WARRNAMBOOL-based jumps jockey Braidon Small faces more than six months on the sidelines after a fall from Startierra in a restricted hurdle at Pakenham on April 14.
Small suffered bleeding from the brain and broken ribs following the fall and arrived back home from Melbourne's The Alfred hospital on Thursday.
The popular hoop is disappointed he'll miss riding at the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival next week.
"The doctors have told me to rest," Small said.
"I'm pretty shattered I will not be riding at the carnival.
"I don't think I'll even be going to the races, I'm just very tired so the doctors have advised me to take things quietly so I'll probably just be staying at home.
"The doctors said I'm not to drive a car for three months and not to think of riding a horse for six months."
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The son of legendary Queensland jockey Cyril Small said his wife Amy and he were overwhelmed with the response from people since the incident.
"Amy and I just want to say thanks to everyone," he said.
"We've received an amazing amount of messages and help since the fall.
"It's been a worrying few weeks for my family so I've just got to rest and recover."
Nine races are set down for decision on the first day of the three-day carnival on Tuesday.
Four jumps races are on the program with a maiden hurdle opening proceedings at 11.20am.
The last race is scheduled at 4.30pm.
The carnival wraps up next Thursday.
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