Hi, all, and a special welcome to the newbies! Well, as much as I have been an avid proponent of equine therapy, I hope this doesn't scare anyone off because it usually only happens to experienced riders who do stupid and careless things. I was riding out in the mountain trails right before Halloween, by myself, and I was trying to find an adjoining trail so that I could go in a different direction, and somehow, Stormy and I crashed into a tree. A huge branch knocked me straight out of the saddle and although I instinctively rolled up to take the fall, I still fell onto rocks and managed to break my L-1 vertebra. Stormy went up to the main trail and waited for me, but I still had to hike up the small trail to the main trail, and a mountain biker was coming around the bend just as I got there. Luckily, my cell phone had coverage and I called the barn. They immediately called 911 (as did the mountain biker) and sent someone to take Stormy back. The EMTs came and put me on a gurney with all-terrain tires for the trip back up the trail to the ambulance! One of the guys said they have the all-terrain tires because they're out on the trails at least 5 times per day for "hikers, bikers and horseback riders." I spent 3 days in the hospital and have been recovering at home with a brace. Just saw the dr. and he said it's healing nicely and I have to go back mid-January. But no riding for 3-4 months, and I am crushed! DON'T LET THIS DETER YOU FROM EQUINE THERAPY! I broke several cardinal rules: 1) don't ever trail ride alone; 2) pay attention to what's around you; and 3) trust your horse; if he doesn't want to go somewhere, there's a problem and you should listen. I still recognize that without riding I would not be walking--there is no better exercise to strengthen your core, your arms, and most of all, your legs. JUST DON'T BE CARELESS OR DO STUPID THINGS AS I DID!
HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT THANKSGIVING!
Good to be back!