• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

T12 L1 fracture anyone?

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • T12 L1 fracture anyone?

    So depending in how you look at it, I either ran out of luck, or got very lucky indeed five days ago, and fractured the spinous process of T12 and the body of L1 after getting bucked off onto hard ground.

    A friend recently had a similar injury, but worse, and her story has been so helpful to me, but I was wondering if anyone could share their own journey with this sort of injury?

    I am in a brace for three months minimum, and no driving in that time. No working either. After that I'm not sure what to expect.

    Five of my horses are off to various friends tomorrow, leaving me with just three at home to keep me sane.

    Any tips on healing, sanity or otherwise?

    Regards Pin

  • #2
    I broke my L2 last August. The actual break did not hurt too much and healed fast but I tore pretty much all the muscle along my lower back which took VERY long to heal and was extremely painful. It wasn't until February that I finally was back into normal muscle function. I was in a brace for three months and as soon as the brace came off I was on a horse!
    I started riding again in December, but I couldn't do more than walk/trot for two months. I am actually going to my first horse show this weekend, so its a big thing for me.

    Enjoy your time off while you have it - getting back to work and doing things is going to be hard and frustrating but very rewarding at the same time! It was really hard for me to get on a horse and not be the same rider I was before.
    I did a lot of reading riding books and it gave me some good tips when I got back in the saddle! One thing I do recommend is event though it is a pain in the butt ALWAYS ALWAYS wear your brace when you get up.
    I was never given Physical Therapy but I think that it would have really helped me early on.

    I guess thats all I have to say... but Jingles to you and I hope you heal quickly!
    Eventers of the West
    A Facebook group I created for Eventers in the West Region of the U.S.
    Remy - My OTTB Gelding! Love him to pieces!


    • #3
      Originally posted by Pin View Post
      So depending in how you look at it, I either ran out of luck, or got very lucky indeed five days ago, and fractured the spinous process of T12 and the body of L1 after getting bucked off onto hard ground.
      You were very lucky.

      I broke T12/L1 5 1/2 years ago and I am now a wheelchair-dependent paraplegic. The thing that keeps me going is horses. I was not injured in a horse accident (ATV) but, preparalysis I was a professional 3-day event rider. It took me a year but, I am back in the saddle and riding everyday. Things are different but, I am IN the saddle. Just be thankful for what you still have. You can actually read about my accident on here, there was a whole posting on it that I found after I got out of rehab. It was in 10/2007.


      • #4
        Ten years ago, I broke L1 toL5, transverse processes. I was launched from a horse onto a very solid fence. Also broke a few ribs (can't recall how many ) and punctured a lung. 2 weeks in hospital.
        It took months of physio to build me back, muscles are still weak on that left side, mostly because muscles attach to the transverse processes. I have no longer muscles attached there. I rode at a walk 4 months after the accident. Took a bit longer to get my nerve to trot and even longer to canter.
        I was very lucky and still count my lucky stars. But riding is difficult at best for me (weaker side) , I used to ride dressage, now I mostly do trails. I still ride though and am happy for that.
        Driving has been my godsend.


        • Original Poster

          Thank you so much for your replies.

          Kate I would say that I don't have any muscle damage, or at least none that the doctors mentioned. It's good to know that the bone can heal quickly. I suspect I had the simplest type to get. I hope I am back riding as quickly as you describe!

          CharB thank you for your post. It does put things in perspective for me. I was actually unaware that an injury at this level could cause paralysis....I thought that was only higher. I will indeed look for the post. You sound very positive and I am so glad you are riding. It must be very hard for you not to be competing. Thank you again.

          Go pony, that sounds hideously painful, and I am amazed you were riding at four months, I can't imagine that I will be.

          Thank you again for your replies.


          • #6
            A wonderful trainer and lots of books!

            Compression fracture L1 L2 13 years ago. No brace, but very limited activity for three months. A friend suggested using a balance ball for core strengthening after my doctor gave me the ok to start back on some normal activities. I started back riding as soon as my three months was up, but was very weak and found the balance ball really did help. I've since developed some major bone spurs in my lower back, which irritate the muscles etc.

            Going back to the balance ball has helped me to strengthen my core and back muscles, which in turn has improved my riding.

            As for keeping sane during my down time, I read and reread every horse related book I could get my hands on, reviewed videos of previous clinics I had taken and had a wonderful friend and trainer who discussed training goals and different dressage techniques with me. She was a godsend for my sanity and boosted my lagging spirits when I needed it most.

            Good luck, I know this is a painful and trying time. Give yourself the time to heal properly. Stinting yourself on that time puts you at risk of injury and an even longer recovery.
            A poorly fitted saddle hampers both horse and rider.


            • #7
              Hello Pin
              I found found the threads on this board very helpful while I was recuperating - so many inspiring people!


              • Original Poster

                Thanks Mtngirl, I have been doing a lot of reading, which is great! And lots of I padding!��

                I haven't been cleared to do any sort of Physio yet, but have a check up in about two weeks. I am heaps more mobile than I was so hoping a bit of Physio can be started!

                CHDU are you who I *think* you are? ��


                • #9


                  • #10
                    I was 13 when I was injured. Swimming was the best PT ever. My mom made me swim, everyday, even if it was really just walking in shoulder deep water for 30min. I was obviously in pain, but I honestly think that's why I have NO pain YEARS later. I didn't have the muscle tightening/ weakness issues many have had.
                    For a moment there, you bored me to death


                    • #11
                      Not sure if you're still checking this thread but I just fractured T12, L1 and L2 spinous processes last weekend (and 11th rib). I was told this isn't bad at all and I should be back in action in 6 to 8 weeks. Haven't actually seen a spine doctor yet though (next Monday). However a NZ physio who happens to know my parents recommended a machine called a MedX that's supposed to be great for rehabilitating injured backs (once you can do physical therapy). Am planning on trying it once I can.


                      • #12
                        I had a compression fracture of L2 7 years ago. I was in the clamp shell for 3 months then out and into a soft brace for a while. I, too, was riding as soon as I could.

                        Looking back, I wish I had done more PT type of things after the brace came off. It's really important to get the muscles surrounding it strengthened and and functioning. I did some Feldenkrais earlier this year and my body was still holding onto that trama and I didn't realize it b/c I just compensated.

                        That said, I really didn't have too much pain after healing. I trim my horses and that does aggravate my back, but I have no idea if it's b/c of the old injury or a disc issue.


                        • Original Poster

                          Thanks peeps!
                          Brace could hypothetically come off today but my doc can't see me until next week. Gah! Then ill fund out what rehab I need. No word yet on how long until I can ride. Looking forwards to some swimming and gym time though. Has been a long time since I did either


                          • #14
                            Hey there! Yay for no brace!

                            I'm in your boat, OP, had the stupidest fall of a horse (my 3rd lesson after 5 years of no riding!) back in May. Fractured L1 and L2,spent a few days in the hospital and then in a brace until Aug. 28th, and now in PT. It's helping out but it's quite the torture after being inactive for so long, I feel like some sort of weak sea sponge trying to exercise.

                            I was almost allowed to get on a horse last week, just for a walk, if I had not hurt myself doing my PT exercises at home. I'm just not sure my back will hold up to putting a saddle on or picking hooves, but we'll see.

                            Going back to work as a vet. tech, starting again part time on Oct. 7th... I'm a bit anxious about it, and hoping that it won't hurt too much.