On Sunday my husband and I were trail riding with our BO and her husband when they decided to canter up a little hill. My still-greenish beginner rider spouse was on his horse and for whatever reason the gelding spooked a lil bit, gave a crow hop or two and bounced my spouse right off. He landed wrong, and shattered his left wrist. He has to have surgery tomorrow to have plates and screws put in.
To make matters even worse, when the BO's son came roaring up in the truck after we called him to pick up my husband who couldn't walk that far as we were riding along the hay field a long ways from the barn all the horses spooked. My BO's husband was still mounted had ahold of the guilty gelding-who in turn spooked and kicked the poor man in the thigh...causing him to fall off and get his bell rung.
I feel horrible and so guilty. I didn't think he was ready for a canter in the open, but he did. I didn't overrule him and I should have. I'm going to have the Vet out to rule out any pain issues with the gelding before I decide what to do about it. I haven't had time to go back to the barn and ride him myself, but the BO and another trainer there looked the gelding over and didn't see any obvious issues.