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    01-10-2014, 12:23 AM
Falling off and horse takes off?

This hasn't happened to me, but the thought just occurred to me while I was thinking about trail riding. I'm looking at leasing a horse who seems to be pretty perfect - jumps, goes on trails and even alone apparently. Then I got to wondering: what to do if you fall off while on a trail alone and your horse takes off? What's the best thing to do in that situation?

I likely won't be going on many trails this winter, and especially not alone if I'm new to the horse, but I'm curious.
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    01-10-2014, 01:01 AM
Start walking. and use the time to mend your hurt pride.
    01-10-2014, 01:20 AM
^^^ Yup, shake it off and start walking lol.
Seriously though, be sure to carry a cell phone just in case. Don't want to be laying on the trails with broken bones and no means of getting a hold of someone to rescue you. And even if you are not hurt, its still best if you call someone at your barn or at home to let someone know why your horse has come home riderless and to tell them you are ok.
    01-10-2014, 02:01 AM
Originally Posted by Fort fireman    
Start walking. and use the time to mend your hurt pride.
Originally Posted by LadyChevalier    
^^^ Yup, shake it off and start walking lol.
Seriously though, be sure to carry a cell phone just in case. Don't want to be laying on the trails with broken bones and no means of getting a hold of someone to rescue you. And even if you are not hurt, its still best if you call someone at your barn or at home to let someone know why your horse has come home riderless and to tell them you are ok.
Haha thanks guys! So it is likely that the horse would end up heading home then? I guess I'm more concerned about losing the horse than myself being injured lol.
    01-10-2014, 02:21 AM
The safest thing is to not ride by yourself, but clearly that's not always going to be the case If you are by yourself, try to stick to places where you have cell reception and that have at least moderate traffic from other riders or hikers, keep the phone on YOU (not the horse!), and let someone know where you're going and when you expect to be back. You can also put an easily spotted tag on your horse's tack somewhere so that if he doesn't run back to the trailer/barn he can be reunited with you easily- you could also put a note on there to call the police if the horse is spotted without a rider.
    01-10-2014, 02:37 AM
I guess it depends on the horse and if it knows where home is. I can't say all horses will return home- some might stop if the rider comes off and only wander a little ways, others could keep going until they find something yummy to eat, and others will run all the way home.
Not to scare you but there was a horse that had gone missing here in wi during a trail ride after getting loose. They had searched for weeks and I'm not sure if he was ever found. But instances like this are rare- the horse was new to the family and didnt know where home was. And it didnt help he was a dark horse and he was lost in extremely dense wooded area.

Its best if you let the horse settle in for a few weeks/months (some horses settle in quicker and some take a little while) and get it used to its new home- go on short trail rides around and near the property at first so that the horse learns that "ok we leave and we come back here "- give him some sort of reward for coming back to the barn like some grain or really good rub downs. Then work your way out on longer trail rides. :)
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    01-10-2014, 02:43 AM
Oh...you know...probably cry because my horse doesn't love me

In all seriousness though, I'd pick myself up and start walking after the dumb nut.

I never ride alone for safety reasons. If I were to fall off and my horse were to take off without me I'd look at my riding buddy and be like, "Well? What are you still doing here? Go get my horse!"
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    01-10-2014, 03:09 AM
I started putting luggage tags with both my home phone number and my cell phone number attached in an obvious place on my saddle.

Luckily I've never had to use it.....yet, but before I started doing that (about a year ago) my friends and I had horses run off and we had to go walk them down and luckily found them. (They weren't from riders falling off but rather horses getting loose at a lunch stop or getting off to pee and dropping the reins and having the horse take off for home......yes, I've had that happen!).

So after several close calls I started putting luggage tags on my saddles. Then if someone finds my horse they can call me. Once, the time I got off to pee and the horse took off for home, my friend's hubby picked me up on his ATV and we traveled the road home and found my horse tied up to a tree. Someone caught her and tied her up on a street corner, which was very kind of them. She had almost made it home too.

Also, as someone else said, keep your cell phone on YOU. It will do you no good if the horse runs off with it. My friend did that once. I had my phone on me but she had hers in her saddlebags. Both horses ran off at a lunch stop and we got separated looking for the horses and I couldn't reach her by phone because her horse had the phone and he wasn't answering.

I ride alone quite a bit and I always tell my family when I am leaving and sometimes they call and check on me. I feel better that at least if I fell off and was injured someone would come looking for me eventually. Or better yet, I would be able to call for help. Now telling them my exact location might be a problem because I am not on marked trails. But some help is better than no help. I pray I never need to test out their tracking skills.

Knock on wood, but the times I HAVE fallen off, the horses have stayed with me. They might wander a few feet and find a bite to eat, but they haven't left me for dead.......yet. And the longer you own a horse, the more likely they are to stay with you I think. I have had a couple of horses that I swear would leave me for dead but then after owning them for many years and then falling off they have stayed with me. Good horsie!
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    01-10-2014, 05:26 AM
This is a difficult question. I find it always comes Depends on how you fly, or what happens. I have often fallen down times, but I could most readily absorbed.
Bad it is if you stay with your foot in the stirrup hanging that happened a girlfriend once and was not nice to watch. It was afterwards ground a few hundred meters.
I have the terrain getting a mobile phone while, or at best on trail rides not be alone;).

I'm sorry for my bad english, I'm from Germany and my english is not perfect.
    01-10-2014, 06:23 AM
I think you start walking and send up a quick prayer to the horse gods your horse won't kill itself on the way back.

Some horse won't go far some will run back home nicely and some will run back home not so nicely and will go through barbed wire etc on the way back.

Just an anecdote once a friend and I were trail riding with my two thoroughbreds when we were all surprised by a train (surprisingly it happens). Long story short we were both thrown and the horses broke through a wire fence and joined a herd of 30+ other panicked horses that were in a large pasture for winter. So not only were we soar and doing the walk of shame but We had to catch our two horses from the herd, catch all the horses that got out once the fence was down, and then mend the fence (while trying to not let any more horses out and not letting our horses back in- no place to toe them). It's funny now but at the time not really.
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