Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Opps! I Fell Off of my Horse!

Yes it is true. I have not fallen off of a horse in years..even those that bucked and reared up...but it happened to me this Sunday. Actually though, I must admit it was neither mine or the horses fault. The saddle actually broke. The billet (that is the strap that the girth buckles into) ripped, so there was nothing holding the saddle on! I could have stayed on if we were going in a straight line - but we were cantering in small circles. More weight was on the inside and that is the direction I went down. The scarry part was that I fell directly under the horse and he had to jump over me with his back feet.

I laid on the ground on my right side in a fetal position with the saddle still between my legs. My horse stopped a few steps ahead. Pain rivited through body. The red clay soil was unforgivingly hard since the last rain we saw was over a week ago with Hurricane Ike. Thankfully I was not alone. Both Cherryl, a friend I met at work and a horse trainer were there. They rushed over to help me, but because it was my back that hurt the most, they were cautious about moving me. I lay in the grass for an eternity.

Because I did not have any numbness in my limbs, they brought a chair into the paddock and sat me in it. I immediately started to feel faint. Both commented on how white I was. It was apparent that I was not going to be riding any time soon, so the horse was put up. The trainer carried me to Cherryl's truck and placed me into the front seat. My skin was cold and clammy. They drove me to the hospital. Every bump and turn caused pain, mostly on my left side which I thought quite strange since I fell on my right.

The people at the hospital were very nice, even though they seemed extremely busy. After they took my vitals and assessed what they thought was the problem, they ordered x-rays and gave me medication for the pain. It did as much good as bad. Although it made many of my aches go away, it brought on terrible nausia. Once I was able to lie flat, the doctor did the usual "does this hurt?" test, until he found my GEEEEEE spot...you know the one that makes you both jump off the table and cry at the same time. Mine was the midline area of my pelvis. He thought I did indeed break a small bone on the posterior pelvic bone. Thankfully, he was wrong! Both x-rays and a cat scan confirmed that all bones were in tact. I just had deep tissue bruising.

Don met us at the hospital and on the drive home, we stopped only to pick up my medication. He pulled me on the wagon from the drive to the stairs and had to carry me up the stairs in his arms..(poor guy!) He was so gentle, setting me down so softly on the bed.

So today, I can get in and out of bed by myself and with the help of a cane, I can walk to the bathroom...even though it takes me about 10 minutes to get there!


Susan said...

Thank Goodness nothing was broken! I don't think my husband could carry me up the stairs. I guess it's good we don't have stairs. If you weren't hurt it could have been a "Rhett Butler" moment.(I've just finished Rhett's People). Get well soon!
Hugs, Susan

Ginger said...

So glad you weren't hurt any worse than you were. I bet you feel like you got hit by a truck, this morning. Take Care.

CIELO said...

Oh my gosh, Julie, how scary is that!.... you brave girl! So glad to hear your are doing fine. Knowing you, I'm sure you'll be riding again as soon as you can hop back on that horse :)

Take care!


Anonymous said...

hey julie,
I just want you to know how so very glaaaaaaaaaaad I am that you are ok and did not break anything..I had flashbacks of Wes' accident!!
All of our accounts -Misty,Bri , Vidonia etc.. have all ask how you are and so happy you will be ok .. see you soon!!xoxo

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I am so sorry this happened but so glad nothing was broken. Hope you are up and around and riding again, soon!

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

Oh..I'm so glad you are okay! How scary that must have been! I hope you feel better soon!

herself said...

So sorry to hear about your accident and glad you are just bruised and shook up. How lucky you were ( probably doesn't feel like that right now, but in retrospect it will ).

BailiwickDesigns said...

Oh ouch! My daughter was an avid rider and to my relief was only thrown once when her horse wouldn't take a jump (she flew into a bush - prickly, but soft). That girl could hang on through just about anything!

I hope you heal quickly - please get well soon! ::Jill

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!!!! I hope you are well on the mend!!!!! Feel Better!!

M ^..^

jerseygirl211 said...


So sorry to hear about your accident, hope you mend soon.


Thrifty Miss Priss said...

oh how terrible! I hope you are feeling better!

Kelli said...

Ouch! I will pray that you heal up quickly! Gentle ((hugs))

LivingTheLife said...

Yikes...I know that had to hurt and believe me I do know...I've been thrown a couple times myself, but that was when I was much younger and bounced back a lot quicker. I know you will be up and about as soon as you can...but in the meantime...please rest and don't overdo...just b/c it's not a break doesn't mean you don't need to give ample time for recovery...sometimes deep bruising is just as painful as a break.

Oh! and I haven't forgotten about your little diddy I picked up a few weeks ago...just with Hurricane Ike and all...I decided to wait till I thought it may reach you...plus I wanted to add a couple of things to it...now...I can just offer it up as a "get well" goodie.

Take care...blessings you way.

Lisa said...

Hi, I was just checking in to see how you have been doing since the big hurricane and I sure didn't expect to see this post. Seriously, I'm glad you weren't hurt.