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post #1 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation My bicycle helmet saved my life

I wasn't going to post here again but my husband brought in the helmet I was wearing when I had my cart crash on Oct. 6

I did not have a riding helmet but purchased a lime green (yuck) bicycle helmet at Walmart. I was wearing this over a ball cap when my show cart overturned and I was thrown out at a full gallop. I hit head first then landed on my right side. The fall broke my pelvis in 3 places. I'm healing well but if not for the hat and helmet, I might not have survived. The bill of the ball cap kept my face from "planting" in the arena dirt while the helmet took the brunt of the hit. As you can see, if the crack in the helmet was in my head, I would have been in a "world of hurt" as they say in the South.

Ride a draft. It makes your butt look smaller!
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post #2 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 08:39 PM
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WOW! I'm so glad that you were wearing a helmet! That's so scary!
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post #3 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 08:43 PM Thread Starter
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I thought it was important to share this as it is easy to take riding in a cart or carriage as being safe. NOT! Please, everyone, wear a helmet!

Ride a draft. It makes your butt look smaller!
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post #4 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 08:46 PM
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So very glad you came out of this better than not, and kudos to you for wearing that helmet!!! Prayers for a good recovery :)
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post #5 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 08:47 PM
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Good message to share, glad that you at least saved your head. Hope you heal from the injuries you did suffer really soon.
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post #6 of 7 Old 11-06-2013, 09:26 PM
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Hi, I am glad you posted, I was wondering how you were doing. I posted to your facebook page when I saw you were selling everything . I am so glad you are on the mend.
Maybe you will post to the driving section what happened, not for a morbid curiosity, but for a learning lesson. I have never been in a run away, and frankly, I would be terrified. So many really good and experienced drivers have had accidents with run aways I always want to know the cause and if you would have or could have done anything different.
PS, I do wear my helmet. Just this last weekend on a pleasure drive, out of the 20 or so drivers, I was the only one with a helmet.
Best to You !
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post #7 of 7 Old 11-07-2013, 04:24 AM
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well although you wore a cheep helmit from walmart it saved a lot of extra truma to your head.
i have been lucky had some scrapes to my head to i supose thay could have been fatle if things took a turn for the worst.
i now wear a helmit jocky skullcap whilst driveing rideing and walking to the feild and in the feild as well.
i have learnt very important lessons there and adopted the british horse society rules in handleing my horses.
lilly so so glad you came here to talk about it and we are all thinking of you and glad your on the mend.
as you have said your selling your horses and your carts i think you should keep your hand in driveing.
get well and have a good recovery and dep thoughts are with you.
take care and like taffy clayton said keep in touch and let us know how your doing.
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