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post #11 of 19 Old 09-02-2012, 04:30 PM
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It happens. People make unplanned dismounts.
Sometimes the horse will wait around for you and other times, they go on home without you. Then you have to walk. I'm glad you weren't hurt all that badly. It has not been all that long since we got out on our main trails and cut a lot of vines that were hanging over them. I could foresee something like what you described happening.

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post #12 of 19 Old 09-02-2012, 04:54 PM
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Glad you weren't hurt! That is the main and horse are ok. I came off of Biscuit once and like you I was more concerned that I didn't get a boot stuck in the stirrup and hurt myself. Biscuit went about 30 yards away to his paddock and looked at me like "gee sister, I got you out of trouble and what did you do? You fell off!!! Duh!!!"

I wasn't hurt or scared (that was my main concern was not to scare myself!) and I remounted and rode back to the barn!

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post #13 of 19 Old 09-04-2012, 01:35 AM
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Just today my pants got snagged on a tree limb and tore. I am always either bruising my legs, tearing my clothing or scratching up my arms in thick brush.

I do own chaps, which help a lot, but I don't wear them in summer because they are hot.

The other day I almost did a similar unplanned dismount as the OP. I was following another rider and she broke off some dead tree limbs and one got me in the stomach as I tried to squeeze through. Right as I was thinking I would have to either bail off or get impaled the limb broke!

I can count the number of times I have intentionally bailed off a horse with one hand, but a tree limb to the gut would have made me bail. I now have a bruise on my stomach that goes with two other bruises on my legs and a pair of ripped stretchy jeans.
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post #14 of 19 Old 09-04-2012, 01:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Eolith View Post
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.

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post #15 of 19 Old 09-04-2012, 09:24 PM
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To prepare for next time why don't you try jumping off him at the walk, trot and canter (if you feel comfortable and he gets good at it). Grab a halter (this way you can save his mouth) trot around and at some random point swing off and say whoa and ask him to stand there. Give him a snack if you would like. Eventually he will stop when he feels you become off balance or stop when you fall off.

Sure beats a LONG walk back home! ;)
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post #16 of 19 Old 09-04-2012, 09:42 PM
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it happens to us all....i used to ride alot in the mountains in colorado and theres LOTS of trees and brush so my pants/clothes were always getting caught.

one time i wa riding my frineds horse and he decided to go straight down a VERY VERY steep hill through a bunch of about fun times....

so now i always wear chinks and usually a heavier flannel shirt or something....less chance of them snagging.

if it wasnt your shirt it could halve been something moms gelding clotheslined me on a garden hose once......we had it looped across the top of the fence (long story my papa broke our gate so we had to take it off). my horse saw a giant opening and went for it...i was riding bareback in a halter and forgot to duck....nuff said haha.

dont stress too much about it....when something unexpected like that happens the horse may not know how to react. he knows he didnt do anything wrong...but all of a sudden his rider is flying off his back and he freaks so he heads to the "safe place"

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post #17 of 19 Old 09-09-2012, 11:52 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
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.
That's why I wear a soft cowboy hat when I ride I can just duck and the branches just slide over my back, can't get caught on anything, including my collar.
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post #18 of 19 Old 09-10-2012, 12:30 AM
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I know how easily these accidents can happen. My husband recently had a little incident with a very large tree branch and lived to tell the tale. He was riding in front of me and I spotted this rather large and heavy tree branch at rider level and he and his big mare just kept on plowing towards it. It was like it was happening in slow motion in front of me. I yelled to him to stop and go around it. I couldn't believe he was going to try to break it but it didn't break easily and it fell down on top of him, his horse spooked and scooted forward and he was knocked right off the saddle and fell to the ground. I was horrified. Thankfully, he only got the wind knocked out of him and had a minor injury to his shoulder- nothing broken just a lot of soft tissue injured. Consequently, his normally unflappable horse beelined it straight towards the barn like she had flames licking at her hooves as if to say she wasn't sticking around to see if the tree was going to flatten her too! It's funny now but not at the time.
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post #19 of 19 Old 09-10-2012, 01:09 AM
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Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
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 think troxel makes one.

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