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    03-03-2013, 12:20 AM
Ugh, I hate concussions. You spend the first day thinking, "this ain't so bad" and then that sea sick feeling hits you on day 2. Hopefully yours isn't too bad. I had two bad ones both times being rear ended in my car. My horse one wasn't bad at all. My car ones lasted a good 4 or 5 days. If you don't feel queasy the next few days, yours was probably minor and you'll be good to go in a week. Otherwise, just give it a little more time. Welcome to the concussion club!
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    03-05-2013, 01:54 PM
Oh man, this has been almost 2 weeks of not feeling 100%. I feel much better now, but I'm so dang tired all the time!

FYI...Since there seem to be a lot of people from BC on here...Greenhawks does take helmets back after a fall, and you get a new one for $15. Not a bad deal. This might only be for the Troxel helmets, however.
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    03-05-2013, 01:55 PM
Originally Posted by Celeste    
If you had a concussion, the helmet is ruined. You should be overjoyed that you were wearing it because it probably saved your life. Hopefully you can get a discount on a replacement.
Sorry for not answering earlier. Believe me, I am so happy I had a helmet on. I am grateful for that every day.
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    03-05-2013, 02:13 PM
I'm so glad to hear that you're feeling better.
    06-07-2013, 10:01 AM

Originally Posted by kambrielle    
Hi everyone,

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?

Thanks everyone.
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
    06-07-2013, 10:03 AM
Originally Posted by kambrielle    
Oh man, this has been almost 2 weeks of not feeling 100%. I feel much better now, but I'm so dang tired all the time!

FYI...Since there seem to be a lot of people from BC on here...Greenhawks does take helmets back after a fall, and you get a new one for $15. Not a bad deal. This might only be for the Troxel helmets, however.
I got a new Charles Owen from greenhawk after my fall for like 40$. It ws the JR8 so worth like 140$. It's like a 60% off thing.
    06-07-2013, 10:19 AM
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Off track a bit here - glad you're feeling better - but you might want to look for somewhere else to learn to ride as putting a bad fitting saddle on a horse is negligence and doesn't fill me with confidence in the sort of place it is. A beginners lesson horse should NEVER buck.
I've gone back to my Charles Owen skull cap for general riding (I had a fractured skull some years ago so tend to be more careful than I used to be) I tried several helmets like the Troxel ones and they weren't as comfortable and didn't feel as if they gave as much protection.
Now you've seen how easy it is to damage your brain if you are going to spend money on a helmet its better to be sure its going to do the job to the very best it can

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