Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Southeast Texas
The stories are hilarious. Joe - you are too funny for words. We will have to ride together one day so I can just crack up laughing.
Three years ago today I went to try a horse. I hadn't rode in many years but used to be a good rider. Horse was a little spirited but didn't seem to be spooky. Lady rode horse. I got on horse. Walked around to end of arena (there is a tree in the arena) and he moved to scrape me off of tree. He kept going and then took off running and bucking like a crazy horse. He bucked all the way down to the other end of the area, me with a tight grip on the reins (too stunned to remember anything like a one rein stop) and I could feel myself slipping sideways. I saw my life flash before my eyes and said prayer to Jesus NOT to let me hit the pipe fence when I came off. Come off I did as he ran through a gate area into a little corral. This was in central Texas (read ROCKY) and I hit the ground and rolled/bounced three times.
I was mortified in front of hubby because he knew me when I used to be a good rider. I was scared stiff and as it turns out, pretty seriously hurt. I had enough dirt in my hair to push up daisies, my face had scrapes and cuts. My leg was black and blue from thigh to toes, knee was 3" thick, huge hematoma on the left side of my leg about the size of my entire hand that resulted in serious nerve damage, a nasty skin infection. The doctor at home the following week was stunned that I was able to walk and hadn't broke my kneecap ("generally when I see a leg this bad it is shattered" he said) My leg is still discolored where the bruising was. Not as ugly as before but heck, it has been 3 years.
As a result, I still bought a horse, but the worse thing is it really shook my confidence and as a result I have been a timid rider that has got off, walked, etc. quiet a few times...I get scared sometimes and that is embarrassing as all get out - especially when I know I USED to be a really good rider. Now, I am the vice president of the sissy club! I have taken quiet a bit of flack about it from hubby about being a sissy but I will keep trying!!!