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    I broke my arm

    And now I’m waiting on surgery on the 18th to fix said broken arm with a plate and pins. The disappointment of sitting out of the rest of the show season hit me harder than I thought it would.

    My gelding is cold backed and his panic button response to anything scary is to buck. I’ve had him a long time, enough to know how to manage him. He’s very seasoned and his warm up routine never changes. I took him to his first dressage show on the weekend in a year.

    He was a bit tense while being lunged. Nothing too bad to set off alarm bells. As I went to get on, my saddle slipped and I didn’t mange to right it as I was halfway over his back. He got a fright, took off bucking and threw me into the fence post. I got an ambulance ride and thankfully the most awesome crew that kept me laughing even though I was crying.

    Displaced fracture of the ulna. The ED doctor managed to get it in a better position but still not well enough to heal on its own. Consult with the orthopaedic surgeon on Wednesday confirmed there’s no way it’s healing without intervention.

    Im so bitterly disappointed that this will be the end of my show season. I’ve been focusing on my studies since my work got cut back due to COVID and started riding full time. My husband has eventers and I’ve been working on a few projects. All up I’ve got 7 horses in work and they have been going SO well. I’ve been loving every second of it. Then this happens.

    It’s not the end of the world, but man it still sucks. X-rays are if my arm after the initial break and the doctor getting it somewhat reduced back.
    Not my circus, not my monkeys!

    #2
    Originally posted by BrokenArrow View Post
    And now I’m waiting on surgery on the 18th to fix said broken arm with a plate and pins. The disappointment of sitting out of the rest of the show season hit me harder than I thought it would.

    My gelding is cold backed and his panic button response to anything scary is to buck. I’ve had him a long time, enough to know how to manage him. He’s very seasoned and his warm up routine never changes. I took him to his first dressage show on the weekend in a year.

    He was a bit tense while being lunged. Nothing too bad to set off alarm bells. As I went to get on, my saddle slipped and I didn’t mange to right it as I was halfway over his back. He got a fright, took off bucking and threw me into the fence post. I got an ambulance ride and thankfully the most awesome crew that kept me laughing even though I was crying.

    Displaced fracture of the ulna. The ED doctor managed to get it in a better position but still not well enough to heal on its own. Consult with the orthopaedic surgeon on Wednesday confirmed there’s no way it’s healing without intervention.

    Im so bitterly disappointed that this will be the end of my show season. I’ve been focusing on my studies since my work got cut back due to COVID and started riding full time. My husband has eventers and I’ve been working on a few projects. All up I’ve got 7 horses in work and they have been going SO well. I’ve been loving every second of it. Then this happens.

    It’s not the end of the world, but man it still sucks. X-rays are if my arm after the initial break and the doctor getting it somewhat reduced back.
    I had something similar and, after surgery, it was a non-event, it healed just fine.

    During the time healing I was in a cast but didn't have hardly any restrictions, life kept on happening.
    Now, riding is not recommended with a cast considering how easy it would be to add another injury to that one if things happen to go wrong again.

    I have a plate and 7 screws and, due to my older age then, Dr buried that where it would not need to be take out again when it healed.
    If you get a choice, is better, since you are young, to get that hardware out of there.
    My long plate makes that bone less flexible and feel that every time I need to put considerable weight on that arm, like handling hay bales, sacks, posts, etc.
    Your surgeon will know what is best for your situation.

    Bet you heal quickly.
    Enjoy that everyone will want to help you while wearing a cast on your arm, let them.

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      #3
      Darn. That looks like it hurts.

      I am sorry about your show season. Hopefully post surgery it will be a quick heal and back to riding.

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        #4
        I'm so sorry this happened! Look into drycast.com. I got one when I destroyed my lower leg. It was a god send to be able to take a shower without a trash bag and tape!

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          #5
          I had a season-ending accident in 2017 three days before we started formal fox hunting for the year. Broke my leg in three places--surgery, plates, screws...the works. I remember laying in bed waiting for the surgery date and thinking this is what it's going to be like forever. And then getting my surgery and looking at the cast and feeling utter despair.

          The good news is that you WILL heal. It feels like forever, but it's not. I promise.

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            #6
            My horse-related fracture was in 2004 a couple of weeks before Christmas. BO asked me to bring them in and do Sunday evening chores while she visited the future DH. When I got home I slipped on black ice in my driveway and landed on my right arm. It was a supracondylar fracture just above my right elbow. I spent an afternoon in surgery and 3 days in the hospital. 4 fracture lines, 9 screws and 2 plates. MD said if the hardware didn't bother me to leave it because the procedure to remove it was pretty much the same with a couple of days in the hospital. I think it was at least a month before I got back to the barn. One of the kids brought my horse in and he exploded with joy when he saw me. The hardest part was missing Christmas with my parents. We tried to recreate it in February but it was apparent that my dad's Alzheimer's was advancing and he would be moving to a nursing home. That memory still lingers, but so does the one of my horse being so happy to see me. People wonder if they know who we are. Of course they do!.
            "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019

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              #7
              That looks pretty painful. Hope your surgery goes smoothly and you have a quick recovery.
              "She is not fragile like a flower. She is fragile like a bomb."

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                #8
                Thanks everyone.

                A week to go until surgery. Counting down the days. I am incredibly bored.
                Not my circus, not my monkeys!

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by BrokenArrow View Post
                  And now I’m waiting on surgery on the 18th to fix said broken arm with a plate and pins. The disappointment of sitting out of the rest of the show season hit me harder than I thought it would.

                  My gelding is cold backed and his panic button response to anything scary is to buck. I’ve had him a long time, enough to know how to manage him. He’s very seasoned and his warm up routine never changes. I took him to his first dressage show on the weekend in a year.

                  He was a bit tense while being lunged. Nothing too bad to set off alarm bells. As I went to get on, my saddle slipped and I didn’t mange to right it as I was halfway over his back. He got a fright, took off bucking and threw me into the fence post. I got an ambulance ride and thankfully the most awesome crew that kept me laughing even though I was crying.

                  Displaced fracture of the ulna. The ED doctor managed to get it in a better position but still not well enough to heal on its own. Consult with the orthopaedic surgeon on Wednesday confirmed there’s no way it’s healing without intervention.

                  Im so bitterly disappointed that this will be the end of my show season. I’ve been focusing on my studies since my work got cut back due to COVID and started riding full time. My husband has eventers and I’ve been working on a few projects. All up I’ve got 7 horses in work and they have been going SO well. I’ve been loving every second of it. Then this happens.

                  It’s not the end of the world, but man it still sucks. X-rays are if my arm after the initial break and the doctor getting it somewhat reduced back.

                  Get well soon! Think of all the years of enjoyment you will have with your horses after this x

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                    #10
                    Oh, ow ow ow OPd. Those xrays are not attracitve are they? Yikes. I am glad you are getting surgery but yes the waiting is soooo looonnngg and you get so boored. But all will be well and heal right as that is a fairly easy fx to fix. I send you healing vibes and a wish that you get to return to riding soon.
                    "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.

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                      #11
                      48 hours until surgery.

                      I’ve never been so excited to get surgery before.
                      Not my circus, not my monkeys!

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by BrokenArrow View Post
                        48 hours until surgery.

                        I’ve never been so excited to get surgery before.
                        I can't believe you had to wait so long.

                        Best wishes all is over soon and the whole behind you.

                        The horses and showing will wait for you.

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                          #13
                          Perhaps consider a monicker change to “Straight Arrow”.
                          On a serious note I hope all goes well and you heal well and strong.

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                            #14
                            The positive part of this is that your surgeon tried to avoid surgery. It's too bad getting it repaired means you will miss all that riding. It will seem like forever, but you'll get back in the groove. I think the options are increasing as the technology for screwing bones together gets better.

                            I've had three adventures in orthopedic surgery. I posted about the big one above. The second one involved dismounting on the track around the hay field. My foot landed in a hoof print/hole. It felt like a really bad sprain. I limped around in paddock boots for 3 days before heading for the doctor for a better brace. He came in with the x-ray and told me he was fixing it Friday at 1:00. I had popped off the end of the tibia. I could have skipped surgery but it wasn't a good idea. The ankle joint would eventually freeze. Hard to argue against a couple of screws.

                            The third was my right wrist. The ER surgeon reduced it and put a cast on. If it didn't move I wouldn't need surgery. Hard to argue with that. I went back to the same surgeon who did my arm and he said the same thing. I followed his instructions to the letter which included very specific limits on horse activities, starting with grooming. I didn't cheat -- I swear. I avoided surgery!

                            What I always tell people about orthopedic specialists is to listen carefully. If you say "horse" in any context you should get a vigorous response: A HORSE!?!?!!! They treat so many of us horsey types that they have seen and heard it all. If you get a modest or no acknowledgement they don't have enough experience. That's because our first question is almost always "when can I get back on my HORSE!" The negotiations begin. One day my surgeon said he should have introduced me to his previous patient. He showed me her x-ray with 5-6 screws and a plate holding her collarbone together. I think she was a jumper.

                            "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by walktrot View Post
                              The positive part of this is that your surgeon tried to avoid surgery. It's too bad getting it repaired means you will miss all that riding. It will seem like forever, but you'll get back in the groove. I think the options are increasing as the technology for screwing bones together gets better.

                              I've had three adventures in orthopedic surgery. I posted about the big one above. The second one involved dismounting on the track around the hay field. My foot landed in a hoof print/hole. It felt like a really bad sprain. I limped around in paddock boots for 3 days before heading for the doctor for a better brace. He came in with the x-ray and told me he was fixing it Friday at 1:00. I had popped off the end of the tibia. I could have skipped surgery but it wasn't a good idea. The ankle joint would eventually freeze. Hard to argue against a couple of screws.

                              The third was my right wrist. The ER surgeon reduced it and put a cast on. If it didn't move I wouldn't need surgery. Hard to argue with that. I went back to the same surgeon who did my arm and he said the same thing. I followed his instructions to the letter which included very specific limits on horse activities, starting with grooming. I didn't cheat -- I swear. I avoided surgery!

                              What I always tell people about orthopedic specialists is to listen carefully. If you say "horse" in any context you should get a vigorous response: A HORSE!?!?!!! They treat so many of us horsey types that they have seen and heard it all. If you get a modest or no acknowledgement they don't have enough experience. That's because our first question is almost always "when can I get back on my HORSE!" The negotiations begin. One day my surgeon said he should have introduced me to his previous patient. He showed me her x-ray with 5-6 screws and a plate holding her collarbone together. I think she was a jumper.
                              Sadly it was more two different hospitals not wanting to communicate. Because it happened about 2 hours away the hospital I went to wanted to try and transfer me back closer for the surgery the next day. My local hospital dragged their asses about it but still demanded I go to them.

                              Then the transfer got lost. I ended up back in ER in extreme pain and only then did I get an appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon. When I had the appointment he took one look at the xrays and said “oh wow. That’s super broken. We should have let them transfer you to the biggest hospital in the other district that day and do the surgery that night”

                              Great. Thanks for letting me sit around in extreme pain when this could have been fixed.

                              But on the bright side, because my local hospital couldn’t get to me in for a timely matter, I get to go to the newer hospital. It has much better food and a private room!
                              Not my circus, not my monkeys!

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                                #16
                                I broke my leg this past Saturday doing something similar!

                                My gelding is 5, less than 50 rides, and has been a bit spooky lately. Didn't want to stand still while I tried to mount/lay over the saddle, not sure if he got spooked or what but he took off and I was on his side, unbalanced. He bucked so I jumped away and landed wrong!

                                No surgery as of right now, thankfully.

                                Breaks are not fun!
                                Originally posted by katarine
                                I don't want your prayers, tiny cow.
                                Originally posted by Pat9
                                When it's time for a horse to go to a new person, that person will appear. It's pony magic.

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                                  #17
                                  BrokenArrow how did the surgery go?

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                                    #18
                                    Surgery went well! I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck but being home is the best medicine.

                                    I have a review in two weeks. The surgeon doesn’t want me riding for 3 months which is a bit disappointing.
                                    Not my circus, not my monkeys!

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                                      #19
                                      Originally posted by BrokenArrow View Post
                                      Surgery went well! I feel like I’ve been hit by a truck but being home is the best medicine.

                                      I have a review in two weeks. The surgeon doesn’t want me riding for 3 months which is a bit disappointing.
                                      Glad the surgery went so well.

                                      Don't worry about riding, if you try, you may find out you really don't want to.
                                      It is just too painful getting on and off with a shoulder injury and chance to make it worse again.

                                      Nice to be home, that is wonderful.

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                                        #20
                                        Three months does sound like a long time. Hopefully the time flies by.
                                        So glad to hear the surgery went well and you are home resting.

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