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post #1 of 10 Old 02-15-2015, 10:26 AM Thread Starter
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Red face just climb back on

So as a few may know, I adopted my first horse as an adult. I used to ride all the time as a kid and young teenager and loved it but stopped when my family got out of horses. Even when Dad got more horses I didnt ride. Well as my horse is in training for the next few months I decided to get back in the saddle with a seasoned horse to relearn.
My trainer has several horses and was participating in a trail ride yesterday and offered me a horse to ride. It was so much fun. 20 years since being on a horse and it was great. Well the first hour and a half it was wonderful the horse and I were communicating great. Then more horses started joining and it got very tight. The horse I was riding started to not listen and since I was so unseasoned I couldnt get him to. Well right at the end of the ride we were getting to where trailers were parked and two people started to run their horses and flew past me. This got my horse into a fulll gallop and he would not stop. I did all I could. Well I fell off, luckily onto grass. I laughed my butt off as it was the funniest thing. Everyone came to check on me and I was fun with just a couple of scrapes.
I ended up a little sore but am so grateful for all I learned. I do not blame the horse because on a more experienced rider it would be doubtful to happen. I told the trainer I cannot wait to get back on and I plan to. This also gives me an idea on skills I would like my horse to know.
All in all it was a great day and it was fun riding and fun falling. I think most people that ride horses are likely to fall off at some point and glad I got it over with.
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Great attitude! Glad it worked out and you are fine.

Youngest daughter was very afraid of falling off. Once it happened, she jumped up, leapt around, yelling "I'm okay! I'm okay!"

First time I applied for a riding job on a TB track, the trainer asked "How many times have you fallen off?" I puffed up and cockily said, "I haven't." I hadn't... at the track. He said, "Come back when you've come off three times." I did. It didn't take that long, either. He started giving me horses.
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Well I would have jumped up but when I fell I started laughing and started to sit up and someone yelled to stay down in case I was injured. When we got back to the stables I walked up to my own horse petted him and said "Youre much bigger than the one I was riding so lets not do that ".
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I applaud your good attitude, but my first reaction was that the other riders were being really irresponsible to go blasting past you like that. in a group, especially a group with a newbie rider, any kind of group gallop has to be by total consensus, and ont jsut some riders whooping and cowboying off without letting others decide if they want that.
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Well I would have jumped up but when I fell I started laughing and started to sit up and someone yelled to stay down in case I was injured. When we got back to the stables I walked up to my own horse petted him and said "Youre much bigger than the one I was riding so lets not do that ".
I agree you have a good attitude, but those idiots that galloped by you, are good examples as to why I am very fussy as to who I trail ride with
Also a good way to train a horse to bolt towards home. If my kids ever did that growing up, they would have gotten a good kick in the behind!
You always trail ride in a group to the least experienced rider, and/or horse.
For those that wonder how spoiled trail horses are created, here is an excellent example
I had a wreak, ages ago, because of a similar incident, riding a horse i did not know was a bolter.
When I went away to college, my parents hoped I had out grown horses, thus sold my horse
I came home one weekend, bringing along two friends. Of course, I wanted to ride, thus borrowed three horses from the neighbour across the highway from us. Two were young horses that the kids had trained, and another was an old horse, blind in one eye
The friend that was experienced more in riding, and I rode the two young horses. We had a great ride, and found a sandy road ,where we raced the two young horses, as young riders are prone to do
We were riding back, and I had a draped rein, walking in the lead. For some reason, my friend on the other young horse streaked by at a gallop.
My horse was off in a flash, before I could even gather up reins. No place to lope circles, and the highway was up ahead, just past the laneway of where the horses lived.
Thus , I had the choice of trying to make that turn at a full gallop, or risk running over the highway. I therefore opted to make that turn, and the horse slid in the gravel, and ran into a tree> I was ejected off by that tree, with a minor concussion and a dislocated shoulder
My friend, on the other young horse, which mine obviously passed, made the turn, but the saddle turned on Janet, and she suffered a broken wrist.
By the time my other friend got there on the old one eye blind horse, she though we we resting under that tree!
This is a pet peeve of mine-idiot trial riders. Sure, I lope my broke horses both leaving home and returning, but I am riding by myself and I always walk that last mile on a loose rein
The person who bought our ex stallion, after I gelded him, had tried out a show mare first. She had a horse buying rule, where she always tried ahorse out three times before buying, with one being , riding out
She triad out this mare, twice in the arena, and she was perfect. Third ride was a trail ride, just down the road. Horse went okay, leaving, but the minute the horse was turned towards home, she reared and bolted
Our horse, even an ex stallion, passed with flying colors, and she bought him
Sorry for this long rant, but if you want to get back into horses and enjoy riding them out, then never do what those stupid riders did, passing you at speed, back to the trailers
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My group was great however there were more and more groups joining. Including dancing horses that were freaking everyone out. As I said it was a definite learning experience and I will not take on a group I dont know again till Im experienced.
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If you fall off you either get back on or go to the hospital.

I have done both but never neither ;)
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The first time I was bucked off It was by my first horse, I had only owned her for about a month, and I shattered my tailbone and then had to bike a mile home, wish I had the kind of experience you did!
The horse was still quite young and it was a silly situation, It ended up as it was meant to.

Second time I got bucked off was a bit better! Myself and two others were on a trail ride, just 10 minutes out of the barn and either a horse fly or a black and white hornet got my horse, he bolted and then bucked me off, I flew quite a ways and fell in the middle of a few large tree (have no idea how I didn't fly into one) immediately stuck my hand up and said I was fine, walked a bit, got back on and did a 6 miles ride.

Even myself being an experience intermediate with my own horse in the situation you were in, I could have very likely ended up on the grass as well!

Unless you're with a group of all experienced riders who are used to pulling shenanigans like that you NEVER run your horses, that was VERY irresponsible of them!
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post #9 of 10 Old 02-19-2015, 09:21 AM
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Love the attitude.

I had my first fall off of my new mare about a month ago, so I understand! Anyone who knows me, knows my love of Miranda Lambert and especially, "Airstream Song". There's a line in it that says:

"Unbridled, or tethered and tied...
The safety of the fence or the danger of the ride
"

When I fell off, that line is the first thing that went through my mind! LOL. Sometimes, you have to accept the danger, have a good attitude and keep on ridin'!! Sounds like you are :)

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post #10 of 10 Old 02-19-2015, 03:45 PM
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I got bucked off my neighbors horse. He was a rescued Standardbred, and after gaining weight they wanted someone more experience then they were to jump on the first time. I did all sorts of pre ride prep. Walked him around with tack on, stop and backed. He responded nice. She had no problems with his ground manners. so i get on, start walking and ... WOW! one buck i was off.. he really wanted me off! I stood up, brushed myself off and start climbing back on. my neighbor looks bewildered and says "Are you crazy?" i laughed and said "no, i was always taught to get back on unless you can't".
thats the most memorable one. lol he was a great horse after that. Her husband would ride him up the dirt road.. trotting along happy as can be.

RIP ~ Mr. Bass 06/09/1985-01/21/2015 my dearest friend
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