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DSJ46 09-25-2010 11:28 PM

Big Incident
Sassy and I were involved in a freak accident early this week which sent her spooked off the trail into the trees, which swept me off and 17.2 hands down hard onto rocky ground. I sustained two broken ribs and a punctured lung and spent several days in the hospital during which time I developed a strep infection in the partially collapsed lung. Anyway, they got the infection resolved and the pneumothorax as well (though I still have the draining tube hanging out of my chest). What I did as soon as I got out of the hospital, only horse people could understand. I limped to the barn and told the barn manager I was going to ride. She understood the thing had been traumatic for Sassy and me both and that we needed to reconnect and gave me a few minutes in the roundpen and stayed to help me on and off-which was hell--the riding actually felt good. So now I am out for 6-8 weeks, but I have something good to think about in the meantime, and I will still be out to the barn with carrots everyday. Here is a little video of my madness on Friday:


BarrelracingArabian 09-25-2010 11:43 PM

kudos for you getting back on when i was in 3rd grade i had broke my arm but i still insisted on riding cast and all :]
glad to hear you both are alright though!

DSJ46 09-25-2010 11:53 PM

thanks barrel...I just knew it would eat at me the whole time if I didn't do it, and now I can rest and get better with this good experience to think some great new pain meds today which have stopped the indescribably horrible back spasms I was having...sometimes it's good to have something like this just to know how freakin' good just taking a nice deep breath without agony is

DSJ46 09-25-2010 11:55 PM

By the way folks--the helmet saved my life! If you don't have one, get one!

BarrelracingArabian 09-26-2010 12:02 AM

yeah i understand
I almost always wear my helmet unless on the rare occasion i had forgotten to put it on but i almost always have it so its very rare that i dont have it on

Sunny 09-26-2010 12:03 AM

I'm glad to hear you weren't hurt more seriously! I wish you a fast recovery! :D Do you know what spooked Sassy?
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AlexS 09-26-2010 12:07 AM

So sorry to hear about your accident, and glad that you are doing well, and great job for getting right back on again.

I have had broken ribs and a collapsed lung, the lung was ok after I got through the reinflating part, I hope you didn't have to go through that and it reinflated without the needle.
My ribs were broken for me in surgery, but the recovery was a PITA, everything hurts, moving, laughing, coughing, sneezing - there is not a **** thing that you can do without it hurting! Didn't even realize I bent a little to wipe my rear until I had broken ribs! Talk about sucking!

Sunny 09-26-2010 12:13 AM


Originally Posted by AlexS (Post 761152)
Didn't even realize I bent a little to wipe my rear until I had broken ribs!

:lol: :rofl:
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AlexS 09-26-2010 12:16 AM

^^^ those are the moments when you find out your pain tolerance.... do you call for help from a loved one, or deal with it and find new ways of stretching your arm and bending your knees! :)

mom2pride 09-26-2010 12:33 AM

Wow that sounds like quite the wreck!!! Good on you for getting back up...sometimes the longer you have to wait, the harder it can be!!! Hope you heal quickly!!!

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