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O is for Oops and Ouch!


Oops and Ouch


(posted for the A to Z Challenge)


O is for Oops and Ouch!


Ow! The dreaded unscheduled dismount!


Have you ever been tossed from a horse? Were you bucked off, or did you slip out of the saddle? Did your equine companion launch you into the arena rafters? 


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  Rearing Jumper photo by Dregsplod

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Was it a sudden unseating, or did you do a complete face-plant?


At our barn, riders who land suddenly in the dirt are expected to purchase ice cream for everyone at the barn. Other stables have similar decrees, including mandates for everything from cookies to champagne.


Despite our derision, falling off happens. The gutsiest riders, who mount up on the most spirited steeds, can likely attest most enthusiastically to that truth. Anyone who rides long enough will probably take a tumble at one time or another.

Here’s a video I found, showing all sorts of out-of-the-saddle occasions … often over obstacles. Try to count the times you might want to say, “Oops” or “Ouch.”
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Pony photo by Pamela
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