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Your worst fall?
Hello, I'm new to the forum :-)
I was recently talking to a friend about our worst falls and was wondering if anyone else here would like to share theirs?
My worst fall was also my first fall! My instructor was telling me to trot around the school but the horse I was on decided he wanted to canter instead (he is like this most of the time.) After a bit of patience I managed to get him trotting around the school without him trying to canter off with me and then we came back to a walk. My instructor then decided we should trot around the school again, so, I got him into trot and about 5 seconds later he had picked up canter and was going around the school at a fast speed! He then tripped but picked himself up and this made him go even faster. My instructor then told me to keep circling him at one end of the school and not to let him stop until she said so, we literally must have circled about 15 times but my instructor was still telling me to push him on, I was getting a bit exhausted and dizzy from going in a circle for so long so my instructor decided she was going to try and "help me" and smack his bum when we came past. This obviously spooked him so he went towards the fence and made a sharp turn and I went flying into the air, landed on the fence, went over the fence and landed on my head on the outside of the school! In result of my fall I punctured a muscle in my leg where I hit the fence so hard on it and I now have a lovely dent in my leg! I unfortunately couldn't get back on because I was in a lot of pain and had to be carried back down onto the yard.
At the time I was in tears and was shaken up but now I laugh about it with the instructors because they said they have never seen anyone exit the school the same way as I have! :-P
Worst fall was getting bucked off and couldnt move
A new boarder had asked my friend to help her saddle and ride her new horse for the first time, but my friend wasn't comfortable on strange horses, so she asked me to help. We got the mare tacked up and in the round pen. Tried to lunge her a bit, but she had absolutely no clue what I was asking for, so we went straight to getting up in the saddle. My friend and I weighted the stirrups to see how she'd react (we'd been told by the owner that she "had been ridden a lot, just needed a refresher"). She just stood there. So, my friend counter balanced for me and I swung up into the saddle. I reached down to catch my right stirrup (weird saddle...was almost impossible to catch the stirrup with my toe) and she threw a little crow hop at me. I came forward in the saddle, but was fine, so I tried for my stirrup again. Last thing I saw was that mare's head snap around to the side so she could see me, her ears pinned flat against her head and this pissed off look in her eye. Then she rodeo bucked me and I flipped over her right shoulder. My left foot tangled in the stirrup (severely sprained my ankle...I'm thinking there may have been a small fracture they didn't see because even now, almost a year later, it will HURT if I overuse it). I hit the ground hard and blacked out (wasn't wearing a helmet). Luckily my friend was still in the round pen with me, because that mare came after me when I was on the ground. My friend jumped between us and kept the mare off me until I could get to my feet.
About 4 weeks ago, my gelding jumped from a booger, knocked me off balance and took off! Well he turned when he came to the fence. Unfortunately, I didn't and was thrown into the fence. Now I'm healing from a hairline fracture of the tibiba and torn ligaments in my knee. The many stitches in my arm are out and just about healed. Doctor has grounded me for awhile :(
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When I was 7 or 8, my first pony flipped over backwards and the saddle horn hit me so hard it bruised my diaphragm. That kinda sucked.
My worst fall was riding bareback with 2 saddle pads underneath. I asked my horse for a trot and the saddle pads started slipping and I went with them. Hit the ground hard on my lower back and with my head.
Got a concussion. Couldn't move for a couple days. I wouldn't have gotten to go home if my sister hadn't of come to the barn with me! I was in no condition to drive.
Learned my lesson about using saddle pads! Haven't been as enthused about riding bareback since, either, sadly. :(
Mine happens a couple weeks ago I came off a jump (I'm working on sitting up quicker) this time though Lucy didn't give me the chance she put her head down and I went right with her trying to regain my balance at the same time she sped up I started getting WAY too close to her shoulder. The next thing I knew I was hitting the ground the impact winded me but anything else was fine just a tad sore. Trying to tell my couch I was fine without air in my lungs was difficult I could only get out little "yeah"s when she asked if I was okay. Managed to get back on and "walk it off"
Mine was about 6 years ago now. I was trotting Misty over poles and she got a bit too excited and bolted at a flat out gallop; I lost my balance slightly, then she either tripped or bucked, not sure which, but I flew over the front of her and broke my collarbone into several pieces! Got a lovely plate and 6 screws in to hold it together :P
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