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12th Jul 2002, 10:55 AM
Chelci (9 year old) has now had a first ever fall.
She ended up a bit shaken, crying and sobbing, scared and winded. She was wearing bodyprotector and hat.
What happened was, she was having a little pratice ride off lead rein in the field. She asked for trot and immediately started wobbling, heard her say OOps and pony stopped.
I asked if she told him to stop and she said she was more worried about being wobbly so it seems her movement concerned him and he stopped on his own accord. He moved off nicely when asked to and I told her not to trot till she was comfortable and positioned correctly. This she did and was going nicely when a bird suddenly flew from the bush, pony bolted, was turning sharp as she fell down his side and rolled straight into his path.
Pony jumped her and bolted down the field and didnt stop till he reached the bottom.
Yep she was OK, I was telling her that she was the first step up the ladder of riding. She keeps saying " I can still see his belly flying over me".
As both pony and child seemed OK I put her straight back on him and everything went well.
Question1, how did she do?
Question 2, how did the pony do?
12th Jul 2002, 11:13 AM
Both did fine. Even the steadiest pony will spook at something like that. We have a lot of grouse round our way and they scoot out under your nose (and under the pony) quite frequently. I have come off when walking and one shot up under the nose of the 4yo stallion I was riding - he stood up on his hind legs and spun round, I fell off the side - admittedly he didn't disappear as I kept hold of the reins, then he looked at me with a look on his face of 'what ARE you doing down there?' :D
It is actually useful for kids to fall off and not really get hurt, they get a bit of a shock at the time but thay also learn that it is not the end of the world. My niece never fell off her pony in 3 years and started to have issues about doing anything that might result in her falling off. This carried on when she got her young horse until she eventually came off after having the horse about 18 months. She freely admits that it has helped her confidence and her pride was more bruised than her bum. I certainly saw a huge improvement in her riding because she was no longer wary about challenging the horse about various misdemeanours. Mind you she must have glue on her bum as she has only come off twice in 6 years now (3yrs pony, 3yrs horse) and one of those was a bail out!
12th Jul 2002, 11:23 AM
they both did really well. the pony did especially well to stop when he first felt her wobble, that's a good caretaking attitude that you can't teach them.
12th Jul 2002, 11:24 AM
Both did well. All ponies spook and things like this happen. As it is her first fall she will remember it and be a bit scared maybe next tiem she rides him - she got back on straightaway which is the important thing. It will do her confidence and her seat good in the long run.
Bren and me were coming back from a hack in the early summer and passed a fishing lake. I was daydreaming a bit and suddenly a huge pelican took off from one of the bushes, it caught both me and Bren by surprise and we must have jumped 8 foot sideways! :D I stayed on - JUST! :D :p
He also bolted with me in the forest after a child fell over in a puddle about 20 foot away! Bren was more upset than the kiddie! :D hahaha!
12th Jul 2002, 11:59 PM
they both did really well. I know that some kids her age, when they fall off, they'll quit riding right on the spot and storm away.
13th Jul 2002, 07:59 AM
When I say she cried, she really cried. She was shaking as well and I told her how good she was, we had a very long walk to get to the bottom of the field so we had time to talk and for Chelci to calm down.
By the time we reached the pony she was ready to get back on, and she did really good too.
By the time she dismounted she was saying she cant wait for her next fall:(
Anyway she tells me at the time when she fell! She was convinced she was going to die.
Of course she's better about it now but still talks about the belly and hooves flying over her.
By the way, this pony does not like jumping.
13th Jul 2002, 08:33 AM
Ponies are great the way the are like that and jump over us. I had a bad fall off my pony while jumping and i landed in his path and he left me.
You daughter was good rolling even if it was into his path. Theworst thing that she could have done was try to save herself with her arm, then they would have been a broken bone.
Your doing good telling her that falling off is the next step up the ladder as that's true (I'm well up that ladder), but make sure that you encourage her to laugh about a fall. That's the only way i get back on. i now see falling off as funny, well i would need to considering how often I fall off.
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