The past two weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind for me. To my clients, thank you IMMENSELY for your patience, and between today and tomorrow, your galleries will be up and out to you with a rush for anything you need right away. If you haven’t heard, my daughter, Erynn, (almost 13 years old), had an accident on horseback. If you have followed this blog over the years, you know we have a few horses and love to ride. Erynn especially loves to jump and competes in hunter/jumper shows locally. Her room is buried in ribbons, and the biggest smiles out of her are when she’s riding Stormy.
We were at our typical riding lessons, and Stormy’s knee was swollen, so Erynn took out No-Brakes. No-Brakes is an Icelandic horse that she was preparing to possibly race this spring under her riding instructor’s guidance. We decided to take No-Brakes and one of my mares out after lessons to gallop through the field and “open him up” and see how he does. Everything went extremely well, No-Brakes was listening very well to Erynn. They raced ahead of me, and of course I watched to see if he behaved when near the road. Erynn stopped him, looked both ways, and began to calmly cross the road at a walk. I was marveling at his wonderful behavior, and all of a sudden, his feet slipped out from under him. I watched as my girl hit the pavement; the sound of her head slamming down on the road was sickening. BUT SHE WAS WEARING HER HELMET! Thankfully, I have always made her wear her helmet (and believe me, after what I saw and heard, I will always wear mine now). No-Brakes kind of rolled off of her and got up and walked away.
I calmly walk my horse to the road to not spook No-Brakes, and I see Erynn’s face. I *KNOW* something is broken. I have seen Erynn fall more times than I can count, and I always watch her face after every fall – this time was different. I tied up my mare, and picked Erynn up (forgetting completely she was 100 pounds until my back screamed at me), and I set her onto the side of the road, and went to get help.
Thanks to all at Muddy Creek Meadows for their help in taking care of our horses, finding No-Brakes, and getting Erynn into my car. We took off to the emergency room an hour away.
In the ER, they discovered a break in the largest bone in the foot (At this point, I’m so shocked that this is happening, because she just had another injury of the other foot weeks’ prior and was just being released from wearing a surgical shoe on the other foot), some road rash on her shoulder, and a bump on her head, and her entire left side was beat up, but she was fine thanks to her helmet! At her followup, they found yet another break in her foot, but alignment is good and not requiring surgery for any breaks. It’s now two weeks out, and they still cannot put a hard cast on as there is still too much soft tissue swelling. Her next stop will be an MRI to assess if she has any ligament and tendon injuries which they are quite suspicious of.
UPDATE: A few weeks after I posted this, they finally sent us for an MRI. Erynn had a total of 8, yes EIGHT breaks from the lower tibia down. None of them were out of alignment, thank God! There are two areas of the tendons/ligaments that are in question, and we are still awaiting to find out if surgery is necessary on them.
It’s amazing how your family is such a unit. When one is injured, it throws off everything. After yet another followup appointment yesterday, she had braces put on her teeth (this girl can’t catch a break – haha… no pun intended? ;)), and then I took her to the barn to see her beloved Stormy. She was so happy to finally be back at the barn, even if only for a little bit….
I figured I should show Erynn jumping the week before her accident – she loves every minute of this, and it’s killing her not being able to ride, but she’ll have to be patient….