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.
Rant over :)