I have returned to the Forum after, it would appear, a 5 year absence. How are you all doing? I recognise some names, & had a read through some old posts to re-acquaint myself. My life has changed SO much since I last posted! I had a catastrophic fall from Arlo 26/7/2011. I broke my wrist & injured my back. I then spent a week in hospital having surgery on my wrist. The hospital told me I hadn't injured my back at all, despite the fact I couldn't walk, & discharged me with 30 Co-Codamol. I tried to get on with stuff, & returned to work at the end of the summer holidays. I was in a lot of pain, & my mobility was restricted, but hey ho, I tried to carry on. Fast forward a year, I finally got my back x-rayed, to discover 4 (yes, FOUR) open fractured vertebrae. I had to retire from work, & also riding. We moved house (twice!) I bought another pony for my little girl, as she outgrew Twinkle, so we have a little herd of 3! Arlo's a big pet/field ornament, Twinkle does get ridden. I now live in a little bungalow in a little village. My horses are on my own land, in walking distance (20 minutes) or a 2 minute car journey. I walk slowly nowadays! I've got nearly 8 acres, so a big increase from the .75 I had before!! My little girl competes on her pony, I bought a trailer, & we get Poppy (the new pony) out in it every so often. My life has changed so much, it's quite astonishing really!