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post #1 of 30 Old 06-10-2013, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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The perfect reason for an emergency dismount.

I was never taught an emergency dismount, and have always been against the idea, you put the horse in whatever situation, you deal with it type attitude.

Then today, I saw this. Perfect reason for an emergency dismount, and great quick thinking on the part of the rider.

Monday Video from Tredstep Ireland: Why You Learn to Emergency Dismount : EVENTING NATION
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post #2 of 30 Old 06-10-2013, 10:03 PM
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HOLY CARP that was scary!

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post #3 of 30 Old 06-10-2013, 10:17 PM
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actually had to do one of these last week on a trail ride. going up the hill my horse slid and went down on her knees i hopped off her so dang quick it was ridiculous! LOL
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I was never taught an emergency dismount. We had a group of jumpers, dressagers and westerners and the jumpers always used to dismount differently than everyone else.

They'd loose their irons and sling their leg behind the saddle, dropping easily to the ground on their feet. I later learned we were executing an emergency dismount every time we hopped off the horse.

I don't think I've ever had to do a real emergency dismount except for last Saturday when I was riding behind my sisters boyfriend on the 4 wheeler and he flipped the thing over on us.

I did an emergency dismount and stumbled into my side, managing to jack my hip up when the 4 wheeler started coming down ontop of us as we slid down the hill. I caught it with my heel and kept it propped up off us until he regained his bearings, got up and flipped it upright again.

I would have been pretty squashed if I didnt know how to fling myself free of something.
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post #5 of 30 Old 06-11-2013, 03:10 AM
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Yup that's pretty scary!!
I've been learning it for the last couple years, but even so I wish I knew it sooner!

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My horse did much the same thing as yours Ghostwind. Several years back we were exiting our creek and the bank was steep and muddy. My horse fell to his knees and I launched myself off and landed on my feet right beside him. I couldn't believe how I landed so perfectly!
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Although I wouldn't score nearly as high as this guy for my incident, there was one time that I was riding through a stream and my horse decided he wanted to roll. I saw what he was doing, jumped off onto a rock (about five feet away), and got him to stop all before he finished bending his knees, lol. It took a while for people to stop calling me 'the monkey'...
That video was quite shocking, though- it's amazing how he not only managed to get back in the saddle, but safely get back out when he needed to, LOL. Does anyone know if the horse was okay?
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Yikes. I'd probably pee myself if that happened to me haha.

I was taught emergency dismounts when I was younger but there's a big difference between emergency dismount at the trot and at a gallop My QH gelding decided he had enough of being in the back (we fought the entire trail ride. I like the back and he likes to be in the front). Well, he randomly took off at a full gallop. I tried turning his head and everything to get him to stop but considering how strong and stubborn he is he broke through each of my attempts and kept going. When we were about to enter the woods, I just dropped my stirrups and leapt off because I wasn't about to have my face, arms, and legs whacked my branches. I landed in some leaves and sprained my ankle (I have weak ankles, as is).

Fun stuff :/
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post #9 of 30 Old 06-11-2013, 04:10 AM
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After such a brilliant recovery how disappointing they had to bail out and how athletic!

I was never taught an emergency dismount but over the years of riding ponies as a child and later backing horses, it is something you learn to do with a strong sense of self preservation! I haven't done one for about 3 years now and I suspect I won't be a nimble as I used to be
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post #10 of 30 Old 06-11-2013, 06:10 AM
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I really need to learn this. Could've come in handy the other day, though I ended up doing an 'accidental' dismount instead xD I was riding out on a busy road for the first time on quite a slope beside the road. Horse was distracted, semi-trailer came along the road, I turned him to make sure he saw it, but it still terrified him when it went past. I had a total 'Horse Whisper' fright moment. He shied, I overcompensated what with the hill, and tumbled off (on the non-road side, luckily). Even more lucky, he took a couple steps and stopped rather than jumping onto the road or bolting. But if I had of stayed on and he had of bolted or jumped in front of the truck... Yeah, emergency dismount would've been good.

But hey, at least now I know my boy doesn't like big trucks. I think I'll stick to back roads in the future.
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