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How does everyone feel about the Get back on or Hospital mentality?

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  • #61
    I mostly take this ultimatum as hyperbole, like most others seem to. I’ve been lucky to never seriously hurt myself in a fall, so I my default is either “uh oh, better get back on before I get freaked out,” or “you SOB horse! Try it again!” The only time I didn’t get right back on (give or take a few minutes) was when I went over a jump sans horse, and said horse went tearing off through the show grounds.


    • #62
      As a kid I learned to ride with military instructors, and they were TOUGH.
      You fell off, you got back on, unless you had an obvious injury.
      I saw kids made to get back on and keep riding, and we later learned they had broken ribs. At that time, in that country, lawsuits were pretty much non existent, plus, it was the army.

      The one time I fell off and broke something as a kid, it was when my horse (and others in the lesson) spooked and bolted back to the barn. My mom, who was waiting for me at the barn, saw all the riderless lesson horses barrel into the barn yard, and drove to meet me as I was walking back. Had my horse not bolted, I would have tried to get back on. Turned out my arm was broken.

      I think now people/instructors are much more aware of head trauma, concussion etc, but sometimes it's not that obvious, especially with the adrenaline talking.

      All these years later, my first instinct is still to get back on whenever I fall off.

      The last time I fell off a few years ago while jumping, my mare threw me into a plank jump and I hit my leg really hard onto the jump. I got up and checked that I could put weight on the leg, got back on and made her go over it.
      When I got off my leg was really sore, but I thought it was just a bruise and used my go-to remedies (hot/cod compresses, arnica massage, etc).
      When I still couldn't walk after a couple days I went to a walk-in clinic for X-rays. No broken bones, but a deep muscle tear/bruise. It took forever to heal and I couldn't be in 2-point until it did. So in a way, getting back on right there and then while the adrenaline hid the pain, and taking Mare over that scary jump several times saved me some grief with her in the long term.
      Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!


      • #63
        I did not know I had any other choice!
        i have been riding since my uncle held me in front of him when I was a baby. I’ve always landed on my rear and gotten right back on.
        I never broke anything or had to go to doctor when I was bucked off. But I have been there when others have broken bones and we all knew to call the ambulance stat.


        • #64
          It’s pretty straightforward. If you’re hurt go to the hospital, if not, let’s do it again!


          • #65
            If you are injured, then you must take care of that. If you are not, then I think you should get back on even if it's only for a second or two. To me - if you don't then the fear just gets worse. My last horse dumped me (in retrospect it was something little and I came off) and I was so annoyed I got back on and made him march around the arena. THEN I got off. I realized later, that if I had stayed off I would never have gotten back on. Probably ever.

            No one should ever have to make that decision to get back on if they are truly hurt. Like the witch of a trainer who made my friend get back on after a nasty nasty spill that left her with a broken leg. She knew her leg was broken, told the trainer who shrieked at her and berated her viciously and made her continue jumping. She went to the ER and yes, her leg was broken and she required surgery. Trainer was summarily fired and in no uncertain terms told off.
            "Cats aren't clean; they're covered with cat spit."
            - John S Nichols (1745-1846,writer/printer)

            Don't come for me - I didn't send for you.


            • #66
              I disagree with anyone who thinks getting back on doesn't have some mental/emotional value, both to rider and horse. The part that's much harder to figure out is whether that value is worth the potential cost. That's a judgment call.

              If you look at it from the (military?) perspective of developing a cadre of good riders and less about a specific individual I think it makes more sense. The ones who succeed end up with a lot of grit and determination, and the ones left scarred for life (or worse) are left by the wayside.

              I grew up in that world and did well in it, but I think I was lucky. I don't even remember a "or hospital" part, you got back on no matter what, even if you went to the hospital later too.