The inevitable Fall

Life is full of  falling. I have fallen from horses, fallen from grace, fallen on hard times, fallen in love, and literally fallen flat on my face. The funny thing about falling is, it is inevitable. No matter what precautions you take, no matter what at some point you will fall.

Anyone that has ever ridden horses knows that if you ride long enough… is going to happen…The inevitable fall….I don’t remember my first major fall from a horse. But I have seen it on a video. I remember watching it over and over and over. I was about twelve and training a barrel horse that always bucked between second and third barrel. My best friend Bo (Amber) was 13 at the time and was the one behind the video camera. We were trying to work out what the cause of the bucking was, and how to correct it.  Sure enough after rounding second barrel that ornery horse threw his head down and his tail end up as hard and as fast as he could. I tried to ride it out, but of course, you guessed it, after four good bucks…..came the inevitable fall. The rest of the story I only know from what I have been told. I was rushed to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a concussion. Bed rest and some time and I was back on my feet in no time, and back on that ornery horse.

Boo (my four year old eldest daughter) had her first fall from a horse a few weeks ago. We were at a horseshow and she was riding her Dunn horse, Romeo in the arena warming up. I looked up in horror as she raised her riding crop and smacked her horse on the butt with all the strength her little string bean arms could muster. Of course her faithful steed began trotting, just doing what he was asked. The problem is Boo didn’t have her feet in the stirrups and wasn’t prepared for the rapid change in movement….so it happened…you guessed it….The inevitable fall. She cried a bit as I checked her over and several concerned friends helped catch her horse and get her set back on her feet. She dutifully got back on board her horse after we talked about what happened. She said ,”mom I just wanted to trot, I just wanted to go faster!” I told her yes its ok to go faster but you have to set your feet and be ready for it. She smiled with dirt in her teeth and proudly told her grandma who came to watch her conpete, “I ride broncs now grandma.”

For all the falling I have experienced in life, the same basic thing rings true. It’s not that you experience the inevitable falls, it’s the fact that you get up and go on learning from them. It’s learning to get up no matter what and go on living with your head held high knowing you are bettered from it. Because no matter what precautions you take….it will happen….The inevitable fall.

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