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post #11 of 25 Old 05-21-2020, 09:07 AM
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Yikes! I am glad you are OK! I dread the falling off part. I haven't for quite some time and now I have a new hip and am even more worried about it. And my horse is not the most sure footed beast. The joys of riding occasionally marred by the thrill of flight and terror of impact
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post #12 of 25 Old 05-21-2020, 09:33 AM
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I'm glad you are OK, and love your description of the fall. Silly beasts these horses can be.

I was thinking the other day that I haven't fallen off my mare yet. Since we are logging more miles, I figure it is only a matter of time.

This past weekend I took her camping/trail riding. We had an 'oops' moment when she decided to launch herself over a wee little mud puddle. I was kind of expecting her to do it, but it still caught me off guard. I didn't fall off, but my saddle slipped a bit and I was sorta hanging onto her side. I managed to clamber my way back up and we continued on. But it was one of the closer calls of hitting the dirt.

Naturally there were about 7 or 8 people watching.

Hopefully no lingering soreness from your acrobatics! :)
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post #13 of 25 Old 05-21-2020, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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So here's the next-day damage report:

Matching bruises on my upper inner thighs, small but quite a doozy on my left side. Which makes sense, as I fell off to the right. I think they're from the leather skirt over the stirrup bars. Left elbow is ouchy if I move it a certain way, but my left arm wasn't involved in the fall (that I know of, but who knows), and was bugging me a little before it happened, so I doubt it's related. All in all, not too bad, this time!!
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Yikes! I am glad you are OK! I dread the falling off part. I haven't for quite some time and now I have a new hip and am even more worried about it. And my horse is not the most sure footed beast. The joys of riding occasionally marred by the thrill of flight and terror of impact
I hear that. Not the hip part, thankfully, but the worry! I always, always, always have fear of the exact kind of sudden spook/spin/bolt thing that happened yesterday. Always in the back my mind, every moment of every ride. Wheeeeee. Buuuut, I do it anyhow!
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post #15 of 25 Old 05-21-2020, 11:46 AM
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It would seem like fake hips would be stronger than the ones that were replaced. Is this not true?
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post #16 of 25 Old 05-21-2020, 12:35 PM
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Hi sorry you came off but it's good that the ground was soft and you weren't hurt and also glad
that your mare was polite enough to stop and wait for you instead of larking off back home to leave you to walk.
I hope the rest of the ride was uneventful.
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post #17 of 25 Old 05-21-2020, 01:07 PM
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Not only did you forget your proper riding boots, but you forgot to buckle your seatbelt.
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post #18 of 25 Old 05-22-2020, 02:57 PM
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Not only did you forget your proper riding boots, but you forgot to buckle your seatbelt.
I'm still thinking that a parachute would be handy.
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post #19 of 25 Old 05-22-2020, 07:43 PM
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So here's the next-day damage report:

Matching bruises on my upper inner thighs, small but quite a doozy on my left side. Which makes sense, as I fell off to the right. I think they're from the leather skirt over the stirrup bars. Left elbow is ouchy if I move it a certain way, but my left arm wasn't involved in the fall (that I know of, but who knows), and was bugging me a little before it happened, so I doubt it's related. All in all, not too bad, this time!!
Glad to hear!

My three-days-later report: still can't flex my ankle fully, but the lemon-sized swelling on the side where the bone protrudes is subsiding a little. I suspect it will soon turn blue and green and all the beautiful colours of the rainbow! My side/back is hurting a lot when I move, like the feeling you get when you run a lot and get a stitch in your side. I can't get my feet in stirrups yet, but I couldn't resist hopping on the big dangerous fella, aka oopsy Rusty bareback and fully tackless tonight. Not even a halter on him, but we puttered around the paddock on a lazy summer's evening. I do sure love that horse.

Sorry to hear you had a Kodak experience. I still don't get on her much, though my daughter does at times. She's a sweetheart on the ground, but I can't trust her under saddle. Maybe she'd be ok, but I'm not brave enough to find out. Rusty, on the other hand, despite his ridiculous flop to the ground, I would trust any day.

Hoping to have a proper ride on him tomorrow, but it will probably be stirrupless.

Have you told your fiancé yet? I couldn't hide it from my husband, but did not tell my parents when they called. Why worry them?
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post #20 of 25 Old 05-24-2020, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry to hear you had a Kodak experience. I still don't get on her much, though my daughter does at times. She's a sweetheart on the ground, but I can't trust her under saddle. Maybe she'd be ok, but I'm not brave enough to find out. Rusty, on the other hand, despite his ridiculous flop to the ground, I would trust any day.

Hoping to have a proper ride on him tomorrow, but it will probably be stirrupless.

Have you told your fiancé yet? I couldn't hide it from my husband, but did not tell my parents when they called. Why worry them?
In hindsight I probably could have/should have told him, and it would have been okay -- probably. But I think it would be weird if I did now and tried to play it off as an "Oh by the way..." thing. He hasn't reacted badly the other times I've fallen off, but it's been about three years, and never off of Elle who is about the most "perfect" and safe horse I ride.

I had a nice and normal ride on her on Friday, just in the arena, and she was her usual self. I flashed back to the fall repeatedly for about the first ten minutes, and kind of let myself do that a bit and then made myself mentally move on. I convinced myself do some no-stirrups work too, towards the end of the ride, just to keep my confidence up. It was also weirdly... freeing??... to be like, well, if that happened again I wouldn't stay on anyhow, so it doesn't really matter what I do or don't do in the ride. It's beyond my control so I might as well just ride like it's not going to happen.

Today I did a little ride on a cute four year old at the barn. He's small and friendly and pretty green, but he's really easygoing and nothing seems to spook or bother him -- ever. The other night I brought him into the indoor arena where barn swallows are nesting and swooping around like crazy, and all he did was follow me around for scratches and make funny faces. Sometimes I hop on him for variety. He's not always easy, but he is a good sport. He strikes me as a bit of a Rusty-type. :)

Glad your ankle is improving!
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