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post #1 of 23 Old 02-18-2010, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think I can do it anymore..

I'm still new to this forum so I don't really know anyone here, but I just need somewhere to get this out.
Last week, my horse bucked me off. We were trotting around the arena happily and he just threw in an unexpected buck. I only realised what had happened until I was in the air. I broke a vertebrae in my back. Just got home from a week in hospital. Every doctor and nurse told me how lucky I was, if the break was a bit further back I probably wouldn''t be walking.
About 6 months ago, my horse touched an electric fence that was behind the wooden arena fence. He went crazy and I broke my collarbone, punctured my lung and had a ruptured spleen. So that was a week in hopsital as well.
I don't think I will be able to get back to school for the rest of the term. I'm in grade 12 so that's not too great. I'm not going to ride for the rest of this year. I don't think I would be allowed to anyway. The doctors said that there's a strong possibility horseriding will be too painful for me to do even after my back is healed.

I've fallen off plenty of times. Why is it the last two times, I've had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance? One of my 'freinds' questioned whether I'm just not very good at horseriding, that its not that hard to stay on when a horse bucks. The nurses recognised me and they all told me to give it up. Pick a safer sport. My friends told me to be more careful. My parents are begging me not to ever get back on. No one really gets that its more than just a sport.
I love horseriding but I just don't know whether its worth it. Of course I know its dangerous but I don't want to end up in a wheelchair. The person who did the cast for my brace said that 90% of the females that he deals with spinal injuries is because of horses.

I'm not whining, I am grateful that I didn't hurt myself more. I guess I have a year to think about it.
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post #2 of 23 Old 02-18-2010, 10:59 PM
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Bucking is a REALLY dangerous thing that needs to be dealt with by a professional. My grandmother died that way. Don't chance it. In my opinion if you still want to ride, either sell the horse and get a well trained one, or send your horse to training.

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post #3 of 23 Old 02-18-2010, 11:03 PM
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Could it be possible that your horse is just too much for you? You have to really look at why your horse bucked and evaluate if its something that can be avoided, or if it will happen again. Get a trainer, as in send your horse away or have someone come to you. I've fallen off only twice in seven years, and each time I made them count. I re-evaluated and re-evaluated the situation (the first time) and although I still don't know why the girl bolted on me, I learned how to fall and how to avoid breaking my arm again. This latest time, I know why he took off, and how to avoid coming out of my seat in the future.

Oh and depending on the buck, it can be hard to stay on. If I hadn't had the pommel of my saddle to save me, I probably would have been thrown off balance enough to topple over.
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post #4 of 23 Old 02-18-2010, 11:04 PM
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I'd get a steadier horse. Do you wear protective gear?
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post #5 of 23 Old 02-18-2010, 11:11 PM
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I think you should get a nicely broke horse a "been there done that" type of horse. One that has NO buck and is reliable. Wouldn't it be nice when you start riding again to get up on a horse that will take care of you (as much as a horse can)?
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post #6 of 23 Old 02-18-2010, 11:15 PM
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Bek, take your time to heal correctly. Don't be discouraged though. I'm much older than you (my daughter's older than you...lol), and 2009 was a horrible year for me physically. Jan, I had spots removed from my lung. Two weeks later, I got back on the horse. In May I was thrown from a horse I was trying out. Not a problem, but I hit a trampoline frame. I broke 5 ribs, collapsed my right lung and partially collapsed my left, punctured my liver, and broke a small piece off of my spine. 1 day in ICU and 10 more days in the hospital...with talks of sending me home with an oxygen tank. Within a month, I was back on (with help of course). Sept, someone hit my truck and I'm still having shots in my neck from that one on a monthly basis. Oct, I was bucked off of the horse I had at the time. It took me a good 5 minutes to get up. I couldn't feel my legs, my ribs were killing me, and even though I had a helmet on, when my head hit the ground it bounced. I got a concussion from that one. My Dad flat out told me that he NEVER wanted me on another *explicit language* horse for the rest of my life. Yet, I am still riding every chance I get.

If you feel the same as I do about horses and riding, be sure that you're healed correctly. Don't get back on before YOU feel that you're ready. And you might want to find a calm, really laid back horse to start back on. Maybe a friend's? Also, gaited horses are really good for people that want to ride that have back problems. I now have a Tennessee Walker that is extremely laid back and smooth. I don't hurt anywhere when I ride her.

But I've prattled on enough now. Take care of your injuries, and heal. I wish you the best of luck from one horse lover to another.
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post #7 of 23 Old 02-18-2010, 11:21 PM Thread Starter
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I definitely understand that bucking is a dangerous thing. But I have had this horse for the last 3 years, and apart from when he touched the electric fence, this was the first time he has ever bucked. He is very quiet, lazy even, which is why I bought him in the first place.
I wear a helmet every single time I ride, the other time where I broke my collarbone, I cracked my helmet so I definitely not going without it. After that fall I bought a chest protector which I have been wearing as well as I did not want to injure my spleen again.
I am still so confused as to why he bucked. He gave no warning at all. I didn't hear anything that might have spooked him, it was so unlike him.
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post #8 of 23 Old 02-18-2010, 11:34 PM
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Get his back checked by a vet. Could be a sore back.
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post #9 of 23 Old 02-19-2010, 10:07 AM
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You only live once, if you like riding then keep riding. Everything I've done had been and still is dangerous. Horseback riding is probably my safest hobby. lol. Could I get hurt or killed, yeah. Easily. But it's worth the risk. I'm not going to live my entire life saying 'well that would be fun, but it's dangerous so I'm not doing it'. Weigh your risks, do what you can to minimize them, and make your decision from there.
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post #10 of 23 Old 02-19-2010, 11:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Bek View Post
I am still so confused as to why he bucked. He gave no warning at all. I didn't hear anything that might have spooked him, it was so unlike him.
It was likely just a "WEEE I'm happy to be here" type of buck. Simply caught you off guard. Those tend to be the ones that end up getting us hurt. When a horse is naughty in earnest, we prepare ourselves - tuck and roll, grab the fence, etc.

One of my boarders was grazing her horse. Sitting on him bareback. He shifted his weight - she fell and broke her collar bone. Just plain dumb luck.

As you said, you have time to think about it. Plus you will need to listen to your doctors as to how your back heals.

Best of luck to you!
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