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    04-04-2009, 01:26 PM
Wow your friend is so brave. I hope she gets to achieve her goal. Very heart warming :)
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    04-04-2009, 01:31 PM
Originally Posted by lauraa94x    
I don't really know what to advise if I'm honest, but one of my good friends had a riding accident a couple of years ago whilst out on a hack. The 13.2hh pony she was riding (from the riding school) tripped in a pot-hole and she flew over his head, he then tripped again and landed on her. She has had a fractured spine for nearly two years now, was partially brain-damaged and is in pain pretty much all of the time. The doctors said that if she hadn't of been wearing her body protector, she wouldn't of been here today. When she looked at riding again and got the all clear from the doctors, she'd decided to go back to the riding school and start there. But the horse she LOVED and always rode before the accident, had been sold on to someone else. She found this horse, Chance, and got on him again. She did trot on him, but canter was too bouncy for her pelvis to handle (as it had shattered in the fall). But where any other rider who's been riding for most her life can just throw their leg over the saddle and be off, it took her about 5 minutes to dismount from him and that was 5minutes of alot of pain. The doctors have said that she may not be able to ride again soon as her spine is worse off than they originally thought. She may get down and upset by it, but she's more determined than ever to ride again. She's got this year planned and Chance's new owner is more than happy to let her ride him when she wants to. She's even planning to take him Cross-Country jumping this year! She proves that no matter what happens, if its what you love - just stay strong and go for it. I'm sure your oldest niece, Leanna, will be fine and ready to ride within time. Don't pressure her or force her to do things she's not ready for, maybe start her with groundwork with the horse that was involved in the accident - it might increase the trust between them? And when she's ready, start of with just a walk whilst riding him perhaps? And have someone walking next to them just to reasure her.
Hope it helps, and hope she's riding soon! X
ah, Franki?
Never met her but we've chatted on youtube a few times. That girl is such an inspiration. (:
So she's going to keep riding, then?
[sorry for getting off topic, lol.]
    04-06-2009, 01:56 AM
Let her take it slow, go at her own pace. Offer encouragement but don't push.

I was in a car accident three years ago and I broke my spine in three places. Thankfully, I'm still walking, but I was stuck in a cast for a good six months. The only thing I could think about was riding. The first day I got my cast and the sedation wore off I was up and hobbling about, wanting to go see my horse already.

In spring, about a year later, I was finally able to ride my horse (Loki) again. Being Loki and not have been worked in forever, he became hot headed and hard mouthed. I went from happy to very, very frightened.

I got off, and didn't ride again until August of '08, and then only in a round pen. Needless to say, my attention span when it comes to riding in circles is extremely short and I became rather bored, rather fast. I wanted out! There was a field just beyond that barn that I wanted to ride in so badly.
After some more pen work I decided to try and take him out on a group trail ride. I made it a little past the barn when he spooked, backed into an apple tree, and bolted. When he spooked I tried to put to use what I had been told, turn him in a sharp circle, stay calm, just bring him under control. It didn't work and he ended up heading for home like his tail was on fire. With some heavy () pulling and some loud 'WHOA' I brought him to a stop and got off. I was scared half to death and shaking hard.

I brought him back to the yard, chugged a soda, shed some stressy tears. Then lunged him, and did get back on. Though I rode only at a walk and some very light trotting. Needless to say, my confidence was shattered.

A while later I bought a yearling filly who needed some body work and love. While feeding her one evening, she got a little too excited and went off bucking. Two back hooves smacked into the stack of hay I was carrying. Poof. Confidence gone. Again.
I wasn't able to feed (dad helped) for days.
I did still groom her, work with her, I was just very, very careful. When she was back to a proper condition I sold her to a knowledgeable couple whom were looking for a younger horse to train.

Sammy has been a tremendous help with getting me 'back to normal'. He's very quite, gentlemen like, calm, and friendly. I feel safe around him. This is a big part of regaining confidence both in the saddle and on the ground. If you go in with inflated bravery you will probably come out broken and defeated (see my trail riding incident). Sammy is a horse I don't need to feel brave around, because I already feel safe. I can trust him.

I still am rather jumpy and easily frightened, though not to the same extent as before. If my filly would have a fit, my heart would race. If my three year old has a fit, I curb my temper and correct him, sometimes that old fright will creep in but I do my best to push it away.

Flying hooves are still a pretty big deal breaker for me. If anyone starts kicking, I'm outta there! Though I will admit, I'm getting better at it (slowly, but surely).

Give her something to trust. If I didn't have Sammy, I would probably be a nervous wreck by now. My younger two are high spirited and hot headed.
Sam takes it slow, which is exactly what my healing confidence needs. :)
    04-06-2009, 12:27 PM
I would work very slowly. Start her doing ground work with horses again and get her comfortable
    04-15-2009, 05:47 PM
Originally Posted by IheartPheobe    
ah, Franki?
Never met her but we've chatted on youtube a few times. That girl is such an inspiration. (:
So she's going to keep riding, then?
[sorry for getting off topic, lol.]

Yep, its Franki. And she is such an inspiration. And hopefully she will, gotta keep our fingers crossed for her :) .Shes a good matee :). Whats your youtube page? X
    04-15-2009, 09:22 PM
Nothing on it at the current. Bibkinz80's the username.. dogs name is bibble, bit of creativy and bam. Haha.
    04-16-2009, 05:04 AM
Originally Posted by IheartPheobe    
nothing on it at the current. Bibkinz80's the username.. dogs name is bibble, bit of creativy and bam. Haha.

Ok lol, i'll find your page later and add you :)

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