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  1. #1
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    Jun. 25, 2008

    Default Would anything ever make you stop riding (or jumping?)

    Had an accident recently at a show. Pretty nice faceplant, no landing gear. Neck seemed ok at first but got worse as week progressed (biz trip prob did not help).

    Anywhoooo, finally went to doc and he said same thing several people who know of the accident have said, "Is it worth the risk? What's it going to take to make you stop riding?"

    Frankly, the doc is an orthopedic and prob sees worse injuries in football, hockey, and other contact sports. Wondering if he asks those others why they keep at it?

    Is it me, or do people really see riding as riskier than other high risk sports? I don't know that I could ever stop riding. Am wondering what would make me give it up.

    What would make you give it up, if anything?
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  2. #2
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    Dec. 21, 2010
    Down South


    Today, part of the ceiling at work fell down about 6 inches from my head. A few months ago, a car crashed through a wall at a CVS that I was standing on the other side of (I was fine). Then 8 months ago, again at work, a coworker was standing in another coworker's office. A framed photo fell off his wall and ended up completely severing her achilles tendon. She's still on crutches.

    Life is risky. Even when you try to minimize said risk.

    That being said, I'd rather meet my demise riding a horse than standing around trying to decide what flavor Arizona Iced Tea to buy at CVS.
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  3. #3
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    Jun. 8, 2008


    Nope, nothing will make me decide to stop.

    Do I stop driving cars (in CA traffic to be exact) Because I have been in 3 car accidents? No. I like driving. Honestly I think I have been involved in more car accidents than falling off of a horse.

    It's a passion. Love it. Live it!

  4. #4
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    Feb. 14, 2003
    Windward Farm, Washougal, WA- our work in progress, our money pit, our home!


    I had a terrible fall 1.5 years ago, landed on the ground line when my horse stopped at an oxer. I took 4 surgeries to "fix" my arm/shoulder.

    Yes...I considered stopping. I was very scared to ride again. My surgeon didn't say yes or no to my riding again. He said, once it is healed, unless I were to land on it again in the same way, it should be good. However, it hurts. It hurts every day, and it's not completely functional. I now wear a riding safety vest every ride, probably a psychological crutch, but still.

    But--I started back slowly and am back to jumping and showing. It is too hard to stay away. I felt like I was missing something for those months I couldn't ride. I love it, all parts of it. I think I'll always have the passion for horses.
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  5. #5
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    Jan. 22, 2000
    Coastal South Carolina :-)


    I've had some nasty spills over the years, some my fault, some freak accidents. Luckily, knock on wood, in 30+ years in the saddle & in everyday life I have yet to suffer anything broken, other than pride, and a few painful bruises, and an elbow injury that is managable on occasion with steroid therapy.
    Would I consider stopping riding or jumping? At this point, no. I know my limitations, and no longer am young enough to climb on the real idiots, though I realize even the quietest mount can still be the one to hurt me. I plan to start my 4 year old mare over some small x's tomorrow, and don't foresee any problem, as she is quiet & willing. It's all a matter of knowing what you're capable and confident of, without overfacing yourself or your horse.
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  6. #6
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    Jun. 20, 2000
    Full time in Delhi, NY!


    I stopped riding/jumping when it stopped being fun. When the thought of what was required to get ready, get on, ride, get off, and put everything away and do the daily barn chores out weighed the enjoyment of riding. To be fair, I had no one to ride with, I was the sole support of several ponies, a horse, and a bunch of terriers and had no medical insurance. The thought of what might happen and what would result from an injury (being unable to support myself, drive etc) took even more enjoyment out of it.

    Did I miss it? No. Do I want to do it again? No. I'm a been there, done that, kind of girl. Once I've done something, and done it to a reasonable level, it becomes well, somewhat boring, and I move on to something else. If suddenly I was able to have a horse property again, I'm sure I'd have horses. Which I would pay someone to ride, train and show. Please God let me win the lottery and become the next Rev. Dr. Betsee Parker! (w/o the Rev stuff please)
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  7. #7
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    Apr. 4, 2006
    An American Living In Ireland


    Well I'm back into "riding" again. Been away from this sport for a long time and was enjoying paying someone else to do the riding and training. It didn't work out so well. So had to get back into it. I will still pay someone weekly for lessons and to jump at shows, but will do the work at home. Plus I had my 7 yo mare doing nothing and it's good for both of us to do stuff. She's very limited in talent but if we can do the job well enough in the 90 cm's that's great.

    My young jumping mare is five and although Heidi is 7 it's working 2 young horses everyday. This morning when riding I was thinking, at what point to I get to come out here and ride a really well schooled horse in which my only job is to keep them ticking over. I'm broke up from my years galloping horses. Most days I'm pretty sore and then I have to make sure I can be flexible enough to give the right cues. At the moment it seems like nothing but work and no fun. There are days when I get up and say right we are hacking through the fields and that's it.

    Like now. Just finished riding and am having some toast. Horses were fed and ridden. The other horses needed some things tended to. My barn looks like a tornado went through it and I so don't want to do any chores! Yeah I know that's whiney! I'm sure I'd feel differently if I had paid help and I just got to ride and spoil them but wouldn't we all!

    I've probably been on over 2000 plus different horses in my lifetime. I don't really think I'm missing out. And if my jumping mare wasn't a little bit talented then I'd be happy to let her be a well taken care if pasture puff. But it is nice going to a show and being behind the video camera when she jumps so I keep going. Just hurry up and be well schooled already, I'm not that limber anymore!!!

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  8. #8
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    Jun. 16, 2010
    Washington, DC


    Try seeing a doctor who works with athletes. That doesn't seem like a fair question to have asked you. I think you should consider finding a doc who will discuss the added risks you're incurring by riding without trying to figure out "what it will take" to get you to stop.

  9. #9
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    Oct. 24, 2003
    Hunt Country Heaven, VA


    Quote Originally Posted by Catherine Cullen View Post
    Try seeing a doctor who works with athletes. That doesn't seem like a fair question to have asked you. I think you should consider finding a doc who will discuss the added risks you're incurring by riding without trying to figure out "what it will take" to get you to stop.
    Better yet, find an ortho guy who actively rides like mine does which is why I chose him. Plus his reputation as a surgeon among our local crowd was favorable.

    He's surgically repaired both shoulders and an ankle and never once gave me a "why ride" lecture.

    My last riding accident 4 yrs. ago was a horror out in the hunt field, leaving me with a fractured scapula, several vertabrae chips, fractured ribs and a punctured lung. I needed subsequent rotator cuff surgery on the opposite shoulder once I was healed from that wreck. My ortho doc came to see me in the ICU, shook his head and said, "Well, you sure effed yourself up this time. I guess I gotta get you back in the saddle before hunting season ends, don't I?"

    I definitely am back out there doing it, however I have decided that I'm not hunting first field any longer. At 60 yrs. old, and after multiple broken boney parts during my 50+ yrs of riding, the body doesn't bounce like it used to and rehabbing back from a bad injury takes a long time. I'm more cautious in the risks that I will take, but still kick on for the most part.

    I agree with one of the previous posters.....I'd rather die doing what I love than waste away in a hospital bed.
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  10. #10
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    Apr. 25, 2011


    I'm pretty sure all docs ask if you're going to continue. I had a fluke fall and wrecked up my shoulder pretty good about a month ago. The shoulder has impacted my daily professional and home life since the fall, but it's healing. It does make you consider the thought of not riding again. For me, the biggest annoyance has been that I can't really ride again yet. I have the normal nerves about being in the same situation again, but from past experience, confidence is only gained by getting back in the saddle and building back up to it and beyond. There's something ingrained in us horse folk. (It's what makes us superior to the rest.) Pretty sure I'll never give it up. I may change what I do, as I have before, but I'll always find joy in time with horses.
    Good luck with your neck. Give it time to heal and climb back in the irons

  11. #11
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    Jan. 31, 2003


    I cant imagine that I will ever stop riding but my neck has deteriorated to the point that jumping is probably over. Oh, I pop the babies over logs and Xs and little stuff but the rest - unless I get a new neck, is over
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  12. #12
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    Sep. 12, 2006


    I quit riding temporarily when I was 21 after a bad fall where I wrecked my back (herniated disc, partially torn disc etc). This was just a fall on the flat, in fact I was getting on an OTTB and just as I sat into the saddle he took off bucking and I happened to land on a rock in the ring. Definitely was and still is my worst fall and wouldn't have been had the ring been in better condition.

    That said, it hurt too much for me to ride, so I quit. Lack of money and time were a big part of the decision as well.

    Picked it back up as a 36 yr old and I have to say I live in fear of falling off. I fell off a few times when I first started back, didn't get hurt, no biggie, but for some reason now, I will not ride anything green, will not jump higher than 2' 6" etc. (and I used to show for years at 3'6").

    I guess old age and the addition of two kids who depend on me made me believe it's not worth it. But it's all in my head, and it's how I feel... everyone else needs to work within their own confidence and beliefs. I don't think anyone should or could tell me to stop, but I came to that conclusion myself. I know i'm too nervous now and am likely to create a bad fall with where my heads at. SO I flat now and every so often jump a couple of jumps. And I'm happy with that.

  13. #13
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    Oct. 1, 2002
    Cow County, MD


    Just turned 43, and I know there will come a day when I hang up my stirrups. After a bad experience with a flipper about seven years ago, and then a phenomenal bucker about five years ago, I am much more timid than I used to be. I also work behind a desk, and my riding time is limited. Therefore, my fitness is limited.

    I'm no longer willing to throw a leg over anything with four legs and fur. I can still ride the sensitive ones, but a good spook unnerves me far more than it ever did.

    I used to joke that once I got this TB thing out of my system, I'd opt for a TWH or a good roping QH. Those days aren't so far off anymore.
    Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.

  14. #14
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    Dec. 29, 2007


    I'm not as brave as I used to be after a few accidents but keep at it despite the reminders of my "equine assisted injuries". My chiropractor, massage therapist(s), physiotherapist, osteopath and regular doctor keep me going and don't lecture me. They also know I'm not going to quit. I am more careful now and am quite afraid of getting hurt. I was proud of myself though-did the farewell event this year at the local Horse Trials (they retired this year after I don't know how many years).

    There are a lot of us in this situation aren't there?
    "Those who know the least often know it the loudest."

  15. #15
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    Oct. 25, 2008


    I can't imagine giving up riding for good, due to some sort of physical or psychological injury. I can definitely see downgrading to a different KIND of riding-- maybe get me an old gaited trail horse under whom you could detonate explosives and he wouldn't flinch, and just totter around on trail rides for an hour here and there, or maybe even start driving a mini or something, but I can't imagine giving up horses entirely. I honestly don't know what I'd do with myself; I don't really have any other hobbies.

    I think I'm just recently starting to realize that I don't "have" to push myself to the limits of my fears anymore. Sometimes it bothers me that I don't seem to have the courage I used to, and that maybe I "should" be working through those so-called fears that make me second-guess doing the things I used to do easily 10-15 years ago, but you know what? Why should I have to?? I don't show; I don't have a horse that I'm trying to train to re-sell. There's nothing in the world that says I HAVE to ever jump 3' again if the thought leaves me feeling queasy.

    If my head was still convinced that, if you're not pushing your own limits, you're not really "riding," then yes, I could see where fear would lead me to quit entirely... but the older I get, the more I realize it's OK to be a weenie and just go with whatever makes you happy.
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  16. #16
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    Jul. 1, 2011


    I cannot imagine giving up riding AND jumping (and competing )
    My guess is that the only way I would give it up is if I physically was no longer able to do it. However I have been terribly lucky. After 13 years of riding (well I did have some time off during that due to my horses being injured) and competing up to 4' I have never had more than bruises from a fall. I don't know what I would do if I ever had a serious fall with a punctured lung or broken hip or something. I just pray that day never comes!
    I don't however put myself onto dangerous horses, or at least rarely. I don't ride chronic buckers/bolters/rearers or anything like that. My love of riding doesn't come from fixing those kinds of horses. My love of riding comes from turning my horses into superb athletes.

  17. #17
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    Sep. 2, 2008
    Greeley, Colorado


    I've had some REALLY nasty falls and some lingering problems (specifically my back) from them. All of my doctors tell me to STOP RIDING. Do I? Nope. It's my passion and I'm only 23. I get by with a steady supply of muscle relaxers and a heating pad.

    I think at this point the only thing that would make me stop riding is if I physically could not do it anymore. To the point where I was in unbearable pain the entire time I'm on the horse. Then, I would probably take up some sort of horse activity that doesn't actually involve riding.
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  18. #18
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    Sep. 30, 2007


    Would anything ever make me stop riding (or jumping)?


    Death (my own)-
    However, I hope there is an after life and I can continue to ride.....

  19. #19
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    Jul. 25, 2003
    Boston Area


    I had a bad fall (when jumping) when my daughter was a baby and stopped jumping for about a year, figuring I'd stay safer.

    Then I got bored. I started hopping over the odd small fence. Then I started sneaking over the xc fences that I came across while riding.

    Now I foxhunt.

    I am more conservative than I was when I was younger and the ground was softer but riding is so good for me (mentally) that giving it up completely would be difficult and make it hard for others to live with me.
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  20. #20
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    Sep. 8, 2011
    East Coast


    Accidents are sometimes hard to come back from... My daughter took a spill and it has taken her a couple years to get her confidence back. But she did get it back. She still struggles with it everytime she rides.

    The only thing that would make me give up riding or jumping is if the horse I have now couldn't do it anymore. I plan to keep him for the rest of his life and if he needed to be retired and I couldn't afford to have two horses... then I would give up riding... maybe... or get a second job so I can afford another horse.

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