Last fall I was barrel racing bareback on my 13hh pony at about 8:30pm, I lost my balence when we were coming around the third barrel but was able to stay on because the pony was galloping in a straight line after the barrel but as i was trying to find my balence again the pony spooked and I fell off and landed on my head.
It sounded like somebody had shot a shotgun right by my ear as my head hit the ground and I blacked out. When I woke up I was seeing double off everything, I stumbled back to my pony and got back on to make sure i wasn't afraid to ride her again. I was only on her for about a minute before deciding that I should go inside the house and tell my mom what had just happened.
When I got inside the house I looked at the clock and it said 9:30pm. After about 15 minutes after I had fallen off my head was in extreme pain and I wanted to throw up so my mom called the doctor and we went in to find out what damage had been done to my head. Â At the hospital the docter told my mother and I that I had a bad concussion and that if I hadn't been wearing my helmet I would not be alive today!
I still suffer from the effects of that concussion. Some days I feel like I did the day I got the concussion. I love my helmet and would love to see more people wearing them. Â I hope to someday go to the WNFR and win the world championship title in barrel racing while wearing a troxel helmet!! I still have the helmet that saved my life to remind me what can happen even when you are riding a "bombproof" pony.