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  1. #1
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    Default What to do? Broken Wrist

    I fell off my horse 2 weeks ago and broke my wrist. I still have at least 4 weeks of no riding ahead of me. Aside from going out and just spending time with him do you have any suggestions of what we can do together to keep us both happy and in some sort of shape until I can ride again?



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    I broke my foot in September, got it healed enough that I could ride on meds, then re-broke it- so I know how you feel!

    Do you have any hills at your barn? I've been doing a lot of hand walking- gets us both in shape!- up and down hills.

    I also taught my horse to bow, and stretch (lots of treats were involved).

    Most horses don't do this, but when I put my horse in a round pen, he follows me around so I'll walk in circles, jog a little, halt and see how fast he stops etc etc.

    Good luck! Being broken is no fun!



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    This is not a good answer, and I don't necessarily recommend it, but I started riding in a cast after 4 weeks.
    Like I said, not the brightest idea.
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    I must say, I rode in my cast too. Probably not the best, but it was going to be 6 months, and I just coudn't afford not to ride. In the beginning I just bridged my reins and rode with my left hand, then after a few weeks I was able to hold the reins with the ends of my fingers. Wasn't always real comfortable, but it worked out ok. I don't necessarily recommend it - just don't fall off.



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    Won't lie, when I broke my hand I was riding in my cast a week later. Switching your reins over to one hand works, but depends on the horse you are riding! My guy now would probably scoff at a babysitting job and take advantage...

    If your guy is quiet enough on the ground I would do a lot of handwalking and maybe some lunging. Do you board? If so, is there someone who could help you out and hack your boy a few days a week?



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    When I broke a wrist, my fingers worked fine. I had a cast that came around the thumb pad, across the middle of my palm, then around and across the middle of the back of my hand. It was a plaster cast, though (a long time ago). I had no problem riding because my fingers were free. I just ended up with a VERY dirty cast!

    I think I had that cast on for over 2 months, right in the middle of show season. Not riding was never an option.



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    I rode with a broken wrist after about a week- for me it depends on the break. If there is a chance I can displace the bone, I'll behave and not ride. If things are pretty solid and I have a trustworthy horse, I ride as soon as I am not in pain. Probably not the best answer, but not uncommon with riders, lol!

    People have come up with some other good ideas, round pen might be a good one.



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    Thank you for the replies! I plan on going out and lunging him. If I am not in too much pain I may attempt a small walking ride next week. My problem is they also casted my darn thumb! never realized how much I used it for!



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    I did a "near amputation of the right thumb through the MP joint" and was in a thumb to elbow cast with strict instructions to only "move" my fingers (not that I could do too much of that for a while). It happened in early July and I think I was riding my horse by the end of August (literally the last day of August)... but hey, I didn't get on the baby I needed to start until 2 weeks before I was cleared to ride - that counts for something, right?

    I didn't ride much - that injury and the never ending (7 months) physical therapy really made me not want to do too much riding. But I was the queen of one handed lunging (could work a whip and line in one hand), I had a young horse so every day he just got out, walked around, groomed, etc. was a good day for him (I could also get my splint wet so as soon as the wounds were closed I was good to go). And the rule was (for me) as soon as I was off the vicoden, could tack up the horse by myself, then clearly that was a sign I was ready to ride. Not the doc's sign, but MY sign. However I will note that with a right hand injury, it was easy enough to get on (aka flop on like a dead fish)... getting off turned out to be a logistical problem that I did not fully plan out. As in I could NOT get off the near side. I couldn't use my right hand and I damn sure wasn't risking hooking my elbow since all those delicate reattached Important Things run up from fingers to the elbow... So I just walked him up to my tack box and slid off backwards off the off side. Problem solved.

    And it's possible that every now and then a jump just jumped in front of us and had to be jumped. Jumps are sneaky like that.

    And this all falls into things you never tell your doctor.
    Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.



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    Default Gosh, how bad is it?

    I broke my wrist too (youngster bucked when I was holding the lead rope). I went to work for 24 hours then got it casted (not recommending that). The doc said that I had a bunch of bone fragments but it should heal. It was casted and it didn't slow me down one bit. I rode in a dressage show with the cast. I did have it changed now and again since it got a bit dirty but it didn't slow me down in the least!



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    Get someone to teach him to neckrein. lol but if your horse is relatively quiet, ride him with just one hand- you can do walk/trot. If there's someone else in your barn that would be willing to ride for you, ask!



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    If your horse is quiet, can you get someone to do a longe line lesson with you? You could just knot your reins..

    Neck reining works too



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    My friend broke her wrist and continued to ride her jumper, just with one hand, w/t/c and I believe a little low jumping.
    Another friend actually broke her hand. She was trying to free a horse who was pulling back. The snap on his lead rope broke and whipped back, hit her hand and broke nearly all the bones. She also rode one-handed, but she's more of a trail rider, so it wasn't that big of a deal.
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    In hand bending and flexing exercises. Walking and trotting in hand over poles. Backing up. Standing still. Two finger away from pressure exercises. Lunge on a hill. Lunge in a puddle. More bending and flexing.



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    It's not quite the same thing, but I broke a finger and went ahead and had a lunge lesson later that day. I was in the final two weeks of an intensive program abroad and wasn't about to lose my lessons! I had to have help with all aspects of getting the horse ready and then put away, but once I was on the horse with someone else in control, I was fine. Getting off the horse was really awkward (and painful) though!



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    Yeah another one here who continued riding with broken wrist. I had to cut out a little more thumb room but managed to gallop just fine.

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