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.
You know, horseback riding is an extremely dangerous sport. I see SERIOUS injuries come in through work every day(I work in the Emergency Department). It is considered an extreme sport. Those accidents had nothing to do with your riding. If your horse has the intention on throwing you, he will. It doesn't matter how good of a rider you are.
After reading what you've been through and knowing from my own personal experience, even though I am a little sad that I have to quit the riding side of things, I also know how dangerous it is. I have seen the patients who are now paralized, I have seen patients die(think of Christopher Reeves). This sport is not a very forgiving one.
I won't tell you what is best for you. Only you can make that decision for yourself, but look at your future. Of all the sports out there, the Equestrian field has the most options and discipplines than any other sport has to offer. If you were to quit riding(mainly because of the dangers I assume), there are at least a dozen more different disciplines to choose from that do not involve riding.
I also, was forced out of the sport because of a horseback riding related injury(fractured pelvis 3 times that required 18 screws and a fractured wrist which has caused me to get that joint fuzed and 14 more screws there). I will always miss the sport BUT I am surprisingly also very happy with the experience I have gained and the risks that I am no longer taking.
I was given another chance to run a normal life, and believe I am taking it and absolutely loving it.
Feel free to pm me.