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I haven't been riding for at least two months because I threw my back out. Now my back is much better but I just can't make myself get on my horse. If something happens to my back now - like a slipped disk, I have nowhere to go. Our hospitals are overrun with Covid patients, CT scans are all overbooked for Covid - a friend of mine got an appointment for midnight (!) and there were 20 other people there - all Covid. Our main Orthopedic hospital has been turned into Covid only. I imagine if I rocked up with a riding injury that the doctors would kick me right out for being too stupid to sit tight during an apocalypse.

I reeeally want to ride.
But if I do something stupid my husband will never forgive me.
He has told me as much.

So, anyone else had a similar problem?
Did you get over it and how?

Is it even a good idea to ride at the moment with a sensitive back?

(I wish this stupid virus would die already)
 

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I haven't been riding for at least two months because I threw my back out. Now my back is much better but I just can't make myself get on my horse. If something happens to my back now - like a slipped disk, I have nowhere to go. Our hospitals are overrun with Covid patients, CT scans are all overbooked for Covid - a friend of mine got an appointment for midnight (!) and there were 20 other people there - all Covid. Our main Orthopedic hospital has been turned into Covid only. I imagine if I rocked up with a riding injury that the doctors would kick me right out for being too stupid to sit tight during an apocalypse.

I reeeally want to ride.
But if I do something stupid my husband will never forgive me.
He has told me as much.

So, anyone else had a similar problem?
Did you get over it and how?

Is it even a good idea to ride at the moment with a sensitive back?

(I wish this stupid virus would die already)
I’m lucky that both my parents and neighbours are doctors so I don’t have too much worry plus I live in a small town that goes nowhere 🤣 I haven’t ridden as much bareback since covid started because I’m not the best bareback and I dknt want to end up in hospital at this time but I still ride daily. Also since covid started I’ve been riding in a controlled area rather than a field with other horses
 

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You could get in your car and wind up in a car accident needing their services or have something else happen needing their service. Only you can determine the level of risk you are comfortable with. What is your skill and capability level in the saddle? Is your horse well mannered? Do you ride in a location with good footing and little likelyhood for a spook?

Have you had your back evaluated? Has this happened before? How much time did you give yourself? What are you doing now activity wise? Is what you are doing likely to cause it to happen again? Do you have excercises and stretches that focus on core?
 

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I've had the same thought. Our hospitals are not full, but they are getting close. And I really would prefer not to go to a hospital right now, even if they DID have beds. I guess in my case, though, since I've never had a serious injury from a fall (just bumps and bruises) I kind of assume I will keep not having a serious injury.

Could you ride but just take it easy? Like only walking? Whatever you feel is the most safe? And comfortable?
 

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@QtrBel - That’s the thing - I didn’t see a doctor for my back - I didn’t want to go to a hospital. I don’t even know they would be able to examine me properly when it happened - we were already in our second wave big time. I did go to a specialist a few years ago, had an MRI done and everything - he just said that my spine is in line with my age and occupation (middle aged programmer) and to avoid lifting heavy things and to pay attention to how I move. This last time I threw my back out mopping the floor, it wasn’t even a riding injury.

We don’t actually get into our car much - we are working from home and I walk to the yard. We even reduced our other exercise to safe routines only. Even when we play with our (large) dogs, we are mindful of injury potential and we take it down a notch if it gets too rowdy. So, overall, we have a very low risk trash hold.

I am not too worried about my mare, she isn’t spooky or rude. But - I once threw my back out when I tried dislodging my underwear from my unmentionables. So I am not exactly young and limber.

I guess that answers my question, our risk appetite is too low for riding at the moment, it seems.was
 

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I've had the same thought. Our hospitals are not full, but they are getting close. And I really would prefer not to go to a hospital right now, even if they DID have beds. I guess in my case, though, since I've never had a serious injury from a fall (just bumps and bruises) I kind of assume I will keep not having a serious injury.

Could you ride but just take it easy? Like only walking? Whatever you feel is the most safe? And comfortable?
I could walk only - but you know how horse are - they sometimes have plans of their own.

And you know how people are - ohhhh, this is sooo much fun and she is being really good, let’s go for a quick trot...and a bit of canter...and just jump that tiny jump...silly, isn’t it. I suppose I could control myself, seeing that there is an apocalypse going on and all.
 

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I've had the same thought. Our hospitals are not full, but they are getting close. And I really would prefer not to go to a hospital right now, even if they DID have beds. I guess in my case, though, since I've never had a serious injury from a fall (just bumps and bruises) I kind of assume I will keep not having a serious injury.

Could you ride but just take it easy? Like only walking? Whatever you feel is the most safe? And comfortable?
mom pretty much of the same mind. Though I have been banged up rather well in the past. It’s been years since I actually got tossed. But not long ago, I simply fell off the mounting block underneath my horse.
 

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I understand how you feel. I've been out of the saddle for over a year and was desperate to return when we were placed in our first covid lockdown.

Travelling and access was restricted and I coudn't guarantee that I'd avoid people and accidents, plus I've an existing health condition which put me at greater risk. I thought I'd wait a few months rather than end up in hospital.

If I remember correctly we weren't banned from riding just discouraged while resources were directed elsewhere.

Then I'd to spend two weeks hospital in July. It wasn't covid related but I was in, what had been, a covid ward and still had a few suspected cases, but the staff were amazing and took every precaution when they moved between rooms. It wasn't ideal but it took a lot of my fear that I could be at the heart of a covid hotspot.

I thought that I'd return to riding before the end of the year but our cases increased and now we're returning to full lockdown on Saturday due to the new variant of the virus.

My options are riding with friends but the horses are in a different local authority area, which I can't travel into, or riding at my local school which will be shut as a non-essential business. It looks like the decision was made for me - no riding until the spring; hopefully we'll be vaccinated or cases reduced by that point.
 

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@Caledonian Ugh - you are even worse off than me. At least I can cuddle with my horse (not that she likes it but I have carrots). But we are unlikely to get the vaccine any time soon so you’ve got that going for you.

Anyhow - at least our lives are good enough to even think about riding, right?
 

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Anyhow - at least our lives are good enough to even think about riding, right?
Yes, right, we're better off than a lot of people. We have the option to ride and be around horses at some point, even if we've to wait.

Like you I struggle to just visit, or groom; it usually escalates from hoping on for a five minute walk around the field, to a trot, then a short hack down a trail.... until I return two hours later:ROFLMAO:.
 

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@Horsef, I refuse to let Covid or fear run my life. I respect the fact that there are times I must wear a mask and maintain distancing but, to live in fear I won't. Also, if I was scared to get on my horse every time I ride I would be telegraphing that to my horse too. My riding is because I enjoy it and it is relaxing.
 

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Can't say I even think about COVID when riding. The area where I ride is covered with rock and cactus. If I come off or my horse falls, I assume I'll be hurt much worse than I want to be hurt. The hospitals or care centers WILL see me because it will be an emergency and all our hospitals still see emergency patients. I guess an advantage to having my horses at home is that no one can decide my home is "non-essential" to me. And where I'm living now, the schools are open. Churches are open. Masks are up to the store or office. The Post Office requires them but Ace Hardware does not. Shook hands with the well inspector the other day.

I ride more focused on staying on than many people do. My horse exploded when I was dismounting in 2009 and 9 years passed before I could start jogging again. Kept riding but I don't want to be hurt that bad again. So I've paid attention to staying on and how to keep a horse right in the head. I cannot understand people who say you have to fall 10 or 20 times to become a "real rider". Guess I'll never be a real rider. I cannot afford it.

Risk assessment is highly personal. My BIL will ride his motorcycle thru Tucson's traffic, through Phoenix and up to Flagstaff - for fun? I'd be scared spitless! But he had a bad encounter with a horse years ago and he's reluctant to even enter a corral with horses. We both assess the risks versus the rewards differently. I rarely wear a helmet when riding. Others won't go near a horse without one. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer. But it sounds like a lot of folks are having the decision made for them. Glad I get a choice.
 

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@bsms , Your area sounds just like mine as your riding habits except I have never worn a helmet riding. You are in your 60's and I am 70. If ingrained fear affected me that much I would never have started a 2 yo filly last year, be it riding or covid. I was a structural ironworker in my working career and work several hundred feet off the ground on multi story buildings. The chance for a fall was there everyday and if I got up in the morning worrying about that I would have never went to work. Some people will use fear to keep from doing a lot of living. I prefer to set fears aside to soak in all the living I can in my life. After all we won't get a second chance or get to take our money with us. Live for today.
 

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Horsef, that was what the questions were for. Each of us has our own set or circumstances that we ask them in.

Aging, health conditions and for me personally riding my steady eddy with my helmet on my property or surrounding that I have ridden on for 20 years gives me plenty of room to stay sane. I'd ride at the barn, same - on property or surrounding I've ridden on, with my helmet on one of those horses if the opportunity presented. Here the number of people hit (and killed) walking on the side of the road is insane. I'll drive. As walking to me is far greater risk.

I work in the school system. Open schools. 150 kids over the course of the day in the classroom in a school with 800 kids in the halls. I am fortunate though in that we were able to spend a fair amount of class time outdoors due to the nature of the class.

My two worst accidents? One was in the school - slip and fall on wet floor that I landed straight on my knee and fractured my leg. I was at my heaviest and landed in a manner that it should have been a lot worse. Other was an equine driving accident (with an already injured shoulder) that caused much worse to that same shoulder.
 

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I have been riding all year including after I broke my foot and even when I was on crutches. I did skip physical therapy so I wouldn't pick up something. I have been as careful as one can reasonably be. My accident wasn't horse related. If it had been horse related, perhaps I would be more concerned.

I worry more about picking up covid going to the dentist or when my parents go to the doctor's office. I had to take my dad to urgent care and that was nerve wracking, but neither of us caught covid. Even if you do get injured and have to go to the hospital doesn't mean you are automatically going to catch covid. Most places are trying to keep infected patients isolated from those that aren't.
 

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@4horses - that reminds me - my husband canceled his dentist appointment when our second wave came in. A few days later his dentist called him to tell him how lucky he was. The entire dental clinic caught it right around that time.

I haven’t been to a hairdresser since January. I look like a feral Shetland pony. Short, slightly chubby, with a birds nest on my head.
 

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I know it's not the same everywhere, but the doctors and nurses I know would be happy to know people are out doing healthy hobbies. The goal has been to take care of covid patients along with the other usual accidents and injuries. Not to keep people from living and only take care of covid.

That type of thinking has led to many problems. In the beginning of covid, we had many very sick people, some of whom died because they either worried about getting covid or thought hospitals were too full or busy. It was crazy, people having heart attacks, strokes or gaining 40 lbs of water weight and still waiting before coming in nearly dead.

But another huge problem has been mental health. So many suicide attempts. I've heard nutty things like people staying in their houses for months. Potentially that can be a bigger hazard to your health than covid. Physical health is a part of health, mental health keeps you alive also.

So..this summer when people came in from ATV accidents, staff were happy that people were outside getting exercise. Most health care providers believe people should be doing things they enjoy and not placing restrictions on themselves beyond what has been mandated.
 
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