Branching Out

My 10 year old niece and I were riding with a group of people. I was in front on my mare going up a hill and she was behind me riding her pony. My mare was a little upset because another rider had ridden on ahead of us. My mare stepped sideways across a large log that was lying vertically up the hill along side the trail. She stepped back across it clumsily, and came down on the side of it. I heard my niece yelp behind me and when I turned around, I saw a limb laying across her pony's neck just in front of the saddle. My mare had rolled the log upwards and over causing a limb on the side of it to hit my niece.

I got off and removed it and my niece told me the limb had hit her in the head. I looked at her helmet and was shocked to see a large crack in it. I was so glad she had her helmet on. We still have the cracked one and tell the story often to encourage other parents to make sure their children wear helmets.

 March 25, 2011
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