•  March 19, 2010

    Every Time Every Ride (Equestrain Collections contest winner)

    If I hadn't been wearing my helmet in the Summer of 2000, I wouldn't be getting ready for my kids 1st and 3rd birthdays. I was 13 years old, and my dad had taken me to Frying Pan Park in Herdon, VA to school over some cross country fences. I almost always wore my helmet; It was required for most...

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  •  March 18, 2010

    Anything can happen at Anytime

    My accident happened in November of '09, so very recent. My four year old mare and I were at a week long show and it was Saturday of that week. Everything had been going great, she had been placing well over fences and on the flat (considering she didn't have lead changes!). However, that Saturday morning I knew something was...

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  •  March 15, 2010

    Troxel Helmet Saved My Life

    I went for a routine hack yesterday and didn't realize that it would end the way that it did. My horse (who is usually very road safe) spooked at a trailer being towed by a truck. Well, it was a combination of the horse spooking, having too mild of a bit and me not being in good riding condition to...

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  •  March 10, 2010

    Even With a Bomb-Proof Schoolmaster...

    I have worn only Troxel helmets throughout my 17 year riding career. About 5 years ago I was schooling in the covered arena at the barn where I board. I was riding my 16 year old FEI dressage schoolmaster. When I purchased him, he was described as "exceptionally safe and kind" and lived up to every bit of that. I...

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  •  March 08, 2010

    Crashing Into the Barn

    Set off on the first warm, sunny day in March 2010 on a trail ride for my weekly lesson. Throughout the ride, various horses spooked and generally misbehaved, but other than my horse rushing to get back to the farm, I had a good ride and was feeling confident. I stopped briefly in the farm driveway while a few horses...

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