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Anyone else a member of the "My horse fell on top of me" clique?!

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    Anyone else a member of the "My horse fell on top of me" clique?!

    Happened to me last night for the first time ever. I'm certainly hoping it's the last! We were doing a jumping exercise with poles and one jump on a circle and the jump was a small vertical. We were trotting only and I'm wondering if my horse just got bored with the exercise and was careless because she caught a hind leg on the rail and the rail came with us. She tried to keep her balance but her feet were too tangled. I could feel her going down so I had time to kick my feed out of the stirrups. (whew)

    Fortunately, she *only* fell on my leg and scrambled up quickly so we were both able to walk away mostly unscathed. Some Ibuprofen for me and some Bute for her last night though.

    I did get back on and my trainer lowered the horse biting vertical to something my horse could walk over, but the first time she came up to it, she stopped and stared at it!! We finished out the lesson with her trotting the smaller jump one time just to get our confidence back. All in all, a scary ordeal, but minor in terms of what could have been.

    Anyone else a member of this clique? Share your story!
    Proud owner of a Slaughter-Bound TB from a feedlot, and her surprise baby...!

    Glad everyone is okay!


      I had a horse faint with me as we were slowly loping thru a meadow.
      He started to go down, each stride a little lower, I kept thinking I was pulling him up, but lights were out, so he just flopped over on his side, on my leg.

      I thought he was dead, could not get my leg out from under him, felt broken right below the knee, hurting.

      He finally woke up, half sat up looking around, I could get my leg out from under and the leg was fine.
      He got up and was woozy for a little bit, we walked a long way, then got on and walked the rest of the way home.

      Vet could not find anything wrong with him, but he had grown 3" in four months, so he called it fainting from growing pains.

      Horse was not hurt, I ended up with a sore leg and two broken ribs, still don't know how that happened.

      I bet that stung the horse's legs, with that pole banging around his legs.

      Glad that you were ok.


        Yep - had one rear and fall on my leg. At the time I had a bit of numbness in it but didn't bother me.
        In the last few years tho - that leg has really bothered me.
        Do whatever the doctor tells you to do. When we're young and dumb we get up and right back on - it's only when you get older you wish you'd done what the doctor said.
        Glad you're ok!!
        The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.
        H. Cate


          Does laying down count?

          Years ago I went hunting on a borrowed geriatric field hunter. While slowly walking up a slippery slope, he lost his footing. Not badly, but just a little.

          He laid down. Right there. Just gently laid down with me right in the saddle.

          I thought I'd killed him. What was I going to say to the owner? Oh gee thanks for letting me hilltop your old field hunter, he's out in the back 40 taking a dirt nap.

          Turns out the old horse would just decide to lay down when he felt himself slipping.

          No harm done, just felt a little foolish. Stepped off the horse, he got up and walked to the top of the hill easy peasy.
          Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
          Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
          -Rudyard Kipling


            when I was much younger and had no sense of self preservation, I'd ride any horse, no matter how rank. Been flipped with three times on three very different horses. None caught me square thank God. . . and one forward trip/flip on a very naughty pony who was determined to go home, took the bit and tore off like his tail was on fire, and as I tried to stop him, he tripped and I went straight over his head onto the road. ouch.

            I'm a lot more cautious these days.


              I know this doesn't count, but I was squashed not by a horse, but by another rider.

              Riding double (bare-back) on a Belgian who hadn't been ridden in a while. Very dumb of us!

              He bucked, and we went waaaay up in the air. The other girl landed square on top of me. I weighed about 103 lbs. soaking wet, and she weighed about 150. Not the same as a horse landing on you, I know, but that was 27 years ago and I still have back problems from it!
              Last edited by HeartofGlass; Oct. 14, 2010, 04:03 PM.


                Yep, I flipped my mare over & on top of me several years ago. Hard lesson learned, but I haven't forgotten it. Friend & I were riding in an open field with some broodmares & a storm was coming, as we were heading back to the barn the broodmares took off and our horses tried to go with them. I unfortunately panicked and thought I was pulling on one rein to turn her but stupid me pulled on both reins. My mare promptly went up & over & landed on top of me. It all happened like those slow motion scenes in movies, I knew it was going to hurt so I squeezed my eyes shut. Well mare gets up & runs for all she's worth back to the barn and I'm laying there in the dust. My friend came over and asked if I'm okay, the first thing I said to her was "OMG, I'm blind, I must have broke my back or something" then very quietly my friend said "open your eyes"!! I can laugh about it now but back then it was not so funny. I ended up going to the emergency room the next day because "dear" hubby didn't feel like taking me so I had my dad take me because I couldn't walk on my right ankle. Nothing like living on the third story of an apartment building and having to crawl on your butt to go down three flights of stairs. Turns out it was just a very badly sprained ankle and some bruised ribs. I was very lucky. But I really learned not to pull on both reins really quickly!


                  Okay. I'll play. My "horse fell on me but I lived" story. 1974. Golden Gate Park. CLue: It rained the day before. Two of us our for a ride, jumped log, turning in the air to follow trail. Lead horse landed fine, my horse hit a slick spot and pancaked. I tried to kick free and only got half-way there. Stirrup lands on the ground, my foot on stirrup, horse on me. Fracture dislocation of the arch and several broken toes. Two weeks in the hospital. Six months on crutches (pinned dislocation, so I couldn't have a walking cast). I was trail riding within six weeks, though. There was so much soft-tissue damage, I couldn't wear a "regular" cast, and had weekly replacements of a "gelocast" which wasn't so bulky that I couldn't ride at the walk on the trail w/o stirrups. It still aches in cold weather, and used to get really painful when I was eventing and had to walk the cross-country course a few times to learn it.


                    In my younger days I spent quite a bit of time out alone on trail rides....Had always been told not to allow horses to stop in the middle of a stream as some like to roll.....So I was always diligent when crossing the stream.....

                    Was out one very lovely day with little QH mare that I hadn't had very long...No problems crossing the stream, was a champ about everything we encountered.....UNTIL we came upon the edge of a cornfield....She stuck her nose in and plopped down and rolled right over the top of me.....It happened so fast I still don't know how she did it......Not a scratch on either one of us....I am still trying to figure how I didn't get smooshed, but it was fall and the ground was somewhat soft and thankfully I was bareback so no entanglements.....She never did anything like that again...Flukie thing....
                    Crayola Posse: Mulberry


                      Welcome to the club! I have had this happen on 3 different horses, 3 different ways, all spread out. First time was my intermediate mare, we were on course at a show, she was jumping amazing (as always), and about half way through there was a tiger trap, but built very upright with a riveted ditch she jumped really high to clear it, saw the ditch and realized she wasn't going to make it, turned in the air, I landed on the landing side above the ditch with my leg between her and the riveted ditch. Yup broke both bones, and had to have the knee re-built.

                      Second time was young dumb TB, was taking him for a hack after a rainstorm so it was a bit slick, he was antsy heading up the hill, gave a half hearted rear and completely lost his footing and slid/flipped over landing square on the leg from accident #1. Was pretty fat for about a week but all was well. He pulled a back muscle though.

                      Third time I was in dressage warm up cantering long and low on my uber graceful irish youngster. He catches his front hoof with a back one and can't get the foot clear and does an ass over tea kettle flip while canter stretching depositing me in his manure pile from the circle before. By the way this was 15 minutes before my test, in front of the ground jury. Ya good times!


                        Yep, about 14 years ago

                        My sister and I were riding on the dirt driveway of a neighboring farm.

                        We were cantering, and she pulled up a few strides before I did. I wanted to get Music balanced before the transition.

                        As we passed Magic (and ex-racehorse), he kicked out (symbolically, but with his ears pinned).

                        Music jumped sideways, tripped on the edge between the driveway and the grass, and went down sideways. She rolled over onto me, without throwing me free. Amnesia-inducing concussion. Bruised ribs.

                        My sister got the horses home, and came back for me. Had to leave a message on the door for my new husband, telling him to meet us at the hospital.

                        All fine in the end.

                        chief feeder and mucker for Music, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now). Spy is gone. April 15, 1982 to Jan 10, 2019.


                          I'll just bet he loved that!!

                          My sister got the horses home, and came back for me. Had to leave a message on the door for my new husband, telling him to meet us at the hospital.
                          The problem with political jokes is that they get elected.
                          H. Cate


                            I was riding this beautiful, gentle andalusian mousy gray filly for the fifth saddling and some riders were going out on the trails.
                            The riding instructor told me to go with them, she was ready.
                            We started out and we had some 10 minutes of city streets, cars, busses and asphalt.
                            Right out of the riding school, before we went very far, a car honked behind us, she was in the middle of some quiet, older horses, but still whirled around very fast, her feet went out from under her in the asphalt and we splattered.
                            I rolled around some, partly under her but always prepared, had kicked my stirrups off when she started, so I went loose right off.

                            When she stood up, my left regular, English saddle metal stirrup was bent in half, horizontally.
                            Guess that if my foot had been in that, they would have had to get the stirrup loose to get my squished foot out of that.

                            We didn't go on with the group, but walked back to the riding school, enough excitement for the day.
                            She was fine, other than a bump on her side, that healed quickly.
                            I didn't have a scratch or bruise on me that time.


                              Once upon a time I was in an indoor that was heated, but had an icy corner (this is back in the old days, children, when you were lucky to have a heated arena of any type). I was eventing and had no clue how to collect my horse. We ripped around the corner and, oops, there went the horse. Landed on his side and pinned my leg. I had this happen twice to one leg, and once to the other leg. He would wait to make sure I was okay and would then get up. I was lucky that I only once got a sprained foot (top of it) and nothing more. Well, nothing more than when I got older and found out that both my knees are not what they should be. I think that's partially to blame since they did hurt a bit afterward.

                              Years later I was breaking out a young horse that lost it's balance and it went down on my leg that had only been squished once. That evened them up!
                              "And I'm thinking you weren't burdened with an overabundance of schooling." - Capt Reynolds "Firefly"


                                What the heck, there's a My Horse Fell On Me Clique? How did I not know that? It's happened to me more than once.

                                My first horse...well she only fell on me once. Outside course, handy hunters, wet grass. We didn't make that turn. Both went on our sides and slid, I didn't end up under her at all. Was picking grass out of my tack for a while after that though, we were both fine.
                                She did lay down on me quite a few times, that was her "I'm done, get off" cue. She wasn't a subtle mare, LOL! but those don't count, she'd just lay down and I'd step off before she rolled and do my best to keep her from breaking another saddle by rolling on it.

                                I had another horse fall on me and I wasn't even on it. We were letting horses in from turnout...they were getting a tad too excited and one was really hauling arse for the gate so I went to shut the gate before it blasted through. It tried to make the gate, ground was slippery and it fell sideways. On me. I was scathed. Horse was fine.

                                And a flipper, tried to go backwards. Was able to pull it off balance sideways so it did go down but not over backwards. Luckily for the horse I broke it's fall. Scathed again.

                                Although I have to say the scathings were all just nasty bruising thank goodness.

                                OP, good job keeping your cool enough to kick free of the irons and glad you're okay!
                                You jump in the saddle,
                                Hold onto the bridle!
                                Jump in the line!


                                  Yeah, back in '93 or so, ponying a TB inside, race style barn, got onto the turn at a good clip and the pony stumbled.
                                  Now he had done this before, but this time, his head went down and disappeared. Fortunately, I threw away the race horse as it happened, avoiding an even bigger mess.

                                  I came off over his head, and hit the inside wall. He did a somersault and landed on my legs in a tangle.
                                  So my pony lands on me, then scrambles up using my legs as traction...ow.

                                  I stagger upright, start hopping around swearing, like you do when you're hurt, and I hear rumbling of hoofbeats as my TB came FLYING down the backside of the barn! Flattened myself against the inside wall just in time. Narrowly missed getting mowed over on the turn by him.

                                  We were all OK in the long run. I still have that ponyhorse today. He's 32 years old and doing great. That was the only time he ever lost his footing. The footing was just too deep that day and it cupped out from under us.


                                    In the young, dumb, and willing to ride anything department, I trained a horse with a known habit of rearing and going over. (In my defense, had I been subjected to the previous "trainer" I would have smooshed him, too, so I thought that with actual proper handling, the horse would come around.)

                                    Horse flipped on me once early on, and I bailed before being landed on, and pressed on (remember the young and dumb part?). It was a good six months before he managed it again (I was pretty good at thwarting the rears before he could get up), and that time he gave me no forewarning and I didn't manage to get myself out of the way. Luckily he overbalanced sideways rather than straight back, so I am still here to tell the tale.

                                    But I do not lie when I say that the single most terrifying moments of my riding career were lying with my leg underneath that horse, knowing that if I moved before he got off me I was only going to make any damage worse, and knowing that he himself might kill me struggling to get up (we were right by a fence, so it wasn't a straightforward stand-up thing for him). He'd knocked the wind out of himself, so it took him a bit to get up, too.

                                    I came out with just a sprained ankle (I say "just" when it still bothers me occasionally to this day, 16 or so years later) - and I called his owner and told her I was done. I was still young, but I guess finally a little less dumb!

                                    It was years before I could even watch a horse fall on someone in a movie! Oddly, along with time, what "cured" me was having my TB wipe out with me when we came cantering around a corner and hit a slick spot. We went down, I didn't end up under him (luck, not skill ), and we both got up and were fine. Same story later when we wiped out turning a barrel in a gymkhana event. I guess my brain finally worked out that such things don't HAVE to end in terror!

                                    And if I'm ever asked to train a horse with a rearing & flipping problem again, I will RUN the other way, and I advise anyone else to do the same.
                                    Proud member of the EDRF


                                      Originally posted by JGHIRETIRE View Post
                                      I'll just bet he loved that!!

                                      My sister got the horses home, and came back for me. Had to leave a message on the door for my new husband, telling him to meet us at the hospital.
                                      Oh yeh.

                                      And he really freaked out over the amnesia.

                                      chief feeder and mucker for Music, Belle and Tiara. Someone else is now feeding and mucking for Chief and Brain (both foxhunting now). Spy is gone. April 15, 1982 to Jan 10, 2019.


                                        I had a horse freak out the second I mounted and start rearing and rapidly backing up. He eventually backed up into the barn aisle where he reared again, slipped, and fell sideways with me still on him...pinning my left leg between his body and the side of the barn/entry to the aisleway. Broke my femur clean in half. I assume my left foot must have fallen out of the stirrup in the accident (thank GOD!), and I was able to quickly kick my right foot out of the stirrup before he got back to his feet (again, thank GOD!). Now I have a metal rod in my femur and will not ride a horse across concrete. Ever.

                                        Had one incident where my old horse tripped and fell to his knees. I ended up with my upper body on the ground but my lower body still in the saddle. Eventually tumbled off, and he did not fall all the way to the ground. I was fine. He was shocked and appalled and had two bloody knees. Poor guy.

                                        Had a recent incident where my current horse almost fell cantering over a pole. He stumbled shortly before the pole, then stumbled again over the pole and really had to work to right idea why all of the stumbling was going on...seems to have just been very bad luck. Other than smacking my face on his neck during the incident, I was fine and he was fine. I actually don't think it bothered him at all, even though bystanders said they were 100% positive we were both going down. He's a good egg.