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    10-01-2009, 06:47 PM
  #11
Yearling
One time, my dearest friend, Holly and I took two of her ponies out on a trail. I was on Butterfinger, a moody little shetland mare, and she was on Phantom, a sweet little quarter pony gelding. Her trails arent flat pleasure trails, theyre steep and rocky and wooded and very hard to ride. We had just halters on the ponies, since they were extremely easy to ride. Half way into the trail (the trail's about 5 miles long) we heard little kids in the distance. Holly remembered her new neighbors and thought theyd like to pet the ponies. So we went off the trails (stupid) and headed in the direction of the voices. Once we could see the house, we saw the kids were going inside and no one was out anymore. We turned around and also realized that we had no idea where the trails were. We went in circles for two hours trying to find the trails when we heard running water. The stream was right next to the trail. We went towards the stream and phantom crossed it with no problem, but when butterfinger came to the water, she froze and wouldnt move. That was very unlike her. I kept trying to get her to move and became frantic when I heard dogs barking and growling behind us. Two dogs were about 50 feet away from us in the woods and staring at us and butterfinger wouldnt move. I jumped off and pulled her towards the stream. Finally she jumped over and tried to take off. I held on tightly long enough to jump on and gallop away with holly and phantom. The dogs chased after us for a little bit but soon lost interest. I hated it. -.-
     
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    10-02-2009, 01:29 AM
  #12
Weanling
Oh, I've had a few..

I was galloping bareback in Camble Valley Park with two friends. I was on one of their ponies. Well we cut through the people trails but didn't think about it too well. We had ridden in there the night before and barely made it under the tree branches on little ponies. And now we were galloping through there on big ponies.... the smallest was in the lead and made it through, the medium one snapped a huge branch and the branch fell onto me and knocked the wind out of me.

I had a mare rear up and flip over onto me and my cushioning was a fence post. We snapped it. I fell off at that point. She scrambled, reared back up and came down on my leg.

I fainted once off my old chestnut mare. She ran over top of me. I had huge hoof print bruises on my back.

By far the scariest was swimming in a river and having my horse go under.

By far the most painful was the silliest, most recent fall. I got swiped off backwards by a tree branch. At a walk. I hit the front of my face on my horse, then fell and hit the back of my head on a rock and also my back landed on a rock. I'm hopped up on pain killers as we speak. I did something seriously horrible to my back. :(
     
    10-02-2009, 03:12 AM
  #13
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cougar    
Oh, I've had a few..

I was galloping bareback in Camble Valley Park with two friends. I was on one of their ponies. Well we cut through the people trails but didn't think about it too well. We had ridden in there the night before and barely made it under the tree branches on little ponies. And now we were galloping through there on big ponies.... the smallest was in the lead and made it through, the medium one snapped a huge branch and the branch fell onto me and knocked the wind out of me.

I had a mare rear up and flip over onto me and my cushioning was a fence post. We snapped it. I fell off at that point. She scrambled, reared back up and came down on my leg.

I fainted once off my old chestnut mare. She ran over top of me. I had huge hoof print bruises on my back.

By far the scariest was swimming in a river and having my horse go under.

By far the most painful was the silliest, most recent fall. I got swiped off backwards by a tree branch. At a walk. I hit the front of my face on my horse, then fell and hit the back of my head on a rock and also my back landed on a rock. I'm hopped up on pain killers as we speak. I did something seriously horrible to my back. :(

That's awful. You've had a lot of bad things happen to you. Your a magnet of trouble lol.

My worst trail ride ever was the second time I'd ever rode a horse. I was on holidays and went on a horse trek. I had already been on one the week before and had really enjoyed it, so I decided to look for another horse trekking place. I found one and went for a trek with my family. I was put on a young horse named Lofty. He was really young and defiently not bombproof.
When we were out, it was really quite windy, and at one spot we had to go one at a time. I was behind two horses when suddenly Lofty burst into a trot. At the time I though he had galloped, but it was only trotting. I tried to pull him back and he came after a few seconds. Then a few minutes later, we came to a huge clearing where we could spread out a bit. Lofty burst into a gallop(or really fast canter) and began galloping towards the edge of a huge cliff. I didn't know how to control him or get him to stop, so I held onto the western pommel and hoped he would stop. But he didn't, and as we got closer to the cliff, I knew I had to do something, so I yanked on the reins and pulled him around and he finally came to a halt. The trekking instructor then rode over to me and told me my coat was freaking the horse out. I took my jumper off. And we kept going with the trek. But I told the instructor that I wanted a lead rope attatched so the rest of the way I was being led by the instructor.
It has taken me 7 months to get my confidence back in horses.
     
    10-02-2009, 04:00 AM
  #14
Weanling
I was a reckless, unsupervised kid with several horses at my disposal. Those are only some of the horror stories I have. I've smartened up as I've gotten older but boy do I ever have some not so pleasant stories.

A fall off that wasn't trail related but rather amusing is when my horse refused a fence because I used to jump ahead a lot when I was younger. I went flying over her ears, landed on the pole like you'd sit on your horse, one leg on each end and got slivers where you certainly don't want slivers.
     
    10-02-2009, 08:42 AM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Cougar    
I was a reckless, unsupervised kid with several horses at my disposal.
Haha, yes, I know what you mean. We often learn the hard way in this situation, but it does make for some interesting stories. ;) I know when I was a kid I didn't learn my lesson until something no-so-good happened to me.
     
    10-02-2009, 06:23 PM
  #16
Yearling
My worst experience was on a borrowed Standardbred filly. It was an 8 hour ride and 2 hours into it we had climed a razorback ridge that was bulldozed so it could be fenced. There was just enough room between the 8 wire fence and a rather steep, high drop to ride our horses. Unfortunately at one point the hill had slipped, all that was left was a goat track about 2ft below which the horses had to drop down onto and then sort of skip across. There was not enough ground left by the fence for a horse to walk across. Unfortunately it was right at this point the horse that I was riding and I decided to have a difference in opinion. She thought she could hug the fence and I knew that she had to take the goat track. Well, she compromised by just leaping! I am sincerely grateful that we did NOT fall down into the gorge. However she was so close to the fence that I got my knee caught on a large post. We made it across to a wider piece of ground thank goodness but my knee was the size of a football! Fortunately my knee wasn't broken because the post I hit with it was! Unfortunately I had to keep going on the ride and it was the longest 6 hours of my life. It hurt to ride and it hurt to walk!
     
    10-02-2009, 08:57 PM
  #17
Yearling
I have three stories, all from this summer.
The first time, we were in the cow fields and they are connected by gaits. We had to open the gait so the trail leader stopped her horse, telling us to go a couple feet away and stop there. I was behind her on Rocco, and Rocco refuses to halt on trails. So she stopped at the gait to open it, and Rocco and I went on and then tried to stop, but he refused to and we ended up going a little further down the hill. The trail leader came back to the front and her horse began to rush toward us. He was more focused on fighting her and not watching his footing. He slid and started to fall, but he got up pretty quickly and she was unfazed. I don't know how- it was horrifying to watch.
The next one was not so bad. I was riding Pinnochio on a trail & he was very jittery. We did a lot of galloping, and the trail leader was worried that he was too hyper so she told me for jumping, I'd have to fallow a slower horse instead of her fast, jittery pony. I turned around to fallow Jen. We started to go for the jump, and I'd been fighting Pinnochio a lot and decided to let him go. Bad idea- he went too fast and ended up jumping "next to" Jen and her horse. (It was an XC jump. ;) ) He ducked out and then lept over the jump. I held on for dear life and eventually got back into the saddle. ;)
Another one- I was riding Babe on a trail and we were walking down a "rollercoaster". I was behind Emily, who was on Gollywog. Golly was only being ridden by her and was SO hyper. He took off somewhere down the hill and Babe took off after him. The hill was so steep that she fell on the way up. :'( We were both OK, though :)
     
    10-02-2009, 09:14 PM
  #18
Weanling
I have 3 pretty not so great experiences.

My first was at about 8 years old, my parents and I decided to ride in the Christmas parade. The cops were behind the horses and midway through the parade they decided to turn on their sirens. My mom's horse lost it, but my horse and my dad's were just fine. The bad part was that my dad panicked thinking that my pony was going to freak and grabbed my reins. So he accidentally pulled the reins away from me. :( I was lucky because my wonderful pony just followed the other horses to a near-by parking lot.

My second experience was actually one of my first trails, on that same pony when I was only 8. We were trail riding on the Mississippi River during hunting season, and somebody thought we were deer for a second and shot in our general direction. :( My pony was a good boy though, so he only took off trotting and slowed down pretty quick.

And my final one was the most unexpected. I competed with Competitive Trail Riding with my TWH from the time he was four until he was 8. We were at a ride at the Biltmore Estate. And, all of these people are horse people, so as we're going down the trail we notice this woman is down in the woods relieving herself and had a friend holding her horse. We thought that she would come out at a normal speed, instead she came running out of the woods. All three horses jumped, but mine jumped REALLY hard to the right and left me sitting next to him on the ground where he had been standing. We ended up having to pull him out of the CTR because he had pulled a muscle and was totally freaked out for the rest of the time. Needless to say, we had to work quite a bit more on spooking in place.
     
    10-02-2009, 09:50 PM
  #19
Yearling
Let's see, What the worst? You decide.
First off, you need to understand, that I don't ride in arenas or fairgrounds. I ride in some pretty rough stuff.

On a pack trip in the San Rafael Swell area. Going into Robbers Roost. We were winding up a narrow trail, A pack horse rushed up and bumped a saddle horse/rider. That horse went over a 40' cliff, Rider baled, but horses crashed and broke it neck. Dead Horse.

And ride in the same area my friend's horse ruptured an aorta ( at least we think.) it was trotting along and suddenly started weaving and become unbalanced. Rider got off and the horse laid down and died, all with in about 5 minutes. We took the saddle, cut the brand off and left.

While riding in Yellowstone Park, a friend had a horse break a leg. We had to cut it throat with a knife because park rules prohibit carrying any guns in the park. Since then we always sneak at least one pistol in. Never want to have to put horse down that way again.

I was riding a young green colt. He was pretty herd bound to the gelding I had my Brother in law riding. We came to an area that I thought looked boggy, So I tried to get him to circle around to the right, My Brother in law went left. The colt was upset and fighting me, lunged into the area ( and it was very wet boggy under the grass) and immediately went dow and started thrashing, I stayed on about 3 bucks and then came off, The horse landed on top of me. I was under his belly and reached up and grabbed his halter and pulled his head down to stop him from thrashing any more. My Brother in law, seeing my legs sticking out from under the horses belly and thinking my head was under the mud, came a running, waving his arms, trying to scare the colt off me. Didn't know I was trying to calm the horse. The colt paniced and started fighting again and got a hoof up on my chest and as it pushed off with that hoof, broke two ribs on me. It was a long painful ride back to the truck 15 miles away and a two hour drive back to home.

I was also riding with some friend in the desert, I was the 4th horse to cross a small stream, I felt my colt struggle a little like the mud was holding his feet. The 5th horse right behind me, went down as it followed into the same spot, in what turned out to be quicksand. His whole front end disappeared. The horse was covered in mud from the cinch forward. His back feet stayed on firm ground and hauches never went in. The rider was flipped over the horses head and landed on his back in the river.

Here we clean the mud out of the horses nostrils and eyes.


While at a CTR, I witnessed another fellows horse slip while crossing a ditch. The horse fell and landed on the rider. He was under water, with the horse upside down on top of him. The ditch was so narrow the horse couldn't roll off. The horse was trapped like a turtle upside down. We all jumped off and grabbed the horses legs ( trying to not get struck by the flying hooves as the horse struggled) and pulled him off the rider. He about drowned. Besides being underwater, the saddle horn had knocked the wind out of him. He pulled from the event. Too sore to ride.

I could describe a few more, but that's probably enough. Just remember, It's not a matter of IF you will get hurt by a horse, It's just a matter of When!
If you hang around as many horses as I have, for as many years as I have been riding, You will see many wrecks. Be careful.
     
    10-02-2009, 11:05 PM
  #20
Yearling
Luckily, I don't trail ride in the rough areas Painted Horse does! I can't imagine being stuck in any of these situations! Anyway, my worst experience was on a trail ride on the trails behind the barn, with two of my friends. I was on a Quarter Horse named Boomer, who I had to show for two years. (Showing a trained Western horse in English is NOT fun) He was slow. And I mean slow. Most of my friends assumed that because he was slow, he was also a peaceful, bombproof horse.
They were very very wrong.
We were supposed to be cooling down, and finally decided to head back. On the way, with Boomer and I in the back, a deer pops out in front. First two horses are fine, and we're about to shout to scare it off when Boomer sees it and flips. I can't really remember exactly what happened, as it was two years ago, and I always have difficulty remembering how I fall. But I do recall falling, and slamming my head onto the ground. /----/ This close to smashing my head on a decent sized rock. Meanwhile, Boomer's stuck where he is but panics and scares the first and second horses. Luckily no one else fell off, but to be safe we decided to dismount and walk back, since we were nearly there.
Needless to say, I didn't want to take Boomer back on trails for a while.
I'm very lucky. Been riding for almost ten years, and never broken a bone. I've had close calls, this one of them, but nothing ever too serious. :)
     

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