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post #11 of 21 Old 07-22-2013, 10:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Mamaof5 View Post
I have had a really bad wreck. a few broken ribs, broken femur, and a few facial bones (I was wearing a helmet, the horse tripped on me) anyway, I was scared to jump for a while, but I am so thankful I got back on, and worked up to it. It took a long time for me to feel confident again.

I know the feeling. Felt pretty unsure about myself or trusting a horse again after my fall. Glad I stuck it out and changed back to western pleasure. But, I will always love riding english and the way you are in such close contact with a horse :)
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post #12 of 21 Old 07-22-2013, 11:58 PM
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I don't know, I've fallen off plenty, but right now am in recovery from my first BIG wreck I have no idea what it is going to be like beating the demons
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post #13 of 21 Old 07-23-2013, 01:39 PM
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After a bad fall where you have had a destabilizing injury I would recommend going back and riding a lesson horse with an instructor in a safe environment and taking a few lessons.

This will help with improving your riding so you are less likely to fall and to help you get over the fear in the safest way possible.

It is also helpful to work out (join a gym for 3-6 months) and get your entire body fit. A fit body is often great support for a lot more confident mental state.

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post #14 of 21 Old 07-23-2013, 02:42 PM
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Getting the confidence back after a fall is the hardest part. I've had 3 nasty falls (one in which I also had a compress fracture). The best advice I can give is start with a horse you trust and just get on and ride, even if you need someone to hold the horse while you mount up and lead you around on a lead-line while you ride. It took me several months to get my confidence back when I injured my back. It might take you just as long, but don't give up; the more time you put between your accident and the present, the easier it gets to start enjoying riding once again.
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post #15 of 21 Old 07-24-2013, 06:13 PM
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I'd like to add to these stories.

I rode for 7 years and only had about 1 fall. I volunteered at a trail riding barn and I would take the horses out and just gallop down the trails. I was absolutely fearless. When I turned 18, I went to college for equine business classes. A girl in my class, I had known from a previous summer camp when we were 12, was in the same program. She since got a farm with a good dozen horses and invited me out to see them. Only one of her horses was trained to be ridden. A standardbred. I jumped on that horse and took off running down the trails like I always had before. When her and another girl she made friends with asked me to help train the other horses, i couldnt say no.

I ended up riding an adorable pony for her first time being saddled. She was a doll. But the other girls were very competitive and wanted these green horses to show that following summer, and jump. All I knew was western, so it was my comfort. But they wouldnt let me ride western mostly. When we took the horses on their first trail ride, the other girls started galloping.. and my pony took off after them, and then jerked to one side, and i fell off the other. After that day I fell another 8 times off that pony. I bailed a few times because the girls pressured me into riding right after my falls when I was nervous and sore. They didnt care at all. All they ever wanted to do was run run run. and on an untrained horse, that wont stop, isnt very smart! Anyways a few times i fell off that pony was because the stirrups on my english saddle came off at a gallop. So ....4 years later after riding my friends appy here and there, and going on a trail ride or 2.. ive decided to take up riding again. I'm trying to put that awful past behind me of 2 arrogant girls pushing me and acting stupid around horses, and im not letting them win against me. Ive known horses too long, and the desire to be with them will never leave me.

I bought that foal you see in my picture, to take the time to bond with him, train him my way from the start, and hopefully i wont be so nervous on his back.
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post #16 of 21 Old 07-29-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I have been on them for a few years. Since last August, my feet were sore all the time. I thought it was my boots. I got a cortisone injection in my foot and went off the statins at the same time so I am not sure which cured the foot pain. Since January, I have been feeling severe pain in my arms and legs, cramping in my toes, and extreme fatigue. I went to a new doctor and she suggested I go off the statins. Every day that passed I felt better until I have finally gotten to the point where I don't even feel tired during the day. I am 49. My CK levels were normal, but my doctor said that doesn't mean the simvastatin didn't weaken me and cause the pain.
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I am a hospital nurse, as for cholesterol meds, it depends on how long you have been on them for and what statin you are taking... Also your age and how long you have been riding for. If you are afraid of muscle weakness from cholesterol meds, you should not try to only strengthen your muscles when riding...but honestly in general by working out more, or simply doing some cleaning around the house.

As for falling, the first time I ever fell I don't even to this day know why or how it happened or what I could've done... and that's what scared me into avoiding riding for a week and going slow... The second time I fell, from a spooked horse when I was pushing him to go too fast as is and a loud firework went off.. I knew why I fell then and that one hurt more than anything I bruised my sacrum and couldnt walk right for a week... but because I had fallen before and knew why I fell, I knew what to expect and in all reality it wasn't as bad as the first time I fell off because really I think it's the shock of falling off then the pain.. So because the shock value of it wore off, even after that nasty fall where I knocked the wind out of me and bruised my bone I still got up and got back on.

When I ride, I don't think of falling off. I just make sure that I focus on what I am doing ALL THE TIME. I see girls riding and jumping to loud music and I think of how I could NEVER do that because I focus when I'm riding 100 percent of the time. Trying to get intune with my horse and in doing that, you can almost feel if something is right or the more you ride focused you know what's normal and what isn't when riding.

Everytime I ride, to strengthen my core I always at least ride without sitrrups, ride in two point, and practice the right diagonal for a good 2/3s my ride

I hope this helps, if you have questions for the cholesterol meds let me know.
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post #17 of 21 Old 07-29-2013, 11:27 PM Thread Starter
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I do have a back brace that I got to wear while I was recovering. I am going to get a trainer to help me. In the meantime, I am going to ride my horse that doesn't spook. She just looks at something and keeps walking.I appreciate your helpful advice.
Originally Posted by Prunella1 View Post
I had never fallen off a horse until last year, then again this past March. The fall in March really scared the crap out of me. In fact, the horse's owner pushed me to get back on, and ride again...fell again. I was shook up, but, kept calm. It was later that night when I felt the full effects from the two falls. Let's just say that I was very bruised and sore, my tailbone isn't the same yet. The owner admitted that to me after finding out for herself that he didn't have the correct fitting saddle on each time he had been ridden.

So, I stopped riding english because I just had too much pain in my back and ankle. Somehow, I resprained my ankle in the two falls. So, I went back to riding western pleasure in a comfortable synthetic saddle, and eased back into riding. I also bought a horse and moved her to a more positive environment, hired a trainer to work with me and my horse. This has helped me and my horse tremendulosly!

Since I'm getting older, I need to try and keep good leg strength and balance in my seat position. I do simple one legged strengthening exercises, especially for my weaker leg. I also do warm pool therapy to help reduce stress on my joints and get some cardio with swimming, simple water exercises. It helps to stretch my muscles while in the warm water so that I can keep my heels down and keep better balance. I stretch my calves on a short step and do some simple exercises for inner thighs.

Having a L1 fracture, you should consider wearing a lumbar support or a safety vest that eventers wear. Protecting your back is very important while riding, especially after an injury such as yours. Since you are having SI joint pain, you may have a possible bulging disk in your L5-S1 joint. It is one of the most common places to have bulging or ruptured disks. I use Lidoderm patches for my pain, helps alot. Also, I would keep your riding to 10-15 mins at first, and would recommend that you start walking on a flat surface to help build your back and leg strengths up. Walk a half mile if you can at first, then build up to a mile. When you feel stronger and have less pain, then try walking up and down gentle hill or use a treadmill.

Just take it one day at a time and enjoy the time you can spend with your horse. That's what I've had to do, and am not as afraid of falling as I was, but, it is still in the back of my mind alot of times.
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post #18 of 21 Old 07-29-2013, 11:30 PM
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I feel that you need to focus on why you fell.. not just lack of strength but the horse is apparently quite spooky.

Is there a way you can work on that via a trainer or instructor?

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #19 of 21 Old 07-29-2013, 11:33 PM Thread Starter
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I wanted to add that I ride western. I just walk around my farm, literally walk. I don't trot or canter yet. I rode as a teenager when I leased a horse for free for a year and I am just getting back into it.
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post #20 of 21 Old 07-29-2013, 11:38 PM
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I took a bad fall a year and a half ago - fractured my sacrum after being bucked off a 17H Irish mare - fantastic horse!! - in full gallop (using a Dr. Cook's bitless) with some of my girlfriends on my birthday. Couldn't roll over off my stomach for two weeks. Don't know how I got back on that horse to get down the mountain but somehow I did. I was pretty spooked by that experience. The worst part was that my daughter was there and I came to hearing her say the words "Is she dead?" to my best friend. It was 2 1/2 months before I got the nerve to go back. It hurt getting on. The first ride the trainer took the easy trail for me. The next ride we came up to one of the steepest, slippery parts on the mountain - and it had recently rained - and I froze up. The trainer turned back and screamed at me "You've been down that hill a hundred times! Give her her head!!!" In the end I was more afraid of the trainer than I was dying. Not really but it was like I just got the fear of riding slapped out of me when she said that.
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