I have been taking lessons at this new riding school. Went on the lunge to re-learn my basics. Just got taken off the lunge today. So it was my big day (yay!).. and we were riding on this smaller arena which had a hedge on the side, which slopes gently to a small trail which is sometimes used by polo ponies from a neighbouring riding club.
I was trotting happily on the school horse today when a polo pony came along from behind my horse's blind spot. My horse suddenly bolted and I was thrown off the horse. I fell and my head (with helmet of course) hit the ground. I am still in a daze.
I guess in hindsight I should have anticipated this problem cos I could see the oncoming horse from the corner of my eye. But I had not expected the horse to bolt in such a way. In fact, it didn't even occur to me then that the horse would be frightened. cos I sure wasnt frightened by the oncoming horse.
What could I have done to prevent myself from being unseated when a horse bolts so suddenly?
Also, is it true that I need to get a new helmet should the one I have been wearing encounter some hard knocks or experience "some trauma"?
Also, is it true that I need to get a new helmet if the one I had been wearing had encountered some hard knocks or trauma or protected me in an accident? I heard the reason is because the security factor would be compromised in such an event.