I was riding bareback for about two minutes when Chrome spooked and did a rollback. Being bareback I couldn't hang on. As I started to slip, barely hanging on by the rope on his halter he freaked and took off. We got a couple of strides and I fell. He ran to a tree and stood frozen under it like he was terrified.
I landed on the right side of my back and could not breathe. I thought I was going to suffocate right there because I was trying to breathe in and my lungs were frozen. Jackal and hubby were immediately by my side and he talked to me until I relaxed and could breathe again. He said it was seconds but it felt like minutes.
I laid there until I could breathe again. Then I got up and I was pissed. I longed the crap out of Chrome in the spot where he spooked and again in the spot where I fell. That may not have been the right thing to do but I don't want him getting away with it. I could already feel pain in my neck, back and hip so there was no way I was getting back on. I can deal with the repercussions of all that later.
The good news is I had my helmet on, did not black out and pretty sure by the whiplash already developing in my neck that my head didn't even hit the ground. The bad news is my neck, back and hip already hurt pretty bad and it's been less than half an hour.
The scary part is about ten minutes after the fall I coughed and spit blood in the sink. It wasn't much and only happened once but it scared me to death. My husband, parents and my boss who was a nurse before she retired and started running the feed store all said it was probably from my really bad sinus problems and it's nothing to worry about unless it happens again. That reassured me a bit but I'm still scared. My sinuses have been draining down the back of my throat all day. That's not new.
I'm so upset this happened. I have no idea what he spooked at. As soon as I got on I could tell he was getting frisky and I thought about getting off. Next time I'm listening to my gut instinct. Bareback and fresh horses do not mix. Anyway I'll update you guys tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed the pain is manageable... I already have a feeling I will be missing work tomorrow just judging by how stiff I am already and my history with back pain. :-(