Yesterday I was at the most beautiful place! A bed and breakfast for riders and their horses. Beautiful restored farm house in Craftsman Style architecture, 100 year old restored barn with lush pasture enclosures and a wonderful group of lady "horsey" friends.
We started off doing an obstacle course with the horses. First was a mailbox you get the newspaper out and in the backside. All 4 horses passed with flying colors. The second obstacle was a plastic black 6" diameter corrugated french drain that was connected at the ends to make a complete circle on the ground. The goal was to get the horse into the circle and make a 360 without the horse stepping out of the piping. 1st horse, fine. My horse fine. 3rd horse while rotating in the circle got leg up and dragged the piping making it rear, dump the rider and bolt. That made mine and another horse spin and bolt about 20' while mine started bucking. I flew off at the 3rd buck landing in a clump. Couldn't breathe or move. Got up and wanted to faint so sat back down. My horse didn't leave me even though she was loose.
After ice packs and much pain, decided to go to ER and make sure nothing broken. CT scan normal, major contusion on hip and ribs, sprained knee. So basically all was good.
My question is.......do you think she was just bucking at the bolting horses who were 10' feet running straight at us or was she trying to get me off? She has never bucked before other than running and playing in the pasture with other horses.
Helmet on order so please no lecture on that. Also, once healed and in the saddle, is there something I should do first or just trail ride as normal?