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post #1 of 15 Old 09-03-2013, 11:20 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone else returned to ridding after a broken back?

Hi,
Sorry if this is the wrong place to post, I'm a newbie..

So essentially I've broken my back after a very nasty horse accident, I've broken my L2 and T11 (both compression). I'm really keen to get back into ridding, but I've been hinted to by my doctor that it might be too painful - like most horsey people, ridding is my life and my sanity. My "Hopeful" ridding date will be early November once the bones have calcified properly.

Anyone with a similar experience?
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-03-2013, 12:21 PM
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I chipped two & compressed three vertebrae from a fall in my teen years, and healed up with no issues. My injury did not require surgery, just 8 weeks of rest, so I'm not sure how my experience or severity compares to your injury.

I remember being quite fearful of the potential for pain on my bouncy-gaited Arab (plus shaken confidence after said fall which was early in my riding career,) but that horse majorly stepped up to the challenge of easing me back into riding. Start slow and remember to breathe and relax - you may subconsciously tense as you worry about potential pain.

Wishing you a complete recovery!
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Not myself personally, but my Mom broke her back at the age of 21 in the Military.

She was told she would never be able to walk, have kids, and absolutley not ride again. She was able to ride about 3 years later, and here I am as well. After she rides she is still in a terrible amount of pain and off to the chiropractors.

My best friend broke her back as well. She was in a back brace and wheel chair for about 6 months. This accident happened in August 2011, she was told by her doctors she was able to ride last spring, but has been told she can't. So it has been quite "off and on".
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I chipped two & compressed three vertebrae from a fall in my teen years, and healed up with no issues. My injury did not require surgery, just 8 weeks of rest, so I'm not sure how my experience or severity compares to your injury.

I remember being quite fearful of the potential for pain on my bouncy-gaited Arab (plus shaken confidence after said fall which was early in my riding career,) but that horse majorly stepped up to the challenge of easing me back into riding. Start slow and remember to breathe and relax - you may subconsciously tense as you worry about potential pain.

Wishing you a complete recovery!
My L2 is pretty bad, I've lost feeling in my left leg but only minor strength loss, they're considering surgery if it doesn't begin to heal correctly in 3 weeks (I just put photos up in the "Photo thread" of the accident/x-ray), my T11 is also a compression, however not nearly as severe as the L2. It's nice to know I still have hope :) I'm in a brace at the moment and on bed rest.. Loving the flat on my back thing -eye roll-.
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We had a neighbor that broke his back (I couldn't give you specifics though) he was in a wheelchair for a good while and was told he couldn't ride again but three years later he climbed back on a horse. He did say that trotting bugged him on some horses and I do believe he eventually bought a gaited horse that was smooth but I don't know if that was because of his back or his age (he was like 80 at this point). Happy recovery!
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glad you are here to post, saw the pics. Sunofa, that's going to leave a mark.
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Thanks everyone :)

I guess given that the doctors have given me the option of ridding again says a lot then. I have a bone disorder called osteopeina (like osteoporosis) so my recovery will probably be bumpy, but I'm determined! It's inspiring to be honest, I didn't think I'd actually find anyone else who's ridding after a broken back. Thankyou :) - No doubt I'll put my "first ride" photos on when the time comes - family have planned to literally wrap me in bubble wrap (they think it will make a good "remember when.." photo).
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I haven't broken my back but my fiance has in a non-horse related way.

Before that he never rode horses but started to after we met. His back does really well as long as he is either riding a horse that as an exceptionally smooth trot or we only walk and canter. Now that he is getting to be a better rider he can sit a trot better and now is mostly fine. I think the part that hurts the most is getting on but when I can convince him to use a tailgate or mounting block its better.

I wish you a quick and painless recovery- good luck!

Edit: I forgot to mention we have been told to look in to purchasing him a gated horse to ride, so maybe that is an option that will work for you? Where I live they are incredibly hard to find and very expensive to import.
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I broke my humorous in 2004. It took 6 months to heal enough for me to ride, and now is fine. I saw your thread with the pictures. SO SORRY!!! I'm not going to bash you bc we have ALL gotten on that wrong horse. Seems to be in a rider's genetics to do that. Stupid x-friend. =/
You need to be really patient and get green flags from your doctor before riding ANYTHING again. I don't know about your previous riding--sounds like you liked some speed, but you might seriously consider getting a gaited horse. They are so popular with older riders bc many older riders have bad backs and can handle the running walk or amble or foxtrot or____ much better than a trot. I can tell you that while you heal your muscles will atrophy. Frustrating but remember that you will need to build muscle with cross training before riding again. You will not be at full strength for riding for many months after you get the go ahead.
I guess I'm suggesting that you find other things to do while you heal. I'm sure that there is that book or videogame or online something that you never had time to do while you were riding. NOW is the time to pursue those things.
Again, as I posted before, Prayers sent for your complete recovery. **hugs**
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My mom crushed her L2 vertebra in a horse back riding accident, she was riding in the brace and has been riding ever since - happened about 14 years ago.
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