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post #1 of 12 Old 05-26-2010, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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My Sis had a riding accident

My sister was out on a trail ride with our friends from the barn and her hubby. So she was cantering her horse (on a route we have taken many many times) and apparently she got a little to close to the ditch and the horse started sliding down (it had rained earlier in the day, causing my sister to go off. She broke her femur bone . For those of you that don't know, it's the large bone in the upper part of your leg. She was taken by ambulance to our local hospital, where she was then flown to a larger more equipped hospital. She had surgery...they put in a pin to reconnect the bone. She is now recovering. You don't really think of something like that happening when your riding on a good horse and on a trail you have taken a hundred times.
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post #2 of 12 Old 05-26-2010, 11:25 PM
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That's just one of the dangers we equestians face. Our instructors always warn us, "This is a dangerous sport! Anything can happen at any time!" They aren't just saying that to hear themselves talk.

I'm sorry about your sister and wish her and your family the best of luck with recovery.
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That is a major bone to break.... be patient with her as she heals, both inside and out :)
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That's just one of the dangers we equestians face. Our instructors always warn us, "This is a dangerous sport! Anything can happen at any time!" They aren't just saying that to hear themselves talk.

I'm sorry about your sister and wish her and your family the best of luck with recovery.

Thanks for the post. The only people that wear helmets at our barn is the kids. My daughter has said that she doesn't see why she has to wear a helmet now that she knows how to ride and I always tell her that anything can happen at any time. It's still quite shocking when something actually does...especially something that serious. I know people fall off...heck we all do sometimes...but usually it's just a matter of getting up, dusting off and getting back on.

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That is a major bone to break.... be patient with her as she heals, both inside and out :)

Thanks for the post. Right now we are mostly focusing on the outside obviously, but very good point you bring up about the inside as well. I think it will be a very tough uphill battle as you said, but I do think her desire to ride will eventually (after much healing) will outweigh her fear and she will ride again.

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My prayers are with all of your family. It will be a long road, but I am sure she will recover and be riding again.
I had an experience when I was still in high school. I was a senior(back in the dark ages) and riding with friends on a trail in Big Sur, CA. We are talking skinny trails on the side of hills with long drop offs but had been on this trail many many times. I was riding along, with a friend in front of me on her horse when suddenly I felt the air around me. My horse had literally dropped out from under me and was sliding down the hillside while I was dropped into the dirt. After I got my bearings, I realized he had just misstepped off the trail and droped out of sight. We couldn't get down to where we last saw him and it was getting dark, so out we came. The next morning we went back with some help and started walking to the area where we fell but instead of following the trail, some of the guys went through the bottom of the canyon. Couldn't here anything, no sounds or whinnies, so we all had bad thoughts. About then, somebody yelled that they have found his bridle. Then someone else yelled and sure enough, they found him about a mile straight down from the trail, minus his bridle and two teeth. Scraped up and sore, but he walked out and was just fine.
It took me awhile to want to ride again, but I did, and I did not have any injuries like your sister. To this day, I still hate narrow trails.
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Thanks for posting and for sharing your story. It's amazing that your horse survived that and even more amazing that you didn't go down with him .
My sister is actually getting to come home today. She is able to walk some on crutches....only baby steps, but at least she is able to move around again.
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Serious injury. Was she wearing a helmet? She's lucky she didnt have anything else for injury. Usually if you break your femur, you also have other injuries along with it. Luckily for her to(more or less a good thing), the femur is usually a fairly easy bone to fix. Glad to hear you guys have good health care in your area which allowed to fly her out.You never would have gotten that for a fractured femur here

Wish her a speedy recovery!
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I had that EXACT same injury instead of a pin however i had plates and screws. PM if you want any information on it!

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Sending healing vibes for your sister.


I assume the horse was fine since you did not mention any injuries there.
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Thank you all for your well wishes. She didn't have any other injury. They made her wear a neck brace all night until they verified that there wasn't any damage to it. She actually landed on her knee. No, she wasn't wearing a helmet, but we are trail riders.
The horse is fine...no injuries to her.
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