Monday (2/6/2012) was such a perfect day here in Indiana I couldnt resist getting off work early and riding with a friend of mine around her house. I got there around 3pm, day was warmer than usual and sunny. We brushed our horses out, washed their muddy legs off, and while I waited for her to finish up with some things, I worked with my horse with lunging, standing still, and backing up, etc. We saddled up and off we went. We were riding on the country roads like normal. Her horse (an Appendix-so rather tall) was a little hot this day, very jumpy and more "alert" than normal. We happened to see that a tree trimming truck was coming up on us so we stopped, turned our horses around so they could see what was coming. (usually both horses do very well with passing cars, vans, and those @&& holes that don't slow down, etc). Today was not the case, her horse spooked which of course rippled to my own horse. We got the horses under control and continued our ride, only to pass the same tree cutting truck and additional 3 times! I swear they were trying to check us out or try to tick the horses off, just plan creepy! Every time they passed her horse spooked and then mine fed off of it. By the 4th time her horse rascal had had enough, began to bolt and buck, she stayed on until he went running over the ditch on the side of the road. Ended up throwing her 5-6 feet back on to the middle of the road. At least that is what we both can estimate and piece together because I was getting my horse under control who also tried to bolt. She ended up what we can assume, hitting the left side of her body on the road and smacking her head on the asphalt secondary to the force of her body hitting. She's Got about an inch to inch 1/2 laceration on her head, a scuffed elbow and hand, and a fractured 5th rib. I am ok just a little sore from the ride. She was lucky and luckily there were two gentleman who stopped and ran to her, even before my horse was calmed down and I got off. (THANK GOD!!) It was a very traumatic experience I thought for sure she was going to have a cracked skull or concussion! Took my hoodie off we applied pressure with it and off to the hospital we went. She defends her horse the whole time at the hospital, she says she did the big no no and should have gotten off and lunged him, since he had been pinned up and was so hot. I just wish those stupid tree trimmers wouldnt had been so ******ed! A: slow down before your reach the horses not a foot away! B: If you see some one having trouble don't continue to pass them! C: if you see someone fly off their horse shouldnt you stop and call 911 instead of keep driving? Needless to say I am calling the company and making a complaint be cause for lack of better words (and this is my G rated version) those jack @&& deserve a complaint! Something was just to creepy about the hole situation me and my friend both have a hard time believing they were just looking for stuff to trim, we were by ourselves just me and her. She is very uncomfortable, but will be ok and in the end I am thankful for that. This is both our 1st big accident and I pray for no more! Ill take the 2x's soft ball bruise on the inside of my leg because I didnt tuck my leg in going past a tree any day!