I was in the ER from 5PM last night until 1AM this morning thanks to a fall that my gelding Dakota and I had.
We went riding with some family members and a friend and on the way home, my cousin's young mare took off with her and she couldn't get her stopped. Dakota bolted on me because he wanted to catch up with the mare and refused to listen to me, and I panicked and forgot the one-rein stop because we were on pavement and gravel and were coming up to where the road turned into another one.
My cousin's mare made it, but my cousin lost her stirrups and fell off, but Dakota didn't make it. He tried to turn and his legs went one way and his body went the other. We hit the ground hard and he actually landed on top of me.
It blacked my eye, scraped my face/chin all up, bruised under my chin so badly that my stepdad thought it was broken, sprained my right ankle and right knee so badly that I am on crutches and cannot put any weight hardly on my right leg, and busted that same knee open bad enough that I had to get a few stitches. I thought my knee had been broken, but instead, thankfully, it's just a horrible sprain where I landed, full force, on my kneecap.
Dakota got off with only a few teensy scratches... though my saddle is pretty scraped up, according to my best friend (she took Dakota home with her and he is staying wth her this week since I obviously can't hardly get around).
Anyway, in the ER, I was talking to my mum, and we've came to an agreement.
This fall has been a real eye opener for me. If I had hit my skull with as much force as I hit my chin, it could have easily fractured my skull or could have possibly killed me.
I'm now on the search for a helmet. It wouldn't have done much good on this fall I've just taken, but I do not want to risk something like this again and risk skull fractures or worse.
If anyone can tell me anything about helmets... how to size them, the best brands, etc... I'd really appreciate it!