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 ride a runaway horse (or the massive bucks) since I just had a baby and haven't ridden because of the pregnancy for over a year.
She bucked me off and her back is over 6 feet high and I landed directly on the paved road. I didn't regain consciousness until the ambulance arrived. I didn't even remember tacking up to go for a ride. The police even had the road closed in both directions!
I am not a beginner rider since I have ridden my whole life and have completed on a high level jumping circuit here in Canada. However, I am have always been an advocate for NEVER getting on a horse without an approved helmet and yesterday just proved my beliefs again. I was released from the hospital the same day and only ended up with a concussion and bruised ribs. After seeing my helmet, there is no doubt that it saved my life and I wouldn't be writing this today if I hadn't been wearing it.
Thank you Troxel!!
- March 15, 2010