Doctor says I can never ride again...
To start from the beginning... I received my first concussion about six years ago during gym class. Then, at the end of December 2011, I received another mild concussion when I got hit in the face from a seat malfunction in my car (very stupid story). My third concussion came at the end of March when I was thrown from my gelding (his feed was terrible and has since been changed). This was a more serious concussion, and I injured my wrist at the same time. My wrist was healed in a few weeks, but my head is a different story. I suffered from typical concussion symptoms: headache, dizzy, trouble concentrating, poor memory, etc. Some of the symptoms finally went away, but most stayed.
The last time I rode was in June, and it was very difficult for me to maintain my balance. Thankfully, my gelding took care of me and I got back from the trail ride safely. I broke my ankle soon after in an unrelated incident, and have not ridden since. My regular doctor is extremely concerned about my continuing symptoms, but a recent MRI showed nothing bad. We have discussed post-concussion syndrome and everything, but my doctor says that I cannot ride ever again. I am normally a slow healer, and two concussion so close to each other have wreaked havoc on my brain. I will be going to the neurologist in the coming weeks, but I expect to hear the same results.
Basically, I am looking for advice about how to "get back in the saddle". I know the risks, and I know I will get negative comments about my decision. Please do not comment negatively. I thought this was the place to come because only horse people understand the need to ride. I ride western, and my gelding is extremely quiet and back to his old self. I have been riding for about 7 years and have owned by gelding for 3. I know him better than I know myself, and I know the signs to watch out for in case of spooking. And yes, I do wear a helmet. Is there anyway to ride more safely? Any equipment that may help me? I would appreciate any advice. And thank you for reading such a long post!!!