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  • Who has a body that horses built?

    If I start with my face- I have a scar on the bridge of my nose from a horse anxious to leave the trailer and planted the rear tail panel of the trailer in my face.
    A missing piece of pigment on my right jaw where a rather unathletic horse happened to coincide with a determined opinion to jump the oxer.
    Right shoulder is still not the same after being dislocated by a rambunctious horse on a lunge line.
    Right knee is still getting stiff after having a green horse trip and sommersault which landed him squarely on his side, my knee was a cushion. Fingers and toes have all been victimized by riding accidents.
    Dick Francis has an unusually accurate take on horse people overcoming injuries, tell your story ! Oh and try to be discreet too much gore is

  • #2
    I have some very ugly toes from being broken two or three times each.

    I have a scar on my whooo-la-la from a victory gallop gone terribly terribly wrong.
    If only horses would use their athletic powers for good instead of evil. ~ MHM


    • #3
      Hm the only one that I really have is a scar underneath my jaw. A horse flung his head and nailed me there. But then again I'm still young. Ask me again in 20 year, I'm sure I'll have more to share.
      In my opinion a horse is the animal to have. Eleven-hundred pounds of raw muscle, power, grace, and sweat between your legs. Its something you just can't get from a pet hamster.
      In The Nick of Time


      • #4
        Originally posted by Void View Post

        I have a scar on my whooo-la-la from a victory gallop gone terribly terribly wrong.
        You win.
        "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer


        • #5
          I literally have a rebuilt collarbone - broken in ten places. Broke all my ribs on the right side that day also. Those cross rails can be a !%?#*. lol I will take the four legged over the four wheels any day.


          • #6
            I have a perfect horseshoe indentation mid-thigh from a well placed kick 35 years ago.


            • #7
              Bone chip and torn tendon in my right ankle - Falling off my horse when i was 15

              Slipped disk and fracture in my neck - Horse flipping on me over a jump

              Multiple back injuries + Scoliosis that resulted in one of my lower right vertebrae misforming while still growing

              Stress fractures in both my heels

              Knee caps that rub against my tendons (from jumping)

              LARGE scars on my toes - being stomped on

              Torn tendon in my right hand - horse biting me strangely

              I'm a physical therapists worst nightmare...they just cant fix me. To quote mine: "You're the worst case I've ever seen...I don't even know where to start"


              • #8
                Wow... I don't even want to think about 20+ years from now, but at 18:

                back problems from being thrown onto two jumps by the same devil pony
                a weird patch on my back that won't tan from getting stepped on by a mini after being bucked off
                couple of broken toes from over-eager horses
                random little scars on wrist from getting dragged along by a pony


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Brooke View Post
                  I have a perfect horseshoe indentation mid-thigh from a well placed kick 35 years ago.
                  Mine was 20 years ago, but same thing! Left thigh - thankfully the wall she kicked me into didn't leave a brick imprint on the other leg.

                  I have what doctors think is a bunion but is a misformed big toe joint where my halter horse bounced off my foot when I was unloading him for a lesson in high school. Extra bump on my nose from an IHSA horse dumping me after a jump. Misformed middle finger from the same incident. Back problems from the horse with the catchy stifles who abused it when I was younger. And currently waiting to see after the swelling and bruises are gone if there's a permanent difference in my left cheek where my horse slammed me with his poll during a bucking/leaping spree the other day.... I don't think it'll leave a permanent mark as nothing appears broken and I didn't have a concussion, but the bruises are still developing/darkening now, so it's hard to be sure!
                  Originally posted by Silverbridge
                  If you get anything on your Facebook feed about who is going to the Olympics in 2012 or guessing the outcome of Bush v Gore please start threads about those, too.


                  • #10
                    oh my! too many scars to count from various horse or farm related incidents.
                    A broken big toe from Kicking a pony in the jaw because while leading him he decieded the grass over there was where he wanted to be and hyper extended my shoulder to get there.
                    A lacerated liver from a horse that would give any bronc horse a run for its money, I bailed after the 8 second mark!

                    Broken nose one, two, maybe three times...babies!

                    a couple broken ribs from a short stirrup pony dumping me on the race track in Ocala, P-O-N-Y, IS a four letter word!

                    A herniated disc, replaced with cadeaver bone and plate(20 years later!) from horse flipping over backwards on top of me at the ripe old age of 16...

                    carpal tunnel from braiding horses for a living when I was young and poor.

                    No cartiledge left in my knees from years of jumping

                    amazingly back is still pretty good(knock on wood!) and as long as I keep moving everything works, but sit me down for an hour, I need a crane to get back up, take a couple of steps, finally stand up straight....

                    All that, and not quite 50...have to say I am VERY selective about what horse I will get on these days!!
                    Last edited by Equsrider; Nov. 17, 2010, 11:34 PM. Reason: errors


                    • #11
                      Wow! Some of you guys really have some war stories!

                      The only really visible souvenir I have (so far, knock wood) is a lump on my lower back from a naughty horse who tossed me onto a row of 2" x 4" braces around a tree. I had a pretty spectacular set of bruises at the time. That was almost 6 years ago, so I suspect the lump is permanent.

                      The mental and emotional scars from a lifetime around horses- well, that's a different story!


                      • #12
                        Rugby and a lifetime of clumsiness built this body, 'yo...but horses have added (in FIVE short years!!)

                        -Big lumpy spot on outer left thigh that was once a hematoma that had a larger cup size than my boob

                        -Lumpy spot on right thigh (NOT symmetric with the left, sadly ) that has long diagonal scar tissue down the front, and hoof-shaped scar tissue at hipbone

                        -Broken/bent pinky 'cause I let it stick out while attempting to master the crest release

                        -Mushed toes on right foot

                        -Big dark discolored patch on inside of left calf where I learned that riding in capri pants without chaps was inadvisable. I didn't feel the rugburn from my stirrup leather until I got off!

                        Green rider + green horse may = black and blue, but it does heal into the above, eventually.

                        **I initially opened this thread assuming it was going to be about ideal rider physique, and popped in to say that if my horse had built me I would be 4" shorter, 100lbs lighter and have the riding ambition of my sister ("trotting is too fast, this horse likes to walk better. Do you think he will walk over that stick?")
                        Lifestyle coordinator for Zora, Spooky, Wolfgang and Warrior


                        • #13
                          After years of starting youngsters, galloping racehorses, and riding races I have only broken my wrist, foot, and ankle. Have a very wonky neck but that's it really.

                          COTH, keeping popcorn growers in business for years.

                          "I need your grace to remind me to find my own." Snow Patrol-Chasing Cars. This line reminds me why I have horses.


                          • #14
                            i have a scar on my forehead above my left brow,from my 6 mo month old colt deciding that he was going to spook at the boogeyman in the back corner of the arena.happened in 2004


                            • #15
                              I think my fingers are misshapen from years of holding reins. The ring fingers and fingers nearest the thumbs on both hands all curve towards the middle fingers. Right and left hands a pretty much the same so it can't be from writing. Anyone else notice this? Is it particular to people who ride?

                              I have an elbow that doesn't straighten so well in cold weather due to being slammed against a pipe when my horse quite rightfully launched me for sitting backwards on him. A funny toe with a funny toenail from getting stomped (I did add $5 to the bill for pulling the beast's mane). A scar down one arm from getting flung thru a barbed wire fence. My back doesn't feel so great some mornings. But I truly think I am in better shape than if I didn't ride. Had I followed the career path of department chairpersonship and/or academic senate leadership that some encouraged me to follow I'd probably be a lot fatter and in worse shape.
                              The Evil Chem Prof


                              • #16
                                Wow, some people here have certainly had it rough!

                                I have a stirrup leather rub on my legs from riding with no half chaps, stomped toes, mucked up ankles from riding short for jumping and a creaky hip from getting smashed into a fence on a bucking bronco.

                                My chiropractor enjoys my regular visits, he always says my stories are so interesting...


                                • #17
                                  Permanent scars on both shins and inner knees from multiple rubs. Thankfully now my skin is rather calloused. At the moment I have major bruising and scabs right below my left knee from a kick last week. Issues with my left shoulder's rotator cuff, from where I was struck by a rearing horse over the summer. Two days later a baby bucked me off so I reinjured the same shoulder and sprained my right MCL. My right knee hurts daily. At least when I'm on the horse I kind of have a built in brace (aka, their side) so my knee doesn't over flex that way. I have scoliosis, and horses have not made it better. I broke my pelvis 3 years ago, so in the winter it aches. That's about it.
                                  The horses have given me killer legs and the opportunity to eat pizza and ice cream whenever I want. Thanks guys!
                                  .Viewpoint Stables.


                                  • #18
                                    Lets see....mine aren't nearly as "exciting" as some

                                    I still have a scar/horse teeth indentation on my right thigh from being picked up and THROWN by a school horse when I was about 9.

                                    Ive broken my nose...but it's fixed so you can't really tell

                                    My left knee is not the same after surgery in 2001

                                    Big scar on my right hand from getting it smashed by a naughty/freaked out horse at the washrack

                                    I think that's about it....


                                    • #19
                                      From top to bottom:

                                      Faint 2in. scar down the side of my face from being bucked off a greenie when I was 16. My first lesson that I was NOT invincible.

                                      Nose - falling on a rock out, again about 13. Before approved helmets. The brim bent back and knocked right between the eyes.

                                      Old cracked rib/broken left leg from a lovely refusal when I was about 13.

                                      Broken tailbone - numerous times.

                                      Right thumb - a bit deformed after being bit by a horse.

                                      Top of my left hand - scar from coming off and having the rein buckle impail me.

                                      Left wrist is severly arthritic. It makes a super wierd grinding noise when flexing. Like its bone on bone.

                                      Arthritis in both knees. And I am not even 30 yet.

                                      Quarter sized scar from getting kicked with a hind hoof that had a stud in it. The stud made impact right above my right knee.

                                      Tons of old scars on the inside of both calfs (is this the appropriate plural form?) from rubs with jeans.

                                      Broken toes that are now somewhat crooked.

                                      Huge scar over my entire left foot. FLIPFLOPS (I know, I know. I am the biggest advocate you will ever know now.) holding a horse that stepped on me and ripped half my foot off.


                                      • #20
                                        Broken nose (what kind of a-hole snaps his knee up into his mom's face when she is bent over trying to apply antibiotic cream to a cut?)

                                        Obligatory 2 inch scars on inside of each leg from stirrup burns.

                                        Right big toe has permanent bruise and permanently screwed up toenail from being stepped on.

                                        Have been bitten once (hard on bicep) by naughty school horse, but it didn't leave a scar and kicked once or twice, but not hard enough to leave a mark. Fallen less than the number of fingers on both hands and never seriously hurt.

                                        Hmmm...been riding for about 20 years. 8 years on saintly lesson horses, 3 years on green broke saintly mare, and the last 8 years on somewhat saintly, ammie friendly gelding we bought unbroken at 3 years of age. I think I have been pretty dang lucky.

                                        KNOCKING ON HUGE PIECE OF WOOD RIGHT NOW.