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post #11 of 18 Old 12-10-2018, 03:46 PM
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In terms of position and balance, one can find a lot to think about by watching cutting horses - and the folks who stay on them! It is like watching someone riding a horse who spooks a hundred times in a few minutes...
And Cowhorses! Herd work, reining, steer stopping & fence work. Gotta know how to sit all of them ...

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post #12 of 18 Old 12-10-2018, 06:16 PM
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I think the horses are so cute when the keep the calf away with the front like that. Looks like they are stalking the calf like the collies do.

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post #13 of 18 Old 12-10-2018, 08:43 PM
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I fall off... often enough. Because I suck at riding and it's never my horse's fault.

LAST time was back in the very early spring though. Trigger didn't like all the criss-crossing cattle trails on the other side of a creek with a climb out, it was a narrow creek, I was jacking around letting him 'pick his footing' and only halfway paying attention and yakking with my son and my riding friends... Annnnnddd Trigger said Yeah, nah mate... and hung a Louie. Problem is, to the left was a black jack oak, and I don't know if you know what those are, but they're scrubby, brushy, MEAN black oak trees with a lot of low hanging branches that droop.

He went right under it in slo mo, me fighting him and then all at once, a branch was under my boobs, which aren't small. Or medium sized.

He kept walking. I had the branch with one hand, trying to push it forward so it would break (HOW TOUGH CAN THESE THINGS BE!?). Trigger kept walking.

I leaned back. And back... and back... hoping it would go over my boobs while pushing on it. I dropped a single rein (I ride with 8 ft split reins)...

Trigger kept walking... and Trigger actually walks very briskly.

I uttered (Okay, growled/yelled) STOP YOU IGNERT BAST&^%! He didn't. I felt the hair of his butt on the back of my neck, I was leaned back that far, tree branch still not clearing my boobs, but bending with us as Trigger walked.

Y'know what happens when a long bow is drawn to full draw? Eventually that energy has to go somewhere, like... the arrow when you release the string.

The tree branch reached that point... didn't break... and SPROING... swept back and carried me with it right out of the saddle and off Trigger's buttocks. I landed on my lower back and then WUMP, flat on my back like a sack of potatoes.

He kept walking... and circled around and met me where he's walked under the tree, me covered in loam, leaves, and missing my glasses. My drawers were also full of dirt, and he thought I was gonnae beat 'im. All I could do was laugh. In fact, we were all laughing so hard we had tears rolling down our faces.

I have no advice what to do in case of a fall... I've not figured it out yet myself. I tend to get an iron grip on the saddle horn or the cheyenne roll if I feel myself loosening up in the saddle.

Oh... the time before that was two years ago, in December. I still had Leroy and he was notorious for fighting me so hard he'd stumble butt around on trails. He is a pig headed, straight line thinker. He fought me so hard about going through a honey locust tree that I IN NO WAY WANTED ANY PART OF, that he fell on his face. I fell off.

That time it was my horse's fault.
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-10-2018, 11:17 PM
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I made it through more than two years of lessons without coming off. My daughter fell off twice during that time. In the last 10 months of riding my own horses, I've been bucked off twice and bailed off once. My daughter has been bucked off once. Unfortunately one of our horses is a bit of a wild card, but we've definitely gotten to be better partners. I did sprain my wrist badly after one of the bucking episodes.

Every time I've come off, I've immediately gotten back on. I know if I dont, it will loom much larger in my memory than it was in real life. Coming off, whether it's from bucking, spooking, poor balance, not paying attention, or the horse falling, is inevitable. I have learned to tuck and roll!
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post #15 of 18 Old 12-11-2018, 12:13 AM
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I made it through more than two years of lessons without coming off. My daughter fell off twice during that time. In the last 10 months of riding my own horses, I've been bucked off twice and bailed off once. My daughter has been bucked off once. Unfortunately one of our horses is a bit of a wild card, but we've definitely gotten to be better partners. I did sprain my wrist badly after one of the bucking episodes.

Every time I've come off, I've immediately gotten back on. I know if I dont, it will loom much larger in my memory than it was in real life. Coming off, whether it's from bucking, spooking, poor balance, not paying attention, or the horse falling, is inevitable. I have learned to tuck and roll!
Heh. I've come off three times total in three years, so I'm averaging once a year.

The first time I got a concussion and I was lucky my neck wasn't broken. I did not get back on, not for a long time after that and it SURE wasn't Trigger. He scared me for a year.

The other two times? I got right back on... because I was MILES from home and had no choice. NO WAY was I walking out. LOL

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post #16 of 18 Old 12-11-2018, 09:59 AM
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My one time coming off, I didn't tuck and roll. I was on the horse, then I was flat on my back, wondering why I could see stars in the afternoon sky. Took about 1/100th of a second. Tops.

I also didn't get back on. Standing was hard enough. Good thing we had been heading home because a couple hundred yards of walking, with me leaning on Mia for support, was all I could do. I couldn't have mounted up to save my soul. IIRC, it took nearly a month before I could physically get on a horse.

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post #17 of 18 Old 12-11-2018, 10:26 AM
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It can happen anytime.

I haven't actually fallen off my horse yet (I've only had her since May), but I've come close to it a few times.

I've fallen in the past though. Lost my balance, etc. It happens.

Whenever I've fallen (which I have been lucky, I haven't gotten seriously hurt) I always make sure I get back on. That's what matters.

Ride more, worry less.
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-11-2018, 10:32 PM
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I've been through a lot of different falls, thankfully with only two being serious, and many more close calls. As a lesson instructor, I try to teach all of my children how to "fall off gracefully". We like to call it an emergency dismount. As my kids progress, I have them practice dismounting at the walk, trot, and canter. I've found that because of this, when they do have a true fall, they are better able to land on their feet because they have practiced what to do when their body becomes disconnected from the horse. Obviously this wouldn't help in a horse flipping over situation, but saddle slipping, crow hopping, or bucking, they are better prepared.

You mentioned that you work with a trainer and that is fantastic! I would highly suggest before your next ride, checking in with them and letting them know that you are a little nervous, if you haven't already. Most trainers I know would be inclined to go back to working on something you are very comfortable with until you have regained some of your confidence again. Then you can build back up to whatever you were working on when you came off.

I'm glad you are ok and tiger balm does wonders for sore muscles!
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