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post #11 of 16 Old 03-09-2010, 09:07 AM
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PaintsPwn and Brighteyes pegged it perfectly!!! When you will get back on a horse after it has just broken your leg...or ride shortly after having broken ribs and collapsed lungs due to a horse, you might as well figure you're a life-er...lol
That's not smart. If you're that hurt, don't get back on.

There was one time I didn't get back on, but that's because I couldn't walk at all or use my right hand. Fractured and tore ligaments in my left ankle and had a badly sprained left wrist... Actually, I did ride a horse back to the the trailer (we were XC schooling), just not mine.

But overall, falling off in inevitable and it shows your serious when you pull yourself back into the irons. Don't worry if you haven't fallen off yet ;)

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post #12 of 16 Old 03-09-2010, 02:58 PM
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When you will get back on a horse after it has just broken your leg...or ride shortly after having broken ribs and collapsed lungs due to a horse, you might as well figure you're a life-er...lol
I was posting in response to this. It is silly and dangerous to encourage anyone to get back on when seriously injured.

Hey, i've done it myself - I rode for days on a fractured tailbone, have ridden with a broken foot, etc. But I would never suggest anyone do it themselves.

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post #13 of 16 Old 03-09-2010, 04:49 PM
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I see - my bad! Skimmed over it too quickly I guess :P yeah, that's not smart. LOL

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Ok...when the horse had just broken my leg, I was out on a strip job (for those who have never heard of one, a wide-open mining area which has been reclaimed). I HAD to get back on or try to drag myself 5 miles out of the place. Cell phones didn't exist back then, and even if they had, we still get no reception what-so-ever there even today.

With the broken ribs...During my lengthy (very lengthy for me) stay at the hospital, all I could think about was getting back on. When I actually did, I had people there to help me.

My whole point to my first post was actually the fear factor, and not being scared to the point to where one says, "I'll never get back on. I got thrown once."

The owner of the barn where I used to work did tell everybody in his lesson program that you couldn't really be considered a rider unless you've fallen off at least 10 times. Do I actually agree with that? Not necessarily. But on the other hand, I have ridden many many horses since I first started riding. Most of which I have not owned myself. Most green, but a lot of well broke horses also.

I also strongly agree with what a person in my past said to me..."Once riding gets in your blood, you can't make it just go away."

So, I was not in any way telling her to go straight and get back on. And I'm very sorry if it sounded that way.
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charlicata, I love that saying, and also agree with it! "Once riding gets in your blood, you can't make it just go away."

LOVE IT!!! haha

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post #16 of 16 Old 03-09-2010, 10:27 PM
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Oh, and to add to the last post...

I was in the hospital for a total of 10 days. 2 more weeks after that I couldn't hardly move. And another week before I could convince the BO, husband, and mother-in-law that I would be able to ride at a walk in the riding ring with the help of all three of them. My hubby had returned the unbroken horse that had thrown me onto the trampoline frame, and it was actually MY horse that I rode. I feel the desire to ride is what pulled me through the whole thing mentally. And yes, stupid or not, within a month--month and half after getting out of the hospital, I was out on a very short, very flat trail. But, once again, I had people there to help me if needed.
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