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post #11 of 26 Old 05-05-2011, 08:37 PM
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Last summer I was brushing Storm to get ready to go out for a much needed trail ride. He was a little antsy and moving around more then usual. He stepped on my foot and STOOD there for a good SOLID 2 minutes while I tried to get him off of me. Have to say it hurt like heck. I then proceeded to tack up and go for a good 2 hour ride.

Suffice to say by the time I got back I couldn't keep my foot in the stirrup. Turns out he broke my big toe :roll: lol. I have to say I kept riding regardless of the broken toe. Riding wasn't so hard cuz I could always take my foot out of the stirrup. It was walking that was the hard part...and I couldn't really wear boots so I rode in my running shoes.

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post #12 of 26 Old 05-05-2011, 08:59 PM
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Do we really want to start this discussion?

Had two horses out for a day ride, While tacking up, The colt head butted me and knock me down, I blew out the tendons in my wrist. I rode for two horse holding the lead rope in that wrist. It was a bugger to hang to that colt all day.

While marking a trail for a endurance ride, My horse went down in a bog. I ended up under neath and he stepped on my chest breaking two ribs. Again I had a two hour back to my truck and a two hour drive home. I did a 50 mile ride three weeks later.

I had knee surgery where they trimmed my menicus. Did a 50 mile endurace race 6 weeks after surgery.

That's probably enough medical history for tonight
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post #13 of 26 Old 05-05-2011, 09:44 PM
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Oh, yeah. Though normally it's not against Dr's orders as there normally are no dr's orders LOL. My family motto is this: "No big bones are broken and there's no heavy arterial blood spray, just tape an aspirin to it and roll on. You'll heal, just quit your whining.".

So I've ridden with a severely torn up ankle (tore tendons and ligaments and muscles and everything), pinched nerve in my lower back (boy that was agony for about 3 months), dislocated shoulders and hips after I pop them back in myself, smashed knees, concussions, etc, etc, etc. The list goes on LOL.

After I shattered my arm when I was 9, the Dr suggested that I stay away from horses until the arm was completely healed. Hah, I was on a horse the day after I got home from the hospital, external fixator and all. Though I did opt to stick with my old bombproof guy instead of the horse that dumped me in the first place.

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post #14 of 26 Old 05-05-2011, 09:46 PM
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ive ridden with 2 concussions and a broken arm. trotting sucks when you have a concussion btw !

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post #15 of 26 Old 05-05-2011, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by smrobs View Post
... My family motto is this: "No big bones are broken and there's no heavy arterial blood spray, just tape an aspirin to it and roll on. You'll heal, just quit your whining."...
Sounds like your parents could be related to my Dad...

A woman at church in her 70s heard me talking about horses. She showed me a scar that ran from her shoulder all down her upper arm to the elbow. When she was 12, her horse reared and fell over on top of her and her arm was torn open on something.

Her Dad, who was watching, said, "Thought you were smart enough not to pull on a rearing horse" and went back to his chores. After she put her horse away, her Mom took her to the doctor for stitches. And 60 years later, she still had the scar to prove it.

THAT was tough!
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post #16 of 26 Old 05-05-2011, 11:09 PM
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I rode about 6 weeks after having a hysterectomy. I asked my doctor about restrictions and he said he didn't like to restrict his patients (probably didn't know I had horses, lol), so as soon as I felt okay to ride, I was out riding! Then I started bleeding and found out that was around the time the stitches were dissolving. Umm, nobody told me about that. I thought I ruptured something.

I have also ridden with injuries that I didn't get treated for, but I suspect they were significant. Like the time my colt knocked me off my riding horse and stepped on me. I had creaking ribs/back for a while after that and still rode anyway. Actually, if I lay in bed in certain positions, I can still feel that injury, whatever it is. And another time I'm pretty sure I broke my foot. It hurt for months.
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post #17 of 26 Old 05-05-2011, 11:11 PM
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I have rode with head concussions, Spraned neck, and a broken elbow,
now riding with a broken elbow was hard but at least it was my left & my horse neck reined lol! :)

When I can't ride anymore, I shall keep horses as long as I can hobble along with a bucket and wheelbarrow. When I can't hobble, I shall roll my wheelchair out by the fence of the field where my horses graze, and watch them!
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post #18 of 26 Old 05-06-2011, 06:31 AM
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I rode twice with broken ribs... Got back on the horse that ran me over and did them in the first place, after I hauled myself out of the mud... And rode my best friends arab pony the day after, found out few weeks later the reason ribs were so sore is cause some were broken.

Got thrown off Mitchell at home and had to compete a week later with a swollen and bruised knee... But the swelling and bruising was on the inside, so I kept getting questions all day as to why I was riding with my right leg like a frog... Could see the swelling through my jods though.

Also rode with torn ligaments in the same knee about a year beforehand. That was from dance at school though, it collapsed underneath me and I got told by the teacher to stop faking and get up and dance properly... If only I could :L I still show jumped with my knee like that, just swore through the pain.

And I have scoliosis, so while technically it's not an injury, it gets painful, the worst part is picking out the hooves of an unwilling horse *HeadDesk.

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post #19 of 26 Old 05-06-2011, 06:59 AM
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I'm partially damaged/disabled in my right leg. I will have ongoing knee issues for life and also shattered my leg two years ago. I'm part bionic lol. Im back in the saddle and have been since Jan. I sometimes end up on crutches thanks to my knee and had in the past ridden when I've been on them.
At a show a few years back both me and my mare took a fall. I was convinced to get back in the saddle and do my classes. It was later found out that I had a broken shoulder.
So yes ihave ridden with injury and I guess you could say I still am haha!
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post #20 of 26 Old 05-06-2011, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Spastic_Dove View Post
II want to be able to stay in the saddle as long as I can ....
Ha ha. This is so true. :) I have actually ridden with injuries that have caused me to ride poorly and get more injuries. ;P it's a vicious cycle!

There's some really good ones here; glad I'm not the only crazy who keeps on keeping on.

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