OK, Jim, I gotta ask you this one. When the heck is the last time you did a PLF? I mean, I know you're a tough old Marine and all, but, come on, can't we keep the discussion in the current millennium? Hasn't it been more than 30 years since you bailed out of an airplane? Do you want to hear about my wrestling career in college? I still remember the fireman's carry and the crouching tiger standing neck roll (don't try that one while bailing).
The thing is, why on earth would you ever want to bail on your horse unless he's going down, for sure, or falling off a cliff and you need to save your life. If you bail on a horse doing 30 MPH, first of all you're going too fast for endurance, and second of all, you need to learn how to stop an out of control horse before you even get out on that trail where you could get into this type of situation. If you bail on the horse traveling at that speed, and just let him run away, the odds are you will never see him again and if you're anywhere near a highway, a car will find the poor creature for sure. The car usually wins that battle!
If you have a runaway horse and can't control him, then either sell him to someone who can or at least give him a fighting chance at the next horse auction. By you taking him out on the trail with even the idea of bailing out on his ass is, to me, a really cruel way of thinking. Get that idea out of your head, please. YOu would only perform this act to save your life from falling off a mountain or to avoid getting crushed from a horse who is going down. You don't do it because the horse is going too fast and you are scared!
This whole way of thinking is ludicrous, at best. You bail when a horse is going down, not when he's running. If he's running too fast, you slow him down, pull his head to the side to the point where he's kissing your leg, or run him head first into a tree. Or, here's a thought; just let him go on and on and on. He will slow down, eventually. If he travels more than 20 miles, at that speed, without ever slowing down, please, call me. I will buy him from you.
He'll stop, one way or the other. It might be less cruel to just put a gun to his head and pull the trigger than to bail out and let him run into the highway to meet a semi.
Howard (who doesn't know much but does know how to stop an out of control horse)
----- Original Message -----
From: Jim Holland
Sent: Saturday, August 10, 2002 1:46 PM
Subject: [RC] [RC] Speed Freak]]
Better yet, take up Sky Diving and learn to do PLF's...(Parachute
Landing Falls). This is basically land on your feed, bend your knees
and roll forward on your shoulder with your head tucked. Some 'chutes
have a >30mph forward speed. The trick is to stall it out and just
stand up...like landing an airplane. However, if you misjudge, it's very
much like taking a header off a galloping horse! I've done
both...neither are my idea of fun! <grin>
Jim, Sun of Dimanche, and Mahada Magic
Truman Prevatt wrote:
> Also remember if this is done off a runaway horse he could be going
> upwards to 25 mph which is faster than all but world class human
> sprinters can run. Hence when you hit the ground you forward motion will
> be faster than you can keep up with and you will hit the ground very
> hard. It would be the same as jumping out of a truck going 25 mph.
> So while vaulting is a good skill to have, know how to do it and know
> when to do it and when not to do it.
> Sarah Zegers wrote:
> >To execute an emergency dismount, you basically vault off the horse by
> >placing one hand on the pommel, one hand on the withers, drop both
> >stirrups, and push yourself up & away from the horse while swinging a
> >leg over the as you do in a regular dismount, but faster. The key is to
> >drop the stirrups & push yourself up & to the side with both hands.
> >Done correctly, it becomes one smooth motion & you will land on your
> >feet. Practice while halted, then at a walk, then trot, etc. It's
> >really pretty easy, just be sure to push away from the horse as you're
> >in the air, so as not to wind up under a moving horse. The motion of
> >the horse also helps to land you off to the side if you push sideways.
> >And remember to keep ahold of the reins, if possible! Just visualize
> >those trick riders vaulting on & off circus horses, and you've got it!
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