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post #1 of 12 Old 02-15-2009, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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scarey riding experience

The ride was going wonderful, I felt good in the saddle and the horses were behaving pretty good, just a good time. They have been logging behind our place so we rode to see what the land looked like, what a difference.At one spot they had a small log pile across the road so we decided to go up an embankment that had scattered logs.Jim walked his horse up but I rode my up.The horses were alittle spooky about the machinery and all the log piles along the road but got over it and on the way back just gave a cautious look. We were back at the embankment, hubby rode down and I thought crap, Im getting off and letting my horse venture it on his own, I hooked his reins on the horn and led him the top.He didnt want to go down. Then he tried to go down another way, I knew he'd get hurt so I backed him up and while I did he stepped and pushed a log trapping my leg(I am off the horse) as soon as he got to the top I got out safely but was scared(have only a small bruise)so hubby says come hold my horse and I'll get yours down.He started leading him down the path and turned towards him just as Butler decided to jump, the reins went limp and Jim lost his balance falling onto his back and Butler landed front feet right on Jim! The horse went by me I tied Jims off real quick and Jim was growning I said are you alright and he said get the cell phone.Im thinking OMG please let him be OK. He was breathing but was hurting. I called the house and told my son to go to the neighbors and get the key to the gate(we have one to maintain our spring)but when they got to the gate the logging outfit changed the lock, so they hoofed it to us.But the 20 minutes it took I was so scared, Jim was rambling, couldnt figure things out, not making sense and I was crying, telling him not to get up.In the mean time Butler wandered off and Chanee was freaking out so I untied him, then both of the idiots started walking down the road.I ran as fast as I could to catch Chanee and Butler kept going.Called the house to have my youngest son walk up the road incase he made it that far.He ended up coming back.Justin and our neighbor came and helped Jim up and he seemed fine except he made no sense when talking.He must of asked me 20 times if I saw what happened.He made the mile walk out and the other neighbor was there waiting in his truck.One went back up to get our truck at the gate and I rode Chanee and pulled Butler home, hubby refused to go to the hospital(we have no medical on him-thats changing)he seemed to be getting his memory back and the hurt started.He got a hoof to his gut and his back and his foot.He feels sore all over.It was the worst experience of my life to date! He had a real restless night and I slept w/ one eye open watching and listening to him. He's pretty beat up but manage to get outdoors today. I always bitch that he brings his phone, never again!!!!

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post #2 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 08:13 AM
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Sounds like your hubby has a concussion and that is not to be fooled with. He should see a doctor and soon.
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 08:13 AM
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Thats enough to make your adrenaline pump. If he had the memory loss, he must of got hit in the head. Which could mean some sort of a concussion.

Years ago, I was riding a young colt with my Brother in Law, we came up to what I recognized as boggy area., You couldn't see any water, but the grass color changed. My BIL went to the left and I directed my colt around to the right. The colt being a little herd bound wanted to stay with the other horse and was fighting to cut back over to him. He stepped into the bog and started to flounder, As he thrashed I came off the horse and he landed ontop of me. I was under the horse bey. I reached up and grabed his halter and pulled his head down and got him to stop thrashing. I wanted the horse to calm down so I could get out from underneath the horse with out having to dodge thrashing hooves. My brother in law seeing only my legs sticking out from under the colt was afraid I was head down in the mud and couldn't breath. So he came a running and hollering at the horse to get off me. Which got my horse all stirred up and thrashing again. The colt got his hind legs up on my chest and pushed off. So I had all 1000lbs of horse pushing on my chest. The horse got off me, but it broke several of my ribs.

Of course that would have been better than suffocating in the mud, but my brother in law didn't know my face was clear and not under the mud. Hindsight t would have been better to keep the horse calm and let me squirm out. But when you have seconds to react, you don't always know all the details.

It was a long 10 mile ride back to the truck and trailer and another long 2 hour drive home. And Six weeks of sore ribs.

When ever I have a wreck on a horse, I always ask myself what did I learn? How do I prevent that from happening again? I suggest you think about what happened and how you woulld avoid that situation again in the future. We can all learn from our misfortunes. Hope hubby feels better today.
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post #4 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 09:02 AM Thread Starter
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Oh believe me Painted Horse we have learned.My hubby has too much faith in our boys sometimes, although sometimes what they accomplish even amazes me, but I would never(and Havent)lead a horse downhill thru obstacles w/ me in the front!(nor he now) I always secure the reins and let him do it himself, usually w/ hubby on the other side waiting.

Mannnn your story seems horrible.Glad you pulled thru too! I knew we were up for something to happen but you are never prepared for it.Lesson learned but many more to learn. I like going off the beaten path but safety first.

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post #5 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 10:24 AM
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Your hubby suffered a serious head injury. Please don't let this go unattended. This could resurface in the days, weeks, years to come. It may be just a concussion (bruising), but it sounds more to me like a trauma induced minor-stroke (bleeding). Being non-medical, of course I can't say for sure, but being that disoriented could indicate something more serious. It's definitely something I would drag MDH kicking and screaming to the hospital for and figure out the money later.
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post #6 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 10:38 AM
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Sounds like he NEEDS to be seen by a dr ASAP. IF he hit his head and got a hoof to the gut, he could not only have a concussion, but possibly internal injuries, that can go undetected for several days, and all of a sudden they hit. I don't know how it is where you live, but in central Pa, if you need emergency care and don't have the money or insurance to pay for treatment, the individual hospitals have free care programs. I would at least consider looking into that! Also, I wouldn't recommend him riding until he has medical, lol. I learned that the hard(and expensive) way. It can be dangerous, and it's not worth the risk. I hope he gets to feeling better soon!
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post #7 of 12 Old 02-16-2009, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Well I will try to get him in, he did hit his head but not very hard, not that it matters.His memory(or confusion)subsided about 30-45 minutes after the incedent.He definately got the wind knocked out of him. He feels better and slept real good last night but he was up too much yesterday cuz his foot is swollen where he got it too.

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post #8 of 12 Old 04-23-2009, 06:56 AM
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You just described my worst fear as we do a lot of mountain riding and sometimes it ends up being "extreme" as we often have to go off-trail to avoid logging equipment, blocked paths and downed trees. We also like to follow deer trails. Many times you do not know what the condition of the ground is beneath the ground coverage. It is risky and scary for me sometimes but it seems my husband thrives on it. So, I do go along until it becomes too much for me. I always try to walk around obstacles and will get off and tail-up or down with my reins run through one of the stirrups on steep inclines.
I want to just say that during our rides we wear full protective gear which includes helmet, gloves, full chest protector, boots, shatter proof sunglasses and knee pads. I also wear steel toes and we have relfective vests. My husband wears a bright red vest which is like a fishing vest. It has lots of pockets so that he can keep the necessaries on him instead of in the saddle bag. For example, a small first aid kit, our GPS and cell phone.
Hope all is well with your husband. Ride safe on the mountains and in remote areas.
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post #9 of 12 Old 04-24-2009, 08:21 AM
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WOW! What a day of riding! I'm glad you are ok, but I do agree with the others - get your husband to the doctor & quick! Sounds like there could be several things going on - internal injuries from the horse landling on him, to broken ribs to concussion! Rather have him go to the Dr to say "He's badly bruised & sore, but there is nothing major" rather than something much much worse.

My 13 year old has started riding bulls & Monday he was bucked off in practice. It happened so quick, so I can't tell if he got stepped on or kicked, but his side was hurting right by the kidneys. Wednesday, it was still swollen, warm to the touch and very painful (he gave it a 8 ), so we spent the night in the ER to make sure it wasn't something too bad. They did x-rays & a urinalysis...turns out he is badly bruised, but nothing more. He was told to stay off on Monday's practice in case he did something more to agravate the injury. (of course, he's making plans to get back on....that's why *I'M* going too! lol) The point is to get him checked before it could lead to something bad.

Good luck & keep us informed!

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post #10 of 12 Old 04-25-2009, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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this happened mid feb., and all is good, thanks for the suggestions and concerns.he healed up just fine.
like the vest w/ pocket idea.

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