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post #11 of 16 Old 10-05-2008, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by cherriebark
Thanks for the replies!

I know the accident was more my fault then his. I was being careless. The thing is, he is not recently broke. When I was getting on that day, it wasn't like the first time I'd been on his back, it was like the 200th time. Normally, he is great under saddle and I get compliments on how calm and obedient he is. But when something spooks him, which is totally unpredictable, he goes crazy..
It really could be his diet. Nutrition plays a HUGE role in horse behavior. Different types of hay and most commercial feeds can cause negative behavior in horses. My mare's attitude changed 110% once I got her off grains and pelleted feeds. My husband's spooky gelding (who was also good most of the time, then would blow up) is rock solid now.

Also, 4 is still VERY YOUNG! It doesn't matter if you started riding him at 18 months old, he's still only 4yrs old. It's going to take another 2-3 years for him to mature mentally and "even out". Some horses are dead broke early, others aren't. Yours is one of those 8). He sounds just like my husband's gelding. He needs daily work to stay "focused", and daily attention to keep his mind going.

I think the root of my problem is that I have been focusing on refining him under saddle when he really needs more work just being desensitized to things like surprises and new conditions. I need to know that he will be safe if something spooky pops up while I am riding, and it is much easier to teach him calmness from the ground rather from just getting on a putting miles on him. That's what I have been doing for the past 8 months - putting miles on him, but I think I need a different approach.
It's definitely always good to try something new with horses. They appreciate the mental break ;). By miles, do you mean miles in the arena or on the trail? Miles in the arena really won't do much. He needs to get out and experience the world.

I am really, really attached to this horse. I love him like a baby and I do not blame him one little bit for the accident. I know he was just acting naturally for a 4 year old horse who is 1/4 arabian. But I am under a LOT of pressure from my family and friends to get rid of him. Besides, my confidence has been shaken and I don't know that I am brave enough an longer to give him the consistency he needs. I have fallen off and hurt myself before and it never phased me, but this time I came a breath away from never walking again.
Get some help! A good trainer to advise you will do wonders for you confidence. Take some lessons on a school horse, or just borrow a friend's horse that you are confident riding once your doctor okays it. Time in the saddle on a broke horse you trust will help build your confidence back up.

As for your family, just tell them you're taking care of it and move the conversation on to something else. You need to do what YOU feel is the right thing. They can't make that decision for you.
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-05-2008, 04:05 PM
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First off, I am very sorry to hear what you went thru. What a tragic accident. I can only imagine you must have required a lot of emergency medical care on that one. Glad to hear you will be able to have a full recovery.

I myself have gone thru some major injuries due to horseback riding. Keep your chin up, your positive energy and attitude is what is going to keep your ball going. Feel free to pm me if you ever need a vent, have some questions or want me to share what I went thru.

Now down to the horse concerns and questions you have. I do think it was an unfortunate circumstance and I think if you were to sell him, it would be a big loss to both you and him. It is very understandable that your close friends and family want you to sell him, even more so for you to quit riding. They care about you and from a personal view (from one who has gone thru major wrecks) I can only couldn't try to count the amount of times my mother would have wanted to send my horse to the meat plant after I've gotten injured.

Horses are very rarely intentionally mean and if your horse were, you would have known it before this last accident happened. A horse is a horse and sometimes things we don't perceive as significant, is a big scare to them. From your stories with him over time that you have shared on this forum, it sounds like you love him, and I have no doubt in my mind he cares about you. I think when this happened it might have been a scary moment for him. Not something you have done before and it scared him.

Jumping to your gun, so to speak and making a decision while you are in such a critical part of your recovery, might not be the best thing to do. I suggest for you to take time for yourself for now, let the horses be. Take some time off away from it and treat yourself. Once you have recovered enough to start being able to be around them again, then re-evaluate your decision.

As I have posted in the past, I have gone thru some major injuries and medical treatments to treat various injuries caused by horses. Getting back on, especially on horses who have caused those injuries is always difficult and will test every once of you. You will need time to rebuild your confidence. Take your time and take on step at a time. Nothing can stop you from reaching your goals and dreams.

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post #13 of 16 Old 10-05-2008, 05:24 PM
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WoW! I am so sorry to hear about your accident. I'm glad that you are going to be okay, and that the injury isn't more serious than it is.

I cant give a lot of advice as to the training of your horse as I haven't done much of anything for ground work. What about having someone there with you while you're riding, maybe leading him around, preventing him from spooking? What about taking him to someone to desensitize him? I dont know, I'm just throwing out ideas. I'm sorry if some of this has been mentioned already.

I wish you a speedy recovery!

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post #14 of 16 Old 10-05-2008, 08:57 PM
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Well, I was just going to give a reply to this, but as soon as I hit the reply button I saw you have a whole bunch of good advice already.

All I can contribute is the story of my girlfriend (45 yrs old at the time) that fell when she was jumping. IMO, she was jumping far too soon and her instructor needs to take a huge portion of the blame here, but that's another tale. Anyway, she broke her back also. She was told she may not gain full use of her legs, but she did. She was adamant to the point of being anally repulsive about her therapy for anyone around her, but all the power to her -- she DID IT! Anyway, about a year later she took up riding again. She took it slowly and now another year later, she is very glad she didn't let the accident end her riding even though she was just a beginner. So, if you want back in the saddle, you can do it. You have a much better diagnosis than my friend had and it sounds like you have much more experience.

Don't let others decide for you. It's your life, your happiness, your health. Just don't rush your decision either way. You've got a long road ahead -- any shortcuts will only make the journey longer.

Healing wishes your way!
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-05-2008, 09:00 PM
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Wow, thats sounds painful.
you know, the same thing happened to me yesterday (altough) i suffered no injurys. my sister had her horse in the arena and i was gonna ride behind her, (he is a very well behaved horse) i sat in the saddle, my sister had to get down then, and scooted back, he was fine at first the started trotting than cantering then bucking in a circle as my sister held his reins and tried to calm him. eventually i just dived off and landed on my back. luckily it was a short horse.

just wanted to wish you a good recovery and let you know your not alone.
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-06-2008, 06:19 PM
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I'm really sorry that happened to you and I'm glad you're going to be all right. :)
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