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post #1 of 15 Old 06-27-2010, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Got landed on- painfully so.

Grr. Went out to ride today. Was warming up, went to canter. It was humid out, so Rainy was not pleased with working. She kept breaking to a trot, so I kept making her canter. It was obvious she wasn't focusing, so I figured I'd make her canter one last time and then hit the trails.

We were approaching the far corner of the ring [and though it had rained that morning, it wasn't overly muddy or slippery, just wet] when I felt her back legs completely give out from underneath me. At first I thought she just tripped [which she does often enough], but then she stumbled again, and was down on her knees in front. For a second I thought I'd go flying over her head, but instead I lost my balance and slid to the left. Well, when I did that, her body followed mine. I'm not sure how, but I managed to get my right foot out of the stirrup and start sliding away from her. She was on top of my left leg for a couple of seconds, then she lept up and started to walk off.

Well, of course I was sobbing at this point. I just watched the movie Ruffian, and all I could do was cry and pray that she wasn't hurt. I sat up [got light-headed for a second] and Rainy kept walking, so I could see she wasn't limping or even remotely bothered by falling down. My mom came in the arena and held Rainy as I walked over.

I'm okay other than feeling beat up. The left side of me [especially my hip] hurts from taking the impact, but no bruises yet. I have a feeling my hip will bruise by tomorrow morning.

Rainy's okay too. If anything, she's absolutely fine. I think she was surprised to find herself on the ground. I stretched all four of her legs and she didn't respond in pain or anything, really. Just stood and was bored.

Blah. Anyone have stories like that? Or stories period? Something to cheer me up?
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post #2 of 15 Old 06-27-2010, 02:39 PM
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That sucks, I'm glad you're both ok. Falling with your horse is always the absolute worst.

A couple years ago, I was riding Flika in spring and Shay-la was on Dove. We were riding along the edge of the highway which had a lovely five foot wide strip of grass we could ride on before it angled down into a steep ditch. Shay-la was asking me how her position was, so I cantered up alongside her to see - not realizing that Dove was pushing as over. By the time I looked, I realized her hoof was going to hit the edge of the slippery wet slope and there was nothing I could about it - I just leaned right back and prayed as hard as I could! Sure enough, her hoof hit the side of it, and she did about three massive stumbles before going to her knees and sliding along the bank! I managed to kick my foot free, and sort of "roll" out of the saddle as we hit the ground.

We both jumped to our feet at the same time, and as quick as I could, I checked her over and she seemed to be fine, so I promptly dropped to the ground and started howling in pain! I hurt my leg, and I somehow managed to whack my arm so hard against the horn everyone thought it was broken because I got a MASSIVE black and purple hard lump on my arm.

I just thought it was so funny that my horseback rider brain kicked in and I had to jump up and make sure Flika was ok before remembering how bad my arm and leg hurt! I was fine though, ended up having to ride the three miles back home!

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post #3 of 15 Old 06-27-2010, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Oh dear! It was super scary for me since I've never had a horse fall down with me.

And geez! Sounds like me. My hip is crazy painful when I stand up, especially if I've been sitting down for a little bit. And now my right knee is hurting too, and I'm wondering if I hit it somehow.

It's crazy, because usually when I fall, I do a black-out fall and don't remember how I fell, but this time I can remember everything. *shivers*
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post #4 of 15 Old 06-29-2010, 11:29 PM
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I had a fall like that too. It was winter and we were going out on a hack originally I was just going to go out to work my horse and the one girl was like i don't have enough time to ride any more, you could take my horse out on the hack. I've ridden this mare once before and she's a lesson horse, so I was like okay. As soon as I got on she kept trying to back up, and i did everything to get her forward, clicking, kicking, using my seat, she just kept backing up, my instructor was helping one of the other girls girls and she's like careful there's ice over there. And I'm like I know, but secret just kept acting weird and i thought she was going to rear up so i put my weight forward and we just collapsed. She landed on top of me and i rolled away as she got up, I was the first one to react, by grabbing the horse so she didn't take off, and then i burst into tears. :/

Apparently the girl used the wrong saddle on the mare after she was told not to and she just collapsed. I landed on my hip with the horse on top of my right leg and i cracked my head off the frozen ground. thank god I was wearing my helmet. It definitely was scary!

HL2435: I don the same where I don't remember how I fall, in the moment you must know what your doing, because I normally kick myself free and roll clear, but after I have no idea how I fell or how I landed I can only go by bruises.

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post #5 of 15 Old 06-29-2010, 11:33 PM
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A few years ago(I was 11) me and my lesson group went on a trail ride together. We were all having fun, then we came across a huge puddle. All of the horses walked through it, but one. This one horse decides to lay down in the water! The girl is frantically screaming and we are all cantering towards the barn. Luckily, everyone was okay. :)
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post #6 of 15 Old 06-30-2010, 08:42 AM
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I was working at a trail riding outfit and myself and another girl had to go out to the far paddock to bring in 2 horses. So we carried the bridles out, and were going to ride them back in. I helped her up bareback and had just hopped up on my horse. I told her not to run back to the barn (she was new), that these 2 horses were both very strong and would take off if you run toward the barn.
No sooner did I say that when her horse took off, lol. I had to prevent my horse from doing it, because she had no brakes. So I turned her in a tight circle, but she was a-jumpin and I felt us going down forward and to the left. When I opened my eyes, I was spread eagle on my stomach. The horse was on My back, feet straight up in the air! I was neatly tucked into the arch of her back, so no pain. Good thing there was no saddle to gore me!!! The scary part for me was when she was getting up. I thought she was going to step on my head! (No helmet!)
Amazingly, she carefully stepped over my head before running off. I got up, but fell right back down, because I couldn't put weight on my right ankle. Up again, hopped over to the horse who had circled back to me. She was shaking all over. I couldn't walk (hop) back half a mile to the barn, so I somehow managed to get back on this 15.3 morgan bareback! (Ah to be 19 again).
Horse was fine, I had a sprained ankle.
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post #7 of 15 Old 06-30-2010, 09:23 AM
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yearrrs ago, one of my dads ex's daughters was riding whiskey in the tattie feild (whiskey woulda been coming 3 i think) and she decided she wasn't gunna work anymore so she reared up, the girl never expected it and pulled back, pulling whiskey over, whiskey fell on top of her but was up in a split second, the girl was fine as well i think she had a bruised ego mostly but there was a nice clear imprint of her in the mud.
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post #8 of 15 Old 06-30-2010, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the stories! Unfortunately, I haven't ridden since I fell, and now I'm starting to dread it. So I asked my instructor for a private lesson- hopefully she'll be able to help me get over it. :P
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The first time a horse fell on me I was 9 years old. We were out on a trail ride, she tripped, fell and landed square on my upper body. I have no idea/memory of how it happened, just that it hurt like h*ll.

Another memorable time of being fallen on: I was cantering Flame in the paddock, she tripped, went down, I came off the side, and my left (?) leg was trapped under her body. She was on her back and falling towards me, so I pushed her body away with my right leg. I know it seems ridiculous to think of a 16 or so year old girl pushing a horse's body away from her with one leg, but it worked. The only thing I can think of is it was a major adrenaline surge.

To this day Flame has gone down with me upwards of 15 or so times and has landed on me probably 6 or so times. She managed to miss me a couple of times by a hair. There was one memorable occaision when she tripped over a jump, saw me in the air and literally twisted her body into the fence to avoid landing on me.

Although my fear of tripping/falling has greatly lessened in the past couple of years (thanks to Soda's remarkable surefootedness) I still have a bit of fear when going around corners at speed, uneven ground, or when a horse stumbles. If I do happen to be riding a stumbler I won't go faster than a walk...
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post #10 of 15 Old 06-30-2010, 01:36 PM
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Really glad you turned out ok. Luckily those bruises will go away, you poor thing. I did fall and berak my wrist but the fall itself would have been a pretty standard unvoluntary dismount. Most of the rest of my falls would have actually been pretty funny come to think of it , so nothing dramatic from me. Again glad you turned out ok.

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