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post #1 of 4 Old 04-09-2011, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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My wifes first bad fall how long before she gets back in the saddle

we had a girth strap loosen while riding a mistake made while saddling but ended in a deflated lung and two cracked ribs shes a tough girl any advice on easing her back in the saddle she was very embarrased but she is doing well. By the way the ideal of the bow tie of a girth strap is horrible the only right way is a double d ring or a latch and hook
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-09-2011, 03:09 PM
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I am so sorry to hear about your wife's accident. Thank goodness she was not more seriously hurt. I had a cinch come loose on me and when the horse spooked, the saddle went off the side and so did I. (not hurt and no big problems here, thanks to my good horse)
I dont' think it had anything to do with the traditional western cinch tie, as I have used that for years on only when I didn't tighten it properly did I have trouble. I also had a dressage saddle slip on my once, so again, it was MY error in not tightening and rechecking at tacking up.

I think it should be easier for you wife to get back into the saddle than for some who suffer scary injury accidents because in this case, it is a preventable scenario. This need never happen again as long as she does the tacking up correctly. If is were a freak accident, or an issue of the horse misbehaving like bucking or rearing, then one can see that the rider could retain a lot of fear when getting back in the saddle that the whole thing will happen again. But, in your wife's case, she need not fear that because that one small thing IS in her control (as opposed to so much that we deal with when riding that isn't really within our control)

I suppose her doctor will tell her when it's ok to get back in the saddle. But hopefully, she will be able to be around the hroses and maybe do mild ground work so that she stays emotionally connected to them and more ready for the time when it's ok to climb aboard.
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So sorry to hear that, sending her healing vibes.

I had a collapsed lung many years ago, and once it has reinflated, it's pretty much done, it is extremely painful though at the time. The broken ribs however take a lot longer to recover from. You use your chest for everything.

She'll know when she is ready.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-09-2011, 07:18 PM
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Wow, how scary. I'm glad that she's okay now. If she's nervous about getting back into the saddle, one way might be for her to work her way back up to it. She can do some ground work with her horse to get some of her confidence back. It might also help to do the first few rides in a controlled environment like a round pen or an arena just for her own peace of mind. If she would be more comfortable with you holding or leading the horse at first, that works too.

It's perfectly normal to have some reluctance to get back on after a bad fall like that, just be encouraging and supportive and work at her pace to get her back on and going again.

As for the tie on the cinch, I have never used that in my entire life. I always use a latigo with holes and a cinch with a prong buckle and I've never had one come undone.
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