Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Northern California
Mine happened last summer. I was riding Gambit bareback and we were doing a lot of trotting because I wanted to get comfortable at the trot before moving to the canter. Anyway were just doing some serpentines and *something* spooked him. He went from a nice smooth trot into a gallop. I knew I had to bail because he was only going to get faster so I tried to throw my left leg over his side and to slide off but when he saw my leg move out of the corner of his eye he went up and I went over backwards.
The first thing to hit the ground was the spot where my neck and head meet. I saw stars and everything from my neck down went numb. I thought I was paralyzed and it was the scariest moment of my life. Then my arms and legs started twitching and finally I could move independently again. I got up, my sister was there to help me at this point, and we headed back to the car. I had to stop twice on the way to fend off feinting spells and one other time to vomit. ONce we got to the car I looked in the mirror and saw my pupils were two different sizes. Erin drove me home and I called my mom. She wanted to meet us at the hospital but my shirt was full of stickers and I wanted to change, plus you have to pass my house to get to the hospital, so she just drove me. Anyway after SIX HOURS in the ER and an CAT scan, I came out with a moderate concussion, and the instruction not to ride for a few days.
You are never better than anyone. Every rider has skills they need to improve. The only one you must compare yourself with, is you.