Has anyone else returned to ridding after a broken back? - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 13Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 15 Old 09-05-2013, 05:00 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: SW UK
Posts: 15,166
• Horses: 0
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.

Go with what your body tells you.
Golden Horse and Corporal like this.
Foxhunter is offline  
post #12 of 15 Old 09-05-2013, 05:13 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: USA
Posts: 25,446
• Horses: 7
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.
Corporal likes this.

"Be a best friend, tell the truth, and overuse I love you
Go to work, do your best, don't outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin knees get lazy
And love like crazy"
farmpony84 is offline  
post #13 of 15 Old 09-05-2013, 05:18 PM
Administrator
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: CT USA an English transplant
Posts: 33,872
• Horses: 3
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.
Corporal likes this.
jaydee is offline  
post #14 of 15 Old 09-05-2013, 11:04 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Washington
Posts: 1,117
• Horses: 1
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!
Posted via Mobile Device
Ninamebo is offline  
post #15 of 15 Old 09-07-2013, 08:02 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Virginia, USA
Posts: 1,612
• Horses: 2
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.
corgi is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My Boy has returned.. Angelina1 Horse Pictures 9 10-08-2011 02:41 AM
broken back lucy Horse Riding & Horse Activity 15 11-05-2010 01:46 PM
The snots have returned... cakemom Horse Health 10 09-07-2010 06:29 PM
I Have Returned..........finally! Zanesgirl Horse Talk 4 12-22-2008 06:45 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome