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post #51 of 66 Old 05-26-2008, 10:32 PM
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I heard that you shouldn't wear pull overs when riding but it's one of those "It wouldn't happen to me" deals.
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post #52 of 66 Old 06-13-2009, 08:49 PM
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had a lot of falls. this one was bad just cuz it hurt a ton and it was a long way down:
I fell off Radcliffe, whose HUGE, on Friday. Took the weekend off and rode him again on Monday. The past week he'd been ridden twice a day but he was only ridden once on Monday. We were going over trotting poles, and I loved him so I was having a great time... he reared for no reason, throwing me off and I landed on the trotting poles flat on my back!
I've begged several times to ride him again, but no one trusts me with him anymore! =P
Another one.... Just bad because of how I fell.
I'd been training Milo, and I was riding him, and we were cantering. He only went into a canter for a second or so, way too fast, and I asked him to woah. Instead of going slower, he broke gait to a trot. We didn't canter again; he just trotted and trotted and trotted, refusing to canter. He went into the middle of the ring and I wasn't releasing enough, as I was trying to turn him out. I released and gave him a tiny bit of leg... well, they don't call him Space Cadet for nothing! He took off at a full gallop, startled that I'd suddenly urged him forward, lept over a huge jump [I'd still been training him to jump & hadn't even gone over 2'0 yet with him!] and bucked several time. Off I came. .
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post #53 of 66 Old 06-15-2009, 11:32 PM
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Oh, and what got me back on? well, I wanted Milo to feel better. He always got very guilty when I came off. With Racliffe, I knew I could've stayed on, I guess?
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post #54 of 66 Old 06-16-2009, 12:48 PM
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How would you handle this?

Well this isn't my fall but it was still a very difficult circumstance for me.

I recently started a new position with a new company. I really like one of the owners and we have visited several times and she expressed an interest in horse back riding. So I invited her to come with me and my husband one week-end. She rode shadow, a dead broke mare. She rode in front of me and I kept an eye on her to make sure that she was doing ok and I gave her a few pointers, here and there. But I really wasn't worried she was doing great.

after a while we were trotting. She stopped the horse in front of me and asked how to get her up to a gallop. So I told her and we started off again. She was doing ok and then all the sudden she starts leaning off to the right and she doesn't stop the horse or pull herself up and then she just falls off.

When I got down to help her she had the wind knocked out of her and a cut on her head. It took awhile to get her up and I knew that she was hurting, she complained of pain in her back below the shoulder blade. I was concerned about a concussion but she didn't show any signs of that.

We were 20 minutes from any trail wide enough to get a car on so we had to get her back up on the horse to get back to a car. She did it but watching her you knew she was hurting.

To make a long story short, she spent 5 days in the hospital with 4 broken ribs and a collapsed lung!

She has been great and doesn't blame me or the horse, but I feel just awful about it. I want her to have a good experience with the horse, and not let it end this way.
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post #55 of 66 Old 06-18-2009, 10:32 AM
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I haven't had a really bad fall, but my friend has so I'll tell that one . . .

At my old barn, my friend Courtney, who was the daughter of the trainer (thinks she knows everything) decided that it was time for Onyx (who had never been ridden bareback) to learn to go bareback. She can be rougher than I ever would be with horses and when Onyx wouldn't stand next to the fence for her to get on, she proceeded to yank on the leadrope (she had in a halter and leadrope instead of a bridle, real smart Courtney). This scared the crap out of Onyx. She stood still for Courtney to get on but you could tell she was nervous.

As Courteny had one leg over her side, Onyx bolted and started bucking. Courtney fell and broke her tailbone.

I think that when she scared the crap out of Onyx, she triggered the fight/flight thingy in her brain, so when she felt something on her back, she was trying to protect herself.

Onyx was fine and I got on her bareback 10 min later and she didn't do a thing.
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post #56 of 66 Old 06-18-2009, 11:03 AM
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I used to take lessons at this great barn in Silver Spring, MD. The biggest horse was named Fritz and he was just a big ol' sweety, really bouncy trot, so much fun to ride. But clumsy! Soooo clumsy!

One lesson, we were doing a posting trot and his foot found a hole somehow and he pitched me over his left shoulder. The instructor said it almost looked like he saw me going to the left and threw himself to the right. I did a combat roll to get out of the way so he wouldn't land on me. He literally went butt over elbows and then got back up. He came over and put his head on my shoulder like "Whew, that was bad, you alright?"

I loved that horse ♥

I stay in the saddle because any activity worth doing has dangers and pit falls, and the best thing you can do is learn to avoid them the best you can, and deal with them as they come.
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post #57 of 66 Old 06-19-2009, 01:07 AM
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In just over 20 years of riding, I have been remarkably lucky and had some nast falls. Only one resulted in an injury.

I would first like to share my scariest fall from Tailor. We were coming up to a 3'6ish panel jump and Tay launched from a long spot and punched his knee through the jump, which resulted in him flipping over the jump and me somersaulting over his neck. I remember looking up and seeing this huge body hovering over me about to fall on me when all of a sudden it vanished. Everyone watching told me that it was obvious Tailor knew where I landed and actually made a gallant effort to twist his body over to the side to avoid landing on me. Had it not been for that horse, I probably wouldn't be here typing this story.

ok, now for the fall that resulted in a broken bone, though not nearly as dramatic as the first story (lol)...

I was riding this uber nice dressagey horse and we were practicing flying lead changes. He missed the swap on the first attempt, but when I went to correct him, something spooked him and he just simply bucked to the side, nothing terribly dramatic. I was headed to the ground knees first and kicked my right leg out so as not to land on my right knee which already has a torn ACL. So I took all the impact on my left knee. I had searing pain from my knee to my hip and could not put weight on my leg for a good 15 minutes. At some point, I decided to try a partial squat to test my knee out and felt with my thumb that my kneecap was not where it was supposed to be. Then all of a sudden as I was coming back up I heard and felt a loud THUNK!!!! My kneecap was back in and I was instantly able to put weight back on my leg. I actually got back on the horse and finished the lesson with my left leg out of the stirrup. I actually walked around for 3 weeks before going in for an x-ray because I had no health insurance at the time. Sure enough, there was a small fracture on the underside of my kneecap and a questionable fracture on my femur, but I never had an MRI because, well, I didn't have insurance...lol.
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post #58 of 66 Old 06-19-2009, 02:01 AM
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UMMM this isnt this bad BUT...
i was on my friends house and it was a week after i started riding
he was just grazing and i was lying on his back
and they had an old horse and the horse i was on chased after the old horse
i landed on my hip and inches away from barbed wire!
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post #59 of 66 Old 06-23-2009, 04:58 PM
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post #60 of 66 Old 06-25-2009, 04:58 AM
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My worst would have to be the time I went to ride my Aunt's lease pony. Actually, I think she was just exercising him for someone at her paddock... anyway, he was a little gray, 14.2hh and only 5 so he was very green. I was about 13/14 and virtually a beginner.
My aunt rode him first , we were in a long narrow paddock and she just rode in a circle around a tiny cross-rail, simple walk and trot stuff.
Then I got on and just walked him around for a little bit, then I asked him for a trot, and for the first few circles he was fine, then out of the blue he just took off, bolted down the paddock in a flat out gallop.
I don't remember too much, aparently he went over several jumps that I wasn't aware of, I just remember looking at the fence ahead of us thinking "He is not going to stop!" And he didn't... he just swerved at the last minute and catapulted me into the dirt.
I may have blacked out, not sure, it's all pretty hazy, I just remember that I couldn't breathe for a while as I was so badly winded, and my back hurt like hell. Once I was able to get up I had to have my hands on my back to support it and I was pretty sore for a few days.

Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail...
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