This equestrian thing can be dangerous.
I mean, your body can take a beating. If you fall, it’s usually from about 5 or 6 feet above the (hard) ground. Sometimes higher, if you happen to be jumping when you and the horse part company. And let’s face it, we don’t usually fall off while the horse is standing still. (Although, to be truthful, I can say that I’ve done that.) Most of the time when we experience an unintentional dismount, it’s at speed. Which makes the ground seem harder.
By the way, did you know that there are scales to evaluate the hardness of an object as it pertains to the bounce back of the object hitting it? I prefer using the Leeb Rebound Hardness test, myself.
Yep, from now on you can look at your falls as science experiments. You can even get a little doohickie called a schleroscope to measure the distance of your rebound after you hit the ground.
Even better, there’s even something called indentation testing that measure hardness based on the indentation left by an object hitting a surface. So, you can measure the hardness of the ground by the size of the crater you left behind when you landed.
But I digress. At least when you fall, you can point to your injuries with a sense of pride. Unfortunately, our equestrian passion often subjects us to less, uh, illustrious injuries – the broken toe from being stepped on, the bruised side from the bite of a girthy horse, or the scraped up leg from when Poopsikins tried to pry you off by using the nearest fence for leverage.
I give you my most recent Stupid Horse-Related Injury: The Self-Imposed, Helmet-Induced Nose Job. Sadly, I was nowhere near a horse when this happened. I was just getting ready to tack up, grabbing my saddle and helmet from the top rack, and the helmet bounced off the bottom rack, rebounded upwards and the brim smacked me right in the bridge of the nose. BAM!!!!!
I saw stars, and darn near went to my knees. Bled like a stuck pig, too. This is what it looks like 3 days later. Lovely shade of Spring-like yellow, don’t you think?
I’ll be the first to tell you, helmet safety is VERY IMPORTANT!!! Those suckers can hurt!
Anybody else have a silly horse-related injury they want to share?
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