Aftermath of a bad accident, what should I do?
Me and my horse, Biscuit were having an excellent riding lesson until the end, we were heading up to some trot poles and he got fresh. He ended up bucking me off and I broke my femur. I had surgery last week and I have to make the hard decision whether to keep Biscuit or find him a new home. Biscuit is a 4 going on 5 year old OTTB. I don't know if I should make him wait up to a year for me to be back and riding like normal, or if I should get him a new home and when I'm ready get a more laid back horse. I am afraid Biscuit has gotten too strong for me at the moment but I dont know if he will be fine in after a year. What do you guys think?
I'm sorry to her that you and your boy had such a rough time. I hope you and him are ok,which brings me to my opinion in you're situation - I would for yours and his safety find him a new home that is more suitable and perhaps stipulate that you would like it if they would keep in touch with you surrounding his overal health and well being, then start saving to find a horse that is more experienced or a master at life :) best wishes x x
ooh thats a nasty fall, I remember my friend broke her femur a few yrs back, she got the cast on at the start of the summer and got it of just in-time for school!
This is going to be a hard decision, not nice when your considering selling because of a fall. Would you consider loaning him out for a year to an experienced rider, that way you know any little bad habits could be worked out of him and it gives you a chance to recover... in saying that if heS getting worked he could just end up fitter and stronger... your just going to have to weigh up the pros and cons of your horse.. do you want to ride him again after what happened? would you feel comfortable getting on him?
I know when I had a bad fall of my mare flo when I was jumping her it recked my confidence for a good while, I stuck to one of my quieter horses for the rest of the summer and it really helped me get back into it.
Good luck whatever you decide :-)
I'm thinking that if you were my daughter, I'd advise you to sell him and buy a different horse in a year when you're ready to ride again.
He is young and it's not a big surprise that he acted out. Until he has more riding time - and possibly training - he will still be a handful for you even if you were riding now. In a year, you will be unused to riding and he will be used to having a pretty free schedule, so it won't be better and it might be worse for you.
In summary, after a year you will have spent money on board and possibly training. Unless this is the only horse in the world for you, you would be better to spend that money on a new horse that's been there and done that in the discipline you're working toward.
And, I'm really sorry about your injuries. That is just so rotten luck. I hope you heal very fast -- eat lots of cottage cheese or cheese curd - they both contain something called K2, which helps form the webbing that is the beginning of new bone growth. It works with calcium for faster, stronger better repair of fractures!
Yeah I have been leaning toward the concept of finding him a new home since he has so much potential and I feel like I would be holding him back if I keep him. At the same time I feel bad selling him just cause of a fall. It's such a hard decision.:cry:
When I broke my leg, I was on a very green horse. When I started riding again it took a LOT of time on more laid back horses before I felt comfortable to ride anything pretty green again. If you really want to keep your horse, I would either send him out to training in the meantime, or lease him out. Personally I think it would be a good idea to sell and find something more suited to you. Besides, you said you feel that he has gotten too strong for you, and thats when you were 100%, coming back from an injury is not going to easy on a horse that you already feel is a lot of horse.
That is definitely a nasty fall. I would lean on the side of rehoming him and finding something to get your confidence back once you've healed.
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