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Monday, 12 July 2021

How to Stop Falling Off Your Horse

Falling off your horse can be dangerous and scary.  It is really important that we try to avoid dangerous situations with our horses but horses can be very unpredictable.  

So, if your horse rears, bucks or spooks often, learning how to take steps to avoid injury is essential.    

A quick note before we start -

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If you own a horse who rears, you know how scary the thought of the horse falling on top of you.  

This actually happened to me when I was a young teenager.  I was riding a stallion pony who had just been broken on a hack.  He reared, slipped on the mud and fell onto me.  

Luckily I moved to the side and ended up with a very bruised leg but it can be fatal.  

So, how do we stop this from even happening?  Horses often will do a 'warning' rear before the real thing.  At this point, turning the horse in a circle immediately will help avoid more rearing.  

IF your horse rears properly, do not try to kick him on to go forward.  A horse will very easily rear while straight, so turning in a tight circle is your best bet.  

While actually in the air, push yourself against the horse's neck and start turning your horse.  This will 'push' your horse back down to the ground (to avoid him going backwards) as well as unbalance him on a circle to stop a second rear.  A *leather neck strap is a good piece of tack for riding horse's who rear.  


Ohhhh, my most hated part of riding horses.  Spooks that are so fast you don't even realise you've hit the ground.  

Honestly, spooks are the hardest to say on but there are a few ways to help you.  

First of all, you need an independent seat.  This will give you the balance and automatic body position correcting that you will need to stay on most things your horse does.  The problem is, this takes years and years of practising with professionals.  

If you know that your horse spooks, it's extremely important that you keep his concentration at all times.  When he is 'on the aids' he will be less likely to look at 'scary' things around him.  

The basic rule for any spook is to sit as deep as you can and move with the horse.  This basically just takes practice and quick thinking.  

Another great tip is to buy a *balance strap.  This small strap attaches to your saddle's D-rings and creates strap to grab if you feel unbalanced.  


In my opinion, bucking is quite easy to stay on but a lot of people try in the wrong way.  

If your horse is purposefully trying to bronc you off, you need to react quickly.  Even if you are caught off guard, get yourself into a good position with your lower leg in the correct position.  

Instead of pushing yourself onto the saddle and pushing your legs towards, keep your lower legs underneath you and go into the 2-point position.  

The 2-point position allows the horse to move underneath you (bucking) without throwing you about so much.  You will then need to get the horse's head up, then turn him in as small circles as you can.  This is the easiest way to stop a bucking horse as tiny circles makes the horse unbalanced.   

Again, a *balance strap is a good idea to have handy to grab when your horse starts to buck.  


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.  


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