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Fenika
02-01-2013, 02:51 AM
They say riding is the art of keeping a horse between you and the ground. I wonder if 'they' ever had a horse face-plant on them. On the flat. With a photographer at hand.










http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8079/8433076839_7527f1d9a4_b.jpg

Horse and rider got up and walked away from this. My horse was a hair stunned, I was a hair stunned, but I jumped up and helped him up (not physically of course. I reassured him, tried to keep him down, then held his reins out of the way and kept talking to him).

He'd fallen toward his right side, as you can see, but somehow got a lot of gravel in his left eye. After flushing it, washing him and the tack, and letting him dry some, I got back on bareback and rode a little in all three gaits, both directions.

I didn't get crushed, I didn't hit my head, but I did jolt my spine/neck hard enough to get a good sized headache. Riding again helped a little with the stiffness, but not for long.



Two hours later, when the photographer said she HAD caught the fall on 'film' I looked at the pic and almost started shaking. These kinds of epic falls are usually reserved for jumpers and eventers. And you'll notice only his face is touching the ground in the instant the photo was snapped.

Dressage horses aren't supposed to trip over their own feet, even if they do hit a soft spot in the mud. Poor horse. He was fine the next day too, but I gave him some belated NSAIDs anyways.

mirandashell
02-01-2013, 03:11 AM
What on earth caused that? A hole in the ground?

Fenika
02-01-2013, 03:17 AM
Tremors.

Actually, there was a soft spot. You can see how muddy it is. Initially he just stumbled, but I think he hit a second soft spot because he just collapsed from under me.

He didn't panic- he was too stunned. It took him a second to do anything but lift his head.

ebbrown
02-01-2013, 03:19 AM
Oh, my! Glad you are both ok after that spill!
Yes, I have seen a dressage horse take a tumble before, a Grand Prix one at that. It happens. What a crazy photo!
You've got nerves of steel hopping back on immediately after that!

Fenika
02-01-2013, 03:27 AM
I've been pinned and crushed before (and then the horse flipped and started thrashing at my head, knocking my helmet clear off :eek:) so a lot of stuff went through my head as we fell but was soon overridden by 'Get clear get clear get clear don'tgetyourlegpinned' which I managed pretty well. Unconsciously I twisted over 90 degrees with my shoulders and nearly 180 with my hips, thus landing shoulder-back-ass (and getting very muddy). Didn't get more than a few specks of mud on my helmet, thus showing I saved my head (Still: WEAR A F-CKING HELMET! We were trotting slow then BAM!)

So yeah, once I was able to get my horse cleaned up, I was a little worried about another freak fall, but totally confident in myself and my horse.

We staid the heck away from the soft spot though.

heyjude
02-01-2013, 03:59 AM
Oh my goodness! So glad you're both okay. That must have been such a scary moment!

Snowstorm
02-01-2013, 04:03 AM
Whew! Oh, the possibilities! I'm so glad you and your horse are okay though.

ucf612
02-01-2013, 04:08 AM
Eek, glad you're both okay!

L. Y.
02-01-2013, 04:08 AM
Whoa! Glad the two of you are okay.

Fenika
02-01-2013, 04:14 AM
Cheers folks :)

thothguard51
02-01-2013, 04:26 AM
I ride western, and have taken a few falls. I always worried more about the horse than myself. I had a stunt guy teach me how to fall properly off a horse so I wouldn't get hurt, and those lessons did come in handy at times. But when its unexpected, you just sort of react and try to get out of the way.

I had a friend go down with her horse jumping a hedge that was not a hedge but a barb wire fence covered in Ivy. I had to cut both the horse and rider free of the wire while someone laid on the horse's neck and kept soothing her. The friend was lucky I carried wire cutters in my saddle bags that day. Don't know what we would have done had I not had those wire cutter as we were miles from the farm. I carried the wire cutters all the time after that, as well as rope...

SelmaW
02-01-2013, 04:38 AM
Very glad you're okay - and that the horse is okay, too! I've been there... last helmet I threw out was because I cracked it in half down the back. Not the safest sport. Worth it, though!

HatTrick
02-01-2013, 09:25 AM
Glad you are both okay. Also, that is a beautiful horse, even all crumpled up like that.

Bookewyrme
02-01-2013, 10:00 AM
Wow Fenika, so glad you're both ok! What a crazy picture too.

I think the worst fall I ever took was because I was an inexperienced rider on a lazy horse (we used to call him JellyBelly. Sweet guy though, I miss him). He got up to a trot then decided he'd rather buck me off than go any faster. It happened so fast I don't even remember it, but I'm told I tucked and rolled beautifully. Probably all those years of gymnastics training (seriously a great companion sport to riding IMO).

I miss riding, even that painful parts.

Tifferbugz
02-01-2013, 11:56 AM
Wow, Fen! So glad you're okay. :Hug2:

bettielee
02-01-2013, 12:31 PM
crap, dude! :) I am glad you and hoarsie are ok!

bettielee
02-01-2013, 12:33 PM
my sister once got stomped on by a horse - they had "border horses" in her paddock and one had a thing on his ear she was looking at. He startled, she got pinned against the paddock wall then fell and the horse went up and down on her head.

She didn't go to the doctor, no insurance, but she definitely had a concussion.

mccardey
02-01-2013, 12:43 PM
I checked - that horse is still definitely between you and the ground... :Hug2:

:Hug2: to horse, as well. I'm glad you're both fine.

I suppose it would be too much to hope that you went on to win...?

;)

firedrake
02-01-2013, 01:09 PM
Bloody hell, Fenika. And to think I switched to dressage to avoid stuff like that when I was still riding. :Wha:

Glad you're both ok.

Mr Firedrake came a cropper at the beginning of December. He was riding a young (yearling) horse. It took fright at something, leapt off the gallop onto an embankment, reared up and fell over, landing on Mr FD. He was off work for over a week. Luckily nothing broken but he had a hellacious bruise on the inside of his thigh. If he hadn't been wearing his back protector (required by law in his job) things might've ended a little differently.

Corussa
02-01-2013, 01:41 PM
Poor you and poor horse! Glad you're both OK.

Fenika
02-01-2013, 02:32 PM
Yep, here be horse people. We all have so many horror stories ;)

:Hug2: for all the past ouchies.


my sister once got stomped on by a horse - they had "border horses" in her paddock and one had a thing on his ear she was looking at. He startled, she got pinned against the paddock wall then fell and the horse went up and down on her head.

She didn't go to the doctor, no insurance, but she definitely had a concussion.

:eek: That's really bad. I had a horse slam me against a fence in a paddock. The owner knew something might happen but we were both surprised. Horses are dangerous beasts sometimes.


I checked - that horse is still definitely between you and the ground... :Hug2:

:Hug2: to horse, as well. I'm glad you're both fine.

I suppose it would be too much to hope that you went on to win...?

;)

Hehe, I was waiting for someone to mention that technicallity ;)

We were just training- trying to practice our 20m circles in a 15m wide arena :) We are going to a dressage clinic tomorrow. He is spending the night there and the show is Sunday. I am hoping for high scores after all the prep work.

thothguard51
02-01-2013, 06:07 PM
I see you have a hand full of mane, but no reins in your hands...

I was always taught to keep hold of the reigns if possible...

Fenika
02-01-2013, 06:54 PM
Oh, I was so glad I had time to regather the reins before he tangles in them. And just for the record, I wasn't grabbing mane but apparently looking for something to brace on. Sadly there wasn't much support to be found :)

I remember sitting back and lifting the reins a little when he first stumbled. I don't remember what the hell my hands were doing once he started going down. ;) Falling is so funny in terms of memory and freezing bits of time. I thought I was headed more right-wards from the start, but the pic shows otherwise.

I need to wear my riding vest more :)

mccardey
02-01-2013, 06:56 PM
I see you have a hand full of main, but no reigns in your hands...

if possible...

I don't think that's a handful of mane, to be fair. It looks more like the mane has just had part of the hand slide under it.

GailD
02-01-2013, 07:46 PM
So glad you're both ok, Fen. :Hug2:



Not that I want to brag, or anything, but I fell like that once. Though no horses were involved.

:roll:

Perks
02-01-2013, 09:54 PM
Yikes! Glad everyone is okay. He's a beautiful horse.

Jess Haines
02-02-2013, 12:59 AM
Yikes! Glad you and the horse are both OK!

Fenika
02-02-2013, 01:57 AM
:) Cheers

MaryMumsy
02-03-2013, 12:41 AM
Reminds me of a time a friend and I were riding, 40+ years ago in Tucson. We would go Friday after classes to a local dude stable attached to one of the resorts. After a few times they decided we knew what we were doing and just let us take our horses and go, without an escort.

All the roads were dirt, and there was almost no traffic. We're going a little faster than a lope, but not a full out gallop. Up a slightly inclined road. At the top was a T intersection. I knew I wouldn't be able to make the turn, so I slowed down a little, she didn't. She didn't make the turn, went straight across into natural desert. Her horse then planted his feet and came to a full stop. She continued over the withers. As she is falling off, she realizes she will land face first in a cholla cactus. Somehow she stayed on. We still laugh about it.

MM

Fenika
02-03-2013, 01:46 AM
:eek: Glad she didn't eat cactus.

I had a wonderful ride in my clinic and learned lots today. Tomorrow is the show.

beautiful letters
02-03-2013, 03:32 AM
I love horses, I used to ride English:(

regdog
02-03-2013, 07:26 PM
Holy carp, glad you're both okay

Fenika
02-03-2013, 10:23 PM
Letters, start riding again!


Show was today. We had fun, but were a bit tired. Are still tired :)

Susan Anwin
02-07-2013, 08:42 AM
all the times I fell from a horse...

looks like an ugly stumble, glad you're both ok

Fenika
02-07-2013, 03:13 PM
Thanks :)