This week during lesson I was pumped up, we’ve had some great hacks lately. We warmed up, her canter was awesome, she was jumping from the base of our warm up jumps and she was so soft! After a quick break we headed off on our first course. Awesome spot to the first and second jumps, and a nice quick change. We came around to a diagonal line trotting as we hadn’t seen these jumps in awhile. She jumped in SO CUTE. Cantered quietly down the 4 stride towards the flowers. Great spot at the flowers and I remember internally squealing at how great she felt.
And then she twisted somehow in the air. It was like the horse was suddenly done under me, we landed and instantly she took off, bucking hard. Really hard.
I’m usually pretty sticky…and I tried to whoa her and get her away from the arena wall. But there was no calming or stopping her bucking spree. Several bucks later I let go, there was no coming back from it.
My trainer was running before I hit the ground, as well as a mixed group of riders and parents who ran to catch O who was still madly bucking galloping around the ring.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt pain like that before. It was like my right hip and lower back was on fire. My trainer held me down and still while they called the ambulance. I couldn’t straighten my legs or really move my midsection without new pain. The paramedics made the choice to take me to a local hospital with a trauma center in case my pelvis or back were damaged. Off I went, my trainer in the ambulance, and best friend following in her car. Of course my poor husband was out of town in business.
Upon arrival I was x-rated, scanned and poked (a lot-and I freaking hate needles). Hours later they announced that nothing was broken, but told me to not get too excited. I had severe soft tissue damage/trauma to my lower back. They recommended 6 weeks out if the saddle. Everyone’s jaw dropped…then we all started clamoring about how long that was, and managed to talk her down to “whenever I get a doctors approval” to get back on. Note: The horse show is exactly 4 weeks from the day I fell off.
The first night was the worst, as there is no way to be comfortable when your back hurts. The second day I took the heavy duty pain medicine, and thought I could conquer the world….and now am paying for it by being extra sore. I’m working to find a medium between the two. I know that I have to move around, and rehab those injured muscles and tissue….but laying down feels best right now. Walking is pretty difficult as my right side can’t really bear weight yet. Sigh.
The obsessive planning person that I am is already planning a recovery attack! 6 weeks out of the saddle, in the most beautiful time of the year is not going to cut it. Also, sorry for all the wordiness-I was afraid to ask the paramedics to take pictures. 🙂