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post #1 of 4 Old 08-18-2012, 09:12 AM Thread Starter
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Hi! (I know this is horse health, but couldn't figure out where else to put it!) So last week I broke my fibula all the way through when I was jumping, fell, and the heavy poles landed on my leg. I walked, rode, showed (coming in 1st!), and ran on it for a week before I decided to go get it checked out. I was told it has moved a little, so when it heals it will form a bone ball around the break. He put me in an air cast and told me I could do anything just dont run, and specifically told me I could ride. My instructor told me she doesnt think I can because it can move it more since we apply pressure with the inside of our legs. But my doctor seemed really familiar with riding and that you really cant make someone not ride for 6-12 weeks. Has anyone else had a fracture in the fibula? What was your recovery and could you ride?
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-18-2012, 09:26 AM
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Of course you can ride with it although the air cast will make you keep your leg further away from the saddle!

I busted mine when a dog ran out from behind a hedge and the horse spooked and my leg hit a tree. I had a plaster cast and was back riding that afternoon. You do, with a plaster cast, have to put a numnah on top of the saddle to stop the cast rubbing the leather!

The next day one of the liveries did exactly the same thing and broke hers and the following day it happened to a third person though she didn't break her leg!
My answer was to stop on the way home, hobble down the track with the chain saw and remove the offending tree, which was only a small one!

The dog was new to the owners and would just pop her head out at the end of the hedge, she wasn't doing anything wrong really, just curious. The horses soon got to know her and ignore.

P.S. Keep your doctor he sounds like a sensible man! Mine gave up telling me not to ride after an injury.
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post #3 of 4 Old 08-18-2012, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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I actually just bought giant english stirrups online and I had some huge western stirrups (not sure why...) in the basement to help. Im just worried it will make it worse (from what my instructor said), and my pain tolerance is so high I wont notice. The doctor was pushing on the break, hard, and it didnt hurt. I think it moved from vaulting when I was doing a shoulder stand and fell sideways on the leg. She thinks it is from pushing with my leg to move the horses over.
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I'm pretty sure your doctor knows more about your break than your trainer.
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