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post #31 of 38 Old 03-29-2015, 11:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
I don't care what anyone says, as you age the ground gets harder!
LOL i don't know if the ground got harder or my butt got softer. But I had a bruised tail bone that took months to heal and a year later it still bothers me sometimes.

My mom call it OAS (old age syndrome).
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My falls have been uncountable but the most memorable have been:

Riding a wannabe-black-stallion appy bareback with only a halter and lead rope at a gallop and then having to make a sharp 90 degree turn onto a path about 4 feet wide. As I was sailing through the air I remember seeing my poor horse with his body leaning towards the ground like a barrel racer and a grin (yes he could grin if a horse ever could) on his face- as I suppose he was having delusions of grandeur at the time make the ugliest turn in the history of bad middle-schooler riding. When he finished his maneuver (I had gotten up running- we were on a trail ride after all) he stopped took two prance steps then looked at me like 'didn't you want to be on for that?'

The other one was while riding a demon disguised as a fluffy pinto Shetland pony. We were galloping and she slammed to a stop then did such a buck-fart that the saddle and myself fell off. The saddle came off with the girth still attached. It had slid over her neck and legs while she had her head between her knees.

Note: some great things to do to learn how to fall like a pro is take a tumbling class or practice on mats falling and getting a proper roll that protects your spine and head. I think Practical horseman had an article on falling recently too. you might want to check that out.
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post #33 of 38 Old 03-30-2015, 04:42 PM
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I remember being young and practicing emergency dismounts (is that weird I don't know any other barns that do that but it makes sense.)

While I haven't specifically trained this I would start at a walk. Any sudden shift in weight, stirrups dropped, lean forward (on neck, you want to reinforce unusual movement not usual) ask for a whoa immediately. Practice hopping off at a walk and immediately asking for a whoa as you slide off. Vocal cues will help.

Now maybe this is the young persons way- hopping off at a w/t/c lol but I think it would be the most effective. Even if you are hesitant you can still do it at a walk, it will be good practice for you too.

Personally I don't see how this would be as effective taught solely from the ground.

Maybe someone has better ideas if you don't feel comfortable with the above.
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post #34 of 38 Old 03-31-2015, 06:07 PM Thread Starter
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Actually, my girl does know whoa on the ground and in the saddle, quite well. It's when I'm hanging off her neck that she seems to forget that training. :)
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post #35 of 38 Old 04-01-2015, 12:27 AM
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The way the trainer we hired did it was to work Lilly in a round pen, and teach her to stop any time the saddle was pulled to one side. Don't know if that could be done with an English saddle. Mia wasn't taught it, and I'm pretty sure she would assume I had appeared on her neck so I could more easily shout, "Run! Run like the wind!" in her ears...

Of course, if I actually slid past the horn, I'd probably be past caring about my future life as a 56 year old soprano:

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post #36 of 38 Old 04-01-2015, 10:10 AM
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ecasey, practice swinging around on her neck while she is standing still, to desensitize her to the unexpected feel. Bring a mounting block into the arena and go bareback both to jelp you feel "slippery" and to avoid getting hung up in stirrups or leathers, and practice all sorts of creative dismounts.

Sorry you came off, but as others said, you are now "official." I concur with an epsom salt soak and would encourage a visit to a good chiropractor. At our ages a mi or injury can spiral into something chronic and much worse if not treated properly.

Originally Posted by Foxhunter View Post
I was brought up in a tough school of learning. Only twice did my Mum ever have any sympathy for me after a bad fall, and there were many!

One of those was when I had a bad concussion and her reaction was, "better get you to the Doctor." The other was after I had my teeth knocked out.
First time frightened me second time I got cross with her as I had spent all morning in the dentist with a further appointment that evening. Sympathy made me feel far worse.

We had a gypsy cob mare come in for re training. I was just 14. I was riding her and all I remember is sitting against a large old oak tree watching her brown and white butt heading towards me thinking "This is going to hurt."
I was knocked out, others caught the mare and I rode back to the stables. My teeth had gone through my top lip which was split in two. My nose was broken and I had a mother and father of a headache.

I stayed at the stables for the rest of the day. My face swelled, until I was like a balloon. When I looked down my nose I could see my top lip which had turned inside out and ulcerated.

When I got indoors Mum was at the cooker removing some fries from the pan. She had the basket in one hand with a plate under it to stop it dripping, she turned and saw me, put the fries on the table, sat on her chair covering her face with her hands peeping through her fingers and between her gusts of laughter says, "Well, you won't want vinegar on your chips! (Fries)"
I had to walk to the Docs, surgery had finished and his wife answered the door. She took one look and called out, "Darling, it's Linda, I think you ought to see her."
"Oh, what is it this time?" He called out, "Kick, bite or fall?"

I then received a lecture as my lip needed stitching and it should have been done hours before.

As children injuries were worn with pride, a broken arm or leg never stopped us from riding. Collar bones would for a couple of weeks as they were more painful.

Generally the comment from Mum was "worse to happen before you die." After my teeth incident her Mum was living with us, Mum had been sympathetic but when I went into the living room where Gran was, her reaction was "Worse things happen at sea, at least you don't drown riding horses."

I knew where Mum got it from.
Book. Jus' sayin'.
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post #37 of 38 Old 04-01-2015, 12:05 PM
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That's a pretty extreme first fall, i hope you're feeling alright soon :'D
I had so many falls off of my boy when he was younger, thank god he's quieter now-- and I can sit through his occasional silliness hahaha <3
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post #38 of 38 Old 04-01-2015, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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I think at my age, any fall would feel like an extreme fall. :)
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