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  • #61
    Ooo, let's see... not technically a horse injury but... Helped DH clean 16 stalls after washing horses all day. Wearing the usually assemblage of horse clothing, which included the significant strong horse odor from cleaning the stalls, as well as assorted stains. Plus it was a warm day so I had human sweat-funk underneath all that. I mean I STANK. Friend of DH comes over to get instructions on some minor house repair we needed done and while I'm waiting for the two of them to clear out of the house so I can take a much needed shower I get the bright idea to start pulling out the deck furniture and plant pots from under the arena deck where they are stored. As I'm removing a rather heavy pot I turned, stepped on a landscape timber, which rolled. I tried to catch myself without letting go of the pot and landed on my outstretched arm, dislocating my shoulder. Client is riding in the arena about 20 feet away from me but didn't see or hear a thing because I was literally too shocked to make a peep. I grabbed my dysfunctional left hand with my right hand and walked myself up to the house and presented myself to two horrified men. DH (bless him) had the bright idea of trying to at least get a clean shirt on me to minimize the stench, but that idea was a complete non-starter. We made our way to the hospital where, naturally, everyone assumed I had a horse-related accident. Spent most of the evening (what I remember of it -- they have some AMAZING drugs now.) apologizing to the ER staff. I put the incident down to 'Extreme Gardening' and the ER docs gave me a hard time because I didn't get the shoulder back in on my own by doing some version of Mel Gibsons famous shoulder slam. Pretty sure the ER folks had seen local foxhunters do it.


    • #62
      I knew the minute I did it that my ankle was broken. I had Mr P pack it in ice and wrap it before he took me to the ER. The doctor was quite impressed and said we saved me a bunch of trouble treating it like that before calling Fredortho. Fredortho says all horse people are nuts.

      But really I just slipped in the garage
      I wasn't always a Smurf
      Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
      "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
      The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


      • #63
        First I apologize to my dear Grandma ( may she rest in peace - this happened long ago) - when on the first day of leasing a horse for school vacation, going 'trail' riding and having naughty boys shoot at the horses with pea shooter...I landed on a street curb. Fortunately all that happened was a concussion...but they took me to the hospital and I refused to give my name and address. Poor G'ma was out walking the streets looking for me when I didn't come home! I was 10. I feel bad that I made her worry! What was I thinking...that she wouldn't find out???

        Over the years I have to say I have been lucky. Broken finger ER splinted and told me to come back in a week...well I was going on vacation...so it was 2 weeks. But the splint was annoying...so I took it off except when riding. Hand specialist, when I finally got to him, said it was fortunate ...if I hadn't removed the splint and moved my finger, it would have healed bent. Note: if you have a hand or foot injury...see a hand or foot specialist because a general bone dr. isn't specifically trained for the intricate hand/foot issues. It had been improperly splinted. still have a popping issue with it but it doesn't hurt.

        I also learned in a recent event...LIE!!! I was kicked in the chest by my friend's horse - stupid move on my part put me in a position to land a hoof in the boob...but who knew he'd kick?!?! I called my Dr. and asked to see her because it hurt...no, go to ER. Boob started turning white, so I called breast Dr., explained I had been kicked in chest...no, go to ER. So I took Advil and went to bed. The next day as I took a not so deep breath, I whinced...and decided maybe I shoudl go to ER. I wouldn;t have but a polo groom had been kicked in the chest and DIED only a few days before...so maybe since I lived alone, I should go to ER. Nothing to be done for broken rib, but ...still maybe I should check it out.

        Of course the ER staff asked this grey haired lady 'you WHAT?' ...took xrays, gave me prescription for heavy duty pain meds ( didn't take except the Ibupropen). Nothing broken... a month later I get a bill. I had paid the $50 co-pay, grudgingly and the balance of $2500!!!! was pending. I got a call from a third partner partner of my my insurance provider asking me details of the accident. I said ' unowned horse on public road' and no there would be no further actions. I said ' in fact, if my primary Dr. had seen me...she could have sent me for an xray and it would have been WAY less for the exact same thing! Did they think I was going to say it happened at my friend's place with her horse...when she was being nice enough to let me ride gratis and it was my own stupidity that caused the accident...AND she doesn't even know, because I never told her!! ...and never will! So LIE...don't tell them about the accident until you are in the office! Don't tell ALL the details.


        • #64
          Reading these stories, it occurs to me that the terms "fell off my horse" or "unplanned dismount" just don't do us justice. That's why ER docs give us crazy looks. I know it's the polite thing to say and such terms date back to a gentler age, but let's give it a much more descriptive term since most modern human beings have no clue as to the raw power and speed of these herbivores nor can they begin to understand our odd association with them.

          How about "violent earthen collision" to explain when we become a projectile?

          Perhaps explaining that we had a "sudden toe stomping attack" to explain the wise-ass horse that pretends not to hear our yelps of pain when they 'accidentally' step on our toe?

          Or, even the lovely "head busting electrical strike" to explain how we managed to both get in the way of a horse's head and get electrocuted in rapid succession? What's that? You never had a horse throw their head up violently at a herd-mate, decking you in the process and sending you sprawling onto a cattle grade hot-wire? Oh, you just wait. Good times.
          “Pray, hope, and don't worry.”

          St. Padre Pio


          • #65
            Not HR - I was playing with the dogs and one of the labs collided with the side of my knee - right where the fibula joint sits. Strained the heck out of it - like couldnt walk very well at all.... even hobbling was "interestingly painful". But I had two lessons planned - two lessons with a good trainer. So, taking my dog's pain meds (also approved for humans), I rode my (thankfully good and sweet) mare with my knee taped and strapped for 2 45 minute lessons.

            Then I went to my doctor.... who just shook her head and asked "did the horse kick you? did you fall off the hay stack? did you turn too fast with a heavy grain sack? Or was it the labrador .... again????" - yes, that was not the first time that I had done that particular injury.
            Still Working_on_it - one day I will get it!


            • #66
              "You were bitten in the breast by a horse?" (repeated several times by ER Doc and nurse).

              "You were standing outside a fence when the horse reared and landed on your foot?" (Compound great toe fracture). Yes I was, and in good stiff paddock boots.

              "YOU WERE DOING WHAT?" (The only time I've had a Dr. yell at me).
              I had a full leg cast on and was a kid and couldn't stand the inactivity so got on pony with leg sticking straight out, went through open gate that wasn't wide enough, casted leg met post and I helicoptered off (slow mo) breaking the cast.

              There are too many to list really..


              • #67
                I'm an ER nurse so...

                I have to tell you, in reading all these stories I'm quite amazed-but not by what you think I would be.
                The ER I work in (not a big city/tertiary one either) would not raise an eyebrow at any of your stories. We hear it from EVERYBODY and all walks of life. Horse related injuries are (relatively) boring in the scale of things. If you think about it, it's fairly easy to get injured by something that outweighs you by several hundred pounds.
                What gets our ire up is people doing STUPID things that could have been prevented...like not wearing a helmet (riding horses, skiing, riding a motorcycle-the list goes on).
                Not trying to disappoint all of you (my flamethrower suit is on) but ER nurses see it all and it takes quite alot to even register on our "crazy meter".
                I'm sure I've rained on all your parades but I couldn't not respond....


                • #68
                  I didn't get much of a reaction when i was kicked in the arm and have nerve damage, but when i had 2 torn ligaments and a bone chip in my pinky i had all sorts of reactions. One dr said ph we had a girl in here a couple of days ago that was bit in the face. Yeah that was my coworker and no that was a different horse. Gasps lol. Then the hand spe ialists thought horses were cute and cuddly. They were even more shocked that despite torn ligaments, a bone chip and nerve damage that my grip tested at 100#s!


                  • #69
                    I think the term ER is being used loosely here, Julscarver. At least I was using it loosely. I never been to the actual ER with a horse injury. My pleurisy occurred in daylight so it was the other, walk-in clinic at the local hospital (do they still have those?). In the military we had essentially extended sick call and that's where I went for one broken toe. Of course most times, I just waited and made an appointment or sucked it up. I didn't go anywhere after getting whacked in the head and knocked into a hot wire. Nor did I do anything but make an appointment when I unknowingly broke my back or had a concussion that knocked me out for a minute. I don't like ERs because of the extended sitting around in the waiting room with a bunch of knuckleheads that have colds and the snarkiness (I have taken friends there before).

                    Oh, and I did use a doc-in-the-box once when I had a classic bullseye mark after a tick bite. It was Friday night and I thought I needed to start those antibiotics right away. Plus, Lyme is reportable. Again, not really the ER.

                    Of course life is a little different now that I'm grown up and sensible. Well mostly sensible. Now, it's more just silly clumsiness that gets me injured rather than a bad equine encounter. Being married to a family doc means that on Easter Sunday when I dropped a very sharp knife on my foot while cutting veggies, I was saved a trip to the ER while hubby simply pulled out his suture kit and stitched my foot right up. So much better than a 45 minute drive and a 5 hour wait.
                    “Pray, hope, and don't worry.”

                    St. Padre Pio


                    • #70
                      Originally posted by uphill View Post

                      Over the years I have to say I have been lucky. Broken finger ER splinted and told me to come back in a week...well I was going on vacation...so it was 2 weeks. But the splint was annoying...so I took it off except when riding. Hand specialist, when I finally got to him, said it was fortunate ...if I hadn't removed the splint and moved my finger, it would have healed bent. Note: if you have a hand or foot injury...see a hand or foot specialist because a general bone dr. isn't specifically trained for the intricate hand/foot issues. It had been improperly splinted. still have a popping issue with it but it doesn't hurt.
                      Oh yeah I forgot about my finger
                      Horse shied violently and my finger got stuck in the halter ring.

                      Oh well, I iced it and went on about my business.

                      A month or so later it was still red and swollen so I went to my GP. She xrayed it, said it wasn't broken, splinted it and said come back in a month. Well 2 months later the extensor tendon was shortening so it was now hyper extended. GP sent me to the HAND specialist who ordered an xray, mri and sent me to PT.
                      Two MORE months and it was still red swollen so they operated on it...I had torn the volar plate, nothing they could do so they pinned it.

                      I have about 15 degrees of motion in that joint. The surgeon said that even knowing what was wrong it didn't show up on any of the films.
                      I wasn't always a Smurf
                      Penmerryl Sophie RIDSH
                      "I ain't as good as I once was but I'm as good once as I ever was"
                      The ignore list is my friend. It takes 2 to argue.


                      • #71
                        Originally posted by uphill View Post
                        Note: if you have a hand or foot injury...see a hand or foot specialist because a general bone dr. isn't specifically trained for the intricate hand/foot issues.
                        So true! I was long lining my mare when I tripped (over my own feet) and fell. Stupid me, I held on to the lines, which I had been holding like reins, so she wouldn't get away. She continued to walk and the line crunched my ring finger. I wasn't sure if it was broken or dislocated. It looked funny and I couldn't move it, but it didn't really hurt if I left it alone. Went to an urgent care (actually, Reddy Care--owned and run by Dr. Reddy.... that specialty was clearly his destiny) to get it looked at. He xrayed it, splinted it, and told me to get to a hand surgeon ASAP. Next morning, I called, got right in, and was informed that surgery was highly recommended. I now have three little tiny screws in my finger, which is 99.9% good as new.

                        Oh, and you know you did a good job when the xray tech at the hand surgeon's office says "wow, I've never seen a finger broken like that before!" Yes, well, I do try to be original.
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                        VW sucks.


                        • #72
                          I broke my foot (lisfranc fracture) a couple years ago in a car accident. Not a mark on me anywhere else, but my foot was bent at a little more than a 90 degree angle with the front part of my foot pushed up and over the other half, all the ligaments were torn, etc. Laying there on the side of the road while the paramedics tried to figure out how to stabilize my foot for transport was hysterical. When I went in for my follow-up appt with the orthopedic surgeon, all the nurses at his office went, "Oh YOU'RE the girl with that crazy fracture. I've never seen anything like it! How'd you do it? That is just INCREDIBLE." I was "the girl with that foot fracture" all during the course of treatment...
                          Proud member of the Snort and Blow Clique


                          • #73
                            The same here, the surgeon that put my elbow back together 30 years ago is the same that operated on my shoulder last year.
                            He said then he never had seen an elbow dislocated quite like that.
                            When he was working on my shoulder all those years later, he commented that he still had not seen an elbow with that kind of injury since and that I am lucky to still have 100% use of it.


                            • #74
                              Most entertaining (to me, at least) ER explanation, was the day when I needed to blanket one of my mares, but was too lazy to bring her into the barn to do it. Caught her in the field, put halter on, and draped—not tied, or even looped—lead rope over the top fence board. I was facing her rump when something spooked her. She jerked away from the fence and bolted, but the lead freakishly caught in a crack in the board and stuck there. Board flew loose from the post and cracked me in the back of the head before coming loose from the lead. Did a mention there was a rusty nail protruding somewhere that ripped a big bloody hole in my scalp?

                              Got stitches, yet another tetanus shot, and was diagnosed with a slight concussion. Just another day at the barn...and night at the ER.
                              "Dogs give and give and give. Cats are the gift that keeps on grifting." –Bradley Trevor Greive


                              • #75
                                Mine was just this past Oct. I was riding my horse in between 2 pastures (there is a chute) at the walk. All of sudden, he went one way and I went the other. Very uncharacteristic for him. He's usually pretty level headed. Well, I landed near the fence on one side, he bounced off the fence on the other side and came back towards me. And stomped right on my arm (he has shoes on). I sat up and pulled my jacket up to see a perfect hoof print (nail heads included). Great.... I checked everything else and I seemed okay but my arm was starting to swell. So I catch my horse (who was only about 10 feet away from me with the "Uh, oh... I didn't just toss my treat giver onto the ground did I?" look on his face. Hand walked him to the barn. Of course we were all the way out on the front part of the property. The other horses in the pastures were going nutty so he starts spinning. Double great.... Get to the barn, un-tack him, put all my things way, etc. Call hubby and tell him to meet me at the Urgent Care near our house (about 25 minutes away) and drove myself there. Call BM to let her know what happened and to be careful handling him as he was a "little hot". Ended up not being broken. But Dr said one inch this way or one inch that way and it would have either shattered my forearm or wrist. Nice. This was one they hadn't seen before. And I had to explain what happened 3 times. They told me to watch out for compression syndrome. Double nice.

                                Was back on my horse about 5 days later (once the swelling went down enough that I could use my fingers again). Went back to the spot it happened 2 days after that so I wouldn't have a fear issue later.

                                BM told me when she got to the barn, he was fine. But when she was bringing some of the other horses in, she saw 2 coyotes trotting down the chute right near where I fell off. So they must have been hiding in the long grass in the empty field and my horse caught site/smell of them and self preservation kicked it. Can't say I blame him.

                                My watch literally snapped in 1/2 and that probably helped protect my wrist. BM went out to look for it the next day and found it. It still worked but the band was completely busted.

                                I still have a divot from the tip of his shoe pivoting off my arm. And it feels weird when I run my finger over it. I'm sure I have some nerve damage.

                                Years ago when I had my mare before Stitch, she spun on me and stomped on my foot. I was wearing my good tall boots. First thought was... I gotta get these off before my foot swells enough that they have to cut them off! Fractured the top of my foot. 2 weeks later? She does it again!!! One reason why she's my former mare. And what are the odds that the same Dr at the UC place was there both times I went in. The look on his face was priceless.

                                Last but not least was when I was lawn darted off a horse in college and stress fractured 4 vertebrae (2 in my neck and 2 in my upper back). Kinda of a Chris Reeves thing but not paralyzed. I was air lifted to the hospital. My college was in a small farm town so it wasn't something new to them. Lived in a shell for about 6 months to let things to fuse back. Have been completely messed up since.
                                Last edited by LSM1212; May. 1, 2013, 01:46 PM.


                                • #76
                                  My horse hit me in the head with his carrot. Yep that's the story.

                                  I was out in the field to catch him, offered him a carrot. Another horse came at him from the off side, he threw his head up, butt end of carrot sticking out of his mouth, hit me at the top of my forehead, and knocked me off my feet. I was stunned, my head hurt. Then the warm trickle started running down my face. I reached up to a sticky mess and a big round hole (3 pt boxer's blow) in my forehead down to the bone.

                                  No one there at the farm that aft. Wrapped my head with a leg wrap (green I do remember!) and drove myself to the ER in the next town. ER doc was a horse lady, she had a good laugh - so did the guys at Happy Hour at the bar where I bartended back then. "Hey little lady, what happened to you?"
                                  The cue card kid just held up an empty cue card. For a minute there I thought I had lost my sense of humor. --- Red Skelton


                                  • #77
                                    Originally posted by pony grandma View Post
                                    My horse hit me in the head with his carrot. Yep that's the story.
                                    Ok, this makes me think we better start banning carrots on all flights. Those things are lethal!


                                    • #78
                                      Originally posted by cheval convert View Post
                                      Of course we are a little insane...but the only thing crazier than a horsewoman, is a horsewoman without a horse!
                                      That needs to be someone's signature line. It's so true!
                                      Flip a coin. It's not what side lands that matters, but what side you were hoping for when the coin was still in the air.

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                                      • #79
                                        Horse bit me in the neck one time, throwing a humongous hematoma. Whole office-full of doctors couldn't stop laughing their asses off about my "horse hickey." Fortunately, I have a sense of humor!

                                        Then there was the time I had a too-short arrow fall off the bow's arrow guide at a full-draw release and get stuck neatly through 3" of skin along the top of my left hand, sticking out on both ends. All the way through! Almost completely painless, strangely. I drew it out right away before it could swell up and get stuck, and went off in search of a tetanus shot . . . my brother almost tossed lunch and my nephew didn't look too good either.

                                        That doctor kept telling me how "lucky" I was. I said, "Y'know what, right now I don't feel "lucky" at all, just really, really STUPID!"

                                        Hey, at least it was a field-point!

                                        I told him I was committed to leading a pace team and shipping the team's horses the next morning, so what did I need to do to get there and function? He must have been ex-Army, because he didn't hesitate to tell me overnight ice, Advil, elevate, and tape my fingers together once my riding glove was on.
                                        Which was pretty damn cool of him, actually; must have seen horse-folk before.

                                        Well, we rode the course, took all the fences, and won a ribbon, too . . .


                                        • #80
                                          From the procession of assorted doctors, nurses and other people who came by to check out my wounds, the result of getting gored by a deer isn't something that the ER sees every day of the week..