To all my horse friends or my friends with horse friends: 2 weeks ago tomorrow I was cantering my horse when he tripped and we fell. YES, read that again. He tripped and we fell. He didn't rear, buck, get spooked, run away or do anything wrong. It was an accident that could happen to anyone who rides. As a result I sustained a traumatic brain injury with SAH.
Subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) refers to bleeding within the subarachnoid space, which is the area between the brain and the tissues that cover the brain. This condition could have led to a coma, paralysis or death. There was even talk of having to relieve the pressure if the bleeding didn't stop. The neurologist team at Albany Med told Kenny that without my helmet I would have died. I don't know how they can know that but more than one Dr. told him that.
So I will get to the point. Do YOU or the ones you love wear a helmet? I know many of you don't. I have always thought that it was a personal choice and to each his own. I have to say I no longer feel that way. If you ride a horse you need to wear a helmet. If you already wear a helmet did you know that it should be replaced every 5 years regardless of an impact? Your helmet should be SEI & ASTM certified.
Yesterday I received my new helmet and can't wait to ride again. My hope is that each of you wear a helmet every time you step up on your horse. Literally your life depends on it. I would love for you to comment here if you wear a helmet, have checked to make sure your helmet is less than 5 years old and SEI & ASTM certified or if you plan on purchasing a helmet. Life is short friends, wear a helmet so you don't make it shorter! Feel free to share this post. ❤️🐴 Life is good 😊
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