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post #1 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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First Fall :(

Hi! So I've been riding about 5 years and today I had my first fall D:

It wasn't terrible. I was going over a jump, and my horse just kinda gave up and stopped jumping halfway through the jump and he tripped and I slid off his neck. I reached my hand out to stop myself, human nature, and sprained my wrist :(

I was in my first lesson with a new instructor as well, same barn, though. My horse has a problem of ducking out, and the trainer said it wasn't my fault,but I feel like I shouldn't be jumping him that high (about 2'3) because he is 16. SO I feel like I shouldn't jump him too high!

After falling, I got back up and did another little cross rail and I was done with my lesson. I've been working on a little liberty with him, and after my fall, I don't want to jump anymore! Is this feeling common after a first fall? Now, I just want to ride him bare back and do liberty with him.

I know that you're supposed to get right back up and stuff, but it really scared me :(

Anyway, thanks for listening :)
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post #2 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 08:20 PM
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haha, took you long enough

on a serious note glad you're ok, i know i fell off as a kid took a break except the occasional lap around the ring on my sister's horse until about 4 years ago and somehow managed to only have one unplanned dismount 2-3 years ago (stirrup got caught and somehow i landed on my feet so still didn't get listed as "falling off") but last year managed to fall off riding bareback, my wife says i landed like a sack of potatoes.

hopefully you got back on and relaxed again so you don't have that looming over your head, but i will say one time in 5 years you are way behind my wife's cousin who seems to choose the wrong horse, wrong situation, or wrong priority (hold the coffee mug instead of dropping when hrose starts crow hopping) on almost every ride over the past couple of years

so all in all, glad you're ok, ride on and enjoy
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post #3 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 08:42 PM
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Falls definitely do shake your confidence.

A little more than a year ago, I came off my horse and dislocated my elbow. Once I was cleared to ride, I had to be lead around the first 2 or 3 rides back because I was nervous.
After I regained some confidence and didn't feel like I needed to be lead around anymore, I just took it slow and just mostly just walked. After a couple months, I felt totally comfortable again.

My advice to you would just to work at your own pace to regain your confidence. If it's possible, make your first few rides back on a horse that's nearly bombproof. Calm, steady horses are the best confidence boosters.

Good luck! =)
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you
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post #5 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 08:55 PM
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Glad you're okay.

FWIW, if your horse is a good jumper 16 is NOT too old. Look at the ages of the Rolex horses.
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 09:12 PM
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My heart was never really in jumping, but that was really the only option at a lesson barn I rode at for a short time about 10 years ago. I had a fall similar to what you described, but my fall basically had me landed ON the cross rails themselves, badly knocking the wind out of myself. Since I really didn't want to jump anyway, that's the last time I ever went over a fence.

All that said, it didn't hold me back from continuing riding, and on my own horse, we will occasionally take little leaps over creeks and logs in the woods on trails.

I think it's totally up to you if you want to jump again (and agree that you shouldn't worry about your horse if you trust that your instructor is doing right by him). But even if you don't want to jump, there are still plenty of fulfilling ways to ride and I hope you won't give up riding!
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 09:22 PM
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5 years without falling!!! wow.
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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I don't want to give up lessons, because I still have so much to learn, but at my barn, all they offer is hunter jumper lessons.

Also, I don't mean this in a bad way, but my dad wants me too suceed and I'm scared that he's going to say something like, Oh, after one little fall your ready to quit?" I don't want to quit riding in anyway, but I'm just not so sure about jumping.
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-03-2016, 10:37 PM
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I think it's natural to be apprehensive after something like that.
Glad you are OK.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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