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    04-03-2010, 04:19 PM
  #1
Weanling
Unhappy Too many falls?...

I have been riding for 5 years, and like most riders I have had my fair share of falls.
My problem is that I seem to break bones REALY easily.

The first time I was being really stupid. I was riding my green horse, on a borrowed saddle, that didnít have stirrups, and I had just washed it. (hadnít bought my own yet) Me being an excited new horse owner took him down a trail beside an electric fence. (You can put the pieces together) he took I fell off and chipped my wrist, but I learnt my lesson.

Last year, I started jumping small jumps, and this time I was super excited because my dad had some old barrels for us to jump. Trooper jumped them really awkwardly. Then he wouldnít jump them at all, after a few tries I gave up because he made it clear he didnít want to go over them. So I just cantered him by them but he went absolutely nuts (bucking and what not). Of course I fell off and separated my shoulder. I own a protective vest but in the excitement of jumping I forgot to put it on.

This time we were just trotting along and then trooper completely out of nowhere spooks. I am really mad at myself because I can normally easily stay on for a spook, but not this time. I donít know what he spooked at, but he was just getting over Uveitis, but he didnít spook from his bad side. In hind sight maybe I should have waited a day or 2 longer, but it was so nice out! Either way I am now stuck with a dislocated elbow.

I feel like I am so brittle and weakÖlike a porcelain doll. I am very frustrated with the fact that my bones break so easily. My parents are very upset, and think its time I quit riding. Everything seems to happen on my right side and my mom thinks Iím really going to feel the effects when Iím older. I am very depressed right now, and donít know what to do, I love riding, but its starting to get embarrassing.

Sorry about the rant. Congrats if you got through it all!
     
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    04-03-2010, 05:48 PM
  #2
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Originally Posted by nirvana    
I have been riding for 5 years, and like most riders I have had my fair share of falls.
My problem is that I seem to break bones REALY easily.

The first time I was being really stupid. I was riding my green horse, on a borrowed saddle, that didn’t have stirrups, and I had just washed it. (hadn’t bought my own yet) Me being an excited new horse owner took him down a trail beside an electric fence. (You can put the pieces together) he took I fell off and chipped my wrist, but I learnt my lesson.

Last year, I started jumping small jumps, and this time I was super excited because my dad had some old barrels for us to jump. Trooper jumped them really awkwardly. Then he wouldn’t jump them at all, after a few tries I gave up because he made it clear he didn’t want to go over them. So I just cantered him by them but he went absolutely nuts (bucking and what not). Of course I fell off and separated my shoulder. I own a protective vest but in the excitement of jumping I forgot to put it on.

This time we were just trotting along and then trooper completely out of nowhere spooks. I am really mad at myself because I can normally easily stay on for a spook, but not this time. I don’t know what he spooked at, but he was just getting over Uveitis, but he didn’t spook from his bad side. In hind sight maybe I should have waited a day or 2 longer, but it was so nice out! Either way I am now stuck with a dislocated elbow.

I feel like I am so brittle and weak…like a porcelain doll. I am very frustrated with the fact that my bones break so easily. My parents are very upset, and think its time I quit riding. Everything seems to happen on my right side and my mom thinks I’m really going to feel the effects when I’m older. I am very depressed right now, and don’t know what to do, I love riding, but its starting to get embarrassing.

Sorry about the rant. Congrats if you got through it all!
Are you serious? You want to quit because youve fallen 4 times? And your parents are upset because you did stupid things with him and are now feeling the effects of it?!
Most people on here have fallen MANY times. Falling is a part of riding. Heck, I've fallen.
If you want to quit, quit. It shows your devotion to your poor horse, though.
     
    04-03-2010, 06:54 PM
  #3
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Originally Posted by thunderhooves    
Are you serious? You want to quit because youve fallen 4 times? And your parents are upset because you did stupid things with him and are now feeling the effects of it?!
Most people on here have fallen MANY times. Falling is a part of riding. Heck, I've fallen.
If you want to quit, quit. It shows your devotion to your poor horse, though.
She said her parents think she should quit riding, I didn't read anywhere that she thinks she should quit... She's just frustrated with her breaking bones, as I would be too. I've fallen MANY more times than you have, but haven't broken anything (cross your fingers that I wont)... but honestly, it doesn't sound like your falls were very severe, yet they lead to severe outcomes? Maybe you should get checked out? Perhaps you're lacking something that means you have weaker bones and THAT could be a cause for concern.
     
    04-03-2010, 07:20 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Maybe you need a horse better suited to your level of riding. That's just a suggestions but you should most deffinately not give up. Just try to think things through everyone falls and gets hurt that's just something that comes with riding and it can't always be prevented. Quiting riding won't mean you won't ever fall and get hurt again so don't give up.
     
    04-03-2010, 08:00 PM
  #5
Weanling
I have fallen many other times as well these are just the ones that are well, eventful. I love ridding so much, and I realy don't want to quit, it is my passion, but my mom especialy worries too much. When I go to the doctor for the follow up on my elbow I am going to ask him if there is any kind of multi vitamin type of thing that I could take.

I can't realy blame my falls on my horse because these are all things I could have prevented. And Trooper rarely spooks, probably part of why I wasnt ready for it, but it was also 10degrees above normal, and I was just beggining the long weekend so I might have been too relaxed.

My parents are probably going to let me continue riding this time, but basicaly there saying where do we draw the line? They think it makes them look like bad parents because I keep getting hurt.

Even if I wanted to sell Trooper I don't know if I could. He is a good horse, but ever since he has been diagnosed with uveitis he has had 4 flare ups in 7 months. So id be lucky if someone took him for free.
     
    04-03-2010, 08:34 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by alexischristina    
She said her parents think she should quit riding, I didn't read anywhere that she thinks she should quit... She's just frustrated with her breaking bones, as I would be too. I've fallen MANY more times than you have, but haven't broken anything (cross your fingers that I wont)... but honestly, it doesn't sound like your falls were very severe, yet they lead to severe outcomes? Maybe you should get checked out? Perhaps you're lacking something that means you have weaker bones and THAT could be a cause for concern.
yes that's exactly it, im very frustrated. The only one I can say that was reasonable that I got injured would be the second one. That was a really hard fall and I landed directly on my shoulder, then my hip. I ended up with a bruise on my hip nearly the size of a soccer ball, so you can imagine the impact on the shoulder. My friend thinks that the protective vest wouldnt have made much of a differance.This time my dad jokingly said he should get me some elbow pads to the nurse and she said at that hight they wouldnt make a difference. But im just angry because something has to hit the ground fist, and it aint goona be my face (i hope!)
My parents arnt mean or anything (theyre the opposite actualy), and as much as they like seing me do what I love, seing me get injured hurts them more than it does me

Thanks everyone for your support :)
-I may get hurt easily but acording to my instructor, I get better quickly.
     
    04-03-2010, 08:39 PM
  #7
Weanling
Sounds like you need more milk haha.

Bad things happen sometimes, but kudos to you for not blaming your horse or getting too mad. I hope you have better luck in the future :)
     
    04-03-2010, 08:45 PM
  #8
Weanling
^thanks. That's what my mom said. Lol. Although I could use this to my advantage if I play my cards right. Mayby I can convinse my mom to buy me chocoate milk. Lol.cause chocolate milk is mutch yummier, and would encourage me to drink more milk :)
     
    04-04-2010, 12:47 PM
  #9
Yearling
I second the suggestion about checking for possible medical reasons why you might have weak bones.

Another thing I'd suggest is doing yoga for flexibility, and taking some martial arts classes in order to learn how to fall.
     
    04-04-2010, 01:57 PM
  #10
Weanling
Ok thankyou. I do pilaties. I don't know if I would be able to do martial arts, because I don't have alot of spare time, but I will look into it, because mayby I do fall akwardly.
     

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