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    11-07-2012, 10:36 PM
Even us experienced riders take a fall sometimes...

Just to make all you first time fallers out there feel better, here's proof that you can still take a fall no matter how good of a rider you are or how long you've been riding LOL.

A couple of weeks ago, I was riding a mare on her first expedition out of the roundpen. We were going well across a pasture when she just suddenly vanished out from underneath me. She wasn't trying to get me off and she didn't buck, she just spooked. I've never in my life had one that I didn't even feel her spook and never realized anything was wrong until I was hitting the ground.

Anyway, here's the lovely "little" girl that dumped me.

And here's the result of face planting in the rocky pasture

You can see where all the skin on my cheek was scraped off and I ended up with a beautiful purple shiner LOL. Oh, and the reason you can't see the cut over my eye is because I glued it shut in hopes of minimizing the scar LOL.

And I couldn't get a picture to do my shoulder justice. I also landed on the top point of my right shoulder and managed to really screw it up.
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    11-07-2012, 10:39 PM
Nice one!!!! At least from the photos, they look like they may not scar badly (((hugs)))
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    11-07-2012, 10:47 PM
LOL, thanks! I'm expecting maybe a small scar over my eye but the rest look like they will fade away with a bit of time.
    11-07-2012, 11:08 PM
Don't take offense at this, but it looks like a mug shot of some crazy crack lady who got beat up on the street. Now that's a nice image, isnt' it.

I can imagine you are really hurting now and might not want to even try a laugh at my lame joke. Glad you didn't injure your eye, but I can imagine your shoulder hurts worse than the "prettier" parts of your face.
    11-07-2012, 11:13 PM
Wow, you look like you got beat up!!! However, under your eye, very nice shade of purple.
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    11-07-2012, 11:18 PM
Ricci darted through some low hanging branches once. My face looked about the same as yours. It's brutal. =\

Here's to a nice soak in the tub with a glass of wine! Feel better, Jen!
    11-07-2012, 11:18 PM
LOL, Tiny! No offense taken at all, I've seen plenty of mug shots that looked very similar. You're right though, even though my face is almost all healed up, the shoulder still hurts pretty bad. Pretty certain I knocked a rib or 2 out of place too but good news is I'll be seeing a chiro soon to get it all fixed up.
    11-07-2012, 11:41 PM
Once the injuries heal over, put Mederma on the scars and they will fade. Just be sure to follow the instructions! I had a major surgery a few years ago and Mederma made the scars look like very faint lines. When I tan, they go away completely.

I was going to make a funny comment about how people always say you should be riding like you'd land on your feet if your horse would vanish, but then I saw your pictures. Jeez woman! I'm glad you were able to walk away with just those marks.
    11-07-2012, 11:56 PM
Oooh ouch, poor you - I hope you were wearing a hard hat!
    11-08-2012, 12:04 AM
I ought to bookmark this thread. The next time my wife asks me why I never fully relax when riding Mia, I'll show her this and tell her I don't want to be the fat male version of "some crazy crack lady who got beat up on the street".

Mia & I are working on solo trips into the desert. About a week ago, she was strolling along, neck level, ears forward, no sign of tension...and then we landed about 8 feet to one side in a spot with cactus on three sides! I spun her in a right drifting 360 and we ended up back on the trail.

Mia doesn't have a malicious bone in her body. But I DO wish she would learn to tense up a little bit before leaping sideways! I also wish the Olympics would add a jumping contest with a rule that all jumps must be made in a direction perpendicular to the horse's body. I could own a star, and get outrageous sums of money for her babies. Guess until then she'll just be an unwanted mare ridden by a fat guy with bifocals who tries to keep his legs wrapped around her while singing off-key in a desperate but unconvincing attempt to look calm.

Seriously, good luck on the recovery. If in doubt, get more rest. Sometimes the muscle tissue damage is more than you realize. I know you aren't an old fat fart like me, but a little extra rest never hurts.

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