Just read the first few stories of those hair raising accidents.
Question, did you then and do you now wear a helmet?
I see so many beautiful young folks our riding with no helmet and I always think, 'If you were my daughter, I would kill you for not wearing a helmet, always." I often gently chide folks I meet on the trail and have to be careful not to become too much of a helmet Nazi.
The first time I came off as an adult rider, the fall was simple, but hit the ground hard enough to crack the hard foam liner of my helmet. (had to send it it for replacement). I had some serious whiplash, but I would have had a concusion for sure had it not been for that helmet.
Please get over any worries about how you look. Think about how you would look as a "vegetable" with drool coming down your face?
Sorry, I kind of kidnapped this thread.
Nevermind . . . .
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really? your gonna harp on wearing a helmet? when no one really wears a helmet turning a horse loose into a field? nor would a helmet save a wrist from getting broken. and yes you can still get a severe concussion while wearing a helmet. The ONLY thing a helmet will do for you, is protect your skull from a possible crack/fracture. It will not save you from whiplash, broken ribs, broken neck or back or any other extremity. It will not save your face shoudl a horse kick you in the face.. as it only protect your skull.
now- riding horses is dangerous. yes i wear a helmet since i seem to always be hitting my head and i got tired of it hurting so much. still hasnt helped when i almost broke my back, recieved a conssusion and whiplash, cracked ribs et.
this is a thread to hear about horrible injuries that have happened to people while being with or riding their horse. they are definintly hair raising. only been to the ER once with a horse injury and i wouldnt have gone if they hadnt of made me.. of course my horse had run off and i had a concussion, so its not like i would have made it back on my own... not that i wouldnt have tried.
so please dont preach about wearing a helmet to these people. its their life, their noggin and i sure as heck dont wanna hear it.
My worst moment was when i thought my back was broken form a horse flipping over on me while riding. He wanted to buck and i woldnt let him so he reared up and went over. after a 1/2 hour i managed to get up with help and limp back to the house. never hit the ER, no blood. if anythign was cracked or broken... well who knows. I did hit the side of my head on tree once, tore my ear in half, blacked out, and recieved a concussion.. but managed to stay on my horse and even drove home!
who ever let me do that was an idiot. but i must have sounded coherent to them! another one was my only ER trip. we got charged by a buck and the horses took off. Well so thats what is told ot me. I dont recall it. I just remember waking up on the ground and tryign to figure out why i was there and where i was and why i couldnt move my arm. but managed to stager to my feet and heard my friend saying she thought she broke her leg so off i went in the direction the horses went (friend pointed me the way) and sometime later foudn someone who came and helped us. friend never broke her leg but did break her arm. funny thing!!!!! i got the concussion and i was the wearing the helmet!!! but friend only broke her arm!
so those are a few of my harrowing incidents.. suprisingly very little blood ever comes from my accidents... and i really hate hearing people harp about helmets. the only real reason i wear one is because i got into the habit while teaching at horse camps.
you people with the bloody stories... you carry a lot of gauze with you now????
i should carry a gps with as many concusions as i get...