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post #31 of 66 Old 04-29-2008, 07:42 PM
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Well, my worst fall was when I was at pony camp. There was a horse who was stubborn, moody, and all around unpredictable, his name was Duncan. Well, I was constantly fighting him whenever I rode him so when the day for bareback riding came around it was no surprise when I fell.

The day started out great. Me and Duncan were doing awesome! xD Something very rare. Well when riding bareback my instructor put all of the campers in the ring to just kinda chill while she went to do something real quick and left the assistants in charge. O.o Long story short, the assistants were laughing having a great time and didn't notice when Duncan's rival came trotting by him and Duncan lunged forward catching me by surprise and causing me to fall. Now I tried my best to stay on, and tried to stay ahead of him, but I really wasn't expecting him to lunge to the side and cause me to fall infront of him. He stepped on me and broke my elbow. xD Good times. I wish I could meet him again. When I look back I wish I coulda bought that horse because he and I really resembled each other.

How did I stay in the saddle after this? Well, I'm not anymore, but I did ride for several months after that. I stayed in the saddle because I just love horses. No matter how much of a pain they can be, I just love them. But I can't say that my nerves were soothed, I constantly got anxious before riding... and after a while I let it get to me. But I didn't quit for that reason. There were other circumstances. :(
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post #32 of 66 Old 04-29-2008, 09:03 PM
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Awww. :( I'm glad it wasn't worse.

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post #33 of 66 Old 04-30-2008, 01:16 PM
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I think my worst fall was back when I was taking riding lessons as a teenager. My favorite horse in the world was this 17.1 hh Thoroughbred gelding named Avalanche. I don't know why I was obsessed with him, but he was a retired racehorse, all gangly looking, had a horrifically bumpy trot, but he was my guy.

I realize now what poor instruction I was receiving at the time, because I was told I was ready to start jumping and I know I wasn't. Avalanche was a crotchety old fart, and he hated jumping. We were trotting toward a low crossbar and I was already nervous and tense (obviously not good) and just as we were approaching the jump, he stopped short.

My body was wound as tight as a spring, so I popped off and sailed over the jump without him. I landed right on my butt. I didn't break anything, but falling off a 17.h hh horse isn't a picnic.

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post #34 of 66 Old 04-30-2008, 02:14 PM
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Oooh, Missy, that doesn't sound good. I hate when that happens! :(
I was riding my friend's horse, Cisco, & he is a very good jumper; but he just refused the jump & stopped short. So I also sailed over, ahh, I'm glad he was only like 15HH though lol.

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post #35 of 66 Old 05-05-2008, 04:37 PM
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Fall # 1 (you think your's is embarassing)

I had been working this older horse that had a cold back. I always warmed him up in the arena doing free lounging before I got on him. Anyways, the sun was out and we had been working in the small pen/arena, but I said, 'What the hey! Let's go into the bigger arena!". There were two other horses in the arena. I had been told that this horse had done reining, now why couldn't I believe that? :roll: Oh yea, that's right because it's western pleasure and cutting in that region back than! :roll: So anyways we were cantering, and I asked him to halt, needless to say my feet came out of the stirrups, and I went flying over his 16.1 hh head. He had slid on his but, and righted himself to quickly. He didn't mean it, that is what he was trained to do, and his training came kicking in and told him to slid. And when I was on the ground, he looked at me like, 'I'm sooo sorry! Don't be mad! You asked me to halt and I did!' I never blamed him and I never will. After I fell I asked myself, 'Am I dead?' and two, 'Did I break anything?'

Fall #2
I had been working this horse in my lesson. Had ridden him on several other occasions, and he was being good, being a little bit too good, that was making me suspecious 8) . He usually tries to bolt or something else as ridiculous, and he knows that I will correct him all the time..... go firgure. Anyways we were working on getting him collected at the canter. His canter uncollected is like driving down a construction zone with a bunch of pot holes going 20 mph, plus asking him to collect rocks him back on his hind end, and he has to use his back legs and not his front. And we were working in small strides, 7 strides here trot a few strides, pick up the canter for another 7 strides, fall back to the trot. Anyways he was feeling good, and I yelled at my instructor if I should just let him keep going, and she said yes. Than we came to this corner, he swirved and went screaming down the side of the arena. I gave up trying to turn him (big thick neck, and hard mouthed), so I tried to jump ship (hey I've done it a few times, but these times they weren't jumping up and down). He wasn't bucking, I've sat a buck before, he was simply being a pain. I had both feet out of my stirrups, was about to swing over, than he jumped again, I fell sideways, needless to say I don't ride that horse anymore........ I took count of my injuries, I slid probably 4 ft from where I fell, my boot came off and slid another 4 or 5 ft, and bruises galore on my lower back, mud embeded into my breeches (jeans tend to make me chap, and in winter it's 5 x's as bad.......), mud on my sock. Jammed one finger, got scrapes on my arm. And the back of my hoodie was covered in mud..... I also had to curl up into a ball (well when the wind gets knocked out of ya, and your sort of in pain, it's kinda hard.) Because I heard him coming and I didn't want to be stepped on. Have made way to many non-horse related inccidences to wind up, once agin in the ER, oh so much fun. Not.

How did I stay in the saddle? Easy. Horses are not inatimate objects. They are living breathing creatures that have minds of their own. And thus they can come up with challenges sometimes. Not saying I don't love them, I do, but I like the challenge more
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post #36 of 66 Old 05-05-2008, 09:46 PM
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Wow, those are some crazy falls!!
I have to agree...I love the challenge & the adrenaline rush I get when I ride sometimes. It keeps things interesting!

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That's some pretty crazy stuff
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post #38 of 66 Old 05-07-2008, 09:17 AM
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I've had my share of falls, nothing too serious, I've only ever broken my big toe (horse fell on my foot) but one that sticks in my mind is this..

The horse I was riding was a 3yr old WB breaker,and a headcase to say the least, he was scared of everything first time eg leading, water, lunging etc he'd absolutely freak.

Anyway I was working him in the indoor (I worked on a WB stud at the time) and he was doing really well, he was walking, turning, stopping all really well so I decided that it was time to trot Well the first few step he coped with, but then his 'Holy Sh!t' gene kicked in and all hell broke loose. The brakes when out the window with his brain and it was everyone for themselves. He was bolting around the arena, bucking and leaping like a frog on speed and with no brakes I decided that to stop him I would aim him at the corner of the arena and pray! It worked..... kind of... he stopped, dropped his head, did a king sized buck and threw me butt first into the wall, which I hit with the back of my hip bone.

As I lay there groaning, I did think that my work partner would have heard the noise of me hitting the wall, it was very loud, and would come help out. But she didn't. Afterwards when she did come back to the stables, she'd been about 100m away, she said that it had just sounded like the arena door closing.
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post #39 of 66 Old 05-09-2008, 10:31 PM
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where do I begin! I've had so many bad falls but thankfully I've done nothing worse than break an arm

- pony bucked me off and I broke my arm
- riding bareback and my horse turned unexpectedly and I didn't quite make the turn
- my horse tripped and fell, landing on my leg (only bruises)
- my horse spooked on several occaisions and..
1. i fell off landing in a pile of *****les and had to stand there pulling them out of my seat before I could get back on
I really, really hope nobody was watching!
2. i landed within 30 cms of a metal post sticking 10cm out of the ground
3. her momentum caused me to slide along the gravel causing a very deep gash to my knee and a hand i couldn't move for days
- my horse got the stirrup caught on the gate and panicked, i tried to jump off but managed to bang my head on the ground and hit my fingers hard on the fence.
- pony put his head down to eat and i keep going.

I could go on and on... theres just so many.

Why do i keep riding? Well looking at the above falls, I guess I just must be crazy!!!!

When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ~William Shakespeare
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post #40 of 66 Old 05-09-2008, 10:48 PM
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Wow that's a lot of falls.
Hahaa a good rider never quits 'cause of a fall, LOL! I always get right back on.

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