Koolio, glad you were not seriously hurt. We sometimes forget how scary riding can be. I got a reminder this afternoon.
One of the trainers was giving a lesson to a little 8 year old girl. They were in the round pen and doing some low jumps at a trot. For some reason, the lesson horse threw a bucking fit and the little girl came off and landed under the horse. The horse stomped on the little girl, right on her chest! The scream that little dear let out is unforgettable. Luckily, the girl's mother did not see this actually happen. The trainer and I are the only ones that saw her get stomped. She was wearing a helmet, thank goodness.
The trainer immediately immobolized her and 911 was called. It was a sight to see. They sent a firetruck, two ambulances and a rescue squad. They were quick and efficient. They didn't want to take any chances with such a traumatic injury. We suspect she has a broken collarbone, and several ribs. The outline of the horse's hoof was already visible as a bruise and the skin had been torn off her chest in the shape of a hoof. They were afraid of internal injuries so they decided to bring in a helicopter to fly her to a trauma center.
We took the horses out of the front field and the helicpter landed there. I was very impressed that all the other horses in the other fields hardly reacted to the noise, sirens, helipcoter, and all the strange activity.
I am waiting to get word on how the little one is doing. She was very calm by the time she was flown out. I told her I would take video of the helicopter landing and taking off so she could see it when she feels better.
I just hope this doesn't scare her away from horses. She has already said she never wants to get on THAT horse again, and I don't blame her. Poor little girl. She must have been so scared. Her mom couldnt fly with her and the trauma center is at least an hour away. I hope I hear good news soon,
Ok,..carry on with campfires and pictures, and rants, and whatever! Just ride safe everyone!!!!