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post #11 of 34 Old 09-07-2013, 11:00 PM
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So glad nothing worse happened!! You two will be in my prayers. :)

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no idea! i was on the opposite side of him. so all i saw was his neck twisted to the other side and staying there. my mom was on the other side of the arena and said she saw his muzzle but couldnt see his full head, it was like, stuck underneath his neck. it was weird. it was all slow motion but by the time i got to him, he was rolled back over and getting up. if i could have reached him sooner, i could have kept him down until i knew he was okay. the reins were not caught up on his legs but i wonder if he was laying on the rein and that kept his neck turned?

we were turning left, and he tripped and i saw his neck bending left as he was going down. and i saw his butt in the air at first as he was heading my direction. and he fell/rolled over to the right while his neck was bent left. was stuck legs up for 5 seconds or so and thats when i was rolling and getting to my feet when he untangled himself and was on his way up. he head was cocked to the left and it took him awhile to straighten out.

he loaded in the trailer great to go home. and unloaded good. hes having a hard time turning his head either way. his neck wont move. Im keeping him in my 'dry lot' area so he can move around, but not be stiff. i was on the fence about stalling him or not, but i think thatd make matters worse. hes calling to his buddies out on the pasture, but he had wrecker for company. lots of hay and had a handful of grain and some cookies.

wish i had some bute but unfortunately i dont. i hosed off his legs and applied ointment to his scrapes. all are superficial.

got some numbers to call tomorrow for a chiropractor. my chiro is currently in a back-brace and unable to work...

this was my first fall with a horse. very soft landing for me. my mom said i looked like i kicked away from him and tucked and rolled on purpose. (totally wasnt even thinking anything like that...lol) next thing i knew i was on my feet running to him. dont even remember feeling the sand granules. but i have 'sand rash' on my elbow and a bruising tricep...???
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Good grief. That's scary. I've had a bad fall going down with a horse like that before but not nearly that bad. Y'all definitely got lucky all things considered! Hopefully you can get a chiro out soon for him to be adjusted.. Poor boy. I don't think it'd be a bad idea for you to go see one as well.

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I fell off for the first time in six years a couple weeks ago and landed similar to how you are describing. Mine was because a normally calm horse went psycho on me, but the tuck n roll was the same.

Being sore, I feel for you. I had never been so sore and I didn't really appreciate it until then. I'm so glad both of you are okay, and hope the chiro can re-adjust Nutmeg to where he's supposed to be soon. That's too bad, but thank god it wasn't worse.

Sending hugs and lots of painkillers.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Do you have any MSM?
MSM is a really good anti-inflammatory, might help take the edge off a bit for him. You can even "double-dose" for extra effect, without causing any damage. Poor guy!

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Do you have any MSM?
MSM is a really good anti-inflammatory, might help take the edge off a bit for him. You can even "double-dose" for extra effect, without causing any damage. Poor guy!
I do have MSM. And actually, I gave him some this morning with his joint pellets and grain. So he probably still has some in his system.

I'll keep giving it to him as I know it's an anti-inflammatory. Hopefully it'll help at least some.

We indeed got very lucky.

The horse community there was fabulous and I got many referrals for chiro's in my area. Even at the end of the show people were asking if we were okay.
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Glad your both ok!
I'd keep him turned out for awhile to keep moving. It's funny what your instincts tell you to do. I crashed into a gate about 5 years ago, horses feet went out from under her when we circled off and slide into the gate. The only thing I could think was I needed to get away from her, she was able to get her legs out of the gate on her own. She was sore, I was sore it took a few weeks to feel right. But we immediately put her out where she could move and gave her bute.
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Oh my goodness, how scary! Glad to hear you're both relatively ok... Keep us updated.
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Whew, glad you are ok.

I'll keep both of you in my prayers.
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That's scary - so glad you are both ok. I had as bad fall with my first horse when I was a teenager, we were jumping and she tripped and went down on the landing. Her face was down and scraping along the ground and I rolled off to the side and she did a complete summersault and landed on me . We were both in shock - her face was missing skin and her bridle was all messed up and I was so worried about her. It took hours before I realized I was injured - trauma to my rib cage.

PS you might want to give her a little something for the pain...she will surely have some as you do.
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