Outside of a lesson I was bucked into the air from a gallop coming off of a cross country fence, landed head first into the ground.
I remained conscious, but I was in no way shape or form aware of anything so this is what happened according to my mother and ex boyfriend who witnessed it:
I landed head first, bounced and landed back on my side. I stood up, called my horses name and reached out for him [he was running back to the barn] then collapsed back to the ground. They ran over, helped me up and walked me back to the barn where my instructor, teaching someone else lesson, had caught my horse! She asked me if I wanted to get back on and hop over some arena fences. I shook my head but agreed to get back on and walk to the barn.
Then I assisted my mom to bath my horse, went and got my paycheck from my job, and went home and ate chicken pot pie, which was the point I started coming back to it.
Because of this I am a huge fan of helmets. I would have been dead if I hadn't had that helmet on, the impact was so hard.