I was in to about my seventh riding lesson. Like always I go and get my horse from the pasture but as I'm bringing her into the stable I realize she is lame. So I have to choose another horse. A 20 year old Morgan gelding. And today his gaits were a bit off (clumsy) and he was tripping a lot. I was getting a bit worried but I ignored it.
As I got into a trot and headed for a jump I could feel Max, my horse slipping. Right before the jump he slips and pulls me forward. I hope for him to recover, but he didn't. Instead, he trips over the jump and almost collapses to his knees so quickly he flings me off!
Next thing I know I was lying face in the dirt on the ground. He did not move from my side. Meanwhile my trainer and my mother were racing towards me. As I slowly sat up I can feel myself shaking violently. I got right back on and walked him the rest of the lesson. I ended with a torn muscle in my back, top part of my left leg, and in my arm. It was quite the adrenaline rush. This happened not too long ago November 4th, 2010.
Next week I'll be put on a pony. This was my first fall ever and not as bad as others. And it was quite a trust session with my horse, Max (not actually mine). I hope when new riders ride remember to be aware of things like this but don't stress, it most likely won't happen very often.