Sierra helmet saved me from a dumb mistake

It was our usual tuesday night play group - a bunch of folks getting together to work on horsemanship. Most of us, myself included ride in bareback pads. There were two new horses/riders in the group and everyone was clustered loosely in that corner of the arena, talking. We have a great mounting block - its three full solid wood steps. I had to repeatedly ask my horse to line up at the block - this was completely unlike my gelding. He's a been there, done that steady-eddie kind of guy who will wait an eternity at the block, normally. I figured it was because there was a lot going on, so I asked the nearest rider to move away and give us some room. I was distracted and went to jump up - well unfortunately that was also the same moment he decided to step away. With one leg not quite over and the other in the air, I went down. Hard.

As I came down, the back of my leg hit the mounting block and the back of my helmeted head hit the dirt with a loud CRACK! Even with the excellent fit of my helmet (which did not move at all), I could still feel my brain slosh a bit inside my skull. I laid there for a bit to make sure everything was still in the right place. My horse waited patiently for me to get up. In addition to feeling sheepish about falling for an audience, I also felt giddy and amused.

I know that my helmet made the difference between being able to get back on and a trip to the emergency room. So if you think there is ever a moment or a horse that is "safe" - there isn't. I was in a safe environment with safe horse doing something I've safely done a thousand times. It can happen to anyone any time. Wear your helmet, every time, every ride.


 September 19, 2012
Load more comments

Share Your Story

Have you ever been involved in an equestrian accident? Please share your story with us, and we'll post in the Headsmart Testimonials to help promote rider safety.

Be sure to include a photo!

Send Your Story

By submitting your story, you are agreeing to these terms.