Perhaps you can still remember that breathless moment before you hit the ground, the searing pain of twisting your wrist, and the thunderous sound of your horse kicking and neighing desperately beside you, tangled in the jump. It's kind of ingrained in there, but that was over two weeks ago, and you need to get back in the saddle. It's the only way to get over it.
But now every time you get close to a jump, your horse goes tense; he steps back, rears and fights you as though his life depends on it. He's scared, scared of falling again. And now you're left wondering: how do you teach a horse to get back in the saddle? How do you help a horse with post traumatic stress disorder?
PTSD is a tragic mental condition in which a patient will be reminded, or "triggered," by certain events under specific circumstances. A good example would be an abused dog, cringing away, or attacking someone holding a stick. A patient usually slides quite easily into the traditional fight-or-flight modes, and anyone who has a traumatic experience can suffer from PTSD.