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post #1 of 32 Old 08-08-2015, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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What makes a real rider?

Hey, It's me, and I have another question :)

In my entire riding career, I have not once fallen off the horse (and have been 'one of the best students I've ever had', says my trainer.). I have heard from multiple people that you aren't a true rider until you've fallen off. Is that true?
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Hey, It's me, and I have another question :)

In my entire riding career, I have not once fallen off the horse (and have been 'one of the best students I've ever had', says my trainer.). I have heard from multiple people that you aren't a true rider until you've fallen off. Is that true?
Real? Or tough?

You don't have to experience everything in life to know you don't like it.

My self, I've had exactly one lesson. I don't claim to know very much about the technical aspects of the equine sports.

I rode 34 weekends last year and covered over 400 miles.

Am I a "real" rider?

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I used to bring home some pretty sour horses, that had been ruined by people.

I rehabbed them and found them good homes with fellow trail riders. I went off a lot of them before I got them re-gentled.

I have never gone off a horse I trained from its beginning, nor any of my Keeper Horses.

Does that mean all those years of getting tossed off a horse somebody else ruined means I am a bad rider? I don't think so.

I've spent my entire life butt sliding my own horses down power lines, and river banks, then knee digging up the other side, without benefit of a saddle, and never fell off.

It would be great if you can ride the rest of your life without going off a horse but it isn't likely --- it isn't in the Odds. Because you've never been tossed, you don't know how to fall to avoid extraneous hurt and damage, so it will probably get you a hospital bill

Learn to tuck n roll, just in case

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Falling is out of control. It is good to experience as much as could happen, before it happens. My HS Instructor had us do "emergency dismounts," where you kicked off your stirrups, slid sideways (like when you mount bareback), and jumped off while the horse was moving. I believe that we practiced this at all gaits.
Ask your instructor to teach you this. =D

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post #5 of 32 Old 08-08-2015, 09:13 AM
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What is a real rider?

Really, there is no such thing.

Surely some people call some real riders. Cattle workers out there who think dressage isn't real riding, dressage riders who look down on the barrel racers, and barrel racers who look down on the showies. One could look to a lesson rider and say they aren't a real rider because they're in controlled environments, and the same rider may look to the same trail rider and think they're not a real rider because they've never had a lesson in their life.

There is no such thing as a real rider. You're on a horse you're riding. You might never fall off or fall off a hundred times and that doesn't speak to your skill either way.

I imagine the falling off sayings come from pony club or the like, to make the Faller feel better about the event. Or from the idea that falls come from challenges. That I would agree with, a rider who is never challenged by a horse misses out on a lot learning.

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Thank you all for your replies! I don't think I titled the question right, though... It should have been 'Good Rider' instead of 'Real Rider'. I want to thank Saskia, especially, for saying:
"There is no such thing as a real rider. You're on a horse you're riding. You might never fall off or fall off a hundred times and that doesn't speak to your skill either way." I know a few people who say that I'm not a good rider because of not falling off, so if the situation comes up again, I'll know what to tell them:)
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Hey, It's me, and I have another question :)

In my entire riding career, I have not once fallen off the horse (and have been 'one of the best students I've ever had', says my trainer.). I have heard from multiple people that you aren't a true rider until you've fallen off. Is that true?
I think the origin of that saying is based on the fact that falling off will test your determination to continue riding. If you aren't particularly determined to continue riding despite the cost, you may decide the risks are not worth the benefits. Thus, not a "true rider".

On the other hand, you might ask: "Does one need to fail in order to prove ones skill?"

Given a choice, I would rather ride without falling off. If I do fall off, I hope I will be able to get back on, even if I first take some rational preliminary precautions.

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" I imagine the falling off sayings come from pony club or the like, to make the Faller feel better about the event. Or from the idea that falls come from challenges. That I would agree with, a rider who is never challenged by a horse misses out on a lot learning."

I bolded this as just because you have not fallen does not mean you are necessarily good at riding. You are competent for the level of horse you are riding. I'll use someone that rides on nose/tail trails. They can ride every week or once a year and never fall off. Are they good riders? Well, they have the balance not to fall off but if they were on a horse that they actually had to have some level of control over it may be a whole different ball game. Perhaps they have natural talent, are observant and can handle the basics and on a solid well trained horse will also not fall off. If your trainer thinks you are one of her best students that can be taken many ways. Ask him/her for an honest evaluation of your skills and where you are at.
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Even the most seasoned riders are still learning. We are always learning or at least we ought to be.

Some people have great balance with helps them stay with the horse.

I have decent balance and have come off a horse once and donkeys twice in 23 years of riding.

I consider myself green rider.
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I'm trying to think what an UNREAL rider might be ?

To Emma, I would say that you are a "good" rider since it seems that you must have gone past learning things that others would have had a few spills before perfecting. I am still wondering if "real" is the right adjective, but I am impressed with riders that act instinctively (and correctly) to a situation without having to put conscious thought into it regardless if they fall or not. Falling off and landing on your feet requires some talent too.
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