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Bad Jumping Accident & how do you get over it?

Last Wednesday I had a bad jumping fall. I have fallen off my horse before but nothing but some bruises. So I jumped him over a jump and he jumped bigger than the jump. This is a 2ft jump. I went over it 2 times and went for a 3rd not thinking anything. He refused it which isn't that unnormal. So I turned him around and pointed him to it again, this time he jumped it, big again. He landed and bucked, I was already thrown off balance from him jumping too early and big so when he bucked I slid forward and was on his withers/neck. I managed to stay on for a good amount of strides but just as I was about to slid myself back into the saddle he made a sharp right turn and I fell off to the side and landed on my lower back. And when I fell he kicked out again but luckily missed me. I couldn't even get up for at least 15 mins then when I finally did I couldn't put any weight on my left leg, let alone walk. I tried hopping but that shot pain through my back. The day after I could put a little weight on my leg and it eventually got better. Now I am walking but since I couldn't get up I wasn't able to get on right afterwards. My instructor did ride him after I fell for an hour and took him over the same jump and he was fine. But its not the same when you physically can't get on after a fall. Now I can walk normal but walking up stairs hurts a little. Also I rode today but in the round pen I was fine a little nervous at first but made it through walk, trot, and canter. When I was cantering I noticed my back hurting really bad in the middle of my shoulder blades and a little bit while posting. I don't know how I am going to get the courage to jump again though . I taught him to jump this year and we have been doing it with my instructor and its been going great until now. He has never done anything like it. Any tips? Thanks guys.
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post #2 of 13 Old 08-26-2013, 12:12 AM
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Well I didn't have a bad jumping accident but I had a bad fall a couple of years ago. Long story short my training horse freaked at the unbalanced canter, the saddle girth broke and I landed on a rock, rolled down a hill and am pretty sure I got stepped on.
I hurt but I got back on so I may not be much help there lol. My first peice of wisdom is don't do what I did. Get checked out ASAP. I didn't think mine was bad until 2 years later when I finally saw a spine doctor turns out I had injured it severely and had a calcified hairline fracture on my collar bone. I now battle arthritis and pain. Usually I'm like minor stuff won't kill you but get checked out if it still hurts better safe then sorry imo!
As for the fear, my instructor always tells me: That was then and this is now, get up, get over it and ride like I know you can. Bit harsh but I found it effective. I hope this helps in someway!
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post #3 of 13 Old 08-26-2013, 01:59 AM
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^^^ I second this.. You really should get your back checked out first. If there is anything wrong you definitely don't want to make it worse!

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post #4 of 13 Old 08-26-2013, 02:08 AM
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I'm being deadly serious when I say this, but you NEED to go to A&E for an X-ray. I did exactly the same thing about 4 months ago and it turned out I'd fractured my coccyx. 2 1/2 weeks signed off of works and a good 2 months or so after that that I felt ok to get back on horse back again.

I felt sick to my stomach when getting back on as I'd lost all confidence, legs and arms shaking, too frightened to put into canter etc, you name it.

Since then iv ridden a few times and been rebuilding my confidence at my own pace. I'm now back to a full gallop and popping small fences and feeling comfortable about it.

So first things first, off you toddle to A&E, get your results, rest up AND THEN think about your confidence with your horse
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post #6 of 13 Old 08-26-2013, 09:40 AM
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Sometimes its hard to get back on because you feel like a tied up ball of nerves. All you can do is keep taking deep breathes. Most of the time, a horse has a bad day. People have bad days, dogs have bad days. Start small and work you way back up. Get used to riding him in a round pen again. Then move to an arena and so on.

Its really hard when you cant get back on after a fall. 10 years ago I was thrown riding double with a friend. I was in the saddle and she was behind me. Her horse freaked and started bucking. She came off first but she had her arms around me and she eventually pulled me off and I landed smack dab underneath the horse. My back was stepped on and so was my lower leg. When I got out from under the horse I could have cared less about getting back on. My left hand had been leather burned down to the bone in several places from me holding onto the reins so tight.

I did NOT go and get checked out because my parents sort of just said "oh well you did it, you deal with it". Sounds like you jammed your spine. Which needs to be worked out. Its mostly just stretches you do but they need to be done properly. I now have fused vertebrea in my back and have sciatic nerve issues. Which even though I ride out gaited horses and play around on them I havent been able to ride a QH in about three years because the jarring is just too much.

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My story wouldnt help you much due to your horse is already trained to jump but ill share my story anyways. I was in college for my degree and i had to learn english jumping. I was already on a horse that knew nothing about jumping, and was a horrible jumper at that. Well one day ( i was already scared to even get on this horse let alone jump) the teacher had us jumping over a 3' jump while someone lunged us and with our hands out like a airplane. Well i had my legs on the horse for forward motion over the jump and the kid cracked the whip at the same time the horse went over the jump freaked at the same time landed flicked her butt out and i went flying like a airplane and landed on my right side and was knocked out. Yes i was wearing a helmet, later i went to the hospital and had a mild concussion and bruising. Later after i graduated i had this english saddle sitting around so i bucked up and started to slowly train my horse to jump. My horse turned out to be my savior and many others. Whens she jumps she feels like your going over a small hill she is smooth like glass. I brought her back to my school and showed them her jumping abilities and they snatched her up for a season. Now im jumping at least once a week and i mainly ride in my english saddle.

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You should have gone to the hospital straight away. The amount of pain you described, and not being able to get up for 15 minutes are obvious signs that you've done some damage. My 'bad fall' sounds similar, but I didn't get up, I was put on a stretcher and taken out by ambulance. I struggled to move for almost a fortnight because I'd twisted my lower spine, along with blowing out two discs. The twist fixed itself thankfully when I was rolling over in bed one night (nice big crack and then 'good' pain), but the discs still aren't right 2 years on.

Getting on again can be difficult, but you're off to a good start - my getting back on was 2 weeks later, and the mare reared on me and I came off AGAIN.

Once you get your back checked out and fixed, go back to basics. There's no rush, no one is going to think less of you for being nervous. Go back to trot poles and jumps your horse can just step over. Work on things that you are confident with, to help convince yourself that you can still do it. Even after all that, you'll still be nervous, but you need to trust in yourself. If it happens again, well ****, that's bad luck, just try again.

Just remember that there is no rush.
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post #9 of 13 Old 08-26-2013, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again guys, I have a lesson tonight with my other instructor, she teaches jumping and dressage and I decided if my back hurt again today then I will tell her . She is an expert. And I will see what she thinks . I'm really nervous about tonight's lesson though, it's in a hour. Wish me luck.
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You can only use determination and mind over matter to conquer your fears I'm afraid and no one can do that for you because we're all different
As for your injury - please don't ignore pain - you probably should get an X ray
My eldest son recently had a routine one after a minor car accident and was told that he had evidence of two old fractures in his spine that were likely done when he was a young teenager. He was always a dare devil and had plenty of falls as a result yet would always be back on his pony as soon as possible and never complaining of pain - I now feel really bad that he could have been risking serious damage.
My father did something similar and ended up partially disabled so please be careful if your pain doesn't go away as it should and don't rush yourself to get back in the saddle too soon
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