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  • Landed on my hip bone limp
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    01-22-2012, 12:14 AM
  #11
Foal
I had a bad fall, while I was riding a horse that I was considering buying!
My mom and I drove an hour out to see a horse that was on a list of three that we were serious about buying. He was the most exspensive so I was expecting the best from him on my first ride with him. She round penned him beforehand and tack him up, which I would prefer to see( to make sure that they are resectful on the ground, while roundpenned and not cinchy or anything along those lines. She rode him first, brought him over some higher jumps then I have yet to do without my trainer(3-3'3). Everything was seeming to go well, so I hopped on him, walked him, trotted him, and he had a very bouncey trot then cantered him, somewhat smooth, I began trotting, then cantering the low jumps, up to 2' then we raised the jump to 2'6 ( the heighest jump im comfortable without my trainer on a new horse) and I went to canter it, but he began to gallop, so I circled him , when I went to change directions, he yanked the rein and galloped and bucked down the rail, I reached dow to grab the rein, but he bucked one big buck and I fell forward in front of him, he tranmpled over me, cracking my helment (not my head!) and steped on my arm partially, and dragged another hoof across my back, superising I didnt break anything and hopped back on and disiplined him. It turns out that my shoulder was fractured, That was not a good day for me :/.
     
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    01-22-2012, 12:22 AM
  #12
Started
Well mine isn't nearly as bad as yalls, but just his morning I was doing some light jumping with a horse at my barn. We were in a different part of the 100 acres of land from te other horses, so he was basically alone.. Freaked out after a few jumps and tried to bolt back home. In focusing on just getting him slowed down, I must have asked him to turn too tightly on slick ground and the next thing I knew was that he ground was coming at me fast. He completely slid out from under me, landed on my left leg but he jumped right back up and so did I. We were both fine but it scared the crap out of me, all my weight bounced off my hip and head so that didnt feel too good :/ he stood there like a champ though, looked at me confused wondering why I was on the ground then stood still for me to get back on (mind you this is an impatient 5 year old 17h warmblood).. I'm just glad we are both completely fine after it :)
     
    01-22-2012, 09:16 AM
  #13
Banned
Back about 10 months ago when I was just learning to ride I lost control of this OTTB that loved to pull on the bit and he broke into a canter. I started bouncing around on the saddle and knew it was just a matter of time before I came off.

So I decided to bail instead of letting it happen. So when I went over I just let myself roll of his left side. My right leg was still up on top of his back when I'm halfway down his side so I severely sprained my groin, to the point that when I finally was able to stand and walk I could hear my R hip socket making crunchy noises. Then I landed with my lower back taking my full weight on hard ground.

Bottom line I was in extreme pain but managed to limp to my car and drive home. I could not get up the steps from garage to house so wife drove me to the clinic. Clinic doctor said you need a hospital so he called the FD rescue squad to transport me there.

Long story short I ended up in crutches for three weeks, then started walking with a cane. Broken tailbone, and lots of internal bruising. Doctors couldn't/wouldn't do anything to stop the pain except give me drugs. So I stopped going to them and instead went to a chiropractor. In three adjustments I stopped needing the cane and with regular visits not only I resumed riding but became 100% pain free the right way (without drugs).
     
    01-22-2012, 10:00 AM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by mildot    
So I decided to bail instead of letting it happen. So when I went over I just let myself roll of his left side. My right leg was still up on top of his back when I'm halfway down his side so I severely sprained my groin, to the point that when I finally was able to stand and walk I could hear my R hip socket making crunchy noises. Then I landed with my lower back taking my full weight on hard ground.

Bottom line I was in extreme pain but managed to limp to my car and drive home. I could not get up the steps from garage to house so wife drove me to the clinic. Clinic doctor said you need a hospital so he called the FD rescue squad to transport me there.

Long story short I ended up in crutches for three weeks, then started walking with a cane. Broken tailbone, and lots of internal bruising. Doctors couldn't/wouldn't do anything to stop the pain except give me drugs.
Wow. I had almost the exact same fall just before Thanksgiving.

Only in my case, I'd spent three months riding only in the arena (a case of limited time plus too lazy to put on hoof boots) so the first time I rode down to my north field I found sabre-toothed tigers had colonized the woods bordering the property. I sat the first few spooks but it was that spook-one-direction, slam-on-brakes, then spook-going-the-opposite-way that unseated me.

Like you, I found myself hanging about halfway down the nearside, right foot still over the offside. I could have pulled myself back aboard, but I was a little worried about unbalancing my horse (although, that is his chunky self at left in my avatar, with me on him, so looking back I believe he could've managed). So I thought "Oh, well, probably not much further to the ground anyway." Yeah.

I was lucky not to pull anything. But my weight landing on my hip sent my lower back into spasms. I couldn't do anything for days - DH had to feed both my horses and the neighbor's horse I'd promised to feed over the holiday - and couldn't get to a doctor until about a week later because it was Thanksgiving. Me, I'm all about better living through chemistry, though - I love me some Flexeril.

Anyway, thanks for posting that. I've been kind of down in the dumps about taking so long to recover from the fall. Although I got back on and rode for about fifteen minutes afterward - until my back started grabbing - I wouldn't have been able to ride again for weeks afterward. All those people who, with the best intentions, kept saying "Oh, I've fallen off dozens of times," really made me wonder if I'd waited a bit too late in life to take up riding.

So this thread is making me feel lots better. Which is good, since I now have a fresh horse who hasn't been ridden since Thanksgiving to get back into shape for spring.

Oh, ETA: I've been told next time I decide to bail I should get both feet on one side of the horse before doing so. Just thought I'd pass that bit of wisdom along.
     
    01-22-2012, 10:47 AM
  #15
Foal
My very FIRST time on a horse: I didn't know ANYTHING about horses, couldn't afford a trainer, and had these 2 horses for only 2 days when I wanted to get on one of them... I picked Cookie, the tobiano (they were a tobiano and a solid paint). I climbed her her from the fence and she ran my leg across barbed wire before dumping me into her water bucket head first. I got up and started walking when my 6 year old sister starts screaming that I am bleeding. I didn't feel it and denied that I was bleeding when she insisted and I lokked down and my leg was covered in blood, it didn't hurt.

She went on to injure me more in the 4 years I owned her. She smashed me into a brick wall when I was leading her, she purposely stepped on my feet every chance she could, she would run me through pine trees (straight through the middle of them), buck me off, chase people (not just me) down and kick them, and much more... She even kicked a farrier. She was definitely one tough Cookie.

I train horses now, so I could sit her and write about my injuries all day long... Let me know if you want to hear one more story.
     
    01-22-2012, 11:37 AM
  #16
Banned
FirstLightFarm, if you have not been to a chiropractor, you really should try it.

The source of my pain came from nerves pinched by my skeletal structure being totally out of alignment.

As you well know, pain medication just masks the pain. The source of the pain needs to be dealt with, either surgically, with anti inflammatory drugs, chiropractically, or with other holistic methods. But it has to be found and fixed.

In my case, the improvement after beginning chiropractic treatments was hard to believe. I went to my first treatment on a Wednesday, a second one on Friday, and a third on Saturday. On Monday morning I got up to shower and walked from my bed to the shower without assistance from a cane. Something that would have been impossible a few days prior.
     
    01-22-2012, 11:45 AM
  #17
Foal
Thanks, mildot, but I'm OK now. I find if I keep up with my Pilates, then my back doesn't hurt. OTOH, if I slack off (as I did last fall) then it does. Maybe the weakened core muscles even contributed to my inability to stay on.

I don't believe in chiropracty. But I'm glad you've healed from your fall.
     
    01-22-2012, 07:40 PM
  #18
Weanling
One bad, one funny.

I went to go try a horse for the therapy barn I was working for with my boss. The woman who had the horse was with the vet because her other horse had a hole in its chest, so she gave us the tack and said the rings down there. Usually I always make the owner get on first in case the horse is acting up. For some reason we didn't wait for the owner, he was a little antsy as we were getting him ready. I remember looking at my boss and saying he is either going to be perfect or try to kill me. Well, he tried to kill me. Was great for the first 10 min then decided he didn't want to work anymore. I put my leg on him to keep him going, and he threw his head inbetween his legs and went off bucking. I got thrown forward and landed on the horn (was in a western saddle), I went to get off nicely he bucked again and got me off. He then turned to charge me, thank god my boss and the owner had jumped in the ring to chase him off. Ended up with a broken tailbone. Owners son got on and the same thing happened, needless to say he is not a therapy horse today.

My other one was off of my horse, first day able to ride outside after winter. Jumped down a line and the other horse in the ring got excited. Mine just couldnt hold it in anymore and bucked good and got me off. I slid about 10ft across a patch of ice, I was soaked, covered in sand, and had a nice hemtoma on my elbow. My trainers first concern..... he yells to my mother where is the video? He wanted it because he said the splash I made looked like a speed boat and he wanted the video. To this day, I am the Megan Boat.
     
    01-22-2012, 08:43 PM
  #19
pep
Foal
Alcatraz- omg the speed boat one is hilarious!! Haha when I do fall off or even not fall but something funny happens the first thing I say is "did you get that on video!?" haha luckily my friend got it on video last night because my mom panicked and recorded the roof haha
     
    01-22-2012, 08:52 PM
  #20
Weanling
I've really only had two.

The first was almost four years ago. I was warming up Scooter over some tiinnny (think like 2') verticals and he stopped at the last second and dropped his neck/shoulder and I went flying. I landed on my head and cracked my helmet. Bought a new one and figured that was that...shortly after, I started getting headaches more and more often until finally, it was an all day every day affair. I missed school 2-3 times a month because the headaches were so bad I couldn't get out of bed. Four years later and I'm just now learning that I have a midline shift in my vertibrae and a 15-degree rotation in my C2 and C3 vertebrae, leaving the muscles in my neck in a constant spasm. I actually just got shot up with Botox and am heading back into yet another route of physical therapy to try and correct the problem (and they wonder why I have confidence issues on Scooter, haha)

The other one was this past summer. Frenchie was really in his little box of crazy and trying to stop everywhere. I rode him through most of his antics but at one fence, I asked him to go and he started and then stopped and skidded into the jump. He demolished it and ended up almost sitting, with my leg trapped between his belly and a pole. I managed to get free and bailed right before he REALLY started freaking out. When all was said and done, we had broken reins, a cracked standard (that thing was beyond repair) and a nasty cut on Fry's leg. That horse has mental issues, I swear.

I guess I'm lucky. Most of my falls are stupid, like the time my friend and I decided to ride Harley bareback double, forgetting that he had a ticklish spot on his back. He bucked and I was sitting on the ground before we'd even moved away from the mounting block, lmfao. I only count that as 1/2 of a fall though, since I don't think I was ever technically sitting on his back (also, we weren't moving).
     

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