We had a mishap in our lesson on Friday, and once again I can tell you that I was saved by my helmet, on a day on a horse where some people might think it wasn't needed.
My sweet, calm, trained ten year old was doing a lovely canter up the long side in the indoor. It was a quiet, sunny day and I was having a lesson.
Suddenly with no warning he tripped and went down hard. I slammed into the 2 X 6 rough cut kick wall with my head and arm. I'm unharmed except for a badly bruised arm, but without a helmet it would have been a different story.
Rogo's left front is slightly swollen. He hit it with a back foot and it's scraped a bit. He's on bute and is going to have a few days off. Fingers crossed he heals quickly and well.
I'm not sure what caused his fall. I went back to look at the hoof prints and I could clearly see the step he took where he went down. There was a small rock inside the hoof print. Joan, my teacher, thought the stone must have rolled. Maybe it hurt his foot. I really don't know so that's kind of scary.


I'm glad to hear you're both okay. You never know what can happen even on a routine ride on a calm horse. I'm a big fan of helmets and can't understand why some people don't think them necessary. My grey matter has been saved more than once by a helmet. Hope you both heal quickly.
Hillary said…
That's scary! But that's why I always wear a helmet. Not worth it to risk it.
Oak Creek Ranch said…
Glad you are okay. Helmets are non-negotiable for us.
Glad you and Rogo are okay!
Karen said…
Glad you are ok! Scary when that happens.
Anonymous said…
Glad you're both mostly OK - hope everything heals up well. I'm with you on the helmet.
Glad you are doing ok and nothing was broken. Helmets, worth the hassle!
Achieve1dream said…
Yikes!!!!! I'm glad you're okay and that you were wearing a helmet! I hope Rogo is okay.