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of course i fell off of horses before but im talking about horses that are 16.1 hands and etc. does it hurt? haha my curiosity got the best of me lol :) and besides i really like friesian horses but im really short buttttt im just wondering what it would feel like to fall from a tall horse? :D
 

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I am wondering the same thing! Of course, I know what it feels to fall off a horse. and my recent falls were off of a 16 hh horse. But I am now riding a 17hh and almost came off the other day when while cantering on the trail, he dodged solidly left and I almost came off his right shoulder. I didn't like that feeling, becuase the ground is really hard there. were it the arena, I can deal with that.

But, will I quite riding? quit cantering? nah. but I will be careful.

I think the fall off a big horse is pretty much like a medium one; quick and breathtaking!
 

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It hurts a little. Depending on how you fall and what you hit determines how much it hurts. But I can tell you this, hitting the ground hurts WAY less when the horse isn't on top of you. I got to experience that scenario back in December...
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Put it this way............... you try harder not to. I know it may only be another 4-8 inches but dang! It seems like the difference between jumping of the roof of your house or a tall building! I know when I had smaller horses I would be more apt to bail and now, I think twice, or maybe three times, lol.
 

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I am wondering the same thing! Of course, I know what it feels to fall off a horse. and my recent falls were off of a 16 hh horse. But I am now riding a 17hh and almost came off the other day when while cantering on the trail, he dodged solidly left and I almost came off his right shoulder. I didn't like that feeling, becuase the ground is really hard there. were it the arena, I can deal with that.

But, will I quite riding? quit cantering? nah. but I will be careful.

I think the fall off a big horse is pretty much like a medium one; quick and breathtaking!
Ha, ha, breathtaking alright...:lol:
 

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Yeah. It's kind of a silly question but I get you. When I had ponies I was always falling off. I remember being winded mainly, I'd always seem to fall on my back and knock all the wind out of me. That was quite a scary feeling when you can't suck air back in. But I haven't fallen for years and my thoroughbred is 17.1 hh, I'm so much older. I think if I had a bad fall now I could do real damage if I fell badly. But I've never had a real bad fall, and for that reason I don't have much fear of falling.
 

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My horse is 16.2 hh and I've fallen off him twice. The first fall happened when he stopped dead in his tracks right before a jump and it was quite bad actually, because I hit my head hard and ended up with a concussion, but the other one was very soft - I came off in trails and just flew in some bushes nice and fast, without any injuries. The falls really depend on how your body reacts - if it stiffens up or if it knows how to relax. One can have very serious injuries falling off even the smallest of ponies, if during the fall the body is tense. Around here, almost all horses can be considered tall (16 hh and up) and people are just used to falling of these heights - I believe, it is not much different than falling from a smaller horse.
 

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I'm pretty short, and I used to lease a 16.3hh horse. He bucked me off pretty violently, twice. I remember feeling like I had a lot of time to think on the way down, but the thoughts were mostly "Really? REALLY? AGAIN?!"
 

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are you in a kept soft arena or out on the hard trails?
falling off or actually getting dumped from a bucking running horse? it does make a difference because of dealing with the additional force of a buck.
any fall can be dangerous, bone breaking and life threatening. So be careful
 

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haha yes it is a pretty stupid questions but i have fallen from horses that are 15 hands and under and none of the falls really hurt or scared me except for one when a horse bucked me bc it was the first time being bucked off lol :cool: but i never fell off of a 16 hand horse so i never had the experience lol XD so yah just curious;-)
 

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It depends on how you land and what you hit and the force that threw you off the horse a lot more than the horses size does. I've only had one fall that landed me in the hospital for a concussion and it was off a 13hh pony.
 

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I was taught in 4-H how to do an emergency dismount in motion, to lessen the chance of being hurt. Saved my hinney many times. :)

Fast forward 30 years, the ground is much harder these days. The emergency dismount still helps, but it really hurts much much more lately! And it doesn't matter WHAT size the horse is! :-D
 

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Pssshh, falling from a big horse is nothin' compared to falling from a pony! :wink: What the naughty little jerks do is the dump n' run: somehow dump you off, then gallop away so you have to chase them while you're still hurting! :lol: hahaha
 

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Kinda like falling 8 inches further than a short horse:lol: I learned backwards from most people, started on 17hh draft x, then slowly got shorter. The worst falls I've had have been off short horses, one 14.2hh mare in particular gave me a couple concussions, bruising and whiplash. A 15.2hh mare broke my wrist. The way you come off matters sooo much more than how tall the horse is. There is only one foot difference between 15 and 18hh.
 
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