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        10-30-2013, 11:21 PM
      #11
    Trained
    Why not put the horse in full training while you're convalescing. Not necessarily for a certain discipline but to diagnose and evaluate why she may have blown up and to correct it. It would keep the horse fit while you convalesce and it might iron out whatever bugaboo she had that caused the bucking fit. Then, when you are ready to ride again, you won't have as many little voices in your head whispering doubts at you to make you lose your confidence.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your leg. I had a crush injury to my left foot almost 4 years ago, nearly lost both foot and leg due to compartment syndrome. It was caused by a horse, not the horse's fault but mine, but I get the issues of a lengthy healing period. I was 52 then, now 56, and I'm still dealing with some of the stuff that injury caused. My non-horsey friends all thought I should have had all my horses shot for the injury, they just don't get it. I think KNOWING for sure that the horse was not at fault and what I did that caused her to step back on me helps a LOT in keeping the doubts and fears at bay. If I had no idea why she stepped back onto my foot and then rocked back, pivoted and basically did a roll back on my foot, then I think I might have some fear working around the horses now.
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        10-31-2013, 12:28 AM
      #12
    Foal
    @Shoebox... Math+meds=you got me! Must have been 4 yrs ago- she's almost 8- I have it in my head that it was before I turned 50 but that obviously based on nothing at all!
    My surgeon said no pt needed -i have a rod and bolts, it is a low break, maybe that makes a difference? I am putting partial weight on and am pretty good on steps now:) I see him in a week so we'll see
    Hey, if anyone hears of a trainer who trains horses to never buck let me know :) but I could use more training in emergency techniques - as she started bucking all I could think was "pull her head up pull her head up" but easier said than done. I don't even think I SAW her head once she started- plus trail riding, esp the trail we do a zillon times(and we were almost home!), I usually ride with a fairly loose rein, so I didnt have anything to work with. Thinking a one-rein stop would work better but who knows, that might flip her :(
    I would like to add to my lessons learned ... 1) I was with someone that time but I now will never ride alone. 2) Cell phone on me, not the saddle. 3) you are never "almost home" ! 4) ? Well , I need to get to 5, so still working on that!
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        10-31-2013, 12:58 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    I'm so sorry to hear about your accident, and I hope you heal fast/well!

    If it's any consolation about the comments, people told my great grandmother to not ride when she turned 60 (with several riding injuries under her belt) but she still clambered up on horses and got thrown around some. She always told me that 'non horse people' don't understand what it's about, and that we should just ignore them and do what our body tells us is right. She rode until she was about 90 and decided to quit. My boss broke her femure and still rides and breaks green horses. You'll know what to do and what your body can handle once your all healed up! I wouldn't worry about it too much!
         
        10-31-2013, 08:16 AM
      #14
    Foal
    @Shoebox... Math+meds=you got me! Must have been 4 yrs ago- she's almost 8- I have it in my head that it was before I turned 50 but that obviously based on nothing at all!
    My surgeon said no pt needed -i have a rod and bolts, it is a low break, maybe that makes a difference? I am putting partial weight on and am pretty good on steps now:) I see him in a week so we'll see
    Hey, if anyone hears of a trainer who trains horses to never buck let me know :) but I could use more training in emergency techniques - as she started bucking all I could think was "pull her head up pull her head up" but easier said than done. I don't even think I SAW her head once she started- plus trail riding, esp the trail we do a zillon times(and we were almost home!), I usually ride with a fairly loose rein, so I didnt have anything to work with. Thinking a one-rein stop would work better but who knows, that might flip her :(
    I would like to add to my lessons learned ... 1) I was with someone that time but I now will never ride alone. 2) Cell phone on me, not the saddle. 3) you are never "almost home" ! 4) ? Well , I need to get to 5, so still working on that!
         
        10-31-2013, 10:54 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Lulubelle    
    Cell phone on me, not the saddle.
    Excellent lesson learned. If you attach your cell phone to your saddle, where's it going to be when you fall off and your horse runs home?

    Biggest things I try to think of when a horse starts bucking
    1) Grab the saddle horn with one hand
    2) Try to crank their head around with the other hand
    3) Yell obscenities at the horse ..... Okay, this last step is probably is probably just for my own sake!
         
        10-31-2013, 11:22 AM
      #16
    Foal
    Yelling, yeah I did that! I need to get that grab-the-horn-instinct (rode english growing up)-
    And the phone ended up between me and the barn, worse case scenario. Of course my first concern was her running thru tree with flapping stirrups and reins ("what if she breaks her leg too!?)
         
        10-31-2013, 11:25 AM
      #17
    Started
    We have "oh crap" straps on our English saddles :)
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        11-01-2013, 11:42 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    Tell the nay-sayers they had best not get in a car to come visit you, as there are a lot more car accidents every year than there are horse accidents

    Horses are animals, therefore not 100% predictable doesn't mean your horse is bad in any way shape or form just means that there was a series of unpredictable events that ended up in a bad situation

    Personally if your horse wasn't giving you problems before I don't think I would worry about sending her out for training unless it becomes a repeatable spook but even then if you can figure out how to work her through it that would be more satisfying I would think

    I will bet that once you get home and into the barn to give your mare some treats and watch someone else ride her you will be longing to be back in the saddle


    Oh and for your list.... #5. Drink more milk to help those bones :-D
         
        11-01-2013, 12:22 PM
      #19
    Foal
    Beau159, those were the exact 3 steps I took when horse started to buck on the trail the other day (although I just kept hollering the horses name and "stop it", "knock it off" , "whoa" and who knows what else).
         
        11-01-2013, 09:09 PM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I am riding a green 3 yr old and have come off him twice. The first time I had pretty bad back pain and was out of the saddle for about 3 weeks. And that's all it took for the fear to creep in. It has taken me about a year to start to feel confident on him again (yeah, he was 2 at the time). He spooked, bolted and bucked. I was pretty unprepared and couldn't regain control. But it really did a number on my confidence. I am still not back to where I was yet.

    Then I came off him once this summer. He spooked and spun around (thankfully no bucking) and I got dumped in some soft dirt. Yay for a soft landing!

    There was also another time that a friend's dog hacked/coughed right next to us while we were riding and my colt bucked and I ended up riding his neck with the saddle horn in my gut/groin area and I yelled "whoa" and something amazing happened......he stopped! There was no way I could have stayed on him, falling forward over his shoulders, if he had not stopped right at that exact moment. So I think it must have been a combination of angels watching out for me and a good "whoa" on my horse. The trainer put a good "whoa" on him and I really never thought about it until that one incident. Now I will randomly say "whoa" and reward him for stopping. That really saved my butt!

    Anyway, I feel for 'ya! It sounds like you really have a good horse but a unfortunate set of circumstances that caused you to break your leg. But from what you said, it was a fluke. I don't think any horse is 100% bomb proof.
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