Hemie is fine. He got up right away, was immediately caught, and came away with just a small scratch on his knee. He was checked out by multiple people, and has since been ridden without any issues.
I am alive and grateful beyond words that my injuries aren't worse than they are. My head was bleeding and I thought my face was crushed. My left shoulder and neck had severe pain. A friend kept me stabilized until the ambulance arrived, and I was transferred to another ambulance for the trip to a special trauma center in the next town.
I was wearing a helmet, impact vest, and air vest. If you do not own an air vest, even if you are a low-level rider like I am, I hope you will consider investing in one. I'm certain it prevented my injuries from being worse - including potentially neck/spine damage.
I'll get to the actual recap sometime soon. In the meantime, give your horses and family extra hugs.
|The black eye came the next day.|