I most certainly don’t. I live in a constant state of a reminder after my TBI on March 13, 2018. Well, even though I didn’t need a reminder, I got one today.
Accidents Don’t Always Involve Falling Off
My accident didn’t involve me falling off a horse. Honestly, a fall probably would have been less devastating because if I was riding I would have been wearing my helmet.
The day I got hurt, I was bridling a pony who was being persnickety. I pushed her just a little too much and she said h$#l no. Lily knocked me in the front of the head backward, so the back of my head hit metal bars. I lost consciousness briefly.
If I would have been preparing to ride that horse myself, or already riding, I would have had my helmet on.
Things Happen In The Blink Of An Eye Or Even Sometimes Faster Than That!
We drove just over the PA line to check out a lesson horse prospect this afternoon. She looked good in the pictures and her owner’s answers made it seem as if she might be good for the job.
When we arrived the mare looked great. She was in good weight, had shed our her winter coat and looked sleek and shiny. We were happy with everything her owner had to say about her.
Next, her owner tied her to the fence, while she went to get her tack out of the building behind her. The mare was tied to the fence. Aleta and Mckenna had walked back to the car. I guess to get Mckenna’s riding stuff.
I was standing a ways back, trying to figure out why my phone camera wasn’t working.
Next thing I know, the saddle is on the ground in front of me. The horse is standing calmly by the fence( not tied anymore) and her owner was on the ground.
She looked at me and said, “what just happened?” I told her I had only looked away for a second, so I didn’t know. Aleta and Mckenna were facing toward the car so they didn’t see either.
All I know was that the girl’s forehead had a slice and her head was bleeding a lot. Her eye was bruising and turning black and she was getting a bump on her forehead. She was obviously going to need some stitches. Luckily, her mom worked nearby and was able to pick her up and take her to the immediate care place up the road.
Moral Of The Story
S**t happens with horses! We were all right nearby. Only looking away from the horse for a moment. At that moment, something happened and someone got hurt.
We have a guess that maybe one of the horses on the other side of the fence had gotten to close. Then it had some kind of altercation with the tied up horse. We literally have no idea what happened. 4 people watching and it happened so fast that nobody saw.
Things happen with horses, it is unavoidable. They just do. It is part of the risk we take when we sign those liability waivers to get on and ride them.
Don’t take any horse for granted. The quietest, the calmest submissive horse could react quickly and hurt you. Remember, they don’t think before they act. They are prey animals and they just do what they have to do to keep themselves safe. To them, self-preservation is first. Our safety isn’t something they can comprehend or even worry about.
Seeing That Girl Get Hurt Made Me Sick
Seeing that girl get hit in the head like that, literally made me feel sick. Not because of the sight of blood or anything like that. Just at the thought for a brief moment I, someone who was badly hurt had taken a horse for granted and stopped paying attention. In that brief moment that is when she got hurt. Not that it was my fault or that I could have done anything crippling around with my walker. I couldn’t. It just hit me hard that I hadn’t been paying attention. I was taking my safety around horses for granted and that is something you just should not do, ever!
I know how it feels to get hit hard in the head and be so confused. It is a scary thing and I feel for her. When her mom picked her up the bleeding had stopped. She had a headache of course and was dizzy. Probably has a concussion.
It Is Not The Horses Fault
The horse is not at fault. We don’t even know if it was the horse on the other side of the fence that hurt her. Or if it was the mare that was tied up and reacting to the horse on the other side of the fence.
Horses react in self-preservation at all times. It is their natural instinct. We can’t change that about them. Unfortunately, it puts us in danger if we are not constantly aware of what is going on around us when we are working around horses. All horses, even old half dead ones and little ponies. A horse is a horse, they all are bigger than us. They can hurt us very badly without even trying.
We don’t blame the mare for what happened. Neither did her owner who got hurt. It was just an unfortunate accident. I hope that the owner of the mare is better soon. I look forward to seeing that mare go under saddle. Her body type is lovely and she has a very kind expression on her face. As soon as her owner is up to it we look forward to going back to see the horse again.
I admit It! I’m Becoming The Horse Safety Police!
Put your helmet on. Even when you are just working with your horse on the ground. Grooming, lunging, tacking up. Whatever you are doing! Where your darn helmet. It is a simple thing to do, to buckle your helmet on your head. Do it each time and eventually, it will be like a habit. Something that you don’t even think about doing.
It Can Happen To Anyone
Professionals like me, hobby horse owners like the little girl who was hurt today. It can happen to a passerby in a barn that isn’t even interested in horses. Horses are dangerous. I love them as much as you do. I’m a horse crazy kid turned horse, crazy adult. I learned the hard way how important it is to not take your safety around horses for granted.
I’m going to be the horse safety police and keep on talking about it over and over so hopefully, some of you can be saved from learning that lesson the hard way.