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post #441 of 498 Old 03-10-2019, 05:10 AM
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What Denny said,

Concussions and brain trauma are very serious, give yourself a couple of days to rest your brain before getting back on.
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post #442 of 498 Old 03-10-2019, 08:12 AM
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So glad youíre okay. Ouch!
I know you probably just wanna get back and ride! But I agree, donít ride today, go and hangout with him of course but donít ride. Just to be safe. Iím sure you did give your guy a heart attack too lol. With this sport, anything can happen but attitude is everything & the fact that you wanna get right back on is how it should be! :)


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post #443 of 498 Old 03-10-2019, 09:01 AM
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So sorry you got hurt!
It was a valiant attempt to stay on! Glad you can see the learning experience in it!

But I must say, I am envious you got one of your falls on vid. I used to fall about once a month in my second year of riding..its gotten a lot less....but I really wish I had one of my more spectacular ones on video. Or any of them, really. Have fun showing your kids! Be interesting to hear what they say!
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post #444 of 498 Old 03-10-2019, 09:04 AM
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Yikes! Take care of yourself....take it very easy for a few days!
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post #445 of 498 Old 03-10-2019, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Woke up pretty sore this morning, so I'll just go out and groom and strip North's stall. He looked really happy to see me when I got back to the barn after the ER yesterday. He knickered at me when I called to him and then wouldn't leave the gate. Just stood there watching me. I'm really hoping that this doesn't affect me mentally when I'm back in the saddle again. You know, being reserved and nervous. I guess because I blacked out and had no memory of the fall yesterday, I had no reservations about going back and trying to ride again. My guy wants me to have Helen ride him a few times before I try to ride again, but I know my horse. There was nothing malicious in his actions or any intentions to try and get me off. He was in a fairly new place with lots going on and I'd never ridden him in that open space before. I told him, "When a horse wants you off, he will usually bolt as soon as he dumps you. North didn't move after I fell. Just stood there and watched me."

My memory came back of what I did prior to the fall and up to that moment when he went sideways, but nothing of actually falling and only remnants from when I came to, to when I actually made it to the hospital. I remember asking questions on the ground, but I only remember asking them once. My old trainer said we were going round and round in circles with the same questions 5-6 times. Lol. And I still don't remember getting up or how I got from the field to my car. Just remember getting into my car. My friend said as we were driving off, I looked at her, threw my hands up and shrugged like I was still confused. I don't remember that either. I also remember thinking that the hospital we were going to was too far and maybe we shouldn't go and I was alright and the next thing I knew, we were there!

Later the friend told me that one of the parents commented, "THAT is the reason I spent the dollars for our horse." Really?? Because you think the amount of money you spend on a horse determines whether or not your child will ever come off or they'll have the natural tendency to spook at things?? He bought his daughter a $14,000 friesian a few months ago. If you ask me, in 2-3 years my $0 TB will be kicking their Friesian's butt in the dressage ring.

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post #446 of 498 Old 03-10-2019, 10:49 AM
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Ouch! That's an impressive hit ground. He really did look so lovely up til that point though.


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post #447 of 498 Old 03-10-2019, 09:17 PM
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Yikes, that's a scary fall! Glad you're alright though, and I agree with everyone else, he looked amazing before the spook!
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post #448 of 498 Old 03-11-2019, 10:28 AM
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I am so sorry you fell off - and to be honest I think North's reaction was rather reserved. I was thinking shy, bolt, rodeo performance. He is such a lovely horse and you looked fabulous before the fall. The world holds so many scary things for horses young and old - I am happy you were wearing a helmet and were not hurt more seriously. Sending jingles for a speedy recovery!
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Finally got back in the saddle last night after work! Aaaannnnnndddd...I came off again. Lol. I think I'm okay, but pulled my sciatic nerve again and been trying to work it out since last night. It's not too bad though. I really need to go see my chiro and get all this stuff worked out.

So yea, we were doing great. I felt no nervousness back in the saddle, but took it easy for the first 20 minutes or so just staying at walk. My tailbone is still store, so I was worried about posting and having to really use my seat. A couple times, I tried to use my seat and it shot pain straight up my backside.

But of course, I just couldn't stay at walk for long and decided to ask for the trot. He was good - responsive, forward, and it didn't hurt to much. Then outta nowhere, cause he was going so well, I decided to ask for the canter. We picked up the wrong lead a couple times, but eventually got it and he was perfect. Didn't rush or run into it. Wasn't crazy and we probably got our best left lead canter.

I was going to call the ride and then said well, let me try right lead canter one more time, cause he was struggling to pick up the correct lead. I asked for canter, we picked up the wrong lead, so I brought him back and asked him to correct leads, and as he went to switch leads, he tripped and we both went down. He fell all the way down to his knees and I went right over his neck! Thankfully, we were already close to the ground. I swear I don't know how much more this old body can take! He got his footing back and calmly stood waiting for me to get up. My barn friend, Alex, was there with us and helped me up. We both laughed at the fact I came off again my FIRST time back in the saddle. I made sure to get back on and walk him around a bit. I don't want him thinking every time I come off, the ride is over. Lol.

So yea. 2 falls in less than a week! I'm batting zero here! Lol. I really want to try and ride today again, but not sure if my body is gonna let me without some pain. I've definitely had worse sciatic nerve pain. I've got 2 weeks till John returns and I can't stay in the friggin saddle long enough to get our canter work together and I don't even have a crazy horse! Lol.

Anyways, glad I didn't seriously injure myself, and mostly glad that getting back in the saddle doesn't make me nervous at all. Hopefully, he'll get better about his feet! We need to work some more on ground poles and cavallettis. He's definitely growing and his front end seems to have finally caught up with his hind end (for now), but I swear he looks bigger everyday. Even if I don't ride, I'll try to get some pics today. It really sucks getting old and not being able to bounce like I used to...

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post #450 of 498 Old 03-16-2019, 10:37 AM
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Later the friend told me that one of the parents commented, "THAT is the reason I spent the dollars for our horse." Really?? Because you think the amount of money you spend on a horse determines whether or not your child will ever come off or they'll have the natural tendency to spook at things?? He bought his daughter a $14,000 friesian a few months ago. If you ask me, in 2-3 years my $0 TB will be kicking their Friesian's butt in the dressage ring.
Ha, ha. As you know, I have a half Friesian that I adore. She'll be 12 years old this year and wouldn't call her a spooky horse at all. Well, guess what? Last year she spooked at whatever, never really saw what it was and I came off. So yeah, being a friesian doesn't exclude you from falls. Oh wait, I didn't spend $14,000. on her. Maybe that's what it was about. lol

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