I just replaced my first Troxel because of a close call! Thank goodness my head did NOT hit the ground. But I sure did sustain some bruising and swelling in my hands and fingers. The horse got spooked as we were weaving between poles during a lesson. Time stood still momentarily as we tried to figure out what had happened! I'm going to get back in the saddle though! With a new Troxel on my head!- Susan S.