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?