Hi there. I am a new rider. I started taking Western riding lessons in April in preparation for a trip to a Dude Ranch in Arizona this past September for my 40th birthday. The ranch was incredible and I had the time of my life. I was able to lope across the desert on a wonderful horse that had been assigned to me for the week.
Unfortunately, I left the ranch with a compression fracture of my spine, up between my shoulder blades. I thought it was just a pulled muscle but a month later, Xrays showed the fracture. I remember the moment it happened. We were loping and the horse stumbled. We both stayed upright but when the horse tried to regain his balance, I hit the saddle hard. I felt the pain in between my shoulder blades at that time and was unable to ride for the rest of the vacation. :( Luckily it was the day before we left.
Anyway...my question is...has anyone else ever suffered a compression fracture of the spine from riding? If so, how long before you were able to ride again. I'm still in a lot of pain and am seeing another Ortho doc this afternoon. I learned so much about riding at the ranch and am anxious to continue to take lessons. I am getting conflicting answers from different docs and wanted to know if anyone has any personal experience with this type of injury.