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?
I feel you. In December, I fell of the young horse I ws training and got a bad concussion and a bleed in my brain. I also damaged my knee so now when I bend down they crack. It's gross!!!! I went back after a month of bed rest just to hangout with everyone and work. It was 3 months before I was allowed to ride again. It was supposed to be four though. I'm bad
. I started out riding the sweetest horses at my barn. The first horse I rode was a Clyde cross named Strauss. He always helped me through tough times. I also rode a energetic mustang / paint cross named sassy. I was so nervous to ride again. But as soon as I got back on, I felt safe. Like all the nerves went away.( lol I just did poetry). My instructors took it easy on me. Yours should do the same. Once you sit on a horse, it's like everything's back to normal. When I got back on, and cantered and jumped, I felt like nothing had changed. I was the horseback riding dare Devil I had. Always been. I begged my instructor to let me jump huge and go without sturrrips. She said no
. I got a new helmet. If you hit your head, your helmet is probably broken. T,his is something you can't feel, only see if you physically take it apart. I recommend. Getting a new one. A good brand is a good idea. I have a Charles Owen but GPAs, IRHs are good to.
be safe and invest in a good helmet. Hope you feel better