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post #11 of 15 Old 09-05-2013, 05:00 PM
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I broke T11, L4 L5 and S1 when a horse came down on top of me.
I was in a brace for three months, told never to ride again. I followed orders for nearly a year, got back into teaching and when a really mean pony was taking advantage of its small rider, I got on it to sort it out.
That was it. I gave up a very highly paid job which I loathed, went back to working full time with horses and never looked back.
A friend of mine had a nasty fall where she broke her neck. Air lifted to hospital, plated and screwed up. She was kept in an induced coma for several weeks. She is able to walk but has a limp. Lucky to be alive. She has ridden since but, does not anymore as she knows a fall could well be the end of her.

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I think it depends on the injury and the person. My sister in law broke her back jumping from an airplane during her time in the service. She has since had several surgeries and I think the last one was the final fusing of something in the neck, they removed her voice box and went in. She does ride but it's a slower pace and no jumping. She enjoys it but does have limitations.

One of my favorite local trainers had a horse flip over and break his neck. It was very questionable if he'd walk again and certain that he would never ride. His career was positively over... Or so they thought. He is now riding AND training. He's an inspiration. I will say, it's not without pain. He certainly suffers at some of the shows I've seen him at but he's a pretty awesome character.

I think.. where there is a will, there is a way. The only thing is, I would geuss you have to listen to your body and let it determine how much or what you do.
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My eldest son recently had a routine X Ray after a car accident and was told he had evidence of two old spinal fractures from separate injuries most likely from when he was a young teenager or slightly younger - we have no idea when they happened or how, other than he was always doing stupid reckless things and had his fair share of falls but other than a few days of feeling some discomfort he'd be back on his pony again with no complaints
He still rides.
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Jaydee, I had the same sort of thing happen with my clavicle, found out much later as it was giving me a lot of discomfort when I rode. Have no idea how I fractured it.

My trainer had a bad fall and broke her back, we weren't sure if she'd ever be able to ride again but she is so tough and determined and now she is up and atem jumping and training, she said that she always listened to her doctors orders during check ups- if he said take it easy she did just that. Gaited horse may be a good way to go. Good luck, I hope you make a full recovery, we're all rooting for ya!
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post #15 of 15 Old 09-07-2013, 08:02 PM
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I fractured T6 and T8 on September 10, 2009 at a Dude Ranch in AZ. I had no idea my back was broken..I just knew I was in a tremendous amount of pain. I went to the doctor and said I thought I pulled some back muscles and I was given muscle relaxers.

On October 6th, the pain wasn't getting any better and I went and finally got xrays and an MRI which showed the now healing fractures.

The fractures are up between my shoulder blades so a brace wouldn't be possible. The doc said no riding until I was pain free.

In January of 2010, I realized I may never be pain free and started riding again. Just walking...no trotting or cantering. It was the best pain medication ever! The movement of the horse relaxed my back muscles and helped strengthen them as well. It took a long time to be comfortable enough to trot or canter but I think I was doing that by summer of 2010.
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