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ioconner 08-11-2012 11:22 AM

Time to cowgirl up
I had a bad accident last month on July 10. To spooked at dog that was running, barking, and growling coming after her, (normally very good with dogs) she jumped sideways and did the most amazing spin she has ever done leaving me hanging on the side of the saddle while she started to haul a** away from the dog. Then I met with a propane tank :cry: 3 broken ribs, pneumothorax (punctured lung) and broken pelvis.

I've been cleared to get back on and I start back to work on Monday. Today the weather is beautiful...nice and cool with a breeze, and I want so badly to ride. I am nervous though. I've had several not so great falls before, but I always got right back on. What I need is to find those big girl panties, pull em on, get those boots, and cowgirl up!!

Encouragement welcome!!

DancingArabian 08-11-2012 11:27 AM

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The dog sounds like it was being aggressive and maybe dangerous. I don't think it was the horse's fault. Being good with dogs is one thing, but you can't expect a horse to just stand there when a dog is on the attack.

Go for a walk in hand first. Keep your goals low and changeable. If you have in an arena, ride in that to start. Start with a real small goal say 10 minutes of walking. If you feel okay, maybe add some more walking, or of you're ready add a bit of trot. End on a good note. Don't feel pressured to ride exactly he way you had been - it's okay to work back up to it!
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cowgirl4753 08-11-2012 11:32 AM

I agree sounds doesn't sound like it was the horses fault, I would have done the same thing in her shoes! I had a bad wreck on time but this was the horses fault! And when it.came time to ride again, I started slow. Just lunging in the round pen and then.worked up to get on her and went through all her gaited in the.round pen. Then moved to the arena and eventually back on the trails.
We have all had bad wrecks and it takes each of us a differen. amount of time to get back in the saddle. So just go slow and you'll be back at it in no time!
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ioconner 08-11-2012 11:33 AM

The dog was being aggressive. I don't blame my girl AT ALL!! Another time a Pit Bull jumped up on her shoulder trying to get her and that is the only other time I have ever come off of her. I worked her with my dogs until she became comfortable again. My Boxer and Schnauzer love to go riding with us! She is so good and she just turned 4.

My plans for today are arena only. No trails. No dogs. Only Arena work. And slow at that!

ioconner 08-11-2012 11:36 AM

No, I don't blame her! She stopped when I hit the tank, but the dog chased her all the way home. I've continued with ground work..lunging, side passing, turns on the hindquarters..I just need to get my butt back in that saddle!!

DancingArabian 08-11-2012 11:44 AM

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Personally the dogs would have a CTJ moment for attacking my horse. You've bad TWO attacks on your horse - and it's escalating! If they're not your dogs they either need to be disinvited from your property or rounded up and sent to the pound. Carry some wasp spray when you ride and zap the dogs when they charge. Desensitize your horse to the sound first (silly string is great for this).
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ioconner 08-11-2012 12:07 PM

Nope not dogs know from the beginning how to behave around horses. There really isn't too much you can do about loose dogs around here though. I was on our property both times. It's one of those things if I do call the pound or say something, there would be some sort of retaliation. Honestly it's best to just leave them alone and avoid them. I was on the far end of our property both times this happened. I plan on avoiding it entirely and sticking to the arena.

ioconner 08-11-2012 12:09 PM

Thanks for the wasp spray trick...might have to use it. First maybe I'll ride the golf cart around the perimeter and whatever dog comes out, say hello to my little friend. Then maybe....maybe I could ride my horse without the whole neighborhood coming to chase horses.

ioconner 08-12-2012 10:58 PM

I did it!
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I did it...Some photos to enjoy...and my inspiration, please no critique on her riding. She is really doing well!! And ignore my grass filled arena. It had about a month off and definitely needs some work!

tinyliny 08-12-2012 11:03 PM

You broke your pelvis one month ago and are now rding again? HUH? that does not seem nearly possible.

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