Most of my major injuries are ones that you cant see from the outside.I've had a badly damaged neck (It was suspected boken for over 8 hours because the swelling made the Xray go funny and it was a 2 hr drive to the nearest cat scanner), Ive had a few broken ribs etc.
My worst fall came when schooling a young event horse, he spooked and bolted. I dont actualy remember anything after that. Mum (whoo was watching) said he took off, attempted to jump a 6ft fence (to get out of the arena) at a flat gallop. Unsuprisingly he didnt make it, he breasted the top rail and summersaulted, coming down on top of me (i'd managed to stay with him untill this point apparently). All 600kg of him landed upside down on me, scrabbled around for a bit and then he stood on my head as he got up (thankfully I had a top of the range hat on).
I woke up in the ambulance strapped to a spinal board (those things are horrificly claustraphobic) and spent hours terrified about whether my neck was broken or not. I had 2 crushed discs in my lower spine and I had huge amounts of gravel rash on my right arm, they scrubbed the gravel and dirt out of my arm with a nail brush and because I had a concussion they couldnt give me any pain meds. I was out of hospital the same day but only because the hospitals where chronicly short of beds and my mum is an extremely experianced Intensive care nurse who was able to keep an eye on me
My arm got infected because they didnt manage to get all the crap out of it and I ended up having to have maggot therapy to get rid of the dead and infected tissue. I have photos of my arm after the maggots
I must be the only girl who purposefully leave the hair on her arms to get thick as I have got massive scarring on that arm.
Picture of my hat after the accident.
it could pretty much be turned inside out, the button that is supposed to be on the top had been fired over 20ft away from where I landed and you can just see the outline of a hoof print in the velvet to the right of all the rips.
My hat litteraly saved my life that day, without it I would be Dead, no 2 ways about it.
I wasnt jumping, I wasnt doing anything new, I was in the arena at this horses yard where he had been thousands of times before. He had never shown any inclination to do anything similar before and never has since. He had been used for the local RDA (Riding for the Disabled) group and I had just hopped on to give him a bit of a tune up.
I also knew one woman who was riding out on her elderly pony, it tripped, she fell, hit her head on a rock and died. She may have had a chance with a hat on
This is why I get so passionate about people wearing hats. Having seen the pain it puts relative through, I personaly am not so selfish that I would risk putting my loved ones through that pain simply because I didnt want hat hair.