This one’s going to be a doozy! So remember how I said I didn’t have many falls as a kid and that I got my comeuppance? Here you get to read all about it!
Most people I’ve met have had their falls as a young kid. I got mine later in life – I was lucky enough to stay on a kid. So, I’ve sustained quite a few. My worst fall was off of a huge 3 yr old QH stallion. The girl working with him had become afraid of him, and essentially taught him how to get away from people. I knew I was not capable of handling him, but was pressured by those above me to ride because I knew more than the girl. Not the case, everyone. If your gut is telling you no, you should listen lol. Anyway, I hadn’t even gotten my leg over his back before he locked his jaw and took off bucking. I immediately came off – landed on a rock on my left side and cracked 3 ribs, his hoof smacked my shin so I have a nice bump there, and since I landed on my back my head whipped back (yay whiplash) and my head smacked on the 1 inch of my ponytail because stupid me wasn’t wearing a helmet. I’m still amazed I didn’t get a concussion from that. So, helmet up, guys.
I’ve been bucked off and hit the dirt so hard I actually have a bit of surface nerve damage. If I scratch one place I feel it elsewhere or I just feel this weird sensation on the numb spot. I got bucked off and the horse stepped on my ankle and it now has a bit of weird growth on it, but so far does not seem adversely affected. I got run over by a horse I was trying to stop so I have a weird smooth patch on my lower left leg. I got bucked off of a very very quirky stallion that caused a knot to form in my neck that I still can’t get rid of. The most colorful injury was getting cowkicked in the leg. I still have a weird-looking lump-slice in my thigh from that. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem to affect my leg’s general musculature. Sure looks weird though!
I’ve come off Amber only twice – both times bareback funnily enough – but so far no lasting injuries. My left hip is occasionally sore, but nothing major lol. Thankfully, none of these falls – while they definitely could’ve been worse – have seemed to really adversely affect me. I’ve healed well from them, and physical therapy has helped fix the rest.
So, some bad injuries, but they’re all okay!