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        07-30-2013, 01:59 AM
      #41
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by RedStrawberry    
    Wow seriously? No one has ever been infected by rabies after a horse bite? That means I spent nearly a decade being scared for no reason? And I won't die from the horse bite that I had 12 years ago?

    I think if the horse WAS rabid it would not have taken 12 YEARS for the rabies to take affect. Furthermore, if you were so worried about it you should have seen your doctor and got the rabies vaccine.

    Also, horses bite for many reasons but as another user commented most likely the horse was biting at the horse you were on and you simply got you by mistake.
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        07-30-2013, 07:36 AM
      #42
    Foal
    I've not dealt with OCD or anything, so I'll just tell you what I'd do: study up on horse body language so you know if a horse is going to bite, snd watch a video on correcting a horse who bites. When you go into the area, you'll then know what to do and, while it might be scary, it won't be the world-ender. I used to be terrified of grabbing a horse from a pasture, and around horses in general. I was always afraid I'd hurt them, because I sometimes have anger issues. My trainer showed me that there was nothing I could do with just my hands and feet that would hurt them, and from then on when I walk into the pasture, I think 'Yeah, you could bite me, but guess what? I can PUNCH you!' The horses sense confidence and won't try challanging it. Also, most fears build from a helpless moment. Knowing you have recourse should help.

    Last bit of advice: don't agonize over what could happen. Focus on other things, like the horse's markings, or hooves or try guessing what it is used for. You don't get on a horse worrying about falling off, do you? No, you walk in and tell yourself that you are not going off, and tough titties if the horse wants you off.
         
        07-30-2013, 01:07 PM
      #43
    Weanling
    OP...how bad was the bite you sustained from the horse? And how old were you when this happened? I got to thinking last night about PTSD, as unfortunately many people are often misdiagnosed with this disorder when a doctor, counselor or other health care professional doesn't know what else to label a disorder with.

    How did your parents react when you showed them the bite? Your friends? Could their reaction, or something they inadvertently said maybe caused you to be over fearful of what happened?
         
        07-30-2013, 01:16 PM
      #44
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by xXcre8tiveXx    
    I think if the horse WAS rabid it would not have taken 12 YEARS for the rabies to take affect. Furthermore, if you were so worried about it you should have seen your doctor and got the rabies vaccine.

    Also, horses bite for many reasons but as another user commented most likely the horse was biting at the horse you were on and you simply got you by mistake.
    Exactly my thoughts...It would've affected you wayyyyyyyyy before now...
         
        07-30-2013, 04:20 PM
      #45
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by GreySorrel    
    OP...how bad was the bite you sustained from the horse? And how old were you when this happened? I got to thinking last night about PTSD, as unfortunately many people are often misdiagnosed with this disorder when a doctor, counselor or other health care professional doesn't know what else to label a disorder with.

    How did your parents react when you showed them the bite? Your friends? Could their reaction, or something they inadvertently said maybe caused you to be over fearful of what happened?

    I was about 10 years old at that time. When I got bitten I didn't feel any fear or anything. I showed the would to one of my friends and she was like "ouch!" but I didn't show it to anyone else. I guess I was in denial that a horse can bite me because everyone knew me as a horse lover and I could never imagine a horse biting me and everyone else was just fine. The horse only bit me :(

    But a couple of years later I started to have nightmares on the horse bite and a disease taking over my body and I would cry daily over it. Even now I have moments when I feel such an overwhelming feeling that I start pacing around my room to calm myself down, this happened last night as well. It's devastating thinking about how many years I had wasted obsessing over this. PTSD is very serious if it can cause this much suffering.
         
        07-30-2013, 04:26 PM
      #46
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by morganarab94    
    Exactly my thoughts...It would've affected you wayyyyyyyyy before now...

    I thought so too till I read an article about a man getting rabies 25 years after getting bitten. :(
         
        07-30-2013, 04:29 PM
      #47
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Kotori    
    Last bit of advice: don't agonize over what could happen. Focus on other things, like the horse's markings, or hooves or try guessing what it is used for. You don't get on a horse worrying about falling off, do you? No, you walk in and tell yourself that you are not going off, and tough titties if the horse wants you off.
    Yes I am learning some techniques that will hopefully make me focus on the present. It may take a little while but I will do what I can to get better and finally ride a horse again.
         
        07-30-2013, 04:32 PM
      #48
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RedStrawberry    
    I thought so too till I read an article about a man getting rabies 25 years after getting bitten. :(
    ..eh for some reason I have a hard time believing that actually happened. I wouldn't believe everything you read online.
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        07-30-2013, 04:34 PM
      #49
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by RedStrawberry    
    I thought so too till I read an article about a man getting rabies 25 years after getting bitten. :(

    Where was that article from? The National Enquirer or the Star?

    Rabies doesn't incubate that long, and if you have PTSD it wasn't because something happened when you were 10 years old. You may be fixated on that one thing as the cause, but it's not. I hope you're in therapy if you're really as mentally ill as you claim.
         
        07-30-2013, 04:35 PM
      #50
    Weanling
    First off...if you were going to get rabies..you would have gotten it within the first week or so of being bitten...so yeah...the symptoms are bad..so you would have noticed :) and yeah horses bite for many reasons..hell..my gelding bites the mare's rump in the stall next to him in a dominence display over her..and he doesnt even do it hard...whats hard to you isnt really all that hard to a horse...my guess like others have said is the horse was trying to bite the other horse..and you were just in the wrong place at the wrong time :) go try again and keep what all these great people have said in mind..and enjoy the ride.
         

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