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    09-23-2012, 09:23 PM
I understand what you're saying, but I put it out there to see if there was any equipment or other advice on how to ride more safely. I'm the kind of person who explores every single option before making a firm decision, so I wanted to see if there was anything else I can do before I decided to give up riding forever. I am getting a second opinion from the neurologist in the coming weeks, so I am trying to research all my options thoroughly.

And yes, I had thought about a safety vest. I will definitely look into it!
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    09-23-2012, 09:33 PM
I do what doctors tell me to do until the symptoms go away or I learn to live with it. Never give up hope. For instance, my physician told me my arm pain was a pinched nerve and there was nothing more I could do about it that didn't involve intense surgery. I had extreme muscle deterioration in my arm because the pain was so bad. I continued to ride and by chance, found a competant chiropractor that worked on me with adjustments and physical therapy. I hardly feel a thing now and that was 10 years ago.

I have had several concussions before, torn my rotator cuff, broken both my wrist bones, and I have broken my neck. This, along with a horse related accident with whiplash would tell any doctor that I should never ride again. But riding is what makes me whole, so I ride.

I just simmer down the risks. Do I train anymore? No, I only train my own horse (and got suckered into training a rescue horse just recently, but I don't professionally train anymore). Training professionally is where all my injuries came from, because I took on rank horses. I don't do that anymore. Now, I just ride one horse (sometimes another) and I'm very happy about it.

I have memory loss, trouble concentrating, and sometimes the pictures in my mind won't form words. I also forget easily, and sometimes instantly. This is all due to the concussions I've suffered through the years, and yet I still ride.

It is your doctors obligation to suggest to you the safer alternative. That way, if you ride with a doctor's clearance and something happens, you can't come back and sue them. They will tell you not to ride to keep you and themselves safe. If you are going to ride, do it with your own precausions and do it as safely as possible.
    09-23-2012, 09:39 PM
I completely agree, and I experience many of the same symptoms. I understand that I should ride a hot horse again, or take up a career in training. But I have accepted that and am exploring my options for other equine careers!
    09-23-2012, 09:52 PM
I would think it would be possible that your symptoms may improve over time. If they do not, I'm not sure that riding is really a good idea. I am one of those that always says 'If I die riding (or falling off of) my horse, at least I died doing something I loved.' But I have children, so I do my best to minimize my risk. If you're looking for equipment to minimize your risk of falling off, I would recommend trying out a Bob Marshall treeless western saddle. My mom owns one, and it seriously feels like you're strapped into the seat with the way it holds you in.

You need to really discuss this with your neurologist, one more fall could mean death for you. Can you accept that? Can your family accept that? Are there people in your life who depend on you? What would happen to them? I'm not trying to say 'don't ride' just make sure you know the consequences and that you can accept them.
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    09-23-2012, 09:56 PM
I completely understand what you're saying, it really does make sense. It's hard to think of those questions, but it really is necessary. I am going to sit down with my family and boyfriend and discuss it in great detail, it would be very selfish if I didn't take them into consideration in my decision
    09-23-2012, 10:34 PM
The one issue that hasn't been touched on is who will look after you if you can no longer look after yourself? Are you insured for a care-giver 24/7? It may not take a fall but perhaps something like a horse slinging it's head around and bumping your head. You may wish to consider horse agility which refines ground work thro the use of a variety of obstacles.
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    09-23-2012, 10:43 PM
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A few years ago my husband took a fall on the ice out back. Knocked himself out for a few seconds. He wound up with a true case of vertigo. The doctors couldn't do much. They couldn't really find anything. Sent him to physical therapy and they fiddled poked and prodded for months. Then one day a substitute therapist was there. She asked my husband if she could try something. Because nothing had helped and she didn't look big enough to do any harm he consented. She had him lie on a table and warned him not to get up and told him he may get violently ill. She twisted his neck and head rapidly, almost like she was trying to snap his neck. He said the room spun violently like he had been on a carnival ride and he did vomit until nothing was left. Within 10 minutes he was able to stand with no dizziness. The vertigo never returned.

She explained it as there being some calcium nodules floating in the fluid of the inner ear that had gotten knocked into a bad position when he hit his head. Her rapid flexing and throttling of his neck knocked them into a better position. Whatever she did it worked and worked the first and only time. Might be something you could run by your dr. Or a good chiropractor.
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    09-23-2012, 10:54 PM
Green Broke
I feel for you. I would hate it if I couldn't ride. My husband was in a motorcycle accident 5 and a half years ago. 2 brain bleeds, broken collarbone, severe road rash. He was left with a constant whoosh whoosh whoosh noise in his head, headaches, memory loss, dizziness. We found out he had a hole in the artery that runs through a vein in his head that caused him to have double vision. He had surgery on that right after I got my horse - and he was riding a Red 4 days after that surgery. I got him a horse the following June (that was January). He rides without a helmet but he doesn't ride like a crazy person either. His horse is as safe as any horse could be but he can't spin Sarge because it makes him dizzy - he is careful how he longes him because that makes him dizzy too.

He still suffers with headaches but he said he'd have them whether he rode or not.

He doesn't really have balance issues though for the most part EXCEPT if he goes in a circle. Balance is crucial for horseback riding. Your balance may improve over time especially with therapy and strength training. Take it slow and one day at a time and hopefully you will be back in the saddle riding again. Take care of yourself and don't take any unnecessary risks that could set you back. Life is full of risks but be very calculating about it!
    09-23-2012, 10:56 PM
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    09-23-2012, 11:00 PM
Green Broke
They did that to my husband except is was a little gentler! They said that "the crystals in his ears needed to be realigned." I thought it was some New Age BS but it did work. The Ear Nose and Throat specialist recommended it and they did it there with an audiologist person. I did it to him once here at home and when we sat him up he broke out in a cold sweat and his lips were blue. My friend and I had to help him up and into the living room as he was walking leaning over so far to the side we thought he'd fall over! His skull was fractured right behind his ear and one dr said his ear drum was ruptured, one said it wasn't so who knows? Head injuries are nothing to fool around with and I wear a helmet riding! I look like a big idiot but I don't care. I rode this weekend going down trails full of holes, stumps, twisted roots, rocks, boulders, crossing creeks and riding right into a lake. I need all the help I can get!

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