I am new to these message boards and am hoping to get some advice/hear of others' experiences.
I have been taking private riding lessons for about 4 years. I take lessons/ride on average 3x a week. When I first began lessons I was overweight (by BMI standards) and (sad to say), now am obese. On Thursday of last week at my lesson the (school) horse I was riding spooked. This was at the very end of my lesson, when we had already made a nice downward transition from canter to walk. He bolted and bobbled me a bit - had he took off with me, I would have been fine with this, as I could have regained my balance eventually - but shortly after coming out of the turn, slammed on the brakes. This resulted in me falling overboard, so to speak. To show for this, I have a fractured collarbone, as well as a couple of fractured or bruised ribs.
I am bummed for a couple of reasons: obviously, bc I fell and hurt myself and now I'm looking at a 3 month hiatus from riding (and possible surgery); and also, the thought that the severity of my injury may have been prevented by being at an ideal body weight. I can't help but think that my balance could have been better if I were in a "normal" weight range; thereby either keeping me on the horse or reducing the impact of my fall.
I am determined to use this pause in my riding to get down to a lower weight for my own (and whatever horse I end up riding's) safety; I do know that accidents/these things happen, but it couldn't hurt to try to make things as safe as possible for all parties involved.
Are there any larger riders out there who have experienced something like this? Am I overthinking the size/balance connection, and should just chalk it up to "s*** happens"? I'm just really down right now (and in a fair amount of discomfort, haha), and hearing of others' experiences with this would go a long way in not feeling like such a ding-dong
I'm sorry, this is very long - if you've made it this far, thank you!