Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Nevada's Governor Injured in Horse Riding Accident

Nevada's Governor Jim Gibbons is recovering from surgery after a fall from a horse. The accident broke his pelvis in at least two places.

“He was getting on the horse and throwing his other leg over it when the horse spooked and took off,” Daniel Burns, the governor’s communications director, said. His foot was briefly caught in the stirrup, and the governor was kicked in the chest as he fell.

Ouch. That's gotta hurt. Get well soon, Governor.

11 comments:

Katharine Swan said...

You know, some of the worst horse riding accidents I've heard of have been while someone was in the act of mounting. Makes sense -- it's when you're the most off-balance.

Rising Rainbow said...

Ouch is right! He's lucky he wasn't hurt worse. From what I hear a broken pelvis is a painful injury and can take quite a while to heal.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

When you're dealing with horses, it's not a matter of if you get a hurt...it's a matter of when.

Even famous folks are not immune to horse related injuries.

~Lisa

Leah Fry said...

My worst fear, that is.

Anonymous said...

I've often heard that the time the rider is most vulnerable is when half-on, half-off. It's definitely one of my least favorite moments.

Fantastyk Voyager said...

Yes, mounting a horse is far more dangerous than riding.
Poor guy! Here's wishing him a speedy recovery.

JanLou said...

Sounds very painful, poor chap. It's stories like that I really don't like reading. I keep trying to convince myself that riding isn't really that dangerous unless you are doing jumping.(Compared to say driving a car) If I let myself dwell on that type of story I don't think I would get on a horse. Luckily as a beginner there is always someone holding the horse whilst I get on so hopefully won't be falling off whilst mounting anytime soon touchwood.

Crystal said...

Ouch! Hope he gets better soon and back on his horse.

Mikey said...

That sounds like a nasty accident! Hope he mends quickly.

JennyB said...

Poor guy! I'll keep him in my prayers for a speedy recovery.

A spook can happen to anyone at any time, of course, but this is why it's so essential to teach our horses to stand still while we mount and work on "bomb proofing" them all the time. It's a good reminder!

~~JennyB, Horsefeathers

Once Upon an Equine said...

Like Katherine, I've also heard of some terrible accidents while mounting. You'd think that's the easy part of horseback riding, but we all know a lot can go wrong very fast at that brief point in the process. Hope your Gov heals quickly.