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post #21 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 09:56 AM
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OK, I'll be the Party Pooper...

Falling off is not a good thing. Some fall off 100 times without significant injury. I've fallen off once, in Jan 2009. My lower back doesn't hurt as bad nearly 5 years later, but it still aches about 50% of the time and swells up about 1/week. There are days where I finish riding in 30 minutes because it hurts to ride. And my injury was all soft tissue - no bones broken.

You might have 50 falls without any trouble. Or, the next could prevent you from riding again. Or the next one might cause you 30+ years of pain.

Falls aren't great. They are not cool (don't know if anyone still uses terms like that). Every fall should be analyzed for lessons to learn on how to NOT fall. A fall isn't the end of your world, unless it is...and at the start of any fall, you don't KNOW how it will end.

Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.” - Edmund Burke (British Statesman and Philosopher, 1729-1797)

The same can be said of those who don't take 'history' seriously... < / grandfather lecture >
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post #22 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 10:48 AM
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Take notes and remember why you fell. You were lucky. Glad you weren't hurt.

I have tremendous arthritis in my back, neck and one knee because of spills I took as a teen.

Pay attention and learn. And remember as you age you will bounce less and less well.
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post #23 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 10:58 AM
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So lucky to have an easy first fall...lol! Mine was going full bore (Or what feels "full bore" when you're a kid) on my pony when I was little, running barrels. He bucked and sent me flying into the arena dirt! I cried and cried at the trailer until my Mom made me get back on and run again...lol
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #24 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 11:28 AM
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Farah, I am pleased that you managed to fall off and land on your feet - which suggests that the horse was not moving very fast and that you came off forward and over its head. But I am not happy that you see the event as something to celebrate.

Whether you hurt yourself in a horsefall is largely a question of what surface you fall onto; at what speed and whether you were wearing any protective
riding gear such as a helmet and something to protect your spine. Remember that when riding your horse, gravity is your major enemy and you'll need as much protection from its inevitable effect as you can muster.

Even if you can laugh the fall off, your sub conscious brain will not. That part of the brain which keeps you up in the saddle will have indelibly recorded your fall. It will have noted that riding a horse is dangerous.

Some riders will say that a fall is part of the learning curve which all novice riders have to experience as part of the training.

As a minimum I hope you will have learnt that you should always wear a properly fitting riding hat and riding breeches. I'd also like to see you wearing a safety jacket which will give protection to your spine.

Within a few years I can envisage it to be common to see most riders wearing riding gloves and pads protecting the elbows and the knees. Additionally nowadays it is common in the UK to see riders wearing highviz day-glow jerkins when riding out in the community.

Personally I have lost count of how many falls I have had in a lifetime of riding but one bad fall a few years ago involved a visit to the accident and emergency dept of the local hospital. The bruising eventually healed but the damage to my spine is still evident years later and for the rest of my life I shall be taking the pills to ease the resulting discomfort.

Farah, do enjoy your riding but take falls seriously. Learn from every fall. The insurance companies do not rate horse riding as a high risk sport without good reason.

Just stay lucky.
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post #25 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 11:51 AM
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My first fall, I will never forget it. I was riding my mare up on a levee, and I brushed up against a tree limb that had one of those huge, ugly, banana spiders in it. The spider went down my horses ear, and she went wild, went flying off the levee, bucking the whole way, and I finally fell at the bottom of the levee. My daddy helped me look for the spider i her ear, but we never found it.
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post #26 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 06:15 PM
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I envy all of you your "I fell off my horse, brushed myself off and got right back on" stories. I had my first fall six weeks ago. I broke my tailbone, and I still haven't gotten back on, as the injury's still healing. I'm annoyingly fragile at present - I feel ok-ish as long as I just sit around (on my special cushion) and don't do much; but if I spend more than 10mins or so driving a car, or I do the shopping, or I... well, do anything much that involves more movement and activity than puttering gently around the house, my tailbone becomes pretty painful and makes me really regret it.

That "get right back on the horse" thing only works if you *can* get back on the horse. I haven't been able to yet, and I am SO over this blasted injury.

On the bright side, at least I came off in an arena with lots of sand. I shudder to think of how much worse it might have been if I'd landed on hard ground...
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post #27 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 06:55 PM
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Glad you were not injured. In the 40+ years I've been riding, the only 2 times I came off (sadly both times I actually chose to leave the saddle, stupid me) I was seriously injured. I now do all I can to stay in the saddle and shut the horse down.

The days that I even could possibly walk away after a fall are long gone. I also do not have many opportunities to ride in an arena , so the trail and hard ground are not something I want to hit.......again!
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post #28 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Okay I hope everyone understands that I do take it seriously, at the time it was a shocker, but I was just amazed that I didnt get hurt, because I know it's dangerous! I hope that clears up a few bits and bobs

I also always wear a helmet and riding boots, I ride in jeans though, just because I don't show or anything and I don't need them yet.

I know none of you are being rude and just real, but I am not one of "those" teenager haha

Thanks guys :)
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post #29 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Boo Walker View Post
As I was reading your post I could almost see you land on your feet, raise your arms in the air and delcare, "Tadaa!!" LOL!! I'm glad that you have discovered the healing magic of horses, they are just as good for us mentally as physically :)
Hahahahahahaha this made me laugh! I sort of went "WOAHOOO" in-between a whoa and woo.

I'm glad I did too, i can see myself doing this for the rest of my life.
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post #30 of 34 Old 11-06-2013, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Oh and I am very sorry about the injuries /: my friend fell off ages ago and her back is still not healed.

Also, I'm on my phone so I can't edit my older posts, hence why I posted 3 different posts
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