Sunday, July 27, 2008

My worst fall yet while horseback riding

Yesterday evening I suffered my worst fall yet while horseback riding. My most recent fall, when my horse almost got me killed back in April, was bad enough — but this time I had the pleasure of watching the ground rush up to me (something that I thought only happened in books and movies).

I had a rough day yesterday, and at the end of it, to relax, I went on a last-minute trail ride with one of my fellow boarders — Dani, who owns Panama's girlfriend, Texas. It was the first time Panama and I have been on the trail in the evening, and Panama seemed especially bothered by all the bugs. Perhaps as a result, he was rather more anxious than usual to get home during the last 15 minutes or so of the ride.

He was also having trouble with stuff he doesn't normally mind, such as stepping on and off the curb. That might have also had something to do with it. As we turned onto the driveway, he turned too sharp at the last minute and half scraped me off with the mailbox. He has brushed my leg up against the fence a few times in the past, and it always makes him jump and run a few steps before he calms down. This time, however, my leg was pushed all the way back, so when he bolted I was already unbalanced. Add to that the fact that he was bolting downhill, and you'll have a pretty good picture of why I did a nose dive over his left shoulder.

Judging by my injuries, I'm pretty sure it was my left hip that broke my fall. I rolled over onto my back and lay there trying to breathe. (I'm not sure if I'd knocked the wind out of me, or if I was hyperventilating.) My first lucid thought was that I had broken my hip. I was such a mess that when Dani dismounted and ran over to me to ask if I was okay, I couldn't answer for several minutes. Of course, when I finally could answer her, one of the first coherent things I said was to ask her to go get my horse.

Dani was fantastic. She put Panama away, cleaned his stall (the only one that was dirty inside), and helped me turn in all the horses. Meanwhile, I was in so much pain that I actually cried (haven't done that since I was a kid), and I felt like I would throw up or pass out (or both) anytime I was on my feet for so long.

I know Panama felt bad about it because when I limped down to the barn after him and Dani, he bent his head and leaned his forehead into my chest, like he was saying I'm sorry. If I hadn't been in so much pain, I would have mounted right back up to make sure we didn't end the ride that way. Unfortunately, there was no way I could have done so.

Once the adrenaline wore off, I found I couldn't bear weight on my left leg without pain shooting through my hip — even dosed up on a couple of Motrin. So I iced my hip most of the evening and stayed off my feet as much as I could. Thankfully, I am feeling much better this morning — and, most importantly, able to walk — so although I wasn't feeling up to cleaning stalls today, I think I should be more or less back to normal by tomorrow.

In addition to cleaning stalls like usual tomorrow, I plan to get on Panama — with someone there with us, of course. I'll ride him up and down the driveway a little, and if he is behaving himself, reintroduce him to Mr. Mailbox. I can't have something like last night's freak-out episode happening again — next time I really could break something!



At July 27, 2008 at 9:04 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Yikes! I'm worried that all that pain must have meant something. Maybe you cracked your hip a little, but didn't break it? If you are not 100% pain-free in a few days, please see a doctor and get some x-rays.

At July 27, 2008 at 11:10 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

No, I agree -- I actually told my husband the same thing last night! Today was so much better though that I'm not worried anymore. In fact, tonight I was playing "space ship" with my nephews under the dining room table without a hint of pain! The more I move around the better I feel, so I expect I should be feeling pretty good by the end of the day tomorrow.


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