(dont read if your having a bad day)
My stable had lost its lease and we wound up with two weeks notice to find a new place and wound up settling for a LOT less. I gave away two horses and kept two - my then 6 year old gelding and my daughter's show prospect that I got her for 4H. This mare was one of those natural peanut pushers under saddle.
Well, I started her at the spry age of seven and had about 20 rides on her. For Obivous reasons, my daughter was still riding my horse. Well, with the move, the mare had not gotten worked for almost three weeks. We also had NO facilities - just the pasture to ride in. I lunged her down as my daugher rode my gelding and promptly left my helmet on the pile of grooming equipment.
I led the mare over to the mounting stump, swung one leg over and as my butt touched the saddle she was off. As she had never misbehaved before, I was not expecting it. I did not have ahold of my reins, I didn't have time to get my feet into the stirrups. I am told that I did not make the full eight seconds, more like four or five.
At that point I went flying over her head. I actually had time to think, 'oh damm, my helmet' before I hit the gound, head first. I felt the shockwave travel up through my skull and up my spine - but my body was not perfectly straight. My legs flopped farther than my body - over backwards. When the shockwave got to the point where my spine was bent, one vertibra took all the energy as a crushing blow. I also broke 8 ribs.
Sort of like if you hit a pill with a hammar...
I spent three weeks in two different hospitals before I could stand again. I spent six months in a full torso brace. I managed to get back to work for a couple of years, but sitting in front of a computer was pure agony - which does terrible things to accuracy. It was a full four years before I could physically take a deep breath, it was agony, but at least I could do it.
Over the years, I have given up on being able to work. I am only functional for a few hours a day. In the last three years the vertibea has gone from 30% crushed to 70% gone now, with both discs collapsed.
I take 6 tabs of oxycotten a day, which gives me about three to four hours of functionality. In the last two months I have had to give up going for calm walks on my gelding - I have not been able to ride faster than a walk in the 7 years since the accident.
I see the Dr on Monday to continue to discuss surgical options to get me off the pain killers - we are looking at full spinal reconstruction - which may put me in bed/recovery for up to two years.