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  • Took a good fall today :( Ouch!

    Okay, I'm still a little fuzzy so I hope this post makes sense....

    I did something really stupid today on our daily trail ride.. Mind you I ride Western with a Bob Marshall treeless. So we were trotting briskly along and a tree had fallen over our path - So, me being the Cross Country wanna-be decides we are going to jump it.

    My mare popped the jumped, I ended up somewhat over her neck as she brought her head up. Ended up smacking my teeth and nose on her bridle path area. Pink lipstick on her head marked the spot...
    And a nice bruise on my stomach after landing on the horn...lol

    Oh and thats not even the fall....After checking that I still had my front teeth we moved on.

    There is a trail I've taken once before that basically goes straight down. She is great at navigating down hill, baby steps all the way. Trail is very narrow and no place to turn around once you start.

    About half way down, she stops...Now I realize that the B.M. saddle has now slipped forward over my mutton withered mares neck! We're at a real steep angle on a real narrow trail and how the heck am I going to get off? I'm praying she doesn't start freaking out, which she didn't.

    I took my feet out of the stirrups and try to slide off, but at the moment the back of the saddle flips up and I literally flipped off back wards landing on my head and back...Ouch! Had a major headache even with my helmet and must have bruised my tail bone.

    My poor mare, Twinkie, is just standing there with the reins sitting on her ears and the saddle half way up her neck. She never flinched, freaked or anything.
    I fixed the saddle the best I could until I hand walked her to the bottom of the hill. Then had her *carry* me back to the barn.


    Any opinions if I would have fared better with a treed saddle? I was looking at the Fabtron, Abetta and Big Horn saddle and the prices were pretty reasonable.
    She is mutton withered, so I'm wondering if I would have had the same outcome?

    Mind you I'm 47 yrs and don't bounce like I used to...
    MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"
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    Ooomph! That smarts

    Hot baths, arnica pills under your tongue and Sore-No-More rubbed into the bruises helps tremendously with the owies. Advil couldn't hurt either!

    JINGLES!
    <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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    • #3
      Maybe a crupper would help, at least with the downhill problem! Sorry you are hurting and aleve is great by the way.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by prudence View Post
        Maybe a crupper would help, at least with the downhill problem! Sorry you are hurting and aleve is great by the way.
        That is what I am thinking...esp.if she is mutton withered...ain't nothing gonna stay stationary on her back on a real steep downhill.

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        • #5
          I have an aged Arab mare that in her day didn't leave the barn without a crupper. I am now riding a Tb mare that does not leave the barn without a crupper. My Arab mare was a CT/endurance horse and my Tb mare is an eventer. Both have no withers at all.

          I'm 52 and I don't bounce at all anymore Lots of advil!!!!!!!!!!
          RIP Kelly 1977-2007 "Wither thou goest, so shall I"

          "To tilt when you should withdraw is Knightly too."

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          • #6
            http://www.advantagehorsemanship.com...cts/saddle.php

            I have used this saddle since I started riding young hot Arabs. I was a true to my Stubben person for 30 years, but at almost 60 now, this saddle has saved my skin several times. Its all suede, not many layers so I can really feel the horse, and real sticky. Its full QH bars, 28-29 inches in lenght front to back, fits my mutton arab well, and with a Tacky Too pad, and neoprene girth, does not move.

            Maybe just the Tacky Too pad would work for you. I don't know how they work with treeless.

            I had the Abetta endurance, but felt it didn't position my legs well and my balance was off.
            ********
            There is no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast.

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            • #7
              Can't help with other than what has been mentioned, use a crouper.

              I wanted to say that once, riding a thelwell looking rotund four year old paint mare, in my english saddle, we were going down a very steep hill in a night ride to the beach, in the dark, when she stopped with her head all the way down to smell something and the saddle and I came right over her neck and head, to land at her feet.
              She just stood there and let me undo the cinch from around her ankles and saddle her again and we walked the rest of the way down, no harm done.

              I hope you were not hurt too much.

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              • #8
                If you use a crupper, make sure you put it on your horse and let her get used to it first. It will help keep the saddle from slipping forward, but it won't keep it from slipping to the side. You wouldn't have had to dismount if the saddle had stayed back.

                What a predicament!
                "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."

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                • #9
                  my witherless mare goes fine in an abetta, saddle has rolled but never gone forward. Nonslip pads help, ditto girths, and in mountains I would advise breastcollar AND crupper and possibly a breeching also. Big Horns have been good saddles for me also, havent tried a fabtron yet but their replacement cordura fenders have radically improved the infamous and unspeakable Wintec Western....now almost comfortable thanks to the addtion of the fabtron fenders and a cashel tush cush.

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                    #10
                    Thanks guys.. Took some Aleve last night and this morning and feel much better. A little bit of a stiff neck but thats it.

                    Of course Mr.H2 is busting my arse and is telling me my nose is crooked, my face looks messed up and I should give up horses and take up needle pointing...
                    MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"
                    http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/f...wo/009_17A.jpg

                    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                    • #11
                      Tell him needlepoints too hard on the eyes and fingers.
                      ********
                      There is no snooze button on a cat that wants breakfast.

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                      • #12
                        Tell him you're willing to give up riding and take on improvements to him for a hobby!
                        "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."

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                          #13
                          Well, its been almost a month since my header. Now something strange is going on upstairs.

                          Every time I lope or do anything head jarring, I'm getting wicked sharp pains on the left side of my head..

                          Yesterday morning I fed for the BO, it was a bit slippery and I fell on my arse and sure enough my head started to ache.
                          Rode today, loped a bit and again, sharp pains on the left side of my head.
                          It feels like you when you eat something super cold and you get that brain freeze.

                          I have an appointment Wed. for the Dr. as Mr.H2 threatened to drag me to the Emergency room yesterday morning.
                          MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"
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                          Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                          • #14
                            Oh, I'm glad to hear you're going. After a concussion at the age of 17 (not horses...hockey ), I would up with migraines--some worse than others--even all these 24 years later.

                            Don't not to dink around mit your brain
                            <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                            • #15
                              Absolutely go see the doctor. Very smart. Did you go right after it happened? I'll cross my fingers and jingle that it's a pinched nerve of sorts, rather than something more serious.

                              Did you get a new helmet after that fall?
                              "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
                              <>< I.I.

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                                #16
                                Originally posted by jazzrider View Post
                                Absolutely go see the doctor. Very smart. Did you go right after it happened? I'll cross my fingers and jingle that it's a pinched nerve of sorts, rather than something more serious.

                                Did you get a new helmet after that fall?
                                Thanks guys,
                                Jazzrider,
                                No, I didn't see a Dr. after it happened. I had your typical after fall headache, but it went away.
                                This just started happening recently and only if I do something that "jars" my head - Like loping- I slipped on my behind yesterday.. I rode this morning and it happened again. Took a couple of Advil and as of now (7:00pm) it still is hurting.

                                That is a good idea about getting a new helmet. And I was just at the "Equine Affaire" this past Friday..
                                MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"
                                http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/f...wo/009_17A.jpg

                                Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                                • #17
                                  Keep us posted! I hope it is not serious!!
                                  "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Huntertwo View Post
                                    That is a good idea about getting a new helmet. And I was just at the "Equine Affaire" this past Friday..
                                    Any time your helmet takes a good konk, it's not a bad idea. Better safe than sorry. Take this opportunity to get a nifty new helmet and do some therapeutic shopping to ease your pain.

                                    I just got this last week (in black)!
                                    http://www.troxelhelmets.com/product...p?ProductID=31
                                    "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
                                    <>< I.I.

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                                    • #19
                                      So H2... how ya feeling? What'd the doc say? Inquiring (and concered) minds want to know
                                      <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.

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                                        #20
                                        Thank you

                                        Originally posted by ChocoMare View Post
                                        So H2... how ya feeling? What'd the doc say? Inquiring (and concered) minds want to know
                                        Hi ChocoMare thank you for asking. This is the reason I like the Endurance folks. Went to the Dr. yesterday and he thought it was strange the headaches have started just recently.

                                        He didn't seem too concerned, which made me feel a bit better.
                                        But anyways, I am scheduled to have a CAT Scan next Wednesday.

                                        I did make him laugh though -
                                        He asked me if I have been forgetful lately and I answered "Not that I can remember" It took him a second and he just chuckled...

                                        He told me not to ride for 2 weeks... And then try again, if my head still hurts give it a few more weeks off... Waaahhhh..

                                        Aww the joys of getting older.. Thanks again
                                        MnToBe Twinkle Star: "Twinkie"
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                                        Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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