Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Oh my. Glad you are ok, & will be ok to ride again. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger. Now you know, never follow close enough to be kicked. 17 years ago, I was galloping full out up my gravel road, I did this on my mare many, many times, only time I ever raced this horse who was a short strided WP showhorse, but this was like her treat. Anyways on this particular day, she didn't like the dogs running too close behind her & let out a big buck mid gallop. I was riding English, I recovered from the 1st buck/jump, but she fired again and over her head I went. I only remember laying on the gravel road & seeing my horse sniffing my hand & standing on her rein. Being knocked out, only thing that I thought of was, calmly get the horse off the rein, which I did. Then just as calmly, I got back on her and turned off an a trail but then noticed dripping blood on my hands and I spit out a bunch of blood. I was only a few hundred feet from my driveway but this a is dead end road, fortunely my son was on his bike and saw me, bleeding and grabbed the horse & took me to the neighbors for medical attention. 3 days later, I had 2 black eyes but I rode the same horse in the Rodeo weekend parade and won best individual entry for our gold ensemble, I wore sunglasses to cover up the the shiners. My friend is the Coroner, she took my helmet from that accident to give talks to others about the importance of wearing a helmet, in her expert opinion, she figures a head injury at the very least would have occured without the helmet. I only had 2 black eyes where the brim came across & slight whiplash as my neck took the brunt of my fall instead of my front cranium. I counted myself lucky as I learned a lesson not to tempt fate & gallop horses full blast on a public road, no matter how deserted.
Last edited by waresbear; 01-03-2012 at 09:58 PM.