ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: When it comes to falling off....

Re: When it comes to falling off....

Niccolai Murphy (niccom@aerostructures.com)
Tue, 04 Feb 1997 06:01:08 -0800

>It is an instinct that endurance riders would do well to cultivate (even
>though it is against what most riding teachers teach in a riding school).
>Orange County, Calif.

I'm not sure that this one is 100% clear cut, endurance or any kind of
riding. I have a friend who has a scar a foot long on her belly when
they put her spleen back together after she pulled a mare down on her.
The mare fell on her rupturing, lungs, spleen and breaking assorted ribs
and a leg. Put a cramp in her riding for a while. It was a freak
accident, most likely would not have happened if she'd let go of the

Me? I always forget to let go of things. I'm the guy who belly skis for
a hundred yards because he forgets to let go of the tow boat after
loosing his skis. So far I've forgotten to let go of any horse I've
fallen off and been rewarded with close up views of stomping hooves and
thought afterwards that I really should have let em go.

By the way, anyone else feel that it's the little horses that cause more
involuntarily dismounts than the larger ones? Binky little Arabs in

Speaking of loose horses. Is it coincidence and happened where I gone to
so far or do horses and or mules always get loose overnight at all
endurance campsites? What precautions do you take to avoid this?

Nicco Murphy  Aerostructures Inc.  F/A-18 Group, San Diego,

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