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Broke a wood post with my head!!

Published 11-16-2009 11:06 AM

This story was shared with us by Emily Falica, a 4-H member from Allen County. She rides a pony whose name is Captain Jack Sparrow. She fell from him, head first, when she was jumping and hit her head on a wood pole, breaking it in half. Read her story below and learn why she used to call herself “Crash”.

“I am a 4-H’er from Allen County. I have ridden and shown horses since I was about 6 years old, and have been in 4-H for two years now. I just turned 12 in September. My trainer believes that good riders fall off of safe horses all the time. She was schooling my pony last summer, and she even fell off. For awhile, I was afraid of my pony. It made me ride really stiff. Because I was so stiff, I fell off more than the average rider. I called myself "Crash". I am glad to be out of that phase now. While I was still "Crash", I once fell off my pony while jumping. I landed head first on a wood pole and broke it in half with my head. I can't imagine what would have happened if I hadn't been wearing my helmet. I had just gotten a new titanium helmet. My mom was glad I wasn't still wearing my schooling helmet made of styrofoam. I have fallen off a lot and most of the time I land on my rear, but I still get knocked backwards and hit the back of my head. People that don't wear helmets are not using their brain! I have friends that ride Western and don't wear helmets because it isn’t part of the fashion like it is for English disciplines. I think if some of the famous western riders would start wearing helmets, others would do like them.

Emily Falica & her pony Captain Jack Sparrow”

From Fernanda:

A note about Helmets: as long as the helmet is ASTM-SEI certified, the material the helmet is made off should make no difference, whether titanium or styrofoam. All ASTM-SEI certified helmets are strictly tested to assure head and brain protection. So when purchasing a helmet make sure you find the stamp where it says it is a certified helmet. That's the most important point.

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