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Anyone Have To Quit Barrel Racing Due To Health Reasons?
BrightEyes
Reg. Aug 2015
Posted 2017-07-11 1:25 AM
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Anyone Have To Quit Barrel Racing Due To Health Reasons?
How do you cope?

I've been dealing with some health issues and was recently told by my doctor that he doesn't want me to compete for a minimum of 6 months and possibly up to 2 years. I can ride - just not compete.
Of course I have the best barrel horse I've had in a long time right now. I don't know whether to sell her or keep her as she is too nice to just stand around and wait for me. Unfortunately she is a "busy minded" kind of horse and if she's not being worked regularly she finds a way to keep herself busy - which usually means she gets herself into trouble and gets hurt. Been there, done that.
I know the doctor is right, but I am so bummed........

Edited by BrightEyes 2017-07-11 11:48 AM
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Mainer-racer
Reg. Oct 2004
Posted 2017-07-11 7:33 AM
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That is a huge decision to make. Depending on how much you love your hobbies, I would get a second opinion.  Life is short, medicine advances. I was told I couldn't have children because of my illness 20 years ago, now advances in medicine AND knowlege says I could have had children, something I missed out on. Good luck!
 
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Tilt The Kilt
Reg. Jan 2005
Posted 2017-07-11 7:40 AM
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I'm sorry to hear about your health issues.  But your horse doesn't care if she's a barrel horse or a trail horse.  If she's a nice riding horse, keep her and keep some level of riding fit and confidence in just pleasure riding her.   
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BS Hauler
Reg. Jan 2012
Posted 2017-07-11 8:17 AM
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Just keep her for trail riding. She and you will stay in better shape even if you just go trail riding a little bit.. She will not forget what her job is. 
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GLP
Reg. Oct 2013
Posted 2017-07-11 8:21 AM
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What if the doctor gives you the ok to start competing again in 6 months but you sold her? I agree with the others, don't sell her, just kept in shape until you can run her again.
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linds
Reg. Feb 2005
Posted 2017-07-11 8:33 AM
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First, sorry to hear the news!  It was 'suggested' to me by my physical therapist to cut back, but I haven't.  I did talk to the doctor and he said as long as I feel okay to keep going.  As of now I feel great, but really makes you think how limited our runs can be!  I would keep your horse, that time is going to fly by!
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TxRanchWoman
Reg. Jul 2017
Posted 2017-07-11 11:23 AM
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DON'T SELL YOUR HORSE!!!! I am in the same boat, and just now getting to shore, so to speak. Not ordered by doctor, but my severe allergies have been holding me back for several years. I couldn't even get out of the house for awhile. If you can still ride, do so. You and your horse will be ready to go again in six months or so, and it will go by fast. Hang tough, cowgirl.
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Speedy Buckeye Girl
Reg. Jun 2010
Posted 2017-07-11 11:54 AM
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So sorry you are having health issues.  A lot of us have been in and out of the saddle between health and/or injuries.  I certainly wouldn't sell her just because you have to stop competing for a while.  I'd at least wait the six months and see where you are at.  The fact that you can ride is wonderful.  I've had to stop riding all together in the past for roughly 8 months and then still couldn't compete for another year.   The break actually seemed to do them all good and I had no problems getting them back in the groove.  Good luck and hang in there!
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Vickie
Reg. Jun 2005
Posted 2017-07-11 1:07 PM
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Yes, I was told in 1978 not to ride anymore but I ignored the doctors and had a wonderful rodeo career.  But about 6 years ago there was no way to go on, so after I got out of the hospital I quit.  Took me 3 years to start selling things off but I have finally sold everything including saddles, tack and trailer.  It really hurt but had to be done.  Still have the truck and horse but he is happy to be a retired lawn mower.
 
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Falconone1981
Reg. Jun 2016
Posted 2017-07-11 3:12 PM
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HI I had to quit beause of a illness can't be around dust anymore and the heat!!! It takes some time to get use to not having a horse or barrel racing!!! But there are lots of other things to do!!!! Remember your health is very important so try to take care of your self!!!!
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Kry5ta1
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2017-07-11 6:25 PM
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One idea for you to stay connected is to join one of your local associations and help them put on the show!

Three years ago I had to give up horses all together due to some life changes, but I was able to involve myself in one way or another by helping out.
And trust me, someone always needs a barrel setter.
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BarrelRacing4Christ
Reg. Sep 2010
Posted 2017-07-11 9:21 PM
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Just keep riding, and know that you will be able to compete again. I haven't been able to barrel race or ride for the past five years while being in the military so I know your pain. Just hang in there.
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Chandler's Mom
Reg. Jan 2015
Posted 2017-07-11 9:42 PM
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BarrelRacing4Christ - 2017-07-11 9:21 PM

Just keep riding, and know that you will be able to compete again. I haven't been able to barrel race or ride for the past five years while being in the military so I know your pain. Just hang in there.

Not stealing the thread, just wanted to say thank you for your service

And to the OP, I say keep your mare until you can race again; I think you'll regret it if you sell her. Hugs to you

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cutnrunqhmt
Reg. Oct 2010
Posted 2017-07-12 12:40 AM
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Well mine isn't really a health issue but I was having issues with my shoulders, then my husband got hurt at work which meant I had to start doing even more heavy lifting. I ended up tearing my bicep tendon on the front and back on my shoulder. I was pretty useless and could not ride, I happen to have a nice 6 yr old mare that I was very excited to run. I was suppose to keep my arm immobilized for 2 to 3 months but just couldn't due to being the only one who could do any work. At any rate I had my neighbor girl come over and give her a try they are working out really well, I can now ride a little and was sneaking rides along the way if I could get someone to saddle for me. I am having almost as much fun watching my horse and her new little jockey as I would if I was doing it. I would keep your horse if you can. Hope you get all healthy and back to competing .
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SmokinBandits
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2017-07-12 7:17 AM
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I finally got everything you could dream of needing for barrel racing--the farm, the fancy trailer, the horses, all the equipment... and then I fell off and broke my back. I haven't been able to ride in four years. I've finally resigned myself to the fact that I probably won't be able to barrel race again. I may not even be able to lope. My back can't take ANY jerking. If I am lucky, I may be able to get on and just walk around. My life would be a lot easier if I didn't have all these things to pay for that I just listed--the acreage, the trailer payment, the horse shoes, etc. But I'm not doing it just to barrel race. I love these horses. Even if it turns out I can only look at them, I am keeping them. I guess you have to ask yourself what you love. 
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BrightEyes
Reg. Aug 2015
Posted 2017-07-12 7:13 PM
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fulltiltfilly
Reg. Dec 2008
Posted 2017-07-13 7:32 AM
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BrightEyes - 2017-07-11 2:25 AM Anyone Have To Quit Barrel Racing Due To Health Reasons? How do you cope? I've been dealing with some health issues and was recently told by my doctor that he doesn't want me to compete for a minimum of 6 months and possibly up to 2 years. I can ride - just not compete. Of course I have the best barrel horse I've had in a long time right now. I don't know whether to sell her or keep her as she is too nice to just stand around and wait for me. Unfortunately she is a "busy minded" kind of horse and if she's not being worked regularly she finds a way to keep herself busy - which usually means she gets herself into trouble and gets hurt. Been there, done that. I know the doctor is right, but I am so bummed........
I am just getting back in to riding after not being able to ride or most days take care of my horses for almost 18 months.

I actually sold my barrel horse because I had been struggling to click with him prior to my health issues. What helped me get thru it is going to barrel races and just being in that environment. Yes I was angry  for a long while and also had bouts of depression. Once I accepted my situation it became much easier to deal with. If your barrel horse is your absolute dream horse then keep her. Its ok for her to stand around and wait for you until you are able to compete again. Honestly I decided I would never get rid of my horses even if I couldn't ride (let alone barrel racing). They do give me a lot of joy and I just enjoy being around them.

edited to add-after my initial diagnosis I was advised it would eventually be ok for me to ride but not to EVER gallop again. It was very devastating considering I lived, slept and ate barrel racing Lol. I ended up having surgery that fixed the issue and now I am able to begin the road back to racing again on a new horse that isn't patterned yet but just what I need.

 

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flyingcolors
Reg. Aug 2005
Posted 2017-07-13 3:23 PM
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I am right there with you.  I still looking for the happy middle.  I can ride and show but it is getting physically very hard. I have lost a great deal of muscle and balance.  I am finding other ways to keep me busy with them but it is hard.
I would not sell my horses.  They are my way of coping with the issues and give me a reason to go out to the barn daily. 
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Serenity06
Reg. Feb 2011
Posted 2017-07-13 11:23 PM
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In a way I did quit because of my health. 3 specialists can't figure out what's going on with my back, all 3 said i shouldn't be in pain. Yet my pain was so severe it made me exhausted to the point I would actually randomly pass out and every minute I struggled to stay awake. I didn't have a social life, I quit riding because that made it even worse.my life was just pain and severe fatigue.

Starting taking CBD oil and I have my life back. I'm still in pain and my fatigue levels still flare up but I'm back to riding.actually hit a few barrel races. However barrel racing and tuning on my colt for it would raise my pain and fatigue level. All I did was fight with my gelding. Couldn't figure out the issue. A friend convinced me to take him over a few low cross rails and he perked up. So we tacked up english and started working on that. My horse is happier and the jumping actually doesn't raise my pain or fatigue levels. Now my horse leaning on me and expecting me to hold him up does but he's getting better about not doing that. Lol
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streakysox
Reg. Jul 2008
Posted 2017-07-14 9:11 AM
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Years ago we had the best NBHA. Before every barrel race we had a religious based motivational speaker. One time a young calf roper spoke. Will cut to the chase. He had to quit roping because of some health problem. He said he did not know yet what God's plan was but he knew it was in place. He knew there were many other things he could do with horses and he was going to move on. No regrets.


I broke my shoulder several years ago and the doctor said stay off the horse or I would have to have surgery. I did exactly what he said and I am better than I was before. Everyday you get to ride is a gift from God. That is why it is called the present.
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Nevertooold
Reg. Oct 2003
Posted 2017-07-14 9:20 PM
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Yes and it sucks.. So sorry you are going through this.
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uno-dos-tres!
Reg. Jul 2004
Posted 2017-07-16 8:45 AM
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I too have had to quit for awhile. I had an implanted pain relief device that the doctor said he would only place once. If I rode and it was jerked out he would not replace it. I had to be off my horses for a long while. I was so glad when he gave me the go ahead to continue to ride.  I'm "over the hill" and still breaking my own colts and I've learned that I have to do my myofascial work daily or I can't function! 
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fastwrapn3
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2017-07-17 10:42 AM
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I was told 15 years ago that I should be doing water aerobics and not barrel racing. I absolutely lost it, and then I thought, that is just a medical label... You can do whatever you want to do. So I kept barrelracing, 4 years ago I had numbness below my waist I went to my chiropractor and he demanded an MRI and we found I had five bulging discs lumbar, spinal stenosis and facet arthropy and it did not happen all at once, just accumulation. I said no Doctor went to a friend physical therapy and a good friend who does massage therapy. 5 months later I was back riding!!! Don't let a label scare you, find your own ability and please don't ever let it become who you are.....
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vjls
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2017-07-17 10:52 AM
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lol does becoming a quad count    yes broke my neck at montgomery al 17 years ago  yes  nick smith rides but he has someone to throw him on and saddle my son refuses to

?so yep i quit and i hate it would i barrel race they way it is today no  i don/t not care for it but trail riding competion in a heartbeat or team sorting 
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fastwrapn3
Reg. Sep 2004
Posted 2017-07-17 4:49 PM
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What is CBD oil?
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vjls
Reg. Mar 2005
Posted 2017-07-17 6:25 PM
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fastwrapn3 - 2017-07-17 5:49 PM What is CBD oil?

i think its pot 
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afkatrina
Reg. Aug 2006
Posted 2017-07-20 9:38 AM
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I have 2 herniated discs. My Dr told me I would know when enough was enough. When I stepped off my horse & couldn't feel my left leg, I quit. I had the best horse I had ever owned. I raised & trained her from 4 months old & she was just starting to really lay down a run. She hated trail riding & I knew that if I kept her, I would race. I sold her to a young lady in my area. I would go watch them & was very much the proud parent. That mare won 4 saddles in the next 18 months & then died suddenly at 6 years old.

I kept a couple of horses & now trail ride occasionally.
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sorrel horse ranch
Reg. Apr 2006
Posted 2017-07-20 3:54 PM
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GLP
Reg. Oct 2013
Posted 2017-07-20 4:08 PM
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fastwrapn3 - 2017-07-17 4:49 PM

What is CBD oil?

This is what has been explained to me, but I have never had anything to do with cannabis. The CBD in pot is the therapeutic component of pot, THC (I think?) is the halucenginic (?) component. The CBD oil is supposed to have little if any THC in it. I PROMISE I have not been smoking it, I just have really bad spelling skills.
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Cermit
Reg. Aug 2021
Posted 2021-11-25 6:33 AM
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I've heard about the benefits of taking CBD oil, so I think that people take it to support their health and overall well-being. I'm not sure if it can get you high, but I don't really want to try it. I take Bio X4 to improve my metabolism and digestion, and I can say that my overall well-being has improved as well.

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SmokinBandits
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2021-11-29 6:49 AM
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Another year has passed since I first responded to this post and told about how I broke my back and couldn't ride for years. Now I am getting ready to ride again. Maybe I'll be able to fart around at some local fun shows or small barrel races someday; I don't know. But I WILL be riding. My horses have all gotten older and have health issues of their own. So I just enjoy brushing them and loving on them. And I got myself a new younger horse. Here we go....

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lonely va barrelxr
Reg. Apr 2005
Posted 2021-11-29 9:25 AM
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I had several issues come to a head about 5-6 years ago. I had two surgeries to fix some of the stuff and did 2 years of PT. A couple of things I learned during these issues - if the answer from one doctor doesn't make sense, i.e., it's all in your head, it's just the way it's going to be, stop riding horses, then go to another doctor to at least get a second opinion. 

(Way back when I was roadracing motorcycles - I broke my thumb at Daytona, the first doc I went to to get it fixed got so huffy because I was going to another race in a week or so that he threw my bandaging at me and walked out of the room. Went to a sports ortho and he took me into a room with handlebars and clip ons (motorcycle handles) and he casted appropriately so I could keep riding without injuring the break further. The right doctor does matter!)

Second thing I learned was that your doctor or surgeon won't always do their best for you or by you. My surgeon didn't prescribe or recommend any PT after my lumbar hernia was fixed. Which lead to my SI and lower back becoming as fupahed as any horses ever has been. Which took 2 years of dedicated PT to fix. And would have only taken a couple months immediately following the surgery. 

Question everything no matter what the first diagnoses is. Doctors are as opinionated as any other human. 

 

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hoofs_in_motion
Reg. Apr 2011
Posted 2021-11-29 3:23 PM
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I stopped about 7 years ago due to the downs in life. Wanted to start hauling again but then ended up with a compression fracture and pelvic fracture due to getting dumped by a gelding about 3 years ago. Lost alot of confidence, so my riding skills declined as I've been too afraid to get back on and get bucked off again. I'd eventually like to start back on the barrel pattern and hauling some of my young ones. Just need to get over my confidence wall block. So I completely understand where you are at

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SmokinBandits
Reg. Dec 2003
Posted 2021-11-29 8:59 PM
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hoofs_in_motion - 2021-11-29 4:23 PM


I stopped about 7 years ago due to the downs in life. Wanted to start hauling again but then ended up with a compression fracture and pelvic fracture due to getting dumped by a gelding about 3 years ago. Lost alot of confidence, so my riding skills declined as I've been too afraid to get back on and get bucked off again. I'd eventually like to start back on the barrel pattern and hauling some of my young ones. Just need to get over my confidence wall block. So I completely understand where you are at


I lost confidence too after breaking my back in two places when I got bucked off, then not riding for about 5 years while I healed, and now I am 61 and very weak. So I bought a real quiet horse who's small. He's a QH but technically he's a pony. Maybe when I get my sea legs back, I'll get another horse someday. But he's going to help me get over the hump. 

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