, but don't stop enjoying your horse just because you're worried you might get hurt.
It seems sometimes like it happens when you least expect it. I've fully expected to be hurt a few times on younger, more reactive horses, but ironically, it's my old bombproof kid's horse that I've fallen from more times than I can count (doing stupid stuff that I probably shouldn't have been doing, of course :oops:) and knocked myself silly.
:lol: I wish I had some motivational speech to share, but all I can say is confront your nerves and don't let them get the best of you. Don't take dumb risks, and prepare yourself for the event of getting hurt, but don't let the worry dominate your time spent with your horse.
Let some random rodeo bronc rider hop on your horse and fall off.
That way, he can be the 3. :rofl:
I'm in the same situation. It has been so long since I've been bucked off, or fallen off, or well anything bad happen to me. Add that to a green horse that has had a fair amount of time off I get very nervous as soon as she speeds up. (the lurching/bucking into a canter is a problem still)
So what I've decided to do: get a trainer to do some canter work on my mare while hopefully going to go get some canter lessons on a "bomb proof" horse.
While I know that I can keep working my mare through the balance issues, as I did it last winter before we had so much time off, I feel it will be better for both of us if I don't force it and just let someone else do it. I have lost the pride factor in doing all the training by myself on her, its actually such a relief.
I know that I'll probably get hurt sometime in the future (and I've been hurt before), but that's the risk that I'm willing to take in order to do the thing I love most, ride.
I never go out riding by myself, I wear a helmet, and vest, but most of all I am contently working on my horse's ground work so that when I get on his back he knows that I'm in charge.
groundwork, helmet and never get over confident. on my green horses i'm very aware of whats going on, i ride "proactively" avoiding people and situations that could get me in trouble. Build a really good one rein stop right off the bat, and get off and lunge if they are acting up and you are uncomfortable.
Its really easy to get too comfortable on an old broke horse. And i don't recall ever being in a position where i could be kicked in the face?
I suppose I use that term very loosely. She was trying to ask for a one rein stop but the horse I suppose spun around, I wasn't there - just know what I was told
I think this is exactly it. It has been such a long time since I've actually fallen off that I reeaallly don't want it to happen. Haha.
I have ridden out his bucks before and I have gotten hurt on/around horses plenty of times but never seriously injured. And that's what has me paranoid.
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