(Sorry, long)I trail ride pretty frequently on my 7 yr old QH mare, and was bucked off on the way back from a pretty normal ride (a few "distractions" but nothing unusual). Ended up with a broken femur because I hit a tree- so convalescing now, hearing all sorts of comments from non-rider friends, from "are you really going to ride her again, she bucked you off before"( true, 6 years ago and I ended up with a pneumothorax - I am fairly sure some huge horsefly bit her butt), to "hope you are sending her to a trainer!" (this from a show rider!). My horse rarely spooks, is lazy and mellow, is curious and loves people, scared of very little...( Honestly don't know what set her off, and the rider behind me missed most of it) ... But stuff happens- At least that is what I am trying to tell myself as I sit here staring at my huge swollen leg feeling sorry for myself (and missing my horse!)
She is my first horse and I have had her since she was 2... I am never happier than when I am with her. Hubby and people at the barn where I board her are supportive and tell me to ignore the nay-sayers(!), but I am getting in a funk about all of this, and I am afraid those other voices (and I know they are trying to be helpful!) are only fueling me w/self doubt. Im 55, a good rider, wear a helmet and vest and im calm and careful on trail. I also do equal amounts of ring work with her... Thanks for any words of help/mantras/etc!