•  July 06, 2009

    Accidents are just that...

    I was 17 years old the year I began working at a horse farm in Ocala, FL training horses. I had grown up around horses and owned horses since I'd been 12, and never owned or wore a helmet. This farm had a policy that any rider under 18 years of age was required to wear one, so in order...

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  •  June 26, 2009

    Now a "Helmet-Nazi"

    I've just returned from the hospital where I spent the night under supervision for a severe concussion closed head injury. I don't remember the incident, but I'm told that I'd been riding my Percheron mare in the pasture in a bareback pad and hackamore (normal tack for us) and Dixie and I somehow parted ways. I got her and myself...

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  •  June 25, 2009

    Eclipse gets stung

    Last week, after a glorious, mellow trail ride, my helmet saved me from serious injury. I had just dismounted, and my 5 year old PMU mare, Eclipse, was tied to the trailer. I was reaching up to remove her bridle, when she suddenly pulled back hard against her lead rope. Suddenly, she reared up and lunged forward, coming down right...

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  •  June 19, 2009

    Second Nature

    The photo that I am uploading is just a cute Troxel helmet photo that my husband said would be a good Troxel commercial. My daughter has been riding for 4 years, mainly with our local, district, and state 4H programs. The picture that I am uploading is her 2009 District show. All kids are required to wear helmets when...

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  •  June 18, 2009

    I wish I wore my helmet that day...

    I always wear my Troxel helmet when I ride, thank goodness! A month ago, when tacking up my trusty Rocky Mountain mare, I paused for a moment and thought, "It's so hot today, I don't think I'll wear my helmet. Besides, this afternoon, I'm going to the tack store to buy a newer, more ventilated helmet." But, then I decided not...

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