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post #1 of 51 Old 07-03-2014, 12:13 AM Thread Starter
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Sorrel is broken...(long, graphic pics)

Oh yes. Bound to happen eventually.

I was at horse camp with my friend and my boyfriend, and long story short, we were on a trail ride and I got kicked in the knee. I don't know what happened exactly, it happened really fast. We were going up a hill, I didn't think I was close enough to get kicked, but then I saw a tail swish in front of me. My friend's thoroughbred double barreled me hard. I pulled Selena sideways to get her out of the way, and I got one in the knee hard. Selena jumped sideways and I fell off on the trail. I kept a hold of her, had the wind knocked out of me, and couldn't feel my leg. I stood up, hobbled to a tree, and contemplated vomiting, but managed not to. My boyfriend rolled up my pant leg and sure enough...about a silver dollar sized chunk is missing from my knee and it is definitely bleeding.

We decide to ride back to camp. I couldn't get my foot in the stirrup but Selena was a rockstar and took me home like a pro, low and slow, one hand on the horn. We washed, dressed, and wrapped my knee. I refused to go to the ER. I bled through two paper towels, a dish rag, vet wrap, duct tape, and an ace bandage. Wrapped it again later with more success...Left Selena saddled, used her to get me to and from the campsite bathroom. Tried to ride again later, but started throwing up quite a bit. Made a small, five minute loop then came back.

Stayed the night in camp. Rode the next morning with more success, less pain and no bleeding, no throwing up, was actually starting to feel pretty good. I still couldn't put my foot in the stirrup but I walk/trot/loped my horse with one hand on the horn...I felt like a little kid who didn't know how to ride!

Got home and was okay, walking much better, showed my Mom and she said it smelled like it might be infected....So we went to the ER.

As it turns out I have an extremely high pain tolerance because I have a broken knee cap and a broken femur, and possibly a bone chip somewhere but we haven't found it yet. It is open joint, and the cut is to the bone. After many hours in the ER I endured a tetanus shot, a saline pressure wash, injection of fluid into my knee (Literally the worst experience of my life), and an IV drip. IV's hurt...It hurt all night long. I went in and got put under anesthetic for surgery and spent the night in the hospital.

So I just want to say ...I have the best team ever. I took two horses and two dogs camping. My boyfriend took care of all of them, cleaned my stalls, cooked for me, and helped me in and out of bed/to the car/anywhere I wanted to go for the rest of the trip. My friend who was there drove all the way back into town to get me coffee and more supplies for bandages, and held my hand a whole lot. I have another friend who volunteered to chauffeur me, another one who will be taking care of my horse, and a family who is so fantastic and supportive and helpful. I would be crazy without them.

I feel so bad, I brought Selena home from work where she was currently living and she broke out in hives. She always does that when I move her to a different place. She looked at me just so sad. :/ I had my friend come hose her off.

So yeah. Been laying low for a couple days. Have an appointment on Monday to see exactly how long I'm off for. Hoping I can be back riding soon, but it is pretty bad too...Sigh.

Okay, here's the pics. Some from camp and some from the hospital.











Horses are horses guys. I'm just glad it wasn't Selena's leg that got broken, or that it didn't happen when I was with a different crowd. I could not have asked for a crowd of better friends, family, or boyfriend in this situation. My horse as well, as a total rockstar. I could tell she knew what was happening. Her entire demeanor changed when I got hurt, and while I was being bandaged in camp she kept pressing against her stall rails and nickering, watching us. I don't usually believe that horses do things like this, but I do now. She was worried about me and I know it.

Oh, and for the record, I did NOT cry. I cried when I got a needle stabbed into my kneecap in the ER, but not any time other than that! Hehe.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #2 of 51 Old 07-03-2014, 12:15 AM Thread Starter
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My awesome friend Brittney hosing off Selena for me. Hives are looking much better today.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #3 of 51 Old 07-03-2014, 12:19 AM
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Ouch!! I've got a pretty high tolerance to that kind of stuff, but that made me shudder.

Hope you heal quickly!
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post #4 of 51 Old 07-03-2014, 12:22 AM
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Wow... Saying that sucks is an understatement! I'm the same way you are, carry on! When I was fifteen I broke my elbow in two places falling off my friends stupid pony (my horse was considered the "wild one", we decided to switch... I was bareback on this little mutton withered pony who does NOT respond to a snaffle and ran bucking towards the barn. Stayed on for all that but slowly slid off as she rounded a corner and I was pulling with all my might trying to get her to stop!) immediately afterwards I hopped back on my horse and rode for another hour. I didn't freak out until I realized my arm was bent and I could not physically straighten it. I refused to go to the ER that night but my dad made me go the next day. That elbow still gives me problems ten years later.

We all know anything can happen with horses but it's still a shock when it does happen. Thankfully it's not worse and your horse isn't the one with a broken leg... That could turn out very tragic. Best of luck to you in your recovery, but if you're anything like me I know you'll be back in the saddle against doctors orders! Just take it easy and be careful.

Also I forgot to add my old QH (we called him a "sensitive red head" he was a red dun) also got hives and lost hair in little circular patches like a fleabitten whenever he was moved to a different place. He even went through it moving him to a different area of the same barn!
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post #5 of 51 Old 07-03-2014, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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I will not be riding until I get the okay...I can't risk my riding career on needing a more severe surgery later on...I did however send Selena camping with my Mom and will be having my other trainer friend just long trotting and loping her for me. There's a big barrel race at the end of the summer and I am aiming to at least be ready by then.

My biggest challenge so far is getting dressed while I can't bend my
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #6 of 51 Old 07-03-2014, 12:31 AM
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Holy Cow! Hope you have a healthy and speedy recovery! I cant believe you kept riding with broken bones... your body must produce some pretty powerful endorphins to have kept you going so long! I have only been kicked once by another horse when i was riding.... kicked the side of my foot. Instantly thought it might have been broken it hurt so bad... but luckily it wasnt, just bruised really good. Glad you are otherwise ok!
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Count yourself as being tough and lucky to have the friends you do.

I hope all goes well with your recovery and I pray that it will.
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Honestly reading the description I was expecting it to look a lot worse! But that is a lot of blood!! I believe you when you say it hurt!

Glad you're doing better, keep us posted. Time off sucks but better now than screw things up and be forced to take a longer time off in the future.

Lovely pics!! (well the pleasant ones lol) Pony and puppy are so cute! Your mare sounds like a rockstar!

Well wishes headed your way, good luck at the doctors!
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OUCH! Hope you heal well and soon.
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post #10 of 51 Old 07-03-2014, 12:41 AM
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it doesn't LOOK so bad, so it's not surprising that you underestimated the extent of the injury. however, if that had been your horse, I bet you anything you would have very carefully investigted the wound, and if it was to the bone, you'd have had the vet out pronto! instead, you blew it off and almost let it get "bad".

start to treat yourself at least as good as your horse, Girlfriend!

hope you feel better and are back in the saddle soon.

PS, I almost got kicked today, while mounted, but I am SOOOO glad I can say "almost".
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