TYPICAL of a horseperson, Charlene Gusman has claimed her biggest pain this afternoon was missing one of her team trialling.
While being unable to drive in or attend the workout in Melton could be considered frustrating – even painful – Gusman’s current condition should be causing a lot more discomfort.
Gusman was involved in a fall during the last race at Shepparton on Sunday night, which saw her catapulted into the air before crashing to the track.
Immediately in agony, Gusman was taken to hospital, where she will remain for “another couple of days”.
“I’m feeling very sore and sorry for myself,” Gusman said. “But I’m more upset about my two-year-old Our Roku trialling in Melton today and me not being there.
“I’m still in hospital and will be here for another couple of days as the doctors get on top of my pain, but there is no medical cure for the pain of missing my boy going around.
“I watched the trial on my tablet, but it’s not the same.”
Gusman was driving Watch It Happen when the gelding broke stride before falling to the ground and sending the reinswoman into the air.
“He galloped and shifted up the track a bit before he fell so I went over,” Gusman said. “Ironically, Ii was driving Watch It Happen, which is kind of what I did as it all felt like it was in slow motion.
“I landed on my chest and arm but as soon as I straightened up I couldn’t breathe properly and I knew I was in trouble.”
Subsequent scans revealed Gusman broke four ribs while damaging muscles in her bicep region.
“Originally they thought my arm was broken, but it’s muscle and tissue damage,” Gusman said. “I’ve got four broken ribs, which will keep me out for a while, but it won’t stop me from driving again!”