Originally Posted by Ride
In the time I have ridden reiners it has happened twice. And yes - it is a helluva ride when it does. One horse was galloping full tilt and just did a head over heels - I don't think it was related to him being a reiner - he just fell. That happened on my place. I also saw one go down on bad ground at another place. Have seen horses get tangled in the spin also. I saw Randy Pauls horse get tangled in its own tail at the NRHA futurity a couple of years back - it got scary for a few minutes but he and the horse survived it - altho he did find himself looking at the wrong wall when it all settled. I always keep my horses tails cut a good foot above the ground - not above the hocks but never below the fetlocks - to prevent them tangling in it when they get down in the back. But also note this - I have had hunters that tangled in fences - not necessarily the big fences - and one hunter that just was trotting along and went down to his nose. Heck, I even had one that fell to his face when he was standing dead still and then spooked at something. Horses fall down sometimes no matter what discipline. Reiners are just going faster and quicker than some other disciplines so it can be more dramatic when it happens.
Oh-believe me I know-I have cheek and chin implants as a result of a hunter accident. However, I (apparently wrongly) thought I would be safer in my "old age" with all 4 feet on the ground. Guess not.