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Broken tailbone....on me :(

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  • Broken tailbone....on me :(

    Anybody out there broken their tailbone? How long before you were riding again. This seriously stinks!!!
    “And live like you ain’t afraid to die. And don’t be scared, just enjoy your ride.” Chris Ledoux ~ The Ride

  • #2
    Oh man, no way! I rode bareback on a narrow tb July 2007 and bruised mine it hurt like HE** for 1 month. I've been experiencing problems recently as I lost weight and let's just say "it's more exposed now". I feel like I'm growing a tail! Like in Duece Bigalo! It hurts, I just went to the chiropracter Monday, no relief. I'm excited to hear people's experience.
    Can I ask what happened?
    Maria Hayes-Frosty Oak Stables
    Home to All Eyez On Me, 1998 16.2 Cleveland Bay Sporthorse Stallion
    & FrostyOak Hampton 2008 Pure Cleveland Bay Colt


    • Original Poster

      Yeah, you can ask what happened...it's not very exciting. I was working with one of my young horses. He was being very good by the way. I was giving him a walk break and was turned around in the saddle hollering something at my husband and the cat took that moment to jump onto a fence post right next to us. Horse spun and bolted and being already turned around in the saddle I didn't have a chance. He took off and I stayed put and landed right on tailbone. OUCH!!! (and a little emabarasing)
      “And live like you ain’t afraid to die. And don’t be scared, just enjoy your ride.” Chris Ledoux ~ The Ride


      • #4
        Here's the latest thread on just that:

        Flying F Sport Horses
        Horses in the NW


        • #5
          I've broken mine twice...of all the things I have done I swear it is the most painful injury on earth!
          I Loff My Quarter Horse & I love Fenway Bartholomule cliques

          Just somebody with a positive outlook on life...go ahead...hate me for that.


          • #6
            Twice. I'm so, so sorry! Listen to your doctors. If you try to start back too soon you'll just add significantly to your healing time. Really. Take that stupid little pillow or doughnet everywear. You won't know what really aggravates it and it's good to have it with you.

            You did go to the doctor, didn't you? Second time I fractured mine, I didn't go right away. I thought I knew what it was, pulled out the pillow, and lived on old pain meds. When I finally went, I found out I had some internal bleeding. And it didn't feel as bad as the first time (but I was younger then!). If you haven't, go to the doctor!
            "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." - Confucious
            <>< I.I.


            • Original Poster

              Yes, my husband hauled me to the ER. They did a bunch of X-rays. That's what they found.
              “And live like you ain’t afraid to die. And don’t be scared, just enjoy your ride.” Chris Ledoux ~ The Ride


              • #8
                Not me but we have a girl at the barn that broke the tip off about 4 weeks ago. She was sitting on a counter and work and started to slip off, pushed against something to right herself and shoved her tail bone into the counter edge, broke a piece clean off . She could barely walk for a week and was heavily medicated if you know what I mean. They had to take her off the codein at the 4th day because people get so dependant on it and they gave her something else. She looked like she was 80 for another week and has been riding again the last 2 including lessons and jumping. She still cannot sit the trot and cannot canter for very long unless she gets in half seat but is off of the medication and just taking the occassional advil. Good luck!


                • #9
                  Oh yes, falling off my mare.
                  It sucks!
                  I'm not sure which is worse...broken tail bone or broken ribs....there's not much you can do for either, but at least you can sit on a horse with broken ribs...tailbone, not so much!
                  I think it was probably about a month and a half before I could tolerate riding.
                  But I swear sometimes, if I tweak myself just right, it STILL hurts!
                  The more you stir the $hit, the more it stinks.


                  • #10
                    I broke my pelvis, in an area not far from the tailbone, so I feel your pain.

                    It happened mid August and I was back on a horse at Thanksgiving. I might have tried sooner (xrays showed fracture was healed at 8 weeks), but I was away at school without access to a horse I trusted. Seriously, if you don't have one, beg/borrow/steal a packer for your first ride. My first ride back just felt weird, like I was all off balance. I did w/t/c during the first ride (my parents just about had a stroke!) but it was more passenger than real riding.

                    I second taking the pillow EVERYWHERE. I got these air cushion things at REI, which have a valve to inflate/deflate the pillow. Very nice for adjusting the amount of cushioning.

                    Also, even after you are healed, always carry advil. It's been 4.5 years since my fall, and I still get pain at the fracture whether the weather changes drastrically which happens rather frequently in St. Louis during the fall/spring.

                    Sending healing vibes,
                    Proudly owned by 2 chestnut mares
                    Crayola Posse: sea green
                    Mighty Rehabbers Clique


                    • #11
                      The donut...ah the donut. Do you know I STILL have to use it from time to time? It's been nearly 9 years since I broke mine the second time and every now and then I still get that YOWWWWWWW! when I sit down. I didn't get it after the first break so don't break it twice whatever you do
                      I Loff My Quarter Horse & I love Fenway Bartholomule cliques

                      Just somebody with a positive outlook on life...go ahead...hate me for that.


                      • #12
                        I tried to get back on within a week of breaking mine. Didn't work out so well. I pretty much rode on my crotch for months before being able to sit correctly in the saddle again. Even now, something like eights years later, I can only ride for a few hours at a time before things get uncomfortable.
                        Crayola Posse - Pine Green
                        Whinnie Pine (June 4, 1977 - April 29, 2008)
                        Autumn Caper (April 27, 1989 - May 24, 2015)
                        Murphy (April 28, 1994 - May 5, 2017)


                        • #13


                          I fell on my back, slipped on dog poo and flew back 2 years ago on Christmas and thought I was just sore but that tailbone area hurt so bad for over a year, and still not right now. I couldn't even sit straight on it. I can sit on it better now but riding, I don't know about that. I must have been quite a site, the ground was very wet and a bit muddy and I was on a grade walking to load my car in the dark and never saw it coming. It was a classic slip, typical 3 Stooges.

                          The tail bone seems to be a real problem area and I'm sure it depends on how bad it's injured and how it's broken.


                          • #14
                            My story doesn't end so well!

                            Over a year ago I was in a car accident. I broke my tailbone and the Dr. at the ER told me there was nothing to be done for a broken tail bone.... nearly 10 months later I was still in severe pain, and went to the Orthepedic Doc... it was healing, but crooked at a terrible angle!

                            It's still terrible, and I am only now able to get on a horse occasionally for a short period of time. :O( I am told that that I could try surgery, but it's a crap shoot to cure it or make it worse!

                            I hope yours heals well, but if it bothers you fairly soon, consider having another Xray to see that it's not healing incorrectly!



                            • Original Poster

                              Aww, you guys. I want it better now! Guess it could have happened in the middle of show season though. That would have been really bad.
                              “And live like you ain’t afraid to die. And don’t be scared, just enjoy your ride.” Chris Ledoux ~ The Ride


                              • #16
                                Thanks to plenty of padding over mine, when my greenie tossed me over his head and into the stone driveway, I just "chipped" mine It really was most painful for me to sleep and sit too long. I could still ride (I landed on my back not my butt). I had x-rays twice. The doc could tell I'd fractured it, but couldn't see the new pea sized chip until the 2nd set of x-rays 2 weeks later. I know how lucky I was - probably was the safest place for me to land on a stone driveway! War Admiral broke her back the same way a couple of years ago, if I remember correctly.

                                Take it easy and get as much rest as you can. That helps the healing process. Enjoy doing non-riding things, while you have the break!


                                • #17
                                  OUCH! It's been 23 years since I injured my tailbone after my three-year-old mare pitched me over her head and I landed butt-first in the dirt! I didn't go to the doctor or get xrays, just figured it was a bad bruise, but it was almost 2 months before I could get back in the saddle.

                                  LOL - what I remember was that it even hurt to bend over the bathroom sink to brush my teeth! I said to my friends that it was amazing how we use those muscles for EVERYTHING, no one should have a fat behind with all that movement going on!
                                  There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                  • #18
                                    I broke mine in February. It still bothers me from time to time. That silly donut thing did crap for me. Pillows here horrible. I had a cushy seat cushion on my saddle, I had to take that off it nearly made me cry.

                                    Good luck with it.
                                    Missouri Fox Trotters-To ride one is to own one

                                    Standardbreds, so much more then a harness racing horse.


                                    • #19
                                      Did it twice. Once in college slipping on some steps and once a few years ago falling off my horse. The second time was much worse, but I was much older! Whoever posted about bending over at the sink - when I read that my whole body shuddered. Man I know the exact pain. It took a pretty long time to be back to normal. Still several years later sitting for long periods of time, especially without moving is a killer. Riding for really long periods, not so good. I wish you luck - it SUCKS. What you need more than anything is patience. It is so easy to make it angry. If you really take a break it will be easier than doing too much and extending it a much longer time. Be patient - you will probably make it to show season. I will be jingling for you!


                                      • #20
                                        I fractured mine trying to step around a wheelbarrow and fell on concrete 17 years ago and it still hurts when I sit for too long. It sucks big time. I just wish if I had to fracture it I was doing something cool to make it happen instead of being in pain and covered in poop.