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    04-06-2011, 03:06 AM
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Foal
Cracked ribs, how long should I stay off horses?

I was riding with an inexperienced rider last Saturday, and he came up behind my horse and spooked him. He reared up and then jumped to the right, and I went face first over his left shoulder. The CT scan at the hospital confirmed that I had two cracked ribs and the mirror confirms a nice shiner. The doc said 2 weeks or so, but a google search said about a month.

How long would you guys wait? Should I think about wearing a vest?

Having the week off, I youtubed as much as I could find about emergency dismounts. That probably would have saved me some pain. How much a part if normal horse training is spent on learning how to do it?
     
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    04-06-2011, 06:22 AM
  #2
Banned
Riding with cracked ribs is painful, even with a rib bandage on. Don't ask me how I know this. The real questions are how bad do you want to ride and how high is your pain tolerance?

The risk of riding with a cracked rib is that is you fall again before it's healed, you risk displacing the fracture and possibly puncturing a lung.

I think two weeks is a good recommendation.

Yes, learning an emergency dismount is a good idea. Beginners usually learn to do one at a walk and trot within the first 20 lessons, intermediates should learn to one at the canter. One learned, they should be practiced periodically.
     
    04-06-2011, 06:46 AM
  #3
Showing
The last time I cracked (or bruised) ribs I had to remount and ride back to the farm ~3 miles - it wasn't fun. It took me over a month before I could comfortably get back up on a horse without a lot of pain. I'm probably a lot older then you so it does take a little longer to mend but I couldn't conceive of riding after 2 weeks. That sounds to me like a Dr who does not know much about what is involved in riding and thinks that being on a horse is simply being a passenger. Heck - it took 2 weeks before I could laugh without pain - (and I dreaded sneezing)!
     
    04-06-2011, 07:10 AM
  #4
Foal
A friend's advice was to try a seat belt. I just replied, "Thanks for the advice.", and really tried to avoid laughing.
     
    04-06-2011, 09:52 AM
  #5
Started
Im the wrong person to ask as i've been on my horses while still ON crutches (hey who needs stirrups?) and ridden 2.5 mos after a knee surgery that was supposed to have me off from 4-6.

That said - do what feels right to YOU with regards to pain and risk. Would I jump like that or do tons of trails if I were you? Probably not the best idea. As for a vest, again that is up to you. I wear mine on hunter paces and xc. I know people that wear them any time they are jumping or on trails. Again to me I think it is a matter of personal preference and comfort.

And all THAT aside - I hope you heal up soon!
     
    04-06-2011, 10:12 AM
  #6
Started
I am another wrong person to ask...broke my leg and rode in a full length cast for almost two years and when I did a compression fracture on my t-9 vertebrae, I rode that same day...course that was STUPID and if I had know I had literally broke my back that day would not have gotten back on the horse.
     
    04-06-2011, 09:58 PM
  #7
Banned
It's totally up to you, get back on whenever you feel ready, there is no right or wrong answer.
     

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