09-26-2013, 12:19 AM
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I recently talked my boyfriend and myself into wearing our DOT motorcycle half helmet for riding our horses also. Thank Goodness I did, last Thursday evening I was trying out a 16 hand palamio QH for purchase that was barn sour. I was bucked off and thrown about 10 feet in the air coming down on my right shoulder. I am not sure what the outcome would have been without that helmet. I had the wind knocked out of me, and I felt my head hit hard prior to my shoulder, luckily it was an embankment and I landed on some small bushes as well. I had just went around in a circle and was heading back up the hill in the direction of the horses barn area. I barely was starting up the incline, I felt the horses back legs come up in a little buck and then within seconds I just remember a second buck and I was flying through the air. It was pretty scary, first time I was ever bucked off a horse, and not even my own horse. I admit although it was scary, I will get back up in the saddle again, just not that horse. I am still pretty sore, been taking it easy, sore right shoulder, just under neck and lower back, but heating pads, Advil liquid gels and Aleve liquid gels really work, and real hot showers. My boyfriend watched the entire episode and does not want me back on a horse for a long time, and he is a tough Marine, I told him as soon as I am better, I am right back in saddle, I will not give up my passion, just because I was hurt. I am sure several of horse owners have been hurt at sometime or another, its all in the name of the sport. I myself was bucked off a pony and put right back on when I was like 4 yrs. Old, but I really don't remember much about it. I just am so thankful I wore a helmet. If any of you fellow horse owners also ride motorcycles, use a DOT helmet riding your horse as well. They make really cute ones, mine is gray with american flag and eagle on It, and cost pretty much the same as a horse helmet, I paid like $68 and included free shipping, just a thought, better to be safe them one day sorry.....