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Her name is Sandy and she's a Appaloosa mayor and she's 21 years old.


Her name's sugar and she's 16. I guess the thing I like most about riding is the relationship I have with my horse and all the fun that I have with my friends.  We've done 4-H,  NWPRA and we've tried Moxie's and she's a nice mayor. I like the jumping. You just jump right over and you get this big adrenaline rush. I like jumping, get thrown forward, and I love it probably the closest to flying I've ever felt.


I like to stay under control and know I have it and I like to do mostly trail normal trail riding just nice and slow and easy working together as a team with your horse. The challenge getting a good race in and working with my horse. Oh, it's wonderful I don't know how to explain it. I like speed when I ride horses. I love to ride, speed, speed, speed. I guess, it's just the speed. Well, I just like horses.


I think that a lot of people ride exactly for the same reason that I do, it's an unconditional bond between you and your horse. That is the beauty of this sport because it is the trust between the horse and the rider that is built up over years.

there is no more of an incredible experience for me more exhilarating than

to know that that trust between horse and rider is there.


Whether a quiet ride through mountain forests, or a competition of speed and agility, riding is a celebration of oneness with another creature. A trusting a sharing of power and a lending of strength and speed and risk. We went out for a ride and he started off fine. Thunder started happening and the horse decided that he'd take a turn and I had my sense too tight and she started bucking and I wasn't ready for it and I was trying to stop. Her horse reared up. He started rearing for no reason. He slipped and I kept going straight. I slid right off his back and I hit the desk head first right into the ground. I landed on the ground on my head. I went down and I everything went black. She hit her head on a rock. She was knocked unconscious and she fell and it killed her. Sixty percent of all horse-related deaths involve head injuries. Fortunately there's a simple way to

minimize this risk. I have been riding internationally for about 10 years now

and last year warming up for the big fall. Three-day back east I and Sanskrip the horse that I rode in the Olympic games had an outstanding round going. We were

about three quarters of the way around, went into the water well then, we had to

take a sharp left. It was just with the shifting of my weight the horse drifted a little bit to the right, I caught one leg on one tree which swung me over head first into another tree. I was probably going about 20 miles an hour when I hit the tree

head-on. You know it wasn't a fence that we all worry about, it was just something that you know happened. If I wasn't wearing this helmet basically, I wouldn't be certainly in the condition I am in today and um it might very well be I wouldn't even be here today. I was found unconscious in the arena and I had probably been there for about 30 minutes before they found me and the the groom immediately called 9-1-1 and the rescue unit came and took me

to the hospital and I was unconscious for probably about 12 to 14 hours. I was in the hospital for five weeks and when I was released I had severe short-term memory loss because of the injury. I also lost coordination and they had to re-teach me how to walk again. When I first started to come back I didn't even know that I rode and my customers were of course panicked over that. It's like geez

here our trainer doesn't even know he rides. Thinking back on the whole situation and injury  I had been riding for 20 some years and training for about 10 years and it's one of those things that you know you don't think it's going to happen to you you know.  You hear about it but you know it's not going to happen to me you think you're immune to it and I'm living proof it happened to me.


If you don't wear a helmet you can get really hurt. It wasn't real hot on the idea at first but I've gotten used to it. It's comfortable, I feel really safe with my helmet on. it's almost like a blanket for me. His hoof hit my helmet so I was  pretty happy I was wearing one. It's like riding in a car without a seat belt. You just you don't do it. We almost lost my sister so we've just always worn helmets ever since because we just don't want to ever take that chance of having someone get hurt again. I always ride in a helmet every time every ride every horse no matter how well I know them no matter how quiet a ride.

I'm expecting to have Rusty Nail, a true western horseman at 12. Rusty entered the Teves cup, winning the youngest rider award for this grueling 100 mile endurance race. He began training horses in his early teens and when he was about 18 19 years old he started training stock horses and then specialized in the cutting horse. I think his reputation was very good. He's very well known person. There was sometimes five horses in the barn sometimes 21 horses in the barn. He'd ride probably six or eight hours a day. Rusty participated in most of the competitions on the West Coast making semi-finals in Fallon Nevada, and top three riders in Ogden Utah. In the fall of 92 just a week before his life was dramatically altered by his choice to wear a baseball cap when riding. The horse went up with him and we feel went over backwards with him and he hit his head. I was in home for about three months longer than. A typical day for Rusty is very different now. He goes to Easter seals to class and works very hard all day long. Ss far as his therapies out there and the class work that he does as far as working on memory cognition um problem solving. He's uh now in recovery and intends to recover to a point where he will be able to ride again and he hopes to be able to train again but we don't know that that will ever happen. I didn't think it was born in the world. Then but I knew now yeah I think that a western horse men feel like that it's not needed. It's not macho just because I can't walk I draw my bounds anymore and I can't wait to get better but I haven't lost that opiate. I still think I'm gonna get better. I believe my recovery but I don't know.

Dr Jane Summers Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center had been practicing  internal medicine for six years. Her involvement with horses began in junior high school and included trail riding, breeding, and showing and I just went out for a Sunday morning ride it was we were just walking and I remember turning the horse to the left and that's when she went down on her knees. I was told she rared. That's when I got knocked out on the ground and I remained in a coma for three weeks. It was three years until I could shower, stand standing up, and it was four years until I could talk without having to sit down because I couldn't concentrate on my standing balance and what I was saying at the same time. It became a reality that I was impaired and I wouldn't be able to go back to medicine and it's easy to get around a driver's license but you can't get around treating patients before her brain injury. Jane was an avid four-season runner and described herself as the typical obsessive compulsive physician. Now I have the normal life of an 85 year old woman. What most people don't realize is that the brain sitting in your head, in my head is about the consistency of not quite set jello. That's why it's so fragile and can be damaged so easily. I had all sorts of plans for the future and they changed just in the moment of a split second because I was not wearing an SEI approved riding helmet. The Safety Equipment Institute or SEI certifies riding helmet models which meet the current American Society for testing and materials F 1163 standard for equestrian headgear. ETL laboratories is part of the inch cape testing services, the second largest testing and certification network in the world.


A helmet absorbs energy by crushing. As it's doing that it slows down the process of stopping so that everything has time to come to a stop at the same rate. If you're falling unprotected and your head hits the ground, your head will stop so quick that the brain can collide with the inside of the skull, and that can cause brain damage bruising, breaking of blood vessels in the brain. To receive SEI certification, helmet models must meet stringent requirements of ASTM F 1163 300 G's is the internationally accepted threshold for serious brain injury. So in each of four impacts the helmet must not allow more than 300 G's to pass through it even a fall from only three feet. If unprotected can result in acceleration of over 300 G's on top of a horse the rider's head is at least six feet above the ground. If your helmet sustains any impact or you have a fall while you're wearing a helmet you should return the helmet to the manufacturer for inspection. The helmet may have been damaged but as this one shows that damage may not have been visible. Hunt caps, older helmets, and items of apparel are not SEI approved. They are not designed to absorb energy and they are obviously inadequate protection for your head. I would be back practicing medicine probably was in a short period of time after my accident if I had been wearing an SEI-approved helmet.

Polly liked everything. There was babysitting, there was sign language, and a couple different events, like bowling, ice skating, roller skating, and horseback riding. So they were always kind of a fantasy to ride this beautiful creature. When the accident happened they were on the main road going in so it was flat road. It was just a flat hard road, dirt road and they were coming back from their end of their ride and they were less than 70 yards from the end and her horse took off in a full dead run and Polly couldn't hold on. She tried to hold on and she couldn't. She kind of bounced off the back and landed right on her head on the trail and

she never gained regained consciousness. The loss that we have is so incredible.


That just by simply applying a helmet and wearing it could save a life and would save somebody from going through what we're going through. It's an everyday

hole it's a black hole just an empty void that we will live with every day.


Shauna took up the love of horses like I did. Because I loved horses she just she loved writing. I mean her love of life were horses. You know Shauna was riding since she was about six years old. She was 14 she's been on all different kinds of horses. She's been on young horses, old horses, small horses, big horses, she's been on draft horses. Silver was an eight-year-old registered or Arab but he was very gentle. She couldn't wait to get home from school to ride her horse and

she'd be out there grooming him and talking to him and she'd say she'd call his name you know Silver and he'd come winning and running up to the fence to her you know and you could see just in the short time that they were together, they had a bond. The neighbor was riding her horse and Shawna was writing Silver in our field right in our field I mean it was our field in our house she wasn't going down the road or anything she was in a hay field. One minute she was looking at Shauna and she was running around the field, and the next minute Nicole looked over and Shawna was down. They never bought the horse thinking that Shauna would die from a fall and I never ever entered my mind that Shawna would get killed on a horse. It never entered my mind to have a helmet on and um I would say to anybody to put, wear a helmet because if I had to do over I would do it and

it's not you know and now it's too late for me. You know I can't ha my daughter's gone. Sunset was she just finished her seventh grade year at a junior high she'd been very active in 4-H and she had a lot of opportunities coming up in 4-H. She loved her horse, she would she'd give up anything for her horse. It was a beautiful sunny day and it was they were doing things that they had done before and they were just having fun. They were out here giggling and laughing and taking turns. I heard this very loud crack, I landed on my head. Apparently the horse bucked and

decided to turn at the same time and when she came off she came off head first.

There was a the loud crack that I heard was her head hitting the ground. I was wearing a helmet because we always wore a helmet. It was just something that we always, always did. You know I wasn't even wearing jeans but I grabbed the helmet on the way out of the barn my mom said girls wear helmets so we wore the helmets. She's 16 years old now she's considering Veterinary Science in college. Things that that one slip off of a horse that spring afternoon could have ended all of that before the horse comes the helmet.


I have my daughter here today a beautiful young lady and that could have been changed entirely because of her accident if she had not had her helmet on every time every ride wear an SEI helmet.


There's no doubt about it SEI helmets work after the United States Pony Club made ASTM SEI headgear mandatory. They experienced a dramatic reduction in

the number and severity of brain injuries. You can have a severe brain injury even

if you're at a standstill or even if the horse is just walking. The force of just falling off the horse is enough to cause a severe brain injury. Many of the injuries that we see are just in the rider's own backyard. The horse could spook for any reason. At first the person may be unconscious or in a coma. Then they may never wake up from that. When they wake up they may have symptoms like head injury or blurry vision, trouble with balance or coordination, trouble with their memory

is very common, difficulties with speaking, walking, balancing or for instance, climbing or riding a bicycle be very difficult. To date the ASTM SEI-approved headgear is the best helmet available that an equestrian can purchase and wear.

The key is where well unfortunately my experience with head injury is not just as a doctor but also as a family member of a head injury victim.

My sister Laura fell off her horse and sustained a severe head injury and died about a week later. Unfortunately, Laura wasn't wearing a helmet when she fell off. Laura was an expert rider. She'd been riding for over 20 years. she rode dressage and when we found her she was 15 feet from the barn and so we really think that her fall was probably from a standstill or at most while walking and I think this just goes to highlight that you don't have to be galloping or jumping to have a severe head injury can occur even while you're standing still and certainly it can happen anytime. I know certainly Laura never expected it and just goes to emphasize you have to wear your helmet all the time.

Thankfully current ASTM SEI certified helmets are designed for comfort and practicality with removable liners, air vents for ventilation, fitting pads, or even an air pump liner to ensure a perfect fit every time. ASTM SEI hats come in a variety of styles, some weigh less than 11 ounces and colorful covers add individuality. The jaw strap should be securely fastened so that it touches the skin ASTM SEI approved headgear should fit snugly but comfortably so it cannot be rocked

out of position, forward, backward, or side to side. The skin or eyebrows should move when the helmet is rocked from front to back and the helmet should sit level from front to back. Choose the SEI approved helmet which best fits your riding style. Fit it properly and wear it every time every ride. You can't be a hundred percent sure that your horse is gonna be safe and you know they can even stumble like we stumble and you can go off. You know it's not, no horse is 100 bomb proof. It's when the quickness of that horse comes along that that's what we get caught. I think that if I had been wearing a helmet that I would have probably just fallen and been fine. You know gotten back up and got back on the horse and finished my work. If I do know all freaking environment, I assumed everything would be all right and that's one thing as far as horseback riding that I've learned now that you can't assume. My kids are my life and my life has been

severed. You know when Shauna died and it makes me just really really grateful that we had someone to tell us that the helmets were important and you know I wish all these other people had someone to do that for them. I would tell every rider that every time you get on a horse let's be safe not sorry and make sure

that you have your ASTM helmet on when you get on. You know your head's the only one you've got.


Foolish not to protect it.


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