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post #1 of 25 Old 05-20-2020, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Soooooo, I fell off today...

Well, after four and a half years and over 400 rides on Elle, my lease horse... I fell off her for the very first time.

I was just thinking the other day how remarkable and statistically unlikely it was that I hadn't yet fallen off of her. Any other horse I'd ridden for any significant length of time -- and they've all been a fraction of how long I've been riding her -- I have fallen off of at least once. Well, one should never EVER think those sorts of thoughts -- and I know this from experience -- because they will always, always jinx you.

Anyhow, today I was feeling a little funny and realized it was because I had missed lunch. As I rode around in the ring a little to warm up, I suddenly realized that I also hadn't changed out of my rubber boots and into my riding boots. They're not unsafe to ride in, but they are uncomfortable. Oh well, whatever, I thought. I just won't do a schooling ride. Instead, I'll do a relaxed walk around the property. It's what I had done on Monday, and it was nice, so why not do it again today? Nice relaxed walk in the sunshine? What could go wrong?

Well, everything was going great until I decided we should go explore a different section of the property. It was unremarkable, except that the footing was somewhat thick, tangled, damp, squishy grass. I could tell Elle wasn't crazy about it but made her walk on a little ways. She hates crossing water but will usually put up with it if you're firm. Aaaaaaaaaaaand... sudden DUCK, 180 SPIN, BOLT and I had that moment where you feel the horse has gone on without you and your body is staying in place and mentally screamed "YOU SUUUUUUUUUUUUCK" as I hit the -- thankfully, soft -- ground with my right hip and rolled up into what I would like to imagine looked like one of those cool superhero stances (see below). Elle stopped about one stride after I had hit the turf, and stood perfectly relaxed with her eyelids and lip drooping, looking at me like, "What?" I'm convinced that not even the best rider would have stuck that spook. Or at least that's what I'm telling myself.

I walked her back to the arena, had a commiseration call with my coach who has never, in six years of owning this horse, had ANYONE fall off of her. Then I got back on Elle and cantered her into a good sweat and finished with some relaxed sitting trot for both out sakes. Nary an ear twitch nor a look askance. Sigh!

Anyhow. That was my day!! If I was going to fall off her eventually -- and let's face it, it was bound to happen -- at least I landed on soft ground. Soft ground that probably, you know, caused the fall... So it cancels itself out, right??
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post #2 of 25 Old 05-20-2020, 08:07 PM
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Sorry about that fall. You didn't say. Are you hurt??? I know you've had some issues with pain. Did the fall aggravate those issues? Hope you are OK.
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Sorry about that fall. You didn't say. Are you hurt??? I know you've had some issues with pain. Did the fall aggravate those issues? Hope you are OK.
Thanks! :) I think I'm good, but tomorrow will tell! I was lucky in that it was super soft there, I had a split second to actually coordinate my landing, and just... also... lucky!

In a way I'm weirdly glad when this sort of fall happens (as long as they're very very rare, and falls in general remain very very rare!!) It's a reminder that not every fall is catastrophic and I usually just get up, dust myself off, and give the horse dirty looks (and no cookies)!
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Sorry to hear! But it sounds like you're ok.


Yesterday I had a bit of a spill on Rusty for the first time. He lost his footing in the canter, went down on his knees, then on his side -- right on my foot still in the stirrup. There was a split second as he got up when I had enough instinct to kick my foot out of the stirrup so he didn't pull me up with him. Then he just kind od stood there shaking his head, looking at me like "what just happened"? My ankle is pretty swollen but I can walk on it so it should be ok in a few days. It was just such a freak thing, he just tripped I guess.



My daughter got on him to canter him one more time and he was great. I got on to cool him down (stirrupless - my ankle was already hurting).


I'll get back on as soon as my ankle allows. It's just par for the course I guess.
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@SteadyOn - I'm glad you're okay, and I love your description of the fall.
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Sorry to hear! But it sounds like you're ok.


Yesterday I had a bit of a spill on Rusty for the first time. He lost his footing in the canter, went down on his knees, then on his side -- right on my foot still in the stirrup. There was a split second as he got up when I had enough instinct to kick my foot out of the stirrup so he didn't pull me up with him. Then he just kind od stood there shaking his head, looking at me like "what just happened"? My ankle is pretty swollen but I can walk on it so it should be ok in a few days. It was just such a freak thing, he just tripped I guess.
Thanks! Yeah, I had a very good landing!

Oooof, that sucks. These are the types of falls that make me cock an eyebrow when people say they won't wear a helmet because "I trust my horse." Well, trustworthy horses still sometimes do faceplants!! It's no one's fault, but there's still a potential to be hurt. Glad your ankle sounds like it'll be okay, and hopefully no one will be the worse for wear!

Actually, I thought of you today, because what Elle pulled sounds just like what Kodak was doing to you! Thankfully it's not a pattern of behaviour, at least, with Elle! *knocking on all the wood*
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Also, I'm currently soothing my nerves (they weren't too rattled, but that's my excuse) with a couple generous glasses of red. Been a while since I've fallen (thankfully!!) so I figure it deserves a toast or two. (Though I haven't told my fiance I fell off today. Why worry the boy?? Horses are SAFE, after all!! )
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I went ten years without falling. I ride a lot. Now I have had two spills this year. I hope that your backside fares better than mine is right now. Ouch.
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Here's the culprit, btw, mere moments after the big event. Note the "terror" in those eyes. And the completely unacceptable footing.
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I fell off my mare for the first time in four years in November. She never bucked before and since. One moment we are doing a nice, relaxed sitting trot - zero tension in either of us - WHAM - I'm somersaulting to the ground. She bucked so hard that she launched me in one go. I literally made a somersault, all the way over my head, full 360 degrees. She didn't make a single step further, just stood there and looked at me really confused. I got back on and she was completely relaxed for the rest of the ride. I did hurt my ribs quite badly and I needed help getting up from a lying or a sitting position for two weeks. She hasn't even hinted at anything similar since than. I have no clue what happened. I was going to call the vet (kissing spines was suggested by people on this forum) but she is behaving perfectly.
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