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post #1 of 27 Old 01-03-2012, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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bad day on the trail

I just had to share. I guess I am a little traumatized so I thought this might be good therapy. lol
So yesterday I was out with my husband and a group of like 15 other people. The ride was going pretty good. The horses were all a little hot but nothing to bad. We had ridden about 3 miles or so when I got to close to my husbands gelding and he kicked my mare really hard. She started bucking really bad. We think I hit my head on the top of her head but nobody is really sure. Any way so I came off and did a summer salt over her shoulder. I ended up cutting my nose on both sides next to my eyes. There was blood every where. The bad part was that no one go cell phone service. So we had a couple of people ride out and pony my horse out. Luckily I never passed out although it was close.
They ended up putting me on Zues and his owner walked me out. I felt so bad for ruining every ones ride. I spend 6 hours in ER. I got so lucky. The CAT scan showed I didn't break my nose or have any brain injuries. But it did show that I fractured my C6 vertebrae. I got lucky and only broke the little spiney process that sticks out and didn't fracture near my spinal cord.
Sorry for the long crazy story. I am scared that I am going to be too traumatized to get back on.

As anyone here been able to get over a bad fall?

Sorry if there are a lot of miss spellings. My eyes are still pretty swollen.
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post #2 of 27 Old 01-03-2012, 08:42 AM
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oh my goodness i am glad your ok!!! :)

as for a bad fall no. i have fallen though and i have felt the embarressment(sp) of thinking you ruin a ride. but in reality its not really a mess up atleast not in my eyes. firstly its always a good lesson and reminder , and secondly it creates memories. even though they are scary memories they will be funny later on that everyone can say oh rememeber that day :)

as for getting over it, its up to you. there is no one set way to get over any bad fall. just take your time. could be where your not even getting on and just grooming for a while or could just ride in a closed field/arena at a walk on your horse or go out on a trail with your hubby. there are so many ways to help and rebuild the confidence. its just a matter of starting in the right place for you and working from there.

big thing to remember is to stay positive. :) feel better *hugs
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post #3 of 27 Old 01-03-2012, 08:50 AM
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Glad you're ok and wish you a pleasant ride next time you go in trails. But such stories always remind me to NEVER EVER go trail riding without a cell with me.

I have come a long way, to surrender my shadow to the shadow of my horse.
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post #4 of 27 Old 01-03-2012, 08:54 AM
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This is the account of a wreck that I had several years ago. I'm still cautious about new horses. The road back was long for me and I actually had tears in my eyes when I went to mount up again after the accident but I forced myself to overcome it.

On the last day of August, 2007 I went to look at a new horse, a 15 year old Arab gelding. The girl who owned him rode him in an English saddle and he did pretty well. We brought him over to my truck to fit him with my Western saddle and I asked if he ever had one on. The owner said "sure, the last owner rode him in one ..... I think" - That should have been my first clue.

He was acting nervous as I saddled him up so I took my time and showed him everything first then walked him down from the parking lot to the grass field that I was going to ride him in. I cinched him up again and as I went to mount him I jokingly said "The last thing I want to hear is 'gosh, he's never done that before'."

As my right leg brushed his back while I mounted him, he broke free from his holder and bolted. He went full throttle up to the parking lot and bucked on the stone driveway. I couldn't keep seated since I didn't have my right leg in the stirrup yet and got thrown.

The long and short is that I’m told that I was unconscious for about 5 min. I ended up with a cracked pelvis, broken ribs, a concussion, and various bruises. I even had to sleep in a recliner chair for over a month since I couldn't lie down.

The next day, with the help of some meds from my doctor, I hobbled around at a horse sale and bought a pretty nice mare. It was over 2 months before I could ride her though.

It was the worse crash I had had in over 25 years of riding and it took over a year to get some of my confidence back
I"ve had some falls since then but non as bad as that one.
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post #5 of 27 Old 01-03-2012, 09:12 PM
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I had a nasty crash back in March. Took an ambulance ride to the ER and my back was so messed up I never thought I would walk right, let alone ride again.

A chiropractor fixed my body, but I fixed my own mind. I'm sorry I can't be of much help, but I just don't know how to quit.


PS I hope you were wearing a helmet, and I hope that you do next time if you weren't.
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post #6 of 27 Old 01-03-2012, 09:56 PM
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Oh my. Glad you are ok, & will be ok to ride again. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Now you know, never follow close enough to be kicked. 17 years ago, I was galloping full out up my gravel road, I did this on my mare many, many times, only time I ever raced this horse who was a short strided WP showhorse, but this was like her treat. Anyways on this particular day, she didn't like the dogs running too close behind her & let out a big buck mid gallop. I was riding English, I recovered from the 1st buck/jump, but she fired again and over her head I went. I only remember laying on the gravel road & seeing my horse sniffing my hand & standing on her rein. Being knocked out, only thing that I thought of was, calmly get the horse off the rein, which I did. Then just as calmly, I got back on her and turned off an a trail but then noticed dripping blood on my hands and I spit out a bunch of blood. I was only a few hundred feet from my driveway but this a is dead end road, fortunely my son was on his bike and saw me, bleeding and grabbed the horse & took me to the neighbors for medical attention. 3 days later, I had 2 black eyes but I rode the same horse in the Rodeo weekend parade and won best individual entry for our gold ensemble, I wore sunglasses to cover up the the shiners. My friend is the Coroner, she took my helmet from that accident to give talks to others about the importance of wearing a helmet, in her expert opinion, she figures a head injury at the very least would have occured without the helmet. I only had 2 black eyes where the brim came across & slight whiplash as my neck took the brunt of my fall instead of my front cranium. I counted myself lucky as I learned a lesson not to tempt fate & gallop horses full blast on a public road, no matter how deserted.

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post #7 of 27 Old 01-03-2012, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I am doing a little better today. I haven't had much pain which is surprising when I look at all the bruises I have. lol Unfortunately I was not wearing my helmet but I am not sure it would have help. But I am going to start wearing it. I am going to take it slow and repair my relationship with my mare. I know it wasn't her fault and I don't blame my husbands horse either. Thanks again for listening.
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I had two falls out on trail within a two week time span. The first one was silly, the second, not so much. Try not to let a fall get the best of you. They can definitely be scary, but keep your head up.

Take as much time off from riding as you need and start again slowly to build your confidence. Riding a well broke, quiet horse at a walk will help you relax.
Hope you recover quickly!
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Originally Posted by iridehorses View Post
This is the account of a wreck that I had several years ago. I'm still cautious about new horses. The road back was long for me and I actually had tears in my eyes when I went to mount up again after the accident but I forced myself to overcome it.

I"ve had some falls since then but non as bad as that one.

OP wow that's scary. So does yours and your husband's horse normally get along? I would think horses that know each other would be more tolerant with riding side by side. I hope you feel better soon.

Iridehorses, that is terrifying! That is why I could not for the life of me understand why in a thread on the Chron of Horse board several sellers thought that it was strange when buyers would ask them if a horse "goes" English or Western. The person wrote, "What does that mean? Why do buyers ask that? How does a horse go English or Western?"
Now to me, that is a perfectly normal question. English and Western have very different tack, and often different cues. Some horses can do either but many can't. Your story is proof that it is a valid question to ask what type of riding a horse is used to.
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post #10 of 27 Old 01-03-2012, 10:09 PM
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Yupp I was on one of our green mares out on a practice endurance ride to get her ready for the ride coming up. she was being a little weird when her actual rider took her out so she came back and asked me to take her on the ride. Well my friend was on another trainee (my boy outlaw who wasn't mine at the time) and had lost her stirupp so we were in the back as imprint was a slower horse and the two got along well. About 15-20 mins into the ride she saw something I didn't and next thing i knew i was body slmming my elbow right into the dirt haha. Thought I broke something turned out a just sprained/bruised my elbow.
I think once you heal and are feeling better your best bet is to take it slow if your nervous but don't stop riding :]

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