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.