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    05-09-2012, 08:35 PM
  #31
Yearling
Rascaholic...thats intense!!! I've never thought I was invincible. Always had a healthy respect for a 1000 lb animal lol. Pen, thank you!! We do, I can honestly say she has saved my life in more ways then one!! Lol I love my mare very much!! She is like my guardian angel or something. I wouldn't trade her for the world. She is a once in a lifetime kinda horse. I am truly blessed :) I think she knows most ppl would have sold her off when she was young, I never gave up on her and she never gave up on me!! Thank you again, that's a big compliment :)
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    05-09-2012, 08:57 PM
  #32
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Army wife    
Rascaholic...thats intense!!! I've never thought I was invincible. Always had a healthy respect for a 1000 lb animal lol.
ROFL healthy respect was present. I knew she could hurt me, but I thought I was Wonder Woman when it came to riding. I could ride the hair off anything with 4 legs. Well that mare rode the hair off of me! Literally!

Sadly that wasn't my only stupid moment on horseback. BUT it did teach me that I was breakable much more so than she was and I have the arthritis to prove it
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    05-09-2012, 09:50 PM
  #33
Foal
Well I have to say that my absolute worst fall was my first. I was just learning to ride on my new horse, who I had only had for a couple months. My dad followed me on a four wheeler (the horse wass not scared of the four wheeler) and for some unknown reason my horse took off bucking into the woods. My dad jokes with me and says I should join the PBR because I was on for 8 seconds. That was pure luck, as I was 9 and had only been riding for a few months. I ended up flying head first into a tree, cracking my helmet (thank goodness I was wearing one) and I broke my left humerus. This was right before we went to Disney Land on vacation, I was so unhappy! This horse was the greatest teacher I have ever had, unfortunately we had to put her down. I miss her dearly, she was my best friend and I still cry sometimes when I go down to the barn and she is not there.

My second worst fall, which is worth mentioning because this was my fault entirely. I was having a lesson and riding without stirrups, I had begun to lose my balance so instinctively I grabbed onto the fence rail. Unforunately the horse was moving forward and I pulled myself off the horse. I slipped to the ground and my horse attempted to get away from me to avoid stepping on me, but she managed to tramped on my ankle. No broken bones but bruised tendons and a limp for a couple weeks.
     
    05-10-2012, 01:58 AM
  #34
Foal
I haven't had too many bad falls.. Usually they look really painful(such as when my horse suddenly stopped and spun around and I went flying into the fence) but don't actually hurt. The only one that really hurt as of late is when I was riding this pain in the ass little hunter pony. He was being a tad bit spooky and had stopped on me before when I'd ridden him, but this time we were headed full speed(very rare for being such a lazy little thing) toward a jump about 2'6"-2'9" and at the VERY last second.. Slammed on the brakes and ducked at the same time sending me flying into the jump(We have REALLY heavy poles where I board.) So I got a purple and black bruise along the length of my back that stuck around for a few weeks.

I suppose I'm quite lucky that I haven't broken any bones yet.
     
    05-10-2012, 06:17 AM
  #35
Foal
Worst fall

I have a tie breaker.

I was riding on one of my instructor's horses bareback, and he moved at the last second towards said person. I lost my balance, slipped off, landed on my head and back of my shoulder. I almost passed out.

Second one, I was riding my Appy, and we started to lope/canter. We weren't but 5 minutes away from home, she decided it was a great idea to turn around. Lost my balance again! Anyways, fell off, landed on my back, my head hit the back of a rock (Thank you helmet!), and my horse stepped on my leg as she turned.
     
    05-11-2012, 10:43 AM
  #36
Pen
Foal
My falls seem like nothing compared to some of yours! Ouch!
     
    05-11-2012, 11:45 AM
  #37
Weanling
Worse fall...

(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.
     
    05-11-2012, 11:56 AM
  #38
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by yadlim    
Worse fall...

(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.

Ow. I hope you're okay!
     
    05-11-2012, 04:12 PM
  #39
Weanling
The worst fall I have had happen January of this year. I was out riding with our local fox trotter group. All the horse where pretty fresh but the ride was going ok. So we had stopped because another girl lost her balance and fell off. So when we started going again my horse got to close to my husband horse and he landed a kick right in her chest. She started bucking like you wouldn't believe. I thought oh she is just going to let out a buck or two and then stop. Heck no she just kept going. I finally hit the ground. All I remember is sitting on the ground bleeding like crazy. Everyone thought I broke my nose. No one had cell phone service should we decide the best thing was to put me on another horse and walk me out. It seemed to take forever. I think I was in shock, in fact I am pretty sure I was because I just sat there bleeding on that poor horse but I was not in any pain. After we got back to the trailer someone radioed the guard station and they called the ambulance. After another 5 hours in the emergency room it turned out that I didn't break my nose but I did fracture my c-6 vertabrae. They had to call in a plastic surgeon to stitch up the cuts on each side of my nose. Long story short I am still recovering. I have numbness in my forehead and my left knee is still swollen and I did some major nerve damage to it. I wont post pictures they are kind of scary. Still riding though but now I were a helmet.
     
    05-11-2012, 04:20 PM
  #40
Foal
Last time I got thrown was in the round pen a few years ago. I swung my leg up over the saddle and he took off bucking before my butt got settled so I bailed and fell on my buck knife.

**** right it hurt.

It took me 20 minutes to recover before I could get back on him and then he was ok. Rode him for 30 minutes and all the time my side hurt.
     

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