Unfortunately, not all rides go according to plan. While it’s better to try and ride out the situation, sometimes that’s just not a possibility. If you find yourself in a bad predicament, follow these steps to dismount safely.

Emergency Dismount

  1. First, take both feet out of the stirrups.
  2. Let go of the reins and make sure they are out of the way.
  3. Lean forward and put both of your hands at your horse’s wither or on the horn of the saddle.
  4. Swing your legs back and forth a few times to gain momentum.
  5. Kick your right or left leg back as if dismounting regularly and brace against the horse’s neck as you push off.
  6. Lastly, bend your knees as you land on your feet. Make sure to get out of your horse’s way.

It’s a great idea to practice this dismount a few times on a quiet horse. Watch this video to see an emergency dismount in action!