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  • The first time you fell off

    I'm talking first-ever fall. Do you remember it?

    Mine was when I was around 9 years old; I'd been in a regular lesson program for about a year and a half by then. Falling off wasn't something I lived in fear of, but I certainly didn't want to go there if I didn't have to!

    I was riding a sweet old pony in a semi-private lesson, and she just was not on board with the whole being-ridden thing that day. I'd had a heck of a time getting her to canter, so when I asked (about the 4th time) and she suddenly sprang forward like she'd just gotten new batteries, I was so not expecting it! Yep, tumbled right off.

    No harm done, and of course it was going to happen sometime. I hopped right up and got back on her (she'd stopped and was looking at me like "what'd you do that for? I finally decided to do what you asked, and you bailed?") and the rest of the lesson was uneventful.

  • #2
    Yup! Probably also the first time I was ever on a horse. I was maybe 11? My friend's sister's friend had ponies and would ride them over to our houses. She didn't have saddles and helmets were unheard of, so I was bareback on a Shetland. I don't remember the details, but I'm sure it involved trotting and me just falling off the side, lol.
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    • #3
      I was at summer camp. We were all standing lined up at one end of the arena waiting to canter one at a time. The horse in front of me suddenly came flying backward and kicked my horse, who bolted sideways leaving me behind. And that is how my very first fall came while standing still


      • #4
        I was riding my TB in the pasture and he bolted(I think he got stung). He ran straight towards a barbwire fence and skidded to a sideways stop promptly throwing me over the fence. I landed on my head and back and my leg got tore up pretty good in the fence. At least my horse didn't run away, he stood there wi his head reaching over the fence with the look on his face "hey what are you doing on the ground??"


        • #5
          Yup! I was only like 8 on vacation with my family at a Club Med in St. Lucia that had a horse program. I knew nothing about riding then but the horse I was assigned to ended up bolting and off I went. I have some pictures of me riding the horse right before he bolted and looking at my eq it was like no wonder why! I ended up getting assigned to another horse named Leo which I loved and was a big gentle thing. I cried when I had to leave him.
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          • #6
            o ya--When I was 11 on my horse (who I leased and she was 4 at the time) on a trail ride with a friend. A pair of 4-wheelers came around the corner the opposite direction that we were going... my horse wanted nothing to do with them and bolted. Needless to say, I picked the best place to fall off on the edge of a field, right on a rock. Landed myself in the hospital for 2 weeks with 4 ribs broken in 6 places and a punctured lung. But, I got back on her a day before the doctor told me to (3 months later) and eventually bought the horse
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            • #7
              I was having a lesson at the old outdoor riding ring at the Prospect Park stables in Brooklyn. Then, as now, the stable were not in Prospect park; they are in an urban neighborhood adjacent to it.

              I was riding General, an extremely steady lesson horse. A loud construction noise spooked him - he must have given a bit of a side hop and I went splat. I do believe he sniffed me over to see that I was ok. I must have been 9.
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              • #8
                I was 4 taking lessons from 16 yo friend of the family. Her horse's name was Pumpkin and she was maybe 15.1 bay with a star and two hind socks. (Not that I remember her well )

                I was walking on the rail and Sherry told me a joke, probably as funny as why did the chicken cross the road? I laughed so hard at the answer that I just slipped off. Pumpkin stopped, Sherry scooped me up and put me back on and that was it. She did exactly the right thing, didn't make a big deal of it, told me Pumpkin would be scared if I didn't stop crying so I did. I was never scared of falling after that, until I was about 40
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                • #9
                  The first time I remember falling off was one early summer, at harvest, adults were swathing wheat by hand with scythes.
                  They made small bundles, tied together with handsfulls of wheat twisted into rope.
                  They made vertical piles of bundles, so the heads were not on the ground and later came by with the horse pulling a sled by them, loaded it and made many trips to the house with the wheat, to be shredded later by the horse in the yard.

                  The last trip with the sled in the evening, we kids were hoisted on the horse for the ride to the house.
                  This one time, I was maybe six, in front and my little brother behind, hanging to me.
                  He started leaning and pulled me off with him thru the traces and right under the horse, that patiently stopped until they could sort us out from under him between his legs and the ropes that worked as traces for the sled.

                  That would have possibly been two dead kids.


                  • #10
                    I was 12, taking "lessons" from a 16 yr. old neighbor, which involved putting me up on a bareback pony and sending me out into a brushy field to "practice" riding for an hour after I spent most of the morning mucking stalls, grooming, cleaning tack and whatever other act of near indentured servitude required of me. I rarely lasted the whole hour without a fall. I don't remember which was the first - there was the time an aggressive gelding broke into the field and chased the pony mare I was riding and I bailed. Or she spooked and I was left sitting on air, or she brushed me off on a tree, or . . .


                    • #11
                      I was 8. I was having my first jumping lesson. The pony popped over the crossrails and I popped off the pony, then the little jerk turned around and trampled me. It was just a few bruises, but it scared the dickens out of me. To this day, I do anything I can to stay on the horse, riding necks, riding rumps, riding sides. It hasn't always been pretty, but it's a helluva lot safer on that sucker rather than under.
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                      • #12
                        It was so long ago that I don't remember it exactly. At age 11, I was given a pony for Xmas. She was a fat skewball mare with one blue eye and named Princess. She was anything but that. However, she was a pony and therefore fit the bill. I didn't own a saddle for the first year and rode bareback. I probably fell off every day. I do remember falling off into a creek and into sticker bushes. It is a wonder I survived given that we didn't wear helmets at the time. So while I can't remember the first time, I must say that falling off a horse doesn't phase me much at all. Princess gave me plenty of practice!
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                        • #13
                          I was 9.Across the street from where I lived was a pasture that usually had 3 horses and a black and white paint pony.I have no idea who owned these horses,nor did I ever see anyone ride the.I managed to coax the paint pony over to a rock so that I could climb on.He gave me a wild ride,probably 10 seconds and bucked me off.

                          For the record,there was a chestnut that would graze under one of the trees.I would climb the tree and drop down on her.She was a saint and not only tolerated this,but would just continue to graze.She was probably as old as the hills.
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                          • #14
                            I was 4, talking a lesson on a very steady old schoolie. Something bothered him and he did a mini buck/crop hop and I slipped off the side. It was winter so I had a jacket on and mom and trainer insisted I get back on and finish the lesson even though I told them I hurt really badly. Well after the lesson when Mom went to take my jacket off she fainted because my arm was pointing in the wrong direction! Three pins later, I came out of surgery and the first thing I asked the doctor was when I could ride again. Parents knew they were in trouble!

                            We found out later that the pony I was riding was riddled with cancer in his kidneys and that's why he tossed a few kids. He didn't live much longer after that
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                            • #15
                              I was 7 or 8.... on my very first horse, who happened to be a 16.2 hand appendix QH built like a mac truck. My mom was trying to teach me to trot, and Paul, who was going very slowly and thought he could sneak it in, put his head down for a bite of grass while trotting. He tripped, cantered maybe one step, then stopped, but it was too late for little peanut me.

                              I remember sort of clinging to his side for a minute with one ankle on top of the saddle, before finally letting go.

                              Got the wind knocked out of me, and couldn't breathe at all, so I was very, very freaked out when my mom started laughing.

                              I thought I was dying or something, and there's mom, laughing. But I couldn't catch my breath to tell her I was obviously dying, which made her laugh more.

                              Very traumatic. And five minutes later when I recovered I got a nice PBJ sammich to make me feel better. hehe.
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                              • #16
                                I was around 12ish, riding an experienced little POA over jumps. He took a jump, and promptly went right, and under some large, low-hanging branches. A large near trunk size branch hit me right in the stomach, and I was left hanging on it. The pony stopped to eat a large clod of grass, and when I let myself down from the branch, he tore the clod up into the air and shook it, showering me with moist, black, dirt. I wish I had it on video so I could see his devilish little face, because I'm quite sure he knew exactly what he was doing.

                                He tried it again two more times, but gave up when I was ready, and prevented it. It was a great lesson learned in continuing to ride AFTER the fence. He taught me so much!


                                • #17
                                  I was around 9ish and taking a lesson with my sister in an outdoor ring. If memory serves me correctly the instructor told us to spread out so my sister went across the ring. When asked to trot my horse took off at a very fast trot in order to catch up to the other horse. I couldn't post that fast so I was bouncing and slipping off to the side. The instructor, meanwhile, kept shouting "Tell him to WHOA!!" I was finally able to spit the word out and he stopped dead in his tracks. By that time I was hanging on with my knee where my seat should have been and once he stopped I fell the rest of the way onto the ground.


                                  • #18
                                    I was about 8 in a lesson program at a local farm, Mom, who was a trick rider in the family owned rodeo when she was a kid thought it would be a good introduction to horses, seeing as the rodeo and the farm were long gone. Well the pony I was riding had a special talent, he could tell time and knew when that hour was up, so I wanted to go one way and he was ready to go back to the barn, we parted ways. Mom had them put me back up for some extra riding, a few tears and a few bruises and a love of horses was born.
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                                    • #19
                                      I was ten, riding a fuzzy little schoolie named Pierre in a nose-to-tail walk-trot beginner lesson. We were trotting along at a nice relaxed pace, and I just lost my balance and slipped off the side, landing softly on my butt. I remember my instructor yelling encouragement, "Hang on! Hang on! You can get back up there!.. Aawwww you fell off! Well, get back on."
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                                      • #20
                                        I was around 9 and out riding my sister's pony bareback as usual on the dirt roads near our house. I rode past a lady with 2 big German shepards who promptly starting barking and biting at Dandy's back legs. I urged him into a canter which turned into a dead run.

                                        I had never run a horse before, was scared and squeesing the hel* out of him, which only made him run faster. I tried pulling back, but he ignored my efforts. (Did I mention he was a rather feisty pony who loved to run with my older sister) We ran over a paved road and luckily no cars were there or we would have been hit. As we were coming to the end of the dirt road, I saw a rider up ahead on another horse. Dandy ran up to the mare and my friend Donna was riding with her little brother. Dandy stopped and I just slid off in exhaustion.

                                        I rested for a bit, jumped back on and rode home though much more slowly.... no hurt done except my pride and a lesson learned.