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post #111 of 119 Old 04-26-2010, 12:02 PM
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Worst ride... On a trail ride with several horses, for some reason my horse, whom I had never had a bad experience with (had this one for about a year) Broke out into a run, stopped, flipped over backwards on me, got up, did it again, got up, did it again. Third time, I came off. I heard the sound of a watermelon cracking... guess it was my head hitting the gravel road. To this day, I do not know what caused that horse to do that... could have been something as simple as a bee sting. It took 4 months for my smile to straighten out.
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post #112 of 119 Old 04-26-2010, 02:28 PM
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. They asked me my riding experience beforehand and when I told them I ride twice a week so that was the ticket for them to put me on the crazy rearing, side stepping horse.
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post #113 of 119 Old 04-26-2010, 03:32 PM
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Hmmmm...I have been extremely fortunate in that I have never had any 'terrible' accidents involving horses, even on the trail.

Probably one of the worst was when my friends and my mom were racing down this wide dirt road; my horse swerved to avoid my friend's gelding as he came storming up beside us with his ears pinned and teeth bared, running us into a tree limb that jutted out into the shoulder area of the road. He spooked jumped forward, then sideways, did one more twist, and a half rear to which I came off. He stopped but then spooked as one of my other friends on her horse reached over to take up his reins, and took off down the road. Punk! Guess he thought her horse was gonna try and eat him too.

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post #114 of 119 Old 04-27-2010, 04:45 PM
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Okay well I guess this is more funny than anything but it seemed terrible at the time:

Here I am out riding my paint and a very inexperienced friend was on my little appy mare. About 5 miles out I decided I had to pee... NOW. Mind you I was over 30 weeks pregnant at this time and HUGE. So I climb down from my just over 15 hand mount, repeat whoa over and over as I lean against the stirrup to hold myself from the frozen ground (it would be the middle of winter) and do my business on the side of the back country road.

When I'm done it suddenly occurs to me there is no way I can get myself back onto the horse with this HUGE belly in front of me! I tried everything under the sun with no luck. I was just too big and he was too tall. My other horse was shorter but my friend couldn't get up on her own either so I didn't want her to get off and lord knows I wasn't gonna walk my butt the 5 miles back.

So here ya go, the middle of winter, some huge ol' pregnant girl is on the side of the road her horse falling asleep as I packed snow against a mailbox until I formed enough of a sturdy snowbank to climb up on and use as a mounting block hahaha!

You bet your butt as soon as spring came around I taught that horse how to lay down on command. I will never be packing snow on the side of the road again!
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post #115 of 119 Old 04-28-2010, 11:07 AM
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Back when I was still taking lessons at my old barn (this was before I knew much about really riding WELL) my friend and I were on a trail, me on my QH Beau, and her on her older TB Justin. We were trotting up a steep hill, and her horse tripped on a tree root and fell over on top of her. Both were fine. He got up and started to canter up the rest of the trail hill towards the barn. Of course, I had the bright idea to try and chase him to catch him so the BO wouldn't find out we'd been cantering/jumping on the trails and stuff or whatever (she was a bit psycho) and when we got to the top of the hill, full gallop, he turned a sharp right when I wasn't expecting it. I flew off, landed hard on the back of my neck, flipped over, and my left hip/ribs slid into a fallen tree trunk. I thought I had broken my neck, and because of my hip, I couldn't walk for three days after that. For about 3 months, my ribs would randomly start hurting as well. I was lucky I was wearing a helmet, because my head SLAMMED into the ground when I landed on my neck.
Anyway, I started yelling for my friend, who ran up and saw me on the ground. She helped me up and we ran/limped back to the barn, only to find our horses standing OUTSIDE their stalls, turned to face us, with sheepish looks on both faces.
Of course, I got back on and rode for about an hour after that. x_x

(A few months later, I was trying to mount bareback and slammed that rib right on his withers, OW.) I then had to go on this thing for school called the "Rural Plunge" which involved walking 6 miles up and down hills.. my hip certainly didn't like that. I also happened to get a chest cold on that trip and coughed so hard/frequently my rib cracked again. Needless to say, I went home.

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post #116 of 119 Old 04-28-2010, 11:55 AM
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We have an arena near our place. They run cows, gymkanas, and other stuff on a regular basis. Its about a 20 minute ride to it across a 2 lane road & county land (not sure if that counts as a trail). It had just gotten dark (there was a full moon) and I decided to ride Mona down to this arena & see what was going on. I know not the smartest thing, but I've done this a hundred times.
On our way back, we came across a rattlesnake in the middle of the trail. The horse does that famous quarter horse spin. I end up on the ground, going duh. Horse looks over her shoulder decides I'm dead & takes off for home. Mean while, I'm like where's the snake.
A friend of mine was giving lessons at our barn. She sees my horse come back without me, catches her, jumps on, and heads back out to find me on my horse. I met them at the road. I get back on Mona & ride her home while my friend walks beside us.
Scared me to death, but no major injuries. I had a sprained ankle & Mona knocked a big chip out of her hoof when she jumped the horse gate at the road.

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post #117 of 119 Old 04-29-2010, 08:46 PM
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I haven't been riding very long, still pretty new to it, but here are my fun stories:

1) Cantering out in a group up a hill, and my horse decides he wants to go to the side, around, and ahead of everyone. I nearly fell off. I was hanging off the side of the saddle.

2) Having a quiet trail ride by a basketball court, when I hear.. "Heads up". When my head goes up, I see a basketball flying right at me and my horse. I just shortened the reins and waited for the reaction. Luckily all he did was spin, and since I was prepared, I stayed on.

3) Had just gotten a new saddle, and was loping around the arena w/ my instructor. She yells at me... "You're leaning, stop leaning" That is when I realize, I am leaning because my saddle is falling off! lol Luckily I was able to jump off and land on my feet, jogging along side my horse, with 1 rein still in hand. That was my first experience with the emergency dismount.

Lessons learned.....
ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS keep your heels down!
Expect the unexpected
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post #118 of 119 Old 05-05-2010, 11:51 AM
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These stories are great. Either I have experienced similar or I haven't and am VERY thankful for that :).

I have a couple good stories. First time riding EVER at age 6 or so. On a dude string the saddle slipped under the belly, luckily I didn't and I rode back to the barn bareback. lol

Last year on my honeymoon in Maui I went on a dude string ride with my NON horsey husband, and of course my horse was great, and his was okay, until the very end when she pinned back her ears and CHARGED the lead horse. My brave husband did great. I was afraid it had ruined him on horses for good, but luckily it didn't.
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post #119 of 119 Old 05-05-2010, 06:58 PM
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Hmm, well for about 6 years I worked as barn staff at a summer camp; teaching girls to ride, helping them advance their skills, take them out on trail rides, etc. I happened to have my horse with me that summer and it was one of our first trails of that particular session. A friend of mind was leading the trail, riding a notoriously looky, but usually not spooky, mustang gelding. We're not really sure what he heard, but before we were 10 minutes into the ride he completely lost it. Started bucking, rearing, etc. and bucked my friend off into a tree. She was unconcious and Barb (the mustang) took off at full speed back to the barn. Since the large pasture was closed off to the horses we had the gate to the dirt road open and he took it. Took us three hours to catch him in the 20 acre pasture. He was lucky not to break a leg because the reins were dangling and he had been galloping flat out across the field. My friend was okay, luckily, and so were the 25 girls we were on trail with. The rest of the horses, remarkably, didn't feed of Barb's reaction to whatever it was that spooked him. Just a bad day, really.

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