Usually dead broke horse that wasn't that day!
I went out to ride my usually dead broke horse on May 21, it was just like any other day. I saddled her up and put on my Troxel helmet, it was only the second time I had worn it because I had just gotten a new one. I stepped into the stirrup and pulled myself up into the saddle and just as my seat hit the saddle my horse went crazy. She started bucking and rearing like nothing I had ever experienced before. I knew I was about to be thrown off but you still can’t really “prepare” yourself for it. She threw me and landed directly on my ankle and I flung backwards into the ground hitting my head. Luckily, I had my helmet on. I hit my head pretty hard so I’m so thankful I had it on. I immediately knew something was wrong with my ankle though. An ambulance ride to the hospital and many tests and x-rays determined I had dislocated my ankle and broke it in 3 different places. As bad as this whole ordeal was, I am seriously so thankful I had my helmet on and that was my only injury! If I hadn’t been wearing it, it could have been so much worse, especially knowing that I did hit my head on the hard ground that day. My injury did require surgery but I’m thankful it was only for my ankle and not my head or neck. Thank you Troxel for making such great products!- Courtney L