My Helmet Cracked

I am 61-years-old and have moved to western trail from the English ring. I love riding without a helmet. You know that wind-in-my-hair-cowgirl thing?

Well since I’ve gotten older, my balance isn’t as good. Headed out on the trail on 12/8 with my mare and some friends. My mare is as solid as they come. But we were with a youngster that was a little jiggy.

I looked around and saw that everyone else had on their helmets so on mine went. Thank goodness...

Five minutes into the ride and they spooked. I was fine because my Daisy just skidded slightly but then the youngster spun around and my girl went with her. My leg couldn’t hold so I flew off.

I landed very hard on my lower back which is compromised with a missing disc. And then bounced to my head. Glasses went flying, jeans pocket ripped. And helmet my helmet cracked. I have a concussion but it could have been a lot worse. My helmet is now in my trailer tack room as a reminder to myself to ALWAYS put it on, no question.

cracked western helmet after trailriding fall

 February 1, 2020
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.