I'm pretty used to going in muddy, uneven ground and I have one of the older brown Troxels from the 90's. I was out riding my Saddlebred gelding and decided to switch mounts with a friend to try her decidedly more calm, and cool Quarter horse.
We had a pretty good 15 minutes of calm downhill and the horse stumbled and decided to act up. The saddle went over his head and so did I. I landed on my feet, ankles bent and my head hit the hill-break with mottled Basalt rock. My wobbly but painful ankles were already swelling up.. My head Was Hurting, but other than a torn side strap on the Troxel, it was intact! I was lucky I had it on. I was just going on a short ride. The girl that had my Saddle bred switched mounts again.
Thank God my Saddle bred did not run off, and it allowed the other horse to stay put. I was hurt, very sore, I was out of work for weeks. But I was alive. For the $30.00 I expended and usually complained about. It saved my gray matter and my life. This Gelding is 16.3 His body shielded me while the other horse was having his "fitâ€ Normally, my gelding rears. He watched over me that day in 1991! He and my helmet saved my bacon big-time!