First fall off current horse...
So, I fell off Ursula for the first time yesterday. I've had her for nearly 4 years, and there have been plenty of near-misses and times where I should have fallen but, by some miracle, I didn't. Well, yesterday, I hit the dirt, hard. I wasn't even settled in the saddle yet. I had just gotten on, and we walked less than half-way around the arena when something jumped out of the woods by the arena. I don't know what it was. All I know is that I heard some rustling and saw a flash of movement out of the corner of my eye. Then I looked down to find myself suspended in mid-air behind the saddle. There was no time to react.
My husband was on the ground at the time, with his horse (that used to be mine). He asked if I was okay, then let go of Rags to run over. Then Rags broke into a trot and came running over too. My husband helped me up and then Rags barged in and put his head right in my chest. It was quite possibly, the cutest thing ever. Both of them.
It didn't get back on after I fell because my horse was totally freaked. The last thing she needed was to be freaked further, and the last thing I needed was to fall again. My horse is a rescue and we've made a lot of progress, but after I fell yesterday, it took me forever to catch her and then she stood there trembling like I was going to beat her for being scared. I'm afraid this is going to set us back to square one. :(
I instead just walked her until she calmed down, then took her back over the "scary corner" and made her stand there until she stopped snorting. Then I praised her and called it a day.
Anyhow, I went to the hospital, and nothing's broken, but I sprained my neck pretty badly. My back was hurting me before the fall and now it REALLY hurts. I can't even dress myself, I'm in so much pain, but this isn't the first time and won't be the last time I fall.
So, I want to hear stories about your falls! What happened? Did you get back on? Were you hurt? Do you think I did the right thing by not getting back on right away? A lot of people keep telling me I'm wrong for not jumping back on right away. Every other time I've fallen, I've gotten back on, but this time it just didn't feel like the right thing to do. What do you think?