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post #11 of 22 Old 01-30-2011, 10:20 PM
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Wrap your cast with Water Wings! :P That'll protect your arm if you fall off - lol.

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post #12 of 22 Old 01-30-2011, 10:39 PM
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My husband broke his arm, had surgery, pins, and a huge full long arm cast that was slightly bent at the elbow. Had it done in hunter orange and went hunting on horses one week after surgery. He had a very safe horse and went into some hard country but got a nice deer. He had already figured if he had to bail off, to fall on his left side, cast was on right side.
It can be done, just be careful and don't put yourself in a position that you can't get out of.
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post #13 of 22 Old 01-31-2011, 01:23 PM
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I'm really sorry bout your arm.
But if I would have such an injury, I would still go riding.

Do you ride western or english?
Because if you ride western, it's deffinetly not a problem, because there you only ride with one hand (most of the time). (:

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post #14 of 22 Old 01-31-2011, 01:28 PM
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I have also been there. I broke my left arm when I was 9 and ended up with the screws and pins and an "external fixator". I was back riding within just a few days, though I had an absolutely bombproof horse to ride. Just be safe and don't take any unnecessary risks and I'm sure riding will be fine. I believe the biggest problem you will likely have will be saddling/unsaddling and getting on and off.

Good luck with the surgery and I hope you heal up quickly.

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post #15 of 22 Old 02-13-2011, 12:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hey everyone I rode my mare yesterday for the first time out of surgery, almost 2 weeks now! We had gorgeous 60 degree weather here. I was alone at the barn so just walked her bareback, nobody to help with saddle. Our mounting blocks have gone with boarders who found another barn so getting on was the challenge. Climbed on top of wheel guard on trailer after trying pile of gravel that didn't work, and I couldn't get up on round bale. Have plate & screws but doctor put everything back together well. Just have a brace on lower arm since most damage is in the wrist area. Only need pain meds at night now, ibuprofen works great otherwise. Barn friends have been picking my mare's feet for me. It will be a while before I can do that. Anyway, looks like we have several days of good weather ahead for riding so we'll get a saddle on her and things will be back to normal soon I hope because I want to do some serious trail riding on spring break in March!
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post #16 of 22 Old 02-13-2011, 12:52 PM
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I feel your pain, when I broke my collarbone I was out of riding for 9 weeks...during show season!! My mom still doesn't know it, but I used to sneak out while she was at work and go trail riding bareback on Artie Hang in there
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post #17 of 22 Old 02-13-2011, 12:57 PM
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If you are unable to ride for some reason, ask your coach (if you have one) to do more non-riding lessons. When I broke my leg, I obviously couldn't ride, so my trainer agreed to teach more care related lessons as opposed to riding. We went over how to put on wraps, how to dress a wound, she brought a few books and taught me a bit about the types of competitions, the levels of dressage, etc. and what the judge is looking for in each. She also did some saddle fitting lessons and taught me a few massage moves. =)
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post #18 of 22 Old 02-13-2011, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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I feel your pain, when I broke my collarbone I was out of riding for 9 weeks...during show season!! My mom still doesn't know it, but I used to sneak out while she was at work and go trail riding bareback on Artie Hang in there
Equiniphile, those are the kinds of things you don't tell your mother until you are out of the house! Haha
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post #19 of 22 Old 02-13-2011, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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If you are unable to ride for some reason, ask your coach (if you have one) to do more non-riding lessons. When I broke my leg, I obviously couldn't ride, so my trainer agreed to teach more care related lessons as opposed to riding. We went over how to put on wraps, how to dress a wound, she brought a few books and taught me a bit about the types of competitions, the levels of dressage, etc. and what the judge is looking for in each. She also did some saddle fitting lessons and taught me a few massage moves. =)
Great idea!
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post #20 of 22 Old 02-13-2011, 01:15 PM
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It's great that you were able to get back on, even if it's just a little bit right now. I got kicked by a pony that was in training and snapped two bones in my hand, so they casted me to the elbow, and I was still riding. I was jumping 3 ft at home, with one hand, and wanted to go to a show. My darling hubby told me I could show with my cast, but only if I'd ride on the flat only, just to be safe. My horse was so grouchy that he wasn't jumping that he jumped out of the arena and took off for the trailer. I'd have been better off jumping on purpose than clinging on for dear life with something like that. Just make sure you are careful and that you know your horse and their moods well, and you'll be fine.

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