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  • Barrel racer in Utah paralyzed from waist down
  • Resuming horseback riding after my skull fracture

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    04-08-2014, 01:46 AM
  #1
Weanling
I need help....

Yesterday, I was at a games show, from our local association. I watched a girl (16 years old) get thrown when her horse fell at the start of a run ( not barrel racing, but gaming) the horse jumped up, right away, and then the girl jumped up.... and got kicked in the head. She was carted off to a hospital across a ferry from us, and then got transferred to the best trauma hospital in the area, because her skull was fractured. I caught it all on video (don't ask me to post it, I'm not going to) because my middle daughter was in the next lane over, starting her run.

I've watched my youngest daughter get paralyzed from the waist down for several hours, after her pony went over and stepped on her, and yet, this incident, yesterday, was was the most traumatic thing I've ever seen or heard. It kept me up all night, replaying it in my mind, and nothing I tried to think about instead could stop it.

I'm so grateful she's coming home tonight, but still totally horrified, and bawling my eyes out.

I can't stop crying.

My older daughter, when I woke her up at 5 this morning, to tell her that her friend would be ok, just said that she had to ride across the puddle of blood, in the arena, that nobody covered up.

What do I tell my girls? How do I help them? And how do I help myself???
     
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    04-08-2014, 03:24 PM
  #2
Green Broke
What a terrible incident! And terrible to witness it. I hope the girl recovers.

Accidents happen when you involve horses and speed. Sit down and talk about it with your girls. Talking helps. Leaving it all inside does not. Ask them how they feel about it and let them talk. Be a good listener.

You can do what you want, but if I were you, I'd make sure my kids wore a helmet. You said this girl got kicked in the head. Obviously if she got kicked in the face, a helmet wouldn't help. But if she got kicked in the side or from the back? Well, a helmet maybe would have helped. Of course, a helmet is not going to prevent any and all injury, but it's a piece of equipment I personally never get on a horse without. To each his own, but I wonder if a helmet would have prevented a skull fracture in this young lady with such a terrible accident.
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    04-08-2014, 03:41 PM
  #3
Weanling
I'd recommend getting and taking Rescue Remedy by Bach, availalbe at any health food store. Each of you can take it for 2-3 weeks, and it will help with the shock, trauma, grief etc.
     
    04-10-2014, 12:22 AM
  #4
Yearling
Oh my gosh how scary!!

Definitely couldn't agree more with Beau159 more. Talk about it, that's a scary and traumatic experience but the best thing you can do is help your daughters and yourself.
     
    04-10-2014, 02:08 AM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by beau159    
What a terrible incident! And terrible to witness it. I hope the girl recovers.

Accidents happen when you involve horses and speed. Sit down and talk about it with your girls. Talking helps. Leaving it all inside does not. Ask them how they feel about it and let them talk. Be a good listener.

You can do what you want, but if I were you, I'd make sure my kids wore a helmet. You said this girl got kicked in the head. Obviously if she got kicked in the face, a helmet wouldn't help. But if she got kicked in the side or from the back? Well, a helmet maybe would have helped. Of course, a helmet is not going to prevent any and all injury, but it's a piece of equipment I personally never get on a horse without. To each his own, but I wonder if a helmet would have prevented a skull fracture in this young lady with such a terrible accident.

funny you mention this Beau, this is the same accident that I was talking about in my "helmets" thread.
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