Ok, I'm 57 years old and kind of overweight. I fell in love with riding about 5 years ago when we stayed at the Rocking Horse Ranch in upstate NY and rode the whole weekend. About 2 yrs ago I fell on a local trail ride and didn't get hurt. As a matter of fact I jumped back on the horse out of embarassment, the first time without a mounting block.
Anyway, I've been taking English riding lessons for about a year. About two weeks ago during a lesson the horse that I was riding stumbled and as I tried to stay on he jumped up, went sideways and I was thrown (or fell) to the ground. I ended up in the hospital for 4 days and have 6 broken ribs, a broken collarbone, and a bruised lung. I am home now but still in a lot of pain. As I guess it's normal I'm seriously considering giving up riding, except maybe for occasional Western trail rides. I NEVER WANT TO GO THROUGH THIS AGAIN!! Not to mention if I run out of sick days it will be a financial disaster as I have 2 young children. I'm even thinking of getting rid of my two motorcycles thinking if a horse accident is so bad, imagine a bike accident.
Is it normal to have such bad injuries? Should I be tested for osteoporosis. Could it be my age?
Anybody here go through this and how did you handle it?
By the way, I'm not sure if I was walking, trotting, or riding 2-point at the time of the fall. It happened too fast. I know I was doing all three during the lesson.