I have a regular customer who comes here to train with me with horseback riding. Her name is Martha and I love teaching her because she learns very quickly. She often trains every weekend for three to four hours. She even had plans of buying her own horse because she wanted to train with the same horse every time, but she does not have a house big enough to have a horse.
We have a new breed of horse, which is the big and gorgeous male American Bashkir Curly that arrived few days ago. He is still a bit wild because he is still adjusting to his new environment. Such breeds are great for endurance riding and jumping and I am sure that I could work with our new horse in time. I still have to gain his trust first, so I told all my peers that I should be the only one to feed him for now. It took me lots of time to properly bond with our new horse and I am happy that I did it.
This weekend, Martha was surprised and at the same time, so very happy that we have a new horse for her to use. I told her that it is still not wise to use her because he is still adjusting to people and his new environment. She petted the new horse and she told me that she would be able to be friends with him in a short period of time. She indirectly insisted on letting her ride the new horse and I did not know what to tell her, because she is one of our frequent customers and I do not want to be rude to her. I was really nervous when she was trying to get on the new horse and fortunately, she did a great job. They started walking around the farm and they seemed to be bonding well. I told my assistant to keep watching them, as I have to attend to other matters on our farm.
After an hour, my assistant rushed into my office and told me that Martha had an accident. He added that she fell on the ground and landed on her hips. I ran outside and called 911. I asked her if she was okay and she told me that she had trouble bending her hips on both sides. It is also called hip flexor pain, like what the experts describe here. I told her that the ambulance was already on their way, so she should just calm down. After a few minutes, sirens echoed around our farm. I accompanied her to the hospital because I am worried about her. She told me that it was not necessary to come along because it was not my fault, but in my mind, I should have been firmer with her about the horse. She reminded me that she practically insisted to ride the new horse even though I have already warned her against it. She also told me that she was sorry about what happened. After a number of tests, her doctor told her that she is very lucky. She just needs to take anterior hip precautions like resting for a week to help her recover faster and to take pain relievers if she could not take the pain anymore.