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post #21 of 32 Old 11-02-2013, 06:59 PM Thread Starter
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I need to get out to the barn soon and see her -this is the first time i didnt see her -or get on her - after coming off. And i know from experience she expects to see me regularly so i dont want that craziness added to the mix!
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post #22 of 32 Old 11-03-2013, 01:41 PM
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I used to skate competitively - roller skate. I did figures and dance. I came back to it in my 60s...I figured there was an event for me so I'd skate it. There are a number of older skaters - some go until they "go". They're not doing freestyle although there are handicapped people who do. They're getting out on a floor on skates and risking all kinds of breakage because it's fun to skate. It's exhiliarating to push yourself to do something well or try to. (I stopped skating because I found riding in the meantime and I like it more.)

You do what you love. When people tell you this or ask you that, answer: "Living is risky. This is my sport and I love it and I'll stop when I stop.". That should take care of that - if they love you.

Living our lives, we risks, like when we drive - if we exceed the speed limit, when we don't look before walking, even when we ride a bike. S**t happens digging up weeds in your yard. When your time comes it will come, whether you ride or not. So enjoy your life while you are living it. :)

I hope you heal up fast. Injuries suck. I've had a couple this year that had me doubting myself and riding - I'm gonig to be 67 in Jan and I'm new to riding. But you gotta live. No regrets.
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post #23 of 32 Old 11-03-2013, 02:00 PM
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I have a friend in her 70's who rides with me on a regular basis (2-3 times a week). In many ways she is braver than I (and I am in my late 30's). For instance, last week we went out in high winds (33mph with 50mph gusts). She wanted to ride and I didn't want to be the one to back out! So I took my sanest horse and we had a fabulous ride! I've never ridden in such wind and we actually had a blast. So you are only as old as you feel (and your health allows).
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post #24 of 32 Old 11-03-2013, 02:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Lulubelle View Post
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!
Good lessons, after my wreck I also learned:

  1. Wear a helmet, I'm glad my head didn't look like my helmet!
  2. Cell phone, yes on you, and either no lock on it, or your emergency contact details as a screen saver.
  3. DO the PT, it helps, from day 1, or when ever the meds let you think straight.
  4. Don't rush, I am still not back in the saddle 4 months later, but now I am wanting to try, just need to wait until I can get someone here that I trust to help me.

Originally Posted by beau159 View Post
3) Yell obscenities at the horse ..... Okay, this last step is probably is probably just for my own sake!
Adds this one to my list.

Originally Posted by frlsgirl View Post
We have "oh crap" straps on our English saddles :)
Very useful

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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.
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post #25 of 32 Old 11-03-2013, 04:15 PM
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I had a horrid fall a few years ago and was ctricized by many. My hubby rides dirtbikes and has a tshirt that says you can die sitting in the couch. Get out and ride
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post #26 of 32 Old 11-03-2013, 05:29 PM
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Your friends I am sure have been in traffic accidents before and I doubt that you were so brazen as to merely suggest that they no longer drive again. Why would a "friend" advise you to stay away from one of your favorite activities or question your need to continue with it. I think those comments border on cruelty tinged with a touch of jealousy.

Ignore their own obvious display of insecurity and ride. Just ride.
It's what you love to do and you are fortunate to be able to.
You will heal and your life will continue
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post #27 of 32 Old 11-05-2013, 06:32 PM
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You can tell all the naysayers this: "The only truly safe horse is a dead horse."
And who wants to ride a dead horse?
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post #28 of 32 Old 11-06-2013, 10:56 AM
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Sorry to hear of your fall. And I can certainly relate, as I broke about seven ribs when I was bucked off about two weeks ago. And yes, I get the same reaction, when people know. Mostly, I don't bother telling them, as the only obvious symptom of the breaks is that I move slowly.

Mostly, though my answer is a cryptic "alpha errors and beta errors." I come from a family of scientists and basically when testing any hypothesis, the rigor of the tests are subject to either false positives or false negatives. In other words, it's never possible to get it just right.

Now how that relates to riding is that physically problems are either acute (breaks, bruises, etc.), which usually heal completely, or chronic.

At 55, I believe that moving and putting myself at risk of acute injury is actually staving off the chronic issues. (And some of the research bears me out.) I am one of the few that takes absolutely no pills and has not felt any real decline in physical ability. Except for the current moment, which is temporary.

At least this is what I keep telling myself, even if the explanation is rather long winded and prone to being pedantic. :)
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post #29 of 32 Old 11-06-2013, 12:23 PM
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Lulu, Sorry to hear about your fall. If you chose to ride then the risk is there. Sometimes it hurts; sometimes you can laugh it off. Sometimes you break a bone. That is the down side.

If you are 55 then you and your horse have enjoyed a lot of good rides otherwise you'd have given the sport up years ago. That's why we love horses.

There is no reason why with appropriate treatment you can't ride again. That's for the specialist doctor to say and not well wishers like me. Whatever you'll need to regain your riding fitness - so start reading about Pilates exercises and try to find a local therapist.

Those onlookers who say "give it up" have invariably little idea why we mess with equines who weigh half a ton and have mouths the size of alligators. But you and I know why. I am almost 75 and my riding days are over. I last rode at the age of 73. You, once healed, can think of riding until sitting on a horse becomes uncomfortable.

It is up to you and your determination. But I'll tell you now that walking the dogs through the woods is no substitute for riding my horse through those very same woods.

Get well soon and don't give up either your riding gear or your horse yet.
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post #30 of 32 Old 11-06-2013, 01:09 PM
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I am sorry about your injury! I hope it heals soon and well. I had looked at this thread before, but did not think much of it. Now I have been re-thinking all kinds of things, to fix my mistakes, realise my progress etc, and remembered a few falls I had..

1) We were racing with my friend down one trail, full gallop, I was in front, but as it was wet the girl behind had mud in her face, so did the mare she was riding. We came to a fork in the road and I decided to go straight, as turns in full gallop are no fun. The other mare went left. Mine, which was lower in the herd hierarchy, but always fighting for the top spot, realised she is alone, slowed down, jumped left, I didn't let her, jumped right, dislodged me, jumped left again, and I slid down her side pulling a few strands of hair out of her mane... the other girl found us just when my feet hit the ground. Nothing too scary, but she could have jumped 180 from full gallop and I would probably have eaten dirt...

2) another time with the same mare.. we were calmly walking past a huge stable, the pastures were empty, the horses were just looking around, when suddenly, I notice my mare is getting nervous at a water tank about 30 ft away from us, she spun 180 with her front feet lifting from the ground over the side of a massive ditch and I found myself on the ground, in the ditch. I did have my senses to let go of the reigns this time, as I felt her pull me, not calm down. The other mare trotted forwards, mine galloped, but she stopped nearby in grass, and so the other one waited there whilst I found my glasses in the grass and climbed out of the ditch. Mind you, I was stupid and did not have my helmet that time (Now I never ride without it, even though I have a bombproof horse ). I walked to them brushing all the mud off me, we walked and trotted home, as I did not feel like canter. All my muscles hurt for 2 weeks after that, my Gran asked me if I will still go visit the stable, once I fell like that.. (the mares we rode were not ours, but our neighbour's who let us do whatever we want with them) I said that ofc I will.. I even had ridden afterwards, just at home, not trails, because I realised, that if there was no ditch where I fell, I probably would not be alive. I hit the ground with the side of my face first, then my body and I rolled down the slope a little.. SO I guess that saved me..

Even though I am not too old, I do have some back issues, and so on, so I try to be very careful, I rarely jump, I try not to do crazy stuff, always wear a helmet, and if a horse spooks too much of something, I rather hand walk him past the thing to boost his confidence, even if it takes a few times, rather than risk falling somewhere with him because he panicked. He is kinda perfect, but sometimes new things in the trails scare him ****less.

The best is to keep riding, improve all your skills, and you know, a safety handle on trails might help a lot, however, I did have a strap in front of my saddle that time I fell in the ditch... but I forgot to grab hold of it...

Though I doubt I have ever really been scared to get back on a horse.. I know I stopped a jumping lesson once after a bad jump, the horse stopped and then jumped, dropping the whole 2ft oxer. I felt weird, so i got off (my back hurt after that jump and I sure as hell did not want to land in it)
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