A person cannot self assess their head injury.
48 hours ago, I had a tumble despite how guarded I am on a young horse. Out of the blue, my horse just stopped while cantering and I don’t know what happened until I was on the ground.
I blacked out for at least 30 seconds listening to everyone fret around me. I couldn’t respond. I had busted my face leaving me with domestic abuse type injuries. I had no idea. Before I knew it, I was being helped back onto the horse and away I went. Brushing off the incident the rest of the ride while I responded to genuine concerns. Not fully grasping I hit my head, I just continued to ride in a daze. After, I look in the mirror and had dried blood streaming down my face from my lip and a black eye.
I should not have gotten back on the horse. I hit my head AND had whiplash. All those around me SHOULD have told me me to go back to trailers . I honestly could not judge for myself. The blood on my pants and stock tie did not register. Bravado from me and others to get back on probably drove this decision. My bravado is dwindling, and my caution is rising.
I get this article. It makes sense to me. It took me an appendectomy and a strongly worded (with swear words) from my surgeon not to work or ride. I listened and don’t have a hernia. God forbid I get hurt from a horse, the show must go on…
For all the safety gurus, I had a CO Mips skull cap purchased 6 months ago and will be getting a discount for a new helmet.I absolutely hit my head. Ironically, my safety vest was not on and I don’t have any rib/shoulder injuries it’s so out dated I’m shocked the foam isn’t dust. I did buy a new vest with much higher standards.