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post #21 of 38 Old 03-28-2015, 08:29 PM
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I don't care what anyone says, as you age the ground gets harder!
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I don't care what anyone says, as you age the ground gets harder!
This is the reason I am much more particular about the horses I ride!
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post #23 of 38 Old 03-28-2015, 09:43 PM
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...I seriously dread falling of these days - it seems to hurt more and for longer than it ever used too...
I've had one fall, in Jan 2009. It took 2 weeks before I could crawl onto a horse, and I had to hold on to the horse to keep from falling when I got off. I wasn't able to jog from Jan 2009 until late last spring. Nothing was broken, but it seems there was a lot of deep tissue damage.

Even now, I can sometimes feel stabs running from my lower back, under the buttock and down the outside of my right thigh. It sometimes hits when on a ride...and I cuss softly and wait for it to go away.

I think I am justified in believing that falls are things to avoid. Glad the pain in this case is looking to be temporary.
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Yes, recovery isn't as easy at our age. I am 45 and had a horse spook and rear and I came off. I decided at that point it wasn't wise to try to rehab a horse like that at my age! Use a heating pad on the sore muscles and arnica helps. My hip still hurts from a fall I took last year.
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post #25 of 38 Old 03-29-2015, 04:55 AM
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I was brought up in a tough school of learning. Only twice did my Mum ever have any sympathy for me after a bad fall, and there were many!

One of those was when I had a bad concussion and her reaction was, "better get you to the Doctor." The other was after I had my teeth knocked out.
First time frightened me second time I got cross with her as I had spent all morning in the dentist with a further appointment that evening. Sympathy made me feel far worse.

We had a gypsy cob mare come in for re training. I was just 14. I was riding her and all I remember is sitting against a large old oak tree watching her brown and white butt heading towards me thinking "This is going to hurt."
I was knocked out, others caught the mare and I rode back to the stables. My teeth had gone through my top lip which was split in two. My nose was broken and I had a mother and father of a headache.

I stayed at the stables for the rest of the day. My face swelled, until I was like a balloon. When I looked down my nose I could see my top lip which had turned inside out and ulcerated.

When I got indoors Mum was at the cooker removing some fries from the pan. She had the basket in one hand with a plate under it to stop it dripping, she turned and saw me, put the fries on the table, sat on her chair covering her face with her hands peeping through her fingers and between her gusts of laughter says, "Well, you won't want vinegar on your chips! (Fries)"
I had to walk to the Docs, surgery had finished and his wife answered the door. She took one look and called out, "Darling, it's Linda, I think you ought to see her."
"Oh, what is it this time?" He called out, "Kick, bite or fall?"

I then received a lecture as my lip needed stitching and it should have been done hours before.

As children injuries were worn with pride, a broken arm or leg never stopped us from riding. Collar bones would for a couple of weeks as they were more painful.

Generally the comment from Mum was "worse to happen before you die." After my teeth incident her Mum was living with us, Mum had been sympathetic but when I went into the living room where Gran was, her reaction was "Worse things happen at sea, at least you don't drown riding horses."

I knew where Mum got it from.
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I'm glad that you're okay!
I'm concerned that your horse didn't stop. Even "Corporal" (Arabian, 1982-2009, RIP), as a 5yo, stopped after he and I zigged and zagged and finally we zigzagged in other directions and I fell. He stopped immediately, let someone hold him and I got back on. This was in his first CW Event season with all of the action going on.
I think your horse needs more groundwork to listen better to you, or else he will panic during a jumping class if something odd happens, as well. A class with your instructor is a safe place.
I also think it he listens better YOU will be more confident.
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I'm glad that you're okay!
I'm concerned that your horse didn't stop. Even "Corporal" (Arabian, 1982-2009, RIP), as a 5yo, stopped after he and I zigged and zagged and finally we zigzagged in other directions and I fell. He stopped immediately, let someone hold him and I got back on. This was in his first CW Event season with all of the action going on.
I think your horse needs more groundwork to listen better to you, or else he will panic during a jumping class if something odd happens, as well. A class with your instructor is a safe place.
I also think it he listens better YOU will be more confident.
Just some FYI, and praying for quick healing!
IME that is pretty common and not a sign of poor groundwork. The rider didn't ask the horse to stop so the horse did what horses do.

That said I think it's an excellent idea to train the horse to stop when the rider comes off. Many horses get scared and bolt or just continue running. It will help too if you are hanging halfway off if the horse slows/stops for you. Do work on that, it's something every horse should be taught imo.
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Actually, I'd love to know how to train my horse to stop when I'm on her neck! I just don't know how to train that without killing myself in the process. :)
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You begin teaching "whoa" on the ground EVERY TIME YOU LEAD YOUR HORSE. Then, you begin your warm up with many halts, and then 2 steps backwards, and you end each schooling session with transitions downward and multiple halts. Then, sit at the halt until your horse squares off, and only then do you dismount. Whenever you horse speeds up on his own, you ask for a lateral movement or Drive into a tight circle. You must make it clear that running off scared or bc it feels good is totally off limits.
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While leading my horse to the riding area, I make several stops along the way. When I get ready to stop, I say whoa and he stops along with me. After saying whoa a couple of times, I usually can just stop and he'll stop and take a step backward every time. After you do this enough times, he'll pay attention to your body language, stopping when you stop, back up when you back up.

Once I get on to ride, I don"t go anywhere. I'll flex him a couple of times on each side. Then I'll practice my ORS at the walk and trot during warm up. By the time I'm really ready to ride, his attention is focused on me, waiting for me to tell him what to do.
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