Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Wow, that's a horrible way to end a ride. I've never broken my leg (yet), but I have broken both arms.
When I was 9, I was riding a horse that a doctor friend of ours was considering buying for his daughters, who were younger than I was. My brother and I were loping down a road when the horse I was on saw the boogeyman in the bushes and he darted left. I didn't and when I landed, I shattered my left arm. My story is very similar to BooBear's. 1 pin, 4 screws, and an external fixator later, doctor said absolutely no horses for at least 8 weeks or until the fixator was removed and I was put into a normal cast.
Within just a few days of getting home, though, I pestered my parents enough to let me back on my old bombproof horse.
With it being a leg, though, that's different as you really need to be able to use it to ride. I would want to wait until I could at least walk around on it without the aid of crutches, then, when I started back riding, I would do it slowly and probably ride without stirrups for a while.
You just take your time and get well, you're horse will still be there for you no matter if it takes you 3 days or 3 months. If you want to ride, then by golly, go ride. Just take it slow and only do what you feel completely, 100% safe doing.
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