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        03-31-2009, 12:19 AM
      #11
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    Oh, Chelle!! I am so sorry to hear about this! *Major Hugs* I am SO happy that you are okay! Nevermind the broken leg it will heal... as long as you are alright!! I can't even imagine how scary this must all be for you... but I think for now... don't concentrate as much about making a decision to ride or not. Obviously you hurt alot and even thinking about riding probably makes you hurt more. Just concentrate right now about getting better and being around your horsies.

    When the time comes though, I really do agree with what Skyhuntress said:

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    Originally Posted by Skyhuntress    

    Honestly, I can't tell you what to do. Riding is a dangerous sport. You will get hurt. And sometimes, you get hurt badly. And fear can be overpowering if you let it. Ultimately, its going to come down to a) if you even WANT to ride again and b) if you can manage to conquer your fear enough to get back on. Because once you're on, you've overcome the biggest hurdle; yourself.
    It will ultimately come down to how much you want to ride. But I think you will. Most people who adore riding never really ever stop loving it. I've had a couple of scary falls and it was hard getting back on, but I did. (No where near as insane as yours mind you). But honestly... don't push yourself too hard right now. Just get better and see how things go. That's all I can suggest.

    Good luck hun! Update us!!
         
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        03-31-2009, 02:21 PM
      #12
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by ohmyitschelle    
    Heya.
    So I thought I'd come on here and see if I could get some advice. A week ago I had a freak accident on my mare and broke both lower bones in my right leg. I've undergone surgery and am now sporting a titanium rod in my leg etc. I know I have a long recovery ahead of me, but the days are slowly getting better.
    This isn't my problem. I understand only I can make the decision to get back in the saddle, but I'm hoping there are others out there that have been in my position before and can help shed some light.
    I'm absolutely petrified to get back in the saddle... my accident is a nightmare to me and although it was not at the real fault of my mare, I feel sick just at the thought of riding again.
    This is saddening to me. I do have major nerve problems but had been going SO well, infact, I had just ridden a Open Medium Dressage horse earlier that week and realised just how improved my riding was. I had come so far to overcome my nerves from falling off my gelding late last year and on my mare I felt so safe... like I say it wasn't something that could've been controlled, she really panicked and I couldn't get her back. Now I feel like I can't move on from it... everytime I think of my darling mare, I have flashes of what happened. I know it's early days and I have yet to see her (tomorrow thank god!) so I'm hoping that will change things for me. I never got to check that she was okay on account that I couldn't move and was taken away by ambulance.
    All my friends are saying "don't worry won't be long till you're back up there" but tbh I don't know if I can. I'd like to be able to try but for now it leaves me feeling so sick. I'm not sure what I need to do.

    Basically can anyone relate to this? If so, what helped you along? Did you spend a lot of time on the ground, getting associated with your horse again, remembering why you love this sport so much? Or did you just get on with it and get back up there and pray nothing went wrong? Something else?
    I would dearly love to hear. I have 2 months of non weight bearing so I have a lot of recovery time ahead of me. But I just thought I'd write this up and see if anyone can help. I don't want to have to sell my two babies, but I don't think it'd be fair on them if I don't plan to ride again.
    Thanks in advance.
    Chelle x
    Oh honey, I can relate. Currently sitting at home with a broken wrist, typing this one handed. I have gone thru a crap load of serious injuries (currently have 2 plates and a total of 26 screws thru my body) because of horses so I know all to well what you are going thru. I would love to post more but it's difficult with the one hand.

    If your passion is there, this injury won't stop you. Feel free to pm me. I would love to chat with you and tell you all about what I've been thru

    You can do this.
         
        04-17-2009, 01:30 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    I'm so sorry I haven't replied to all the posts! I've not had the net for awhile, so I'll do it now :)
    The leg is doing well... I currently have it out of my special cast, which I wear when I go out and to bed. I have several exercises to do and its getting stronger, or it feels it anyway. Apart from constant cramping in my thigh muscles that are very painful, I am pain free :)
    I have decided to ride again, and even decided that it will be on Honey first. I've had several offers of schoolmasters etc to ride first, but it doesn't matter when I address the issue, before any other horses, or after, I'm still going to be petrified about getting up on her. So might as well get it over and done with. But that won't be until after winter here, so I've got a few more months to grow some brass balls!
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        04-17-2009, 01:35 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skyhuntress    
    2 years ago, the horse I was leasing bolted, and I got tossed into a wall.
    I broke my arm in 4 places, and the doctors told me that there would always be some residual paralysis because of how close the break was to nerves. They weren't sure I would be able to ride again. My recovery time was long. I broke my arm in July, and was in a BIG (it was 33lbs actually, as they were trying to rely on gravity to pull the break into place) cast until the beginning of December, where I finally got put into a brace. Fortunately though, I regained mobility of my arm.

    In January, I decided to try riding again. Same horse. For me, it needed to be the same horse, because I needed to be able to face up to him. During my recovery, I put him into half training, so was hoping that would make a difference. Honestly? I was so scared. For 3 days, my stomach was in knots. I kept on hearing the doctors saying "paralysis" and wondering if it was worth possibly damaging myself again like that. Ultimately though, I decided that I wanted to ride again.

    I threw up twice before I was able to get back on the horse. I won't tell you it was sweet and easy. It really wasn't. I was bloody scared and nervous. But I did it. I had my trainer put me on a lunge line, took a deep breath and told myself to just get it over with. So I did it. Rode for the first time in nearly 6 months. Walked/trotted/cantered (cantering was super scary for me.) Swung off my horse and promptly went to throw up again It took me a few rides before I felt somewhat comfortable.

    Honestly, I can't tell you what to do. Riding is a dangerous sport. You will get hurt. And sometimes, you get hurt badly. And fear can be overpowering if you let it. Ultimately, its going to come down to a) if you even WANT to ride again and b) if you can manage to conquer your fear enough to get back on. Because once you're on, you've overcome the biggest hurdle; yourself.

    Thank you so much. I agree with you, and have decided to get back on Honey first. The fear won't go away unless I get on with it - with her. And she's not that scary really, it was truly a freak accident and I have to keep telling myself that. I'm much better about it now! I've been helping a friend out, giving advice and seeing results... it's made me realise I just can't give up on a world I'm so heavily into. I've also watched some of the disabled/parariders out there and found inspiration in them. I have a lot to be grateful for, and need to give this another go.
    Thank you again.
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        04-17-2009, 01:39 AM
      #15
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by RedHawk    
    Sorry about the accident! I've had a few falls, one particularly nasty and one that could have been, although the 2nd time was my own fault (racing a young ottb up a hill with lots of roos was NOT a good idea ).
    I'm a nervous rider as well, and I would suggest just take it slow. Do any of your friends have an old bommbproof horse you could ride for a bit to regain your confidence? Once you're up to riding that is.
    The first fall I had was when I was 10, and although it wasn't terrible I got amild concussion and it scared the crap out of me. I wanted to stop having lessons and quit horses altogether, but my mum said no, that I HAD to get back on and have a few more lessons. For about 6 months I only walked and trotted on an old bombproof gelding, and slowly regained my confidence.
    Don't stress, just take one thing at a time, you'll get there! Keep us updated.
    Thank you!
    I have been offered to ride an amazinggg horse that I rode two or so days before the fall (and had one of the best rides of my life on) but I've decided to ride Honey first. I figure her nappy problem isn't in the walk, and I'll be walking for ages, so I figure I can handle that. Plus she's getting training soon and then being turned out over winter, so hopefully she'll have more experience and maturity under her belt.
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        04-17-2009, 01:42 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jubilee Rose    
    Oh, Chelle!! I am so sorry to hear about this! *Major Hugs* I am SO happy that you are okay! Nevermind the broken leg it will heal... as long as you are alright!! I can't even imagine how scary this must all be for you... but I think for now... don't concentrate as much about making a decision to ride or not. Obviously you hurt alot and even thinking about riding probably makes you hurt more. Just concentrate right now about getting better and being around your horsies.

    When the time comes though, I really do agree with what Skyhuntress said:



    It will ultimately come down to how much you want to ride. But I think you will. Most people who adore riding never really ever stop loving it. I've had a couple of scary falls and it was hard getting back on, but I did. (No where near as insane as yours mind you). But honestly... don't push yourself too hard right now. Just get better and see how things go. That's all I can suggest.

    Good luck hun! Update us!!

    Yes Jubilee, I am fine love, thank you! I'm overall much better too - just gotta keep my overactive imagination under control when it comes to matters of the injury and I'm good! I'm a writer so it is a big problem, I'm a visual person, and left to my own vices it can have me squirming very easily haha!
    Yes, I will, like I said to Skyhuntress, its a world I've been in basically my whole life, I can't just give up on it. And I said to Mum, if I can't ride, I'll just get a mini or something haha! Or turn to driving - the good thing about owning ex race horses, they won't have to learn how to be harnessed, they already know!
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        04-17-2009, 01:45 AM
      #17
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by CacheDawnTaxes    
    Oh honey, I can relate. Currently sitting at home with a broken wrist, typing this one handed. I have gone thru a crap load of serious injuries (currently have 2 plates and a total of 26 screws thru my body) because of horses so I know all to well what you are going thru. I would love to post more but it's difficult with the one hand.

    If your passion is there, this injury won't stop you. Feel free to pm me. I would love to chat with you and tell you all about what I've been thru

    You can do this.

    Oh wow, that's insane! I hope your hand is getting better love, I'm a lot better now... but I think I will hit you up on that PM.
    Thank you for the encouragement!
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        04-17-2009, 02:25 PM
      #18
    Showing
    I am so glad that you have decided to stick with it. Sometimes it is hard to accept that accidents are just a part of riding and like Donnie Gay said "It's not a matter of if you get hurt, but when and how bad." Just take your time and everything will be okay.
         
        04-17-2009, 02:47 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    This happened to my sister (we both ride) and she had really bad nerves too. She eventually got over it, and now she is doing great! Whenever something bad happens to me at the barn, sure im upset, but once I go back I think of it as a new day and treat it like nothing happened...it always makes me feel better! I hope you get well soon!
         
        04-17-2009, 03:38 PM
      #20
    Foal
    Sorry about what happened,i broke my leg when I was 7 or 8 years old,but I didnt break it falling off a horse,but I can relate to your confidence problem,i had a bad fall a few years ago,a horse called Apatche reared with me and nearly stood on me.I was doing stable mangement until I was confident but it didnt work,everytime I tried to get on a horse I would scream.I found that getting led by someone and possibly spending quality time with your horse might get your confidence back.
    Hope you feel better soon :)


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