Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northern California
Advice After a Fall
So yesterday I got my first fall from ridding, it was all my fault basically I forgot to tighten the cinch after warming up so it came loose, the saddle slipped sideways my horse spooked and ran strait for the fence, instead of stopping he turned and launched me. I hit my left side, cheek, elbow, side of my upper thigh, side of my knee and my ankle all on the metal poles of the fence. Luckily my sister was there to calm Gambit down, cool him off and put him away.
Anyway I have a few questions
1) I have heard that when you fall off a horse it is important to get right back on, I didn't because I literally could not, it hurt too bad. I'm not scared of him and I know that if I am more careful then there is no reason for this to ever happen again but do you think it is bad that I didn't get back on?
2)My cheek, elbow, knee and ankle are all swollen and bruised. My cheek less so than the others and my elbow very much so, I can't fully extend my arm. Also putting my full weight on my left leg is very painful so I haven't been. Is that bad?
3) Could this have upset my horse in any way. I didn't punish him at all because it was my fault and not his, we just cut our ride a little short but he won't have any negative associations will he? We were having a great work out and I am a little upset that it was cut shot.
Sorry for the mini novel and thanks reading and for any answers you have
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