Took Journey out for a hill climbing set yesterday. We walked for about an hour, and then did about 45 minutes of fast uphill intervals. She is cantering uphill now, and recovering pretty quickly which is good. When I thought enough was enough after blowing out a renegade boot ($) decided to wander on back home. Coming down a hill she skittered sideways and caught my leg on a pointed downed limb, caught my favorite riding tights on it and ripped a big hole in them ($). Oh it gets better. The field before home we often gallop as a last little interval. We've done it a bazillion times. She spooked, rolled back at a gallop and next thing I knew was my head impacting the ground HARD as well as my hip/lower back. I knew I was hurt. Just lay there assessing how badly and determined that at least I didn't seem to be paralyzed. Slowly got myself into a sitting position, and managed to stand. LSEGH had been in the backyard so he saw it happen and retrieved Journey, tied her up, and came to help me. I was so freaked over Journey that I started to panic and went all wheezy and tunnel vision. He assured me she was alright and helped me to house. Apparently I had a mild concussion as I couldn't sit up without retching, and couldn't walk without help as my left leg was in rebellion. Spent the afternoon and overnight down for the count. LSEGH checking my pupils with a light intermittently and waking me up as I overwhelmingly wanted to sleep. By bedtime, though I felt bad it seemed I was slowly feeling better vs. worse, so opted to not go to the hospital and finally got some sleep. Up at three a.m. this morning and though stiff, sore, and a residual headache I think I'll make it.
I do want to stress this...if I had not had a helmet on, I'd be in a major hospital somewhere, or dead. My husband heard me hit the ground coming off at a full gallop I didn't even register the actual fall, just cranking along, a glitch sideways, and the ground. Wear your helmets people. I've had a lot of miles on Journey, and thought we were well past such silliness. Stuff happens, even to good riders and good horses. When it comes down to it, with a horse sometimes instinct takes over, like it or not. Sick as i was yesterday, I count myself as very lucky to be typing on this keyboard this morning.
Discipline: LD/Endurance, CMO, Trail Rider, Cartoonist, Writer, Co-Director/ Green Bean Endurance
Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association