My Ah-Ha Helmet moment remains crystal clear for me. (Probably because I was WEARING a helmet)
I was on a beautiful trail ride on my beautiful horse on a beautiful fall morning. Riding with a friend who ALWAYS wore her helmet caused me wear mine as well. Lucky for me!
Our horses spooked, bolted and both ran away with us. My ride didn’t last long, as my horse catapulted me into a lamp post in the park. My friend’s horse carried her far down the trail.
Thanks to my helmet, my head was clear enough to call 911 and get help. And thank goodness I WAS able to get help on the way immediately. Turns out I had 9 broken ribs, 2 broken vertebrae, my arm was broken in two places, both lungs were
punctured, my intestines, spleen, pancreas and liver were torn. And most shocking of all, my aorta. All this damage, yet my brain was completely fine.
Thanks to my helmet-wearing-friend, AND my helmet, I am again riding through that park and enjoying all its beauty. I shudder to even imagine what kind of mess I would be, had I not be wearing it.
Now, I NEVER ride without it. Every ride, every time. Even in the arena. Because you never know what can happen. And hopefully, I can influence others in my barn.