Figured I might as well put some photos up, I enjoy photography, I'm a bit of a doofus and I know a lot of crit could be given (it's okay, I crit myself all the time!). I have 5 1/2 horses, Albie (TB OTT) 9yo Eventer. Peanut (TB OTT) 4yo up coming eventer, Blazer (Stock horse x brumby) pleasure 15yo, Tully and Lacey (Both Quarter horses) 7 & 8 western pleasure, and Murphy the shetland who runs the place :)
Most of my photos are of Albie, he's my main horse, he was meant to be a rescue/rehabilitate/sell however he shown massive potential in eventing - and I would be stupid to sell him!
Tully (Bay) Lacy (Chestnut) and Murphy (the 1/2 a horse)
^ Sorry, all my good photos of them are on my old computer :/ This is just a paddock shot after we got them back from the floods.
And my accident that broke my back.
This was ridding a now x-friends horse, she wanted to sell it, she was a fresh OTT (5yo) but assured me she had ridden her heaps of times before, no buck, quiet as apparently. She wanted me to ride her so that she could get some photos to sell her with, I didn't think anything of it and jumped on. Apparently this horse had not been ridden prior to me jumping on since the race track. I put her into a canter, she seemed to be grabbing the bit and trying to lunge forward and bolt, I readjusted my position to try and get control (thinking she was about to bolt) but instead she stopped dead and did a 180* turn, off I came. Never come off a horse so hard in my life! Talk about painful. My partner was the one taking these photos, needless to say they've been traumatised. Fair enough too, I was stuck in a paddock screaming (not squeels, full on screams) and after never seeing me cry before.. apparently came as a shock and a pretty big sign something was wrong. Ambulance took an hour to get there - country towns suck. Even then we had to wait for an ICU ambulance, morphine and the green whistles did absolutely nothing. Long story short, I was stuck in a paddock for 3 hours waiting for the pain meds to kick in, put into an induced coma at the hospital, woke up 2 days later, have no feeling in my left leg but I'm extremely lucky that I can still walk with only minor muscle weakness in my left leg. Stuck in a brace until November, then back into the saddle on MY horse.
Also, I wasn't wearing a helmet - I know there will be crit for this, and I know how stupid it was. However, twist is that if I had've been wearing my helmet my neck would have snapped due to increased circumference on my head making the impact on my neck double (this is according to a group of doctors/surgeons who studied the photos.. they thought it was 'cool'). ****ed if you do, ****ed if you don't!. For the record, I generally ALWAYS wear a helmet, mine had been dropped into the water trough about 5mins earlier so it was fate I guess.
As for the friend, she sold the horse using my photos (For a much higher price then it was worth!), and still claims that the horse is quiet and has no buck. Hence why she is an x-friend. No flowers, get well soon cards, nothing.
As for the other stuff. I was in a bad accident myself 2 years ago, broke my back, got tore up pretty bad, almost lost the use of my right leg. Have healed substantially since then, I was lucky and have been able to avoid surgery thus far.
I will tell you this much though when they offer you physical therapy DO IT!
Of all the things they tried with me, it did the most good.
As for the friend, it sounds to me like someone needs to help her fall up some stairs.
Haha, yea I love that photo too. I swear he's one of the most tolerant horses I've ever had the pleasure of owning :) He's not going anywhere soon, he's the clown of my group, love him to pieces!
They've already started me on physical therapy in an effort to keep movement in my left leg, painful >.< My physio has me paranoid that I'm going to paralyse myself, apparently "All you have to do is twist the wrong way, and BAM there goes your leg*.. true words of encouragement! But keeping possitive! Hopefully November if all goes well I'll be back in the saddle.
I hope you heal quickly and completely. My thoughts are with you.
I am sure you are getting tons of these stories but... I had a good friend who was at a rodeo with a friends "quiet calm no buck horse" and the horse flipped over and crushed his pelvis. He was unable to walk for 8 months and ride for over a year. Now he is back in the saddle winning buckles so even though it is a long painful road you will be back I am sure!
Those pictures are adorable. Gorgeous horses :). Your accident sounds like it was very painful .I can't even imagine laying in the paddock for three hours with a broken back. Talk about scary, and painful. I hope you make a full recovery.