Getting Back in the Saddle
So I started my 3y/o Quarab mare under saddle. She did really good and was progressing really well. She's solid at the walk and although a little awkward at the trot, she still did good with it. She was getting bored just riding in the ring and around the yard. The whole time we've been training, she hasn't bucked, reared, refused or thrown any sort of tantrum. She lowers her head for the bit, stands for saddling and the girth being tightened, stands for mounting and doesn't move off until I ask her to and she has a good solid "whoa". Pretty much been my miracle mare and so easy to work with. She didn't spook at anything, kids on bikes, cars, loud trucks, chickens, the pigs, the dogs barking at her.
So, with her getting bored and doing so well, I figured why not try a short trail ride? The first trail ride went amazing. The buddy we were riding with wouldn't go through mud puddles, so Koti (my mare) would go through them first and walked through without a problem. She was on her best behavior. She didn't spook at a single thing, including birds that were flushed out when we rode by. So we went on a second one and a third one. All three trail rides were amazing.
Ok, so now that you have a little background on my mare and her temparment let me get on to the real story (sorry for the rant).
On our fourth trail ride, our riding buddy wanted to try to get her horse to go through the mud puddles first, before Koti went through them. So we let her try. Well, her horse refused, wheeling around and ramming into Koti (we were two horse lengths away, so we weren't too close). This causes Koti to go off balance, throwing me off balance and I go flying through the air. I land on my back, hitting my head (thank God for helmets) and essentially landing on my lower left back. We've all had falls, so we all know they hurt and that they knock the wind out of us. My riding buddy got Koti for me and held her while I laid there, catching my breath and waiting for the pain to subside. When I got up, I tried to get back my horse, but I couldn't stand up straight, let alone lift my leg up to get back on. So we walked home, but I couldn't walk fast enough to lead Koti (at that point I was barely hobbling.) so I let Koti walk home, following my riding buddy (we were only about 100 feet up the road from home and we live on a privately owned dirt road).
This was 3 days ago. I'm still in quite a bit of pain. Walking, sitting, trying to change positions when I'm sleeping, lifting water pails etc. At first I thought I had cracked my pelvis, but the pain is getting better and it now feels like just a bad muscle strain/bruise (although there isn't a mark on me). My question is, does anyone have any tips on how to speed up the healing process? Stretches, exercises etc.? I'm dieing to get back in the saddle. I'd rather be riding high in the saddle than laying low on the couch... And everyone keeps telling me to just take it easy... Of course I know I should, but it's not so easy when I want to do everything myself and hate not being able to ride the past 3 days.