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post #1 of 19 Old 05-04-2013, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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First Fall :/

Story time!

So I'm starting a summer job at a stable down the road from us. Today was my first day and well...it didn't go as smoothly as anticipated.

I fell off of a horse for the first time ever! And now I have a nice big scrape on my elbow, a lower back that can hardly support me while getting out of bed, and a very attractive (note sarcasm) scrape on my back that starts right at the base of my lower back and goes up to right beneath my shoulder blades. Not fun at all. The ice pack is my best friend at the moment.

Everything was going really great today; I was helping tack horses up and assisting on leading a trail ride. But as we were cantering down a trail, one of my feet came out of a stirrup and the horse I was riding's reins came loose. And suddenly -- *cue lightening* *cue thunder* *cue hurricanes* *cue zombie apocalypse* -- all I could see was horse legs and blue sky and tree branches and dirt. I was unbelievably dizzy and of course the wind was terribly knocked out of me. For several minutes I was somewhat in denial that I'd just fallen off a horse, and I kept asking the other trail ride leader if it had really just happened. It was probably one of the scariest things I've endured to date. But even though I was dizzy beyond all reason I still got back on the horse and rode back to the barn. I visited my mom's chiropractor and he put my bones "back into place", and even though I still don't feel like a million bucks, I'm grateful no more damage was done than what I endured (...especially since I wasn't wearing a helmet...DON'T JUDGE. I've learned my lesson and I'm going to purchase a new helmet soon).

I'm still going to be working at the stable this summer, and I'm still going to be a horse-obsessed 15-year-old-girl, and I'm still going to pursue my dream of becoming an Olympic show jumper. One little fall that knocked the wind out of me isn't enough to scare me away from my dreams.

I hope you enjoyed that.
Kennedi

Side note: falling off horses looks so much more epic in the movies.

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-04-2013, 07:08 PM
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It does look very dramatic in movies. In real life, it really just sucks. Dizziness can be a sign of concussion- please be careful, your brain is important! :) Don't be surprised if you find yourself hesitating the next time you might get on, trot or canter. It's natural to worry a bit more about falling and being hurt after having it happen, it doesn't mean you've 'lost your mojo' or anything, just that having reality knocked into you makes you a little more aware of the risks, at least for a little while.
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post #3 of 19 Old 05-05-2013, 02:17 AM
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Well, worse to come before you die!

At 15 I had long forgotten how many times I had tasted dirt and as for sympathy from my parents - forget it!

The best thing I ever learned was playing gymkhana games which taught you how to jump on and off a horse at speed and, in learning this, falls were frequent. These went along with all the naughty ponies I rode or, rather parted from.

You sound very inexperienced in that you became unbalanced because you lost a stirrup and if a horses reins came loos that is because you were not holding them correctly or, if they came loose from the bridle it is your fault for not checking the tack before you mounted.

Tough luck and I am glad it has not put you off.
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post #4 of 19 Old 05-05-2013, 03:40 AM
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"Falling off horses looks so much more epic in the movies."

Now ain't that the truth! That up there would be the perfect signature...

I'm glad it hasn't put you off!
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post #5 of 19 Old 05-05-2013, 04:24 AM
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Well done for getting on again right after the fall! I am glad it wasn't too serious and yes, go get yourself some headgear. ;)
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post #6 of 19 Old 05-05-2013, 06:26 AM
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I'm jealous that that was your first fall! By the time I was 15, I'd lost count of how many times I'd come off.

Don't worry, the pain should ease in a few days. If not, make sure you get x-rays. Your back isn't something to be messed with, believe me - my last (well, second last) fall completed stuffed my back, and it's not something you can or should ignore. You probably should get x-rays anyway, and make sure you mention it to your doctor in case anything comes up in the future.

But like the others said, good work for getting back on! And yes, you might find it daunting next time you go to canter, but it will pass. Falling off makes you a better rider, or at least I think so!
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post #7 of 19 Old 05-05-2013, 07:47 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for the encouraging words and concern for me!

Foxhunter, the reason my foot came out of the stirrup was because I was wearing Chuck Taylor converse...woops. The reason for this is because I haven't bought any actual riding boots since 2008 when I leased a horse for 4-H. My dad is going to get me some new boots soon though to prevent that from happening again. And the reins actually broke; mind you, this isn't my horse, so the tack that the owners owned was very old and worn.

Tracer, luckily my back is already feeling a bit better. The problem now is that it's not just the muscle pains I was feeling in my lower back, it's more like soreness over the entire back of my body. But that's understandable, and I'm sure I'll be better in a few days. :)

-Kennedi

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post #8 of 19 Old 05-05-2013, 01:30 PM
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LOL, it's so funny, in the movies when someone hits the dirt, they are always so quick to stand up and dust themselves off. They never show the part where the person is laying there gasping for all that good air that they can't seem to get any taste of.

Well, I will say congrats on your first fall . It usually hurts but it happens to everyone. Every time you fall, you learn something that will make you a better rider .

Glad that you weren't hurt worse, even though all those bruises and scrapes and sore muscles sure make the following days miserable.

Also, good on you for getting back on
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It's too bad you're so sore! My first (and only, so far), fall wasn't that bad. I was riding bareback and my horse fell. I went flying over her head and rolled and got back up. She was fine, too!

**I must not forget to thank the difficult horses, who made my life miserable, but who were better teachers than the well-behaved school horses who raised no problems.**
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post #10 of 19 Old 05-05-2013, 02:56 PM
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Hope you are feeling better soon! Falling is never fun, but it happens.

I've fallen and been bucked off so many times I don't even bother to try and count it anymore. I'm almost 21 and started riding/got my first horse at 11. Ten years of breaking horses and riding green stock has a way of showing you how the ground feels.

I figure if a girl wants to be a LEGEND, she should just go ahead and be one. ~Calamity Jane
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