First of, I was young, STUPID STUPID STUPID, but I could stick in a saddle like I had velcro on my butt. I rode everything and anything with a problem. I liked a challenge. If it had a problem, I could fix it!
The barn I worked for brought in a gorgeous mare with a problem. She reared. Bloodlines out the wazoo on this baby. Registered and almost the perfect old time TWH conformation. 16 hands of muscled up awesomeness waiting to rear and toss you off. WOW!! Who wouldn't want to be the one to tame her, right? UGH wrong!
Our first ride went surprisingly well. Supervised in the arena. No biggie. So I got her into regular work and she settled in perfectly. I was so amazed at the way she moved, the way she settled in so well.
Fast forward 2 weeks to our first trail ride. I never even made it out of the drive way. She went up and down several times then bolted. I cranked her into a one rein stop and she went to backing up. Up she went again. According to the BO's daughter whom I was riding with, the last time she went up she flung herself over. She swore the mare knew she was going to crush me.
I landed underneath her half on and half off the cement driveway. Broken pelvic bone, dislocated hip, broken leg, almost every rib on the left side broke, Broken collar bone, cracked my helmet in half and still got a concussion, broken nose, broken right arm, road rash on the right hip and leg. Internal seepage bleeding was the worst. My guts hurt for months while the bruising healed,I pulled and tore all kinds of muuscles throughout my body. I'd have to actually look at the file to see exactly what all I did injure. I thought my Mom was going to kill me when I healded up.
It was horrible. I couldn't ride for well over a year.
This is why when people say I have a horse, should I train it to rear, I will be the first on the "You're a moron!" bandwagon. It's not challenging, it's not funny. It's freaking dangerous as hell to chance 16 hands and over half a ton of horseflesh landing on you.
I am thankful everyday that I am alive after some of the things I did when I was young and stupid. I got way lucky more than once.