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post #1 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
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I've had a bad fall and now i'm so scared.

That is the video of me falling.
It happened about 5 weeks ago. I've had therapy and chiropractic/physio care. I missed out on school for a week. I went to school the next week, and I've been getting better. Im now allowed to get on a horse.
I [a] am terrified. I got on last week, and the horse shifting it's weight scared me. I couldn't breathe properly, as if i was enduring a panic attack.
And [b] I just don't want to. As if horses are suddenly BORING. I've lost interest, and confidence of course. I'd rather go to school everyday of the week than go riding. I'd rather work on all of my assignments than go and see my horse.
I haven't seen him in a whole week. (my family also care for him. They are doing the feeding etc.)
And the horse is beginning to have problems. Since I havent been riding, he has been headstrong with others and being a total (bad word).
I don't know what to do. I feel so sad.
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post #2 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 05:44 AM
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I've taken quite a few bad falls off my OTTB Chinga, but what really helped me was after a bad fall when ever I was physacally ready to start riding I wouldn't ride until my weekly lesson and I would ride the first half on a school horse and then my instructor would hop on Chinga and when he was quite I would hop on. Bad falls hurt your mind more then your body most of the time :) It is VERY hard, I know. PM me if you want to talk:)

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post #3 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 06:04 AM
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That looks like a really painfull fall :(

Now you have two options:
You need to get back on you horse otherwise your and your horse's problems will only get worse.

If you a still not confidant then take a real break from riding, lease you horse to someone, make sure they are ridden by someone who knows what they are doing. This could be months or years, get back on when you feel ready.

Keep your feet on the ground when your head's in the clouds.
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post #4 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 06:33 AM
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the same thing has happend to me but i still haven`t rode like i used to but i still get on and walk/trot it helps i think i might be ready for the trail tomorrow
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post #5 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 07:41 AM
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I've owned horses for over 30 years and have taken many falls - some should have killed me and a couple caused me to have surgery. One fall, in particular, happened a few years ago and made a dramatic change in me. I'll just say that I was trying out a horse to buy and the very short story is that he took off while I was mounting him. I was thrown on a gravel driveway, fractured my pelvis, broke some ribs, was unconscious for several minutes (concussion), plus a lot of bruising.

It was ~8 weeks until I could ride again and I was terrified to get on a new horse I had (obviously not the same one). I was actually in tears while mounting. It took a lot of time, patience, and friends to bring me through it. Don't be afraid of asking for help and get the right horse. At this point in your riding, you need a confidence builder, not a horse that you are afraid of. I'm still hesitant about getting on a new horse but I've learned to live with it.
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post #6 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 10:17 AM
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Like a lot of people I've had my share of falls and I dunno how I havnt broke anything *touch wood*
What I do is as soon as i fall off I get up and get right back on before I leave the arena. I know it's stupid because I could do more damage but it's 2nd nature to me. Fall off get back on. I had stupid fall 2 months ago and I got concussion and while i was sitting in the arena with concussion not knowing what happened all I kept saying was "were's Oscar" and "Let me back on him" over and over again. It took one week before I got back on because I was nervous were as if I had just got back on straight away I would have been fine.
Hope you get back on before you regret it:/

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post #7 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 11:51 AM
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IMO, you need to go back to sqaure 1. Does grooming your horse make you nervous because you are anticipating putting a saddle on and riding? If so, groom your horse and put him away. Do this as much as it takes until you aren't nervous. Then moving to saddling. Feeling nervous because saddling means riding? Put the saddle on and take it off. Put your horse away. Do this as much as it takes until you don't feel nervous...continue this pattern until you're back where you want to be. Who cares if takes weeks, months, years? Let your emotions guide you. Getting on a horse when you're petrified inside won't lead to positive experiences for you or him.

Basically, take small baby steps doing the same thing again and again until you don't feel scared anymore. Chingazmyboy, hit the nail on the head. The memory is harder to overcome than the physical.

Other suggestions about riding a steady eddy are good, too. Don't push yourself too hard or you'll just retreat backwards. And remember, if it's not FUN, DON'T do it!

Good luck to you.
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post #8 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 03:06 PM
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Ride a calm old bombproof horse for awhile, and just hang out with your horse- groom and feed and stuff like that- until you get your confidence back. Don't ride yours until you feel okay about it, but do have someone else continue riding him, so he stays fit. Thant's probably what I would do. Good Luck!
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post #9 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 03:40 PM
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I always have someone there when I ride since I have a condition but it's also nice to have someone around just incase something goes wrong. A cell phone is genius as well.
Anyways I agree with the above posts. I have had some falls.I had one that knocked the air out of me and another time I hit my head on the ground(i was wearing a helment thankfully) and I ended up with a headache. I have always been told to get right back on so that's what I do.I haven't had any serious falls but it could happen.
What I would do is go out and spend time grooming your horse. You don't have to ride untill you are ready. Follow your emotions. If something doesn't feel right then usually there is a good reason why. Make sure you have someone around you. The can even guide the horse with a lead rope if you would prefer that.
I'm not sure if you lunge your horse or not but some horses are fiesty and lunging does help so you might want to consider doing that.

I'm glad to hear that you are alright though. I also agree with maddie. Usually a fall traumatizes your mind more than your body.

Good luck and keep us updated on your progress.
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post #10 of 13 Old 06-04-2010, 08:15 PM Thread Starter
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Wow thanks everybody.
I do lunge him, since I have not been on him.
And I have arranged to go to a riding school on the weekend to get my confidence back. And I shall go and see my horse today, and do what you've said.
Thankyou alot
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