Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
Bek, take your time to heal correctly. Don't be discouraged though. I'm much older than you (my daughter's older than you...lol), and 2009 was a horrible year for me physically. Jan, I had spots removed from my lung. Two weeks later, I got back on the horse. In May I was thrown from a horse I was trying out. Not a problem, but I hit a trampoline frame. I broke 5 ribs, collapsed my right lung and partially collapsed my left, punctured my liver, and broke a small piece off of my spine. 1 day in ICU and 10 more days in the hospital...with talks of sending me home with an oxygen tank. Within a month, I was back on (with help of course). Sept, someone hit my truck and I'm still having shots in my neck from that one on a monthly basis. Oct, I was bucked off of the horse I had at the time. It took me a good 5 minutes to get up. I couldn't feel my legs, my ribs were killing me, and even though I had a helmet on, when my head hit the ground it bounced. I got a concussion from that one. My Dad flat out told me that he NEVER wanted me on another *explicit language* horse for the rest of my life. Yet, I am still riding every chance I get.
If you feel the same as I do about horses and riding, be sure that you're healed correctly. Don't get back on before YOU feel that you're ready. And you might want to find a calm, really laid back horse to start back on. Maybe a friend's? Also, gaited horses are really good for people that want to ride that have back problems. I now have a Tennessee Walker that is extremely laid back and smooth. I don't hurt anywhere when I ride her.
But I've prattled on enough now. Take care of your injuries, and heal. I wish you the best of luck from one horse lover to another.