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    01-22-2012, 08:59 PM
  #21
Weanling
Haha pep, it was the funniest thing, he goes running across the ring going the video the video! According to him you get one good funny one in your career and that was mine lol. I love when you get the funny stuff on camera.
     
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    01-22-2012, 08:59 PM
  #22
Foal
I was riding my morgan in his Pasture and we were just trotting andhe stumbled and fell on his knees and I went over him and landed face first in the dirt. Both of us were fine after the fall.
     
    01-22-2012, 09:13 PM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by faye    
Actualy compared to some of the falls i've had, yours sounds fairly tame.

I've had a horse bolt, attempt to jump out of the school, hit the top bar of the fence, summersault and come down on top of me. I wa sout cold for 20 mins, I was taken to hospital with a suspected broken neck, I crushed 2 discs in my lower spine and got a beautiful case of gravel rash that had to be scrubbed out, subsiquently got infected and finaly ended up having to have maggot therapy on it. The crushed discs in my spine have caused a sciatica in my right leg and a weakness in that leg.
This horse was an RDa horse that I was schooling



My current pony has bolted several times and normaly with an epic explosion first, i've been taken to hospital by ambulance twice in 2011/12, once with suspected broken neck, once with suspected fracture to lumbar spine. I've walked into A&E several times, I currently require the services of the physio for a knee injury, for whip lash injury and more recently for my elbow. I fractured a small bone in my wrist 3 weeks ago falling off him after he spooked, exploded and went out fromunder me.
My goodness, faye! I can't believe your bravery after so many episodes! So glad you've recovered from all of this!! I trust you wear a helmet?
     
    01-23-2012, 12:05 AM
  #24
pep
Foal
Haha Alcatraz I'm guessing my fipunniest moment on video must be when I went over a 3rd oxer and my horse was like mid take off then decided to put an extra stride then he got way to close and jumped it and I got catapulted out of the saddle, I still real eased though, my upper body was perfect but my waist down was in superman position I landed on his butt then he freaked and hopped sideways and I bounced back into the middle of his butt and then he stopped and through all that I didn't even catch him in the mouth :O lol it was hilarious
     
    01-23-2012, 12:32 AM
  #25
pep
Foal
Funniest*,3ft ** sorry I'm tired and I didn't realize I made those typos
     
    01-23-2012, 01:24 AM
  #26
Foal
I've had two falls but only one was bad enough to send me to the hospital.

I was riding a roan that I'd been riding for quite some time in an indoor barn in a private lesson. I'd known the horse for years. He was a great schooling horse, very gentle, loved me to death, a little slow and great for beginners which I loved. Enthusiastic with everything we tried and very patient for people willing to learn. Even when something possibly scary happened (like a sparrow flying into my face and slapping the horse when it fell,) he was super calm and well behaved.

That morning was overcast. When I was tacking him up I had noted that he was acting a little strangely but thought no more of it. I trusted him completely since he had never shown any kind of bad behavior previously. There were other horses that I would have expected bad behavior from- but not this guy.

I was learning to canter and he was a great horse to learn cantering on- he had a nice, slow canter that was really easy for me to handle. When we passed the entrance to the indoor ring however he must have seen something that spooked him. He started bucking out of nowhere. I lost my balance and as his head was coming up from bucking I was falling forward and he hit me in the face with his neck. It took me a minute to fall completely into unconsciousness. The next thing I knew I was freezing cold and the emergency personell were there asking me who the President of the United States was and I couldn't answer. I couldn't answer any of the questions they asked.

I passed out again- the next thing I knew I was in the ambulance. I woke up twice in the ambulance-long enough to tell them that I thought my pinky was broken (not because it hurt- but because it was twisted in the wrong direction,) and again when they were trying to cut my boots off. (They didn't have scissors strong enough-luckily I woke up when they tried, panicked at the thought of them cutting my brand-new, just broken in tall boots off, and told them the boots had zippers in the back.)

I woke up again in the hospital on a gurney. There were at least 6-10 people (all strangers and all of them were doctors,) standing over me. I had no clothing, not even a hospital gown, and only a sheet on for modesty's sake I guess; they cut all of my clothing off to check for injuries. I was freezing and in shock.

It turned out that the helmet did me quite a good turn. I had a mild to moderate concussion that left me with quite a bit of short-term memory loss. I had amnesia for the weeks surrounding the fall and couldn't remember anything past a few seconds. Mid-sentence I would forget what I was saying or that I was even having a conversation and wander off. My memory did improve but never came back completely.

When they went to examine my hand to see how it was broken it turned out that I had a 45-90 degree rotational spiraling compound fracture through the joint of my pinky. The doctors told me I was quite lucky- since I was already unconscious BEFORE falling off the horse the worst of my injuries were the broken pinky and concussion.

The doctors figure the blow to my face by the horse's neck knocked me out and as I was falling my hand got caught up in the reins. They said I got lucky- if I hadn't been unconscious, with the way I fell and the way my injuries indicated, I probably would have had a broken neck and internal injuries.

I had to have my hand surgically repaired. The concussion took months to go away. When I was cleared by the doctor I was eager to get back to riding but I was terrified. Everyone thought I would quit riding. Even though I trusted the horses I was riding I was scared of falling and winding up back in the hospital! I was pretty determined though and kept at it until I could ride and not be frightened. I had previously had so much fun riding- and it was so relaxing- that I was determined to get over my fear. (The little paint pony I rode after my recovery helped- SUCH a good boy!!)

My riding instructor, to my chagrin, would never let me ride that particular horse again. We never did find out what spooked the horse as the instructor said she was looking away the few seconds it took me to fall.

I can tell you now though- there is NO WAY I will ever skip wearing a helmet. I can only imagine with all the difficulties I had coming back from the concussion I got WITH the helmet how bad it would have been without one!!
     
    01-23-2012, 02:33 AM
  #27
Started
My worst fall was just over a year ago while I was searching for a horse to buy.. I lunged this horse that had been out of work several months due to the owner living in Australia, and leaving her mother with the horses.. There were a few bucks etc in the lunging, nothing I couldnt sit though.. So I got on and had the owners mother lead me around seeing as he hadn't been ridden for a while.. Our second circle of walk, and I had been on him less than 2 minutes and he turned bronc.. Absolutely crazy. He went right off his nut and wanted me off bad, he went up and down a few times as the owners mum fled out of the way (I would have too!) and as he threw his last buck he twisted his bum around to the left and fled to the right in mid buck, leaving me with no horse underneath me, and coming down fast. Landed on my side and rolled over to see him still going hard around the paddock. Owners mum told me to stay put, not even to sit up, she put horse away and her and my mum helped me off the ground (which was VERY hard I found out). Nothing was broken, but it was the longest and most painful ride to the hospital I have ever had (and I've had plenty) but lots of my body was bruised and sprained, I couldn't walk right or ride for over a month.. I'm just lucky I never hit my head, even though I was wearng a helmet (brand spanking new!!) I come down from over 2 metres off the ground.. That helmet wouldn't have done too much should I have landed on my head/neck.

Lesson learnt... Never be the first person to get on a horse you don't know.. MAKE the owner, or another person whom knows said horse, get on before you do.. I have enough problems with my back, don't need more.
Although in saying that, my worst fall was definitely not as bad as some on here, but it was my worst.
     
    01-23-2012, 04:05 AM
  #28
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Northernstar    
My goodness, faye! I can't believe your bravery after so many episodes! So glad you've recovered from all of this!! I trust you wear a helmet?
Yes, Always.
Doesnt matter what I'm riding I wear the best helmet available on the market. I always wear Hats from the Champion range of helmets.

After the first fall I mentioned you could turn my helmet inside out, it had a hoof print on the side of it and the button from the top was found 30ft away. That hat deffinatly saved my life that day.

I went through 3 hats last year. I replace my hat after any fall where it has contacted the floor.

I also always wear a body protector.
     
    01-23-2012, 04:24 AM
  #29
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by faye    
Yes, Always.
I also always wear a body protector.
One thing I might mention about body protectors.. Why they scare me, I think they should go out over the back of the shoulder joint because I was riding with a girl one day who got thrown off her horse (renowned for bucking like no tomorrow) and she landed flat on her back, but because of her body protector, when her back stopped, her shoulders kept going till they hit the ground too.. Which meant that she ended up having pins and plates in her shoulders as they were so severly broken.. In saying this I would rather break my shoulder than my back, so in no way am I against body protectors, just saying they scare me. And that was her worst fall
     
    01-23-2012, 04:31 AM
  #30
Green Broke
What body protector was she wearing? I've landed flat on my back a few times in mine, Normaly at high speed.
Mind you my body protector cost over 100 and was made to measure
This is the one I have: http://powellprotec.com/products/elite/


They are only about an inch thick and they are foam so they shouldnt be able to do any damage. If yout shoulders wont flex 1 inch then you have a very serious medical problem
     

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