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Jingles for KOC and Veronica.

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  • #21
    I suspect Karen will be quiet. Burst fractures are intensely painful and can lead to extended neurological impairment. She is going to need some form of surgical intervention, be it external fixation via halo rig or fusion.

    It sucks this happened. She is a tough rider and I am sure a great patient. Fingers crossed for her.

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    • #22
      Karen could use voice recognition computer software or tape record to get the thoughts down for the first draft. It is much easier to go through the many polishing drafts after that first one. She doesn't have to move or bend this way. She can organize the pieces and stitch them together. I bet CotH's Weatherford could help her with it...
      Intermediate Riding Skills

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      • #23
        She knows I wish her the very, very best. When I saw RF next to her and Veronica's name on Saturday, I just had no idea. So thankful the news was not worse than it is.

        Wishing her the speediest and most uncomplicated recovery, and least frustration possible. I, too, would love a book!
        We're spending our money on horses and bourbon. The rest we're just wasting.
        www.dleestudio.com

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        • #24
          Rotational falls like this are exactly why bounces are my bogey fence. Every time I walk one on XC, flipping a horse flashes through my mind (so much for positive imagery!) That they can catch out the best just makes them ickier, IMO.
          Wishing Karen an uncomplicated recovery.
          I evented just for the Halibut.

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          • #25
            Wow--I feel famous by proxy, having sustained the same fracture some years back in a jumping mishap.

            Best wishes to KOC for a speedy recovery.

            You will get tired of that damn brace very quickly--though my friend and trainer wondered aloud whether I could get a jacket tailored to fit over it, as it improved my pre-wreck posture considerably...
            "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

            ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by jen-s View Post
              Either book would be fabulous!! Lots of jingles and please god, someone duct tape her in place so she "rests!"
              LOL, you're one to talk

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              • #27
                I'd buy this book!

                HUGE JINGLES!
                This woman has given so much to this sport and so many riders, myself included.

                I'd love to read that book. so, Karen, follow Retreads outline and go! We are all pulling for you!


                Originally posted by retreadeventer View Post
                Giving this a bump...I read on EN that I think they said she has to be quiet and sit still for a couple weeks....Karen, this is my plea -- write a book. Would love to read Karen's roadmap to the upper level horse -- what you buy, how you train it at home, what you do to make it ready, how you ride it, your tips and tricks on XC riding -- what a good rider has to do at the lower levels to make the horse understand his job at the upper levels.... PLEASE!!!!! (There, I just gave you the outline, now flesh it out!)
                My big man - April 27, 1986 - September 04, 2008-
                You're with me every moment, my big red horse.

                Be kinder than necessary, for everyone is fighting a battle of some kind.

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                • #28
                  Wow, sounds very scary and I am so relieved to hear that both Karen and Veronica will be ok. KOC is one tough woman/rider/athlete, and I have always enjoyed watching her ride, she's just amazing. She has sustained many injuries over her career and I wonder if this one will make her consider retirement. she would be missed from a competition perspective, but someone like her has so much to offer in instruction and writing!

                  I wish her a speedy and uneventful recovery.

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                  • #29
                    Sending lots of jingles for a smooth and speedy recovery for both KOC and Veronica!

                    I too would love a book should she choose to write one! I would buy it in a heartbeat!

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                    • #30
                      big time jingles!

                      so glad its not worse. best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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                      • #31
                        Heard about the fall on FB late yesterday. There are lots of parts of my riding that I attribute to a few years worth of annual clinics with her. Definitely wishing Karen all the best and a very speedy, uncomplicated recovery ... and in the meantime, better living through chemistry.
                        ************
                        "Of course it's hard. It's supposed to be hard. It's the Hard that makes it great."

                        "Get up... Get out... Get Drunk. Repeat as needed." -- Spike

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                        • #32
                          Jingling for a full and speedy recovery. Keeping still when you're used to being on full speed ahead is so tough.

                          Best wishes to both.
                          Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                          The Grove at Five Points

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                          • #33
                            Originally posted by whicker View Post
                            Karen could use voice recognition computer software or tape record to get the thoughts down for the first draft. It is much easier to go through the many polishing drafts after that first one. She doesn't have to move or bend this way. She can organize the pieces and stitch them together. I bet CotH's Weatherford could help her with it...
                            I dunno. Pain is pretty hard on your brain. I don't have anything like fractures anywhere, and when my arthritis in some joints is really acting up badly I'm pretty much good for exactly nothing because I can't think at all.

                            I end up sitting watching brainless TV or movies because it's the only thing I can manage to do. (Luckily, my arthritis is rarely that bad. But when it is, it's usually when the arthritis in my spine acts up because when you have inflammation in the spine you can get random nerve pain elsewhere from the nerves being compressed/pinched and ime there aren't a lot of painkillers that are that effective for nerve pain.)

                            Jingles for a good and speedy recovery and no going bonky from boredom while waiting to heal up.

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                            • #34
                              Jingle, jingle, jingles!!!

                              Here's to a speedy recovery!

                              I'd like to read the book Retread suggested. I would really, really like to know how she got Mr. Medicott so rideable in such a short period of time. Truly impressive!

                              Get better KOC and Veronica!
                              Unrepentant carb eater

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                              • #35
                                Originally posted by ACMEeventing View Post
                                Jingling for a full and speedy recovery. Keeping still when you're used to being on full speed ahead is so tough.

                                Best wishes to both.
                                Oh , isn't that the truth. She'll need her friends and family to keep her entertained!

                                It's times like this one that good friends are worth their weight in gold and are much so appreciated!

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                                • #36
                                  Jingles for a speedy recovery. Very scary...

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                                  • #37
                                    Kdow,
                                    How well I know about the numb brain from pain. I compression fractured a number of vertebrae and pushed some out of place, when I got hit by a deer while I was galloping a big DWB.

                                    I used that method to write several books. It let me take it at a pace that I could handle, so I felt like I was accomplishing something. That first draft can be an emotional tie to feeling like something is being accomplished and positive. Being still is very, very hard.
                                    Intermediate Riding Skills

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                                    • #38
                                      Originally posted by whicker View Post
                                      Kdow,
                                      How well I know about the numb brain from pain. I compression fractured a number of vertebrae and pushed some out of place, when I got hit by a deer while I was galloping a big DWB.

                                      I used that method to write several books. It let me take it at a pace that I could handle, so I felt like I was accomplishing something. That first draft can be an emotional tie to feeling like something is being accomplished and positive. Being still is very, very hard.
                                      ... Hit by a DEER? That's a story.

                                      When my pain is that bad I feel like my brain slows down too much to write. I'd probably try it (I mean, it's so freaking boring that you start trying all sorts of things) but I wouldn't want anyone to feel pressure to make it work out, you know?

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                                      • #39
                                        Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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                                        • #40
                                          It is always very worrisome when KOC leaves in an ambulance after the helicopter was cancelled, and you hear nothing but crickets for 24 hours afterwards. Very scary!

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