Two weeks ago I had a really bad fall. I don't remember what happened, but I ended up in the hospital. I got to spend one night in the ICU and was sent home the next day with a lovely concussion and whiplash. I was very lucky though, as I didn't break any bones.
After talking to the one person who saw it, we sort of pieced together what happened. We think JT tripped and lost his footing, basically he lost his hind end and he went down dumping me on my back and my head hit the ground hard. I was wearing a helmet, I don't want to think about how bad it would have been if I had not. JT did not look upset, he did not look like he was rearing and I apparently was not pulling on his head, but the person only saw the fall, not what caused it.
I'm not cleared to ride again until the neurologist gives me the go ahead and my appointment isn't until the beginning of August. Today was the first day I was able to lead JT to turn him out by myself and I hosed him down afterwards and put him back without any help. This is huge progress for me as I haven't felt strong enough until today. JT is not the best behaved horse at the barn...
JT is a 5 year old NSH and pretty darn hot. Now I never had a problem with hot horses, I somewhat prefer them that way. I've had him since December and he's been making huge progress. This is a picture from last month: JT Foothills Stables 051210 :: JT051210-4.jpg picture by knaskedov - Photobucket
Now I'm worried I won't have the guts to get back on once I've been cleared. There is a really calm gelding I can borrow for my first couple of rides to get my confidence back, so I've thought of that. And I will have JT vet checked to make sure it's not a structural problem with his hind end, but I really don't think it is, it was a freak accident.
There are some people at the barn who have mentioned they would probably sell the horse after a fall like mine. I'm having a hard time finding someone who is willing to ride him for me until I can get back on, as he has a bit of a reputation. It's making me doubt myself.
I know I'm a decent rider, I don't think the fall was JT's fault, but I've never fallen this bad and it's making me nervous. Also, normally I get right back on, this time it'll be almost 2 months for me to think about it..
I'll be working on his ground manners until I can get back on, we'll be doing a lot of work in the round pen and we'll go for long walks. It should improve his manners.
Does anyone have experience with this? Any fall, it doesn't have to be a really bad one. Has someone sold the horse and do they think it was the right decision? Or kept the horse and what was that like?