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Ask Tess Carmichael : Did you ever have a bad accident? If so how would you recommend coming back from it and mentally recovering? Thanks!

Ask Tess Carmichael : Did you ever have a bad accident? If so how would you recommend coming back from it and mentally recovering? Thanks!
Thank you so much!! This will definitely help me!!
Hi Ariana

Riding is unfortunately a risky sport and I haven’t gotten away from that. Over the years I’ve broken my ankle, hand and collar bone, ruptured ligaments, smashed my face, sprained my knee and my back as well as many other injuries! Each time I’ve had a bad fall it does highlight the fact that riding is a risky sport, something that I always know but I try not to think about. I’ve also had accidents doing all sorts of things, flatting, jumping, hacking out. You can’t predict when something might happen.

Physically it’s very important to allow enough rest, which is something that I’m really not good at – I was trying to convince them to let me ride in a cast!! Also do all the physio and rehab work you’re told to do, that will make sure that the injury heals in the right way and hopefully won’t have any long term problems.

Mentallly, I’ve not really been put off too much! I think like with the physical rehab it’s important not to rush it. I would start in your comfort zone, on a horse you trust doing small things that you feel confident with. Unique III is my comfort zone horse he’s always the first I get on if I’ve been off for a while with an injury because I trust him hugely and he’s normally quite sensible! Then gradually build up when you feel stronger physically as well.

Thanks for your question!
Tess ☺