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Re: [RC] Accident - Patsy Davis

Get well wishes from Texas!  What a bummer!  I feel very fortunate not to be laid up as you are after getting bucked off on the 27th.  "Something" caused my mule, Sally, to start bucking during a CTR and I stayed on for about 4 bucks then came off and landed on my left hip and side.  Knocked the breath out of me but other than pain in an olready bad hip and some pulled upper back muscles, I think I'm ok.  I was wearing my helmet too.  I'm glad you weren't completely alone.  Makes me think I sure do need to let someone know when I ride off alone, which is frequently. 
Sally has never bucked in the 9 months I've had her so hope it was just a bee or something. 
Good luck with your recovery.  Trying to be active will certainly be helpful.  Did they have to do surgery?
 
Patsy  (an old nurse)

DESERTRYDR1@xxxxxxx wrote:
You know, how when things are going along just great, that little something
that comes along to screw it all up? In my case it was a chunk of rolled up
barbed wire, just about 10 feet or less rolled into a ball about 2 feet in
diameter. It was dusk, and I was thinking more about getting back to the trailer
than I was about watching where we were going. Riding my Anglo mare with Barb,
my riding partner. Fog got her foot caught in the wire, and started to
bucking a little. I yelled WHOA and she did, for a second. I was trying to figure
out how to get off when she started to bucking again, harder this time,
because the wire was in her tail, chasing her. So I went off to the rear after
about the second or third big jump, landed on my left hip and back of my head.

It hurt real bad, so I told Barb to just let me lie there a minute. When I
tried to get up, I got to my feet then almost passed out. Turns out I couldn't
sit up without passing out either, so I just laid down. Barb tried to figure
out what to do, then finally put her gloves and coat on me, and got on her
horse and led mine back down to the trailers. She called her husband, and the
Ambulance, then unhooked her horse trailer and came back up to stay with me. I
laid on the ground for about 1 1/2 hours til the ambulance got there, then
took a 45 minute ride down to the hospital. Broken pelvis, between the socket
of the femur and the seat bone.

Spent 5 days in the hospital, have pneumonia from lying down so much. But I
got out a week ago, and have slowly been getting better, trying to cut back on
the pain meds, trying to do as much activity as I can (mostly from bed to
chair to kitchen, with an occasional trip outside the house.

I DID get out to see the horses last Sunday, we had to haul hay and grain (my
son & brother did the grunt work, I just supervised)

Overall, It's been a real PAIN! I did learn a few things:

When something like this happens, I had always assumed that however I got
hurt, I'd be able to make it out of the riding area on my own. BAD
ASSUMPTION. I will from now on be a lot more careful about letting people know where
I'm going, and staying on the main trails. (There were a few "I told you so's"
over that!)

I will ALWAYS wear my helmet. I hit my head as hard as I hit my butt,
hard enough to break something, and didn't even have a headache! Yeah
Tipperary!

So, maybe a bit later in the ride season, jeri
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