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post #1 of 24 Old 07-20-2011, 04:44 PM Thread Starter
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Got Pitched and Ditched Today

Well, I haven't been tossed in over 2 years. Guess I was due. I was cooling my horse off from his workout with a nice 10 minute ride through the woods. He had a biting fly in the middle of his face and couldn't get it off. I stopped him and brought his head around so I could get it off for him. Right as I get into a forward compromising position, a rather large deer springs up out of nowhere. I'm guessing he was asleep in the tall grass. Anyway, my horse who already is not fond of large wildlife proceeds to produce his patented rear/spin/spook/bolt maneuver that he's got down cold. Gravity takes over and off I go, luckily onto a nice soft spot of dirt narrowly missing a few rocks and rather large oak tree. Landed on my nice mid 40's butt, so I got away without a scratch.

So my sweet horse stands there about 20' away, waits for me to get up and check for all my body parts, and then takes off for the barn which was just around the corner. Jack**s!!!! While it's lovely to watch a TB in a full graceful gallop, I didn't appreciate it in that particular moment. I don't hold onto the reins if there's no danger involved, but would love to hear anyone's suggestions about possibly training a horse to stay put when the rider comes off. I thought about teaching him ground tying, but technically that doesn't fit since when I come off, the reins are still over his head. Thoughts?

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post #2 of 24 Old 07-20-2011, 04:51 PM
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I will love to hear about this, haveing been spin dumped like 5 times by Mac. Fortuneately, he doesnt' bolt off home, and I always retain the reins. I am not doing it by choice but by instinct.
I can hardly imagine what Mac would have done if a deer jumped out. He spins with NO obvious stimuli.
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post #3 of 24 Old 07-20-2011, 05:02 PM
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Bless your heart. I feel so bad for you. That must have hurt!!! Biscuit dumped me once like this when a horse ran from his shelter towards us, the two next to us spun and ran and so did Biscuit. DUMPED my butt but thank God he didn't run off! I got back on and rode to the barn...that was a red letter day for me...I'd always said I'd quit riding if I came off but I was riding this morning.

Some horses are just spookier than others. Don't have any training advice but sorry you were dumped and ditched!

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post #4 of 24 Old 07-20-2011, 05:07 PM
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Gosh, so glad you are OK, I feel sorry for your butt, soft landing or not!

As for the tearing off back to the barn part, reins over the head, can you teach him to come when called? Even so, in the heat of the moment you can never tell if they will listen or not. My grey girl would come when called unless she had just thrown me in which case she usually felt a victory lap was more appropriate :roll:

I prescribe a long hot soak in the tub tonight, with a glass of chardy.

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post #5 of 24 Old 07-20-2011, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Gosh, so glad you are OK, I feel sorry for your butt, soft landing or not!

As for the tearing off back to the barn part, reins over the head, can you teach him to come when called? Even so, in the heat of the moment you can never tell if they will listen or not. My grey girl would come when called unless she had just thrown me in which case she usually felt a victory lap was more appropriate :roll:

I prescribe a long hot soak in the tub tonight, with a glass of chardy.
Yeah, he wasn't in much of a thinking mode at that point. I think I could have been standing there holding the world's largest carrot and he still would have bailed. Think I'm just going to hang onto the reins next time and hope he doesn't rip my shoulder off.

That's funny about the victory lap!

Tub and booz will have to wait for Friday...stuck at work tonight.

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post #6 of 24 Old 07-21-2011, 01:22 PM
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Ouch. Glad you are okay! I have never been pitched on the trail, though I did do a rather ungraceful plummet into the mud this past spring as the saddle rolled off the side of my chubby little pony

I'm interested to hear some of the replies, as I don't know how to teach a horse to stand after falling. Every time I've fallen, I've managed to hold onto the reins, but it would be neat to teach them to stand. I've heard that it's just something they either do or they don't.
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post #7 of 24 Old 07-21-2011, 03:23 PM
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I find the best treatment for 40 yearish backsides that have been landed on too harshly margaritas.
I have been thrown 10ish times this year, danged green mare. I'm almost to the 40 mark, hurts more now than it did at the 20 mark. Mine doesn't run off, she stands over me and gives me the what are you doing down there stupid look.
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post #8 of 24 Old 07-22-2011, 10:17 PM
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Ha ha MyBoyPuck, glad you're okay. I too have reached the age when I don't bounce so well anymore :P.

On the down side I fall from my new girl more often than not (she is just so fast and hard to steer) but on the upside the landing is generally soft and she always stops and waits for me :)

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post #9 of 24 Old 07-22-2011, 11:02 PM
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As I read the above post I began to wonder....Why didn't you teach your horse to "spook in place"? There is a fix for that particular problem. Yes horses are flight animals but it is very possible to teach a horse (without pain) to stand when frightened.
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post #10 of 24 Old 07-22-2011, 11:29 PM
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Ouch! Different horses are different, for sure. My eventing gelding would dump me and run home to graze on the neighbor's lawn...... me marching miles home, gritting my teeth, thinking up horse burger recipes.......

My draft cross looks so startled like "What are you doing down there?" but so far sticks around.

Surprisingly, my riding buddy's gelding dumped and ditched her and me riding my gelding who is his riding buddy.... never had a horse leave another horse behind. Usually they stick around.....

I usually try to hang on to those reins. I do agree 40+ year old butts don't bounce as well as they used to........

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