Got into accident
So my horse is pretty easy going and not a bolter with a rider onboard. Like you have to usually force him to run and have a crop or spurs. But I was riding out alone and my shirt got snagged on a low hanging branch that was thick and I felt my neck stretching and sorta like it was gonna pop so I somehow got my feet out of the irons dropped my crop dropped everything and landed flat on my back. I always wear a helmet so I was fine other than my shoulder/neck. But after this happened my horse just bolted off and then I got disoriented and couldn't catch him and by the time he apparently tried to walk or jog back to the barn which was less than a mile away. Like he didn't run all the way to the barn but he was headed and that direction. So anyways having a fannypack saved me because I had my phone in it. I'm glad I don't put everything into saddle bags that stay on the horse.
*Anyways anyone had this happen? It was scary because even though my horse wouldn't try to bolt with me on him he still could have accidentally dragged me under that branch or my foot could have went through the stirrup. Anyways the what ifs are scary. I was so tangled I couldn't think of wether to ask my horse to step back or sideways to untangled myself and I had to crop everything and pretty much just fall.
Sounds like you had a panic moment. It didn't sound like you asked your horse to stop and you falling off behind him made him spook. I'm glad you're okay! Try teaching him how to do a one rein stop or how to stop with just a verbal whoa. It it happens again you'll have more tools in your toolbox to help out.
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But to clarify this horse will one rein stop or just stop and stand forever with a rider on but once i fell off he bolted which is weird cause he's so old and lazy and I never expected him to run back home.
Train yourself to always hold onto one rein no matter what!
This happens to the best of us along with the worst of us along. Luckily, when it happens to me, my horse just turns around with a puzzled look on their face.
Sounds like this was your fault, not the horse's fault.
When loose, some horses will go back home. They are without a leader and the safest thing they can think of for themselves is to go back home. Your horse didn't bolt and throw you. He didn't do anything wrong.
I'm not sure how you can break your neck if your shirt got caught on a branch. You would either be dragged off the horse by your shirt or your shirt would have torn...it wouldn't have broken your neck.
It sounds, from what you're describing, that you directed your horse into thick underbrush, got caught up in it, and are now complaining that your horse kept going without you. You directed it into thick underbrush...shouldn't have done that.
Chock it up to a lesson learned. Don't barrel into overgrown trails. Trail blaze slowly, and with a compass. Always carry a cell phone, and always tell someone that you will be out for the day. Travel on trails that have been CLEARED for riding. PAY ATTENTION to whats ahead. DUCK when you see a low branch.
Again, your horse didn't do anything wrong. It was all rider error. Next time, be more careful.
Thats kinda rude don't you think? The OP never blaimed the horse.
When did they say that they were in thick woods? All the trail around here will have low lims every now and then, trees grow...it's what they do.
i had my helmet get stuck on a branch once. there are slots in the helmet to keep it cooler and a branch got stuck in the slot, but just as I was aobut to panic, it broke. Now I try to be extra careful and remember my helmet sticks up a few inches higher than my skull and to be aware of that.
Stuff happens. Makes for good stories to tell here.
Unfortunately for me, I was on a horse that bolted once while we were riding in the pasture. She carried me right through a tree where one branch made a nasty gash across my helmet, and another scraped up my neck pretty badly. It's definitely a freaky experience (and one of those moments where I was glad to have a helmet, since it actually allowed me to duck my head and "ram" my way through some of the bigger tougher branches). Luckily in my case I somehow managed to stay on the horse and regain control. I think it was partly to do with the fact that she was running us directly through a mud hole that was at least a foot deep and the shame of slogging through that and returning to the barn looking like a mud monster just wasn't on my list of things to do... so that extra ounce of determination not to fall off helped me ride it out. :D
Hats with a brim are the best for brush, helps keep those gashes from happening on your cheeks and neck. I know they make cowboy hard hats but haven't ever looked to see if they have cowboy riding helmets.
I didn't say my horse did nothing wrong. It was basically a little freak accident. I believe I did try to move him foreward or back when my shirt snagged on but I had excruciating pain in my neck and at that point I decided to untangle and drag myself off and he went foreward cause I wasn't asking him to stop at that point0just trying to save myself. And at this point my horse did nothing wrong and I had no other way of going around and I did duck and almost cleared it but didn't.
The only other thing I mentioned that I wish my horse didn't run off afterwards. I just wish he would have stopped like 100 yards away so I could have caught him. That's all. None of the above was his fault or my fault. I've never had this type of thing happen so next time if anything similar happens I will think more about what I want my horse to go(like stand still or back up or whatever).
I just decided to share this story in case someone panicked like I did cause I was hurt and there horse ran off.
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