Just got a concussion...First time!
I'm new to the forum...I'm sure this question has been asked many times, as every time you get on a horse, you face the risk of falling off and getting a concussion...But because of the concussion I now have, searching through all the posts is literally too tiring on my brain, so I'm just going to ask!
Actually I guess it's a few questions...Yay concussion. Finding it hard to formulate thoughts into sentences...
So, I fell for the first time yesterday. I've been riding for almost a year (I used to ride when I was a kid, but I've been regularly riding again for almost a year). I don't know what happened because I only remember the moment right before and right after I fell...I may have even blacked out for even a split second, I don't know. But I was in a canter, and I was trying to sit back because I could feel that I was too far forward, and the horse wasn't following the circle the way I wanted, so I was using half halts and trying to get him to move out to make a better circle, and suddenly I was on the ground on my back. My instructor says he got upset by something and bucked, and because I was so far forward already, it was easy for me to just roll right off.
So apparently, I rolled off, landed on my right hip, then rolled onto my back. I must have hit my head somewhere in the process because I definitely have a concussion. I went to a walk in clinic (what we call urgent care up here in Canada), and they sent me to the ER, where they said I definitely had a concussion. They did a CT scan, but it was normal, thank goodness. It was kind of a crazy experience, and I've never had one before so it was new to me.
I'm now recovering...Just pretty much hanging out at home, trying not to do anything too strenuous. Tried watching a movie and actually was getting confused about the plot. My brain is broken!
So I'm wondering...
What has been the best thing for you guys to recover from a concussion? And how long did it take before you could get back on a horse?
And when you got back on, were you scared or nervous? I'm actually nervous that I will be nervous when I get back on. Right now I feel fine and feel like I could just get right back on when I'm recovered, but what if I get on and find I'm actually scared?
Also, I read somewhere that if you get a concussion while wearing a helmet, it's a good idea to get a new helmet because the impact could make it actually less effective in the future. My helmet looks fine, but what do you think?
Welcome to the forum and glad you are relatively okay! Your helmet definitely needs to be replaced, it's taken a hard hit and it won't protect you anymore.
Hey, you're in British Columbia, too! I'm in Vancouver :)
Thanks for your reply :)
Howdy and welcome to the forum!:D
Sorry about your fall and concussion, that always sucks. Every time I've had a mild concussion, I just try to avoid doing anything that might cause me to hit my head again. Other than that, I usually go back to riding normally within a couple of days. The only exception I might say is if you are having lightheadedness or dizziness (which can sometimes last for several days after a concussion) I would avoid getting on any horse then.
I generally don't get nervous about getting back on anymore. I've fallen so many times that it's mostly old hat now LOL. Some level of nervousness can be expected of any normal person though. Just remember to breathe and remind yourself to relax.
As for the helmet, I've heard the same thing that you should get a new one after every fall. I can't really comment any more than that.
From BC here too :wink: not very far from Vancouver!
What brand is your helmet, where did you get it and do you still have the receipt?
I've been lucky enough that I've never had a concussion (as far as I know). A couple of almosts though.
On the helmet front, I wore the same helmet for 10+ years up until recently. Granted, in that time, I don't think I ever really did more than bump my head. The only reason I replaced it was because I had two bad falls in the space of two weeks where I hit my head hard. My once white helmet was rather dirt and grass stained, which should give you a fair idea of how hard I hit. I replaced it after that because I was worried that old faithful just wasn't going to be able to handle the job much longer. So now I have a spiffy new helmet that doesn't have me look like an alien, and is black for less grass stains! (jokes on the last bit... or is it?)
Since you have a concussion, I'd say you hit fairly hard. I'd recommend getting a new one just in case, though it could very well still be fine. You don't have to get a new one after every fall though, that's ridiculous if you ask me, unless you have a money tree.
As for getting back on the horse, I have little doubt that you will be nervous to get back on. But like smrobs said, after a while getting back on doesn't bother you at all. My first ride after my 2 bad falls was easy, because I've fallen far too many times before. Just remind yourself that falling off is a part of horse riding - I think that the world refuses to allow anyone to have the fun of horse riding without the pain of falling off!
Another Canuck here, other coast though lol.
I have had a few concusions in my 20 some odd years. To the point my doctor recently looked at me and said "Okay NBE enough is enough, you can not afford to keep beating your head off the ground". To which I blankly stared at him going "umm try telling that to my bratty mare" :lol:
My last one was when bratty mare decided that she had enough of the jumping and Mommy needed to do the jump herself first *eyeroll* Needless to say I made a wonderful lawn dart landing on my hand and seemed to have boinked my head after my hand took the impact. I didn't even realize I hit my head then looked at my helmet and there was a big scratch down the back of it, so apparently I hit my head. I got back on and finished my lesson as it was a clinic and I wasn't leaving mid way through a $100 lesson.
Come to find out later after my friend made me go to emerg I had a nasty concusion and did some serious damage to my wrist.
I do still get a bit nervous getting back on after having a serious fall and honestly, I would be scared if I wasn't a little nervous. Its a natural feeling and once you are back on you will be fine. Its just the whole process of swinging your leg over the saddle then you feel right at home and you get that natural feeling of being where you belong.
As for how long it takes to get back on, I follow doctors orders on that. If you have a bit of a black out I would take a few weeks as you made your brain kind of slosh a bit which likely caused a bit of bruising to your brain. If I have enough of a concusion that I had a small black out moment I will take 2 weeks off or so. Your brain is very important for obvious reasons so you need to treat it well!
As for helmet, yes it needs replaced. A lot of "brands" will actually give you a discount on a replacement helmet if the fall is before it expires. I would call them and see.
I've never been able to send mine in as I seem to be lucky enough to go a decent amount of time between falls and my helmet is usually expired by that point, or I will just forget.
Rest up and take it easy! And follow doctors instructions.
The helmet is a Troxel, and I do have the receipt. I got it at Greenhawk, if you've heard of them, and I think they said it was actually under warrantee...
OMG...Warranty. I blame the concussion.
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