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post #1 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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Watched a trainer break his leg yesterday

Such a bummer...

I was warming up getting ready for my lesson and he was on a clients horse giving notes to two other riders. He was just sitting on this horse, who was just standing there as I trotted down the side of the ring. As I turned the corner, I looked back and he was on the ground & one of the riders had dismounted to walk over to him.

I extended my trot and rode over and heard the rider say "somebody call 911". Flabbergasted, I stammered "I have a phone" and dug into my protective vest for the pocket I for some reason put my phone in that day (usually do not bring it). Called 911. Which never goes as smoothly as you want it to but finally they are on their way. I asked the trainer what had happened and he laughed and said "i was showing (the rider) how it's done!" as a joke. (it's good we all maintain our senses of humor in times like these :)) From what i can tell the horse gave him a really good buck at the stand still when he wasn't really paying attention (was focused on critiquing the rider).

I put my horse away and watch as the medics straighten his leg and listen as he screams bloody murder and something about 'just shoot me.' I am really curious if he was given morphine because it sounded awful. Several breaks I guess.

The worst was when I got home and my SO asked about my day i couldn't bring myself to tell him, because he worries so much about me. But the experience of seeing all that is haunting and real.. and dealing w/ the logic of I knowingly put myself at risk for that experience vs. I need to ride is confusing. It definitely speaks to the enjoyment of riding horses. but it makes me realize maybe we all are drug addicts of some sorts (with riding being our drug). I always know and accept the risks, but yesterday was a day where it was flat in front of my face and I had to admit to myself my choices don't really make sense, but i make them anyway.

I do my part to stay safe - I ride schoolmasters and wear a vest/helmet. but sometimes you are just standing around not paying attention and your horse catches you at the exact wrong moment.

Anyway - I wanted to share because I have to talk about it... Hearing someone scream in pain is just about the worst thing you can ever hear.

Re: any of my advice - Happy to give my two cents, but not an expert... just a girl who loves riding horses!
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post #2 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 03:57 PM
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Wow. Anything can happen on a horse. This is why I always wear my helmet. I know in his case, a helmet wouldn't have helped, but you never know when it's your head that's going to take the hit.
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post #3 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 04:08 PM
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Things happen. I am very lucky to say I have never broken any bones although I did get a concussion one time when my horse tripped at the lope and rolled over completely (on me).

I guess I personally don't "hold anything back" from my hubby. We both realize there are risks to riding, and even though he doesn't ride he fully supports my horse habit.

Realistically, it's not a matter of IF you will get hurt because of horses ... But WHEN. But as a horse lover, that's a risk I am willing to take.

I also myself am a helmet wearer and while it hadn't helped me in many situations (and wouldn't have helped your trainer) it makes me feel a little safer by wearing one.

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It is definitely scary when things like this happen and we go "Wow, there really are huge risks involved in our lifestyle!"
Glad he is okay though! That's got to hurt...
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post #5 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 05:06 PM
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So sorry to hear about your trainer, hope he heals quickly.

I've not majorly broken anything due to horses.... always seems to happen when I'm doing other stuff. I tried hiding my injuries from my family and friends..... it kinda worked up until I came drunk stumbling through the door with a concussion and made it a point to tell them in detail how it was NOT a concussion from horses, but from getting hit in the face with a door.

Yeah... that excuse was so clever they believed it! I accept the risks and know that eventually I will get hurt, but after watching quite a few people get injured and having to drive them to the hospital I firmly believe that it's well worth it.
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I like that: we are drug addicts, and our drug is horses .

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post #7 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 06:35 PM
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I like that: we are drug addicts, and our drug is horses .

moths to the flame, baby, moths to the flame.

I had a surgeon tell me (wasn't there because of a horse related issue) that I suffered from "equine disease". Decided he was right and there really isn't a cure because I , like so many others, don't want to be 'cured"!

Sure hope whatever nursing home I end up in gets RFD TV!

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post #8 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 06:57 PM
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I have a permanent reminder or two, but nothing debilitating. I've never second guessed my choice. Even while flying through the air looking for a place to land that doesn't involve rocks, cactus, or flailing horse hooves.

The rest of the world doesn't seem to share our point of view. Capped hip from football? Blown out knees from basketball? Broken ribs from cheerleading? No big deal. You broke your leg while riding a horse?! Are you crazy????!!!!

The disconnect can get humorous. One of the muleskinners in our cavalry unit years ago, decided that the mules should ride as well as pull. The mules disagreed. This was long before the days of 911, so we pulled the poor guy out of the ditch and tossed him into the back of a pickup truck. Even though the lot of us were in uniform of fatigues, Stetsons, riding boots and spurs, the medic on duty refused to believe that there were mules on post, much less that anyone was foolish enough to try to ride them. We repeatedly told him that the guy had been thrown from a mule. He kept saying "Look, this joke is old. Tell me what really happened."
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Yes riding horses is risky,even dangerous. But......wait for is dri ving or riding in a car, which most of us do every day. Talk about pain or disabling nurse I see them every day I work. A lot of the time its caused by someone else even though the injured (or deceased) person is\was a safe driver. Heck, I've seen some veryy significant and painful injuries caused by tripping and falling AT HOME.
Bottom line for me is to be as safe as possible,but I can't wrap myself in bubble wrap or in any way 100% prevent any accidents, ever. So, I wear a helmet,I work at training in rhythm and relaxation,I try to always be alert and aware and I don't hesitate to dismount if I feel unsafe. Likewise I wear a seatb3lt and drive defensively.
I'm no EMT but I don't understand why they tried to straighten his leg in the field. It was an unfortunate accident...which maybe could have been avoided if he was not distracted....or maybe not. Only you can decide for yourself if being around and riding horses is worth the risk, as must each of us. I wonder what the actual stats are for riding horses Vs MVA vs motorcycle accidents vs playing football....etc...though it would be impossible to get true numbers I'd imagine.

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post #10 of 27 Old 01-26-2015, 10:00 PM
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Life is full of inexplicable accidents. It doesn't matter how safe you try to be or are.

I caught a virus and it paralyzed my GI tract. What are the chances of that? One in 10 million? I was young, healthy, didn't smoke, and didn't drink, with no major health problems.

Certainly it is not fair when you are the ONE who happens to have misfortune. My dad was hit by lightning once and my mom was bitten by a black widow spider. It amazes me we can survive all these rare and unusual misfortunes, but still cannot manage to win the lottery.

Some of it certainly seems to be random chance or just plain bad luck. I read a story the other day of a child who was killed by her horse. The horse she rode every day, who seemed child safe. For some reason, the horse flipped over on her when it spooked at something. Her parents wrote the story in her memory. Very sad.

I do wonder how much of what happens is just random chance? You just happen to get on the wrong horse on the wrong day? Your horse just happens to be in a mood, too hyper, or seasonal? Because you were five minutes early to work, you just happen to get in a car accident?

I had to drive a fellow rider to the hospital after she took a spill off of her bolting horse. She broke 2 or 3 ribs and was in severe pain. Not fun! It certainly shook me up. For whatever reason, her horse spooked and bolted, when all the other horses just stopped and stood there.

Whatever that virus I caught did to my GI tract, is probably far more damaging than anything my horse will ever do to me. Broken bones heal, even if you break a hip or need surgery to repair a broken leg.

I keep riding, as I figure I will probably get taken by some disease and not from some horse related accident. Look at the statistics for cancer. Chances are you are going to get it, at some point in your life. You might as well enjoy life while you can.

I ride with a much older group, and we recently had a fellow rider come down with bone cancer. His horses are all sold, and he is too sick to ride. His property now sits empty.

I do not want to live my life with regrets. I will continue to ride even though I have arthritis started. I will continue to ride even though my horse has arthritis and lameness issues. What sort of life would she have if I retired her? I do not particularly think retired horses are happy. They never get to go anywhere, don't get much attention, and must surely get bored. I even try to take out my old mare who is too lame to ride. Even if it means walking down the street.

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