I just wanted to share my story with you. I was nearly 7 years old when this happened…..
I was trotting my old Appy gelding down a dirt road with my dad beside me, he was acting up a little bit so I slowed him. He shook his head and my dad’s horse took off at a full out of control gallop, my Appy (Ken) bolted after him.
I pulled the reins and said ‘Woah’ over and over again he didn’t get any slower just a lot faster. He grabbed the bit in his teeth and caught up to my dad, who was slowing his horse up as best he could. Both our horses were flat out galloping racing one another.
The road was flat but we were heading towards tarmac. Our horses wouldn’t stop. My dad pulled like crazy on the reins for his horse and eventually turned him into a one rein stop. With me being only 6 years 11 months old, I had no muscles to pull the normally absolutely quiet pony up. Wee approached the tar at a full on gallop (dad had managed to pull his horse up and dismount), his leading foreleg hit the tar and slid out from under him, his other three legs managed to support him for one more stride, his following foreleg slid forward and his back legs slid under him.
I fell head first into the tar, my left eye and ear where the first things to hit the tar, Kens body landed on top of me and I slip for about 7metres along the tar, ken also slid. My dad ran over to me and called an ambulance, they rushed me to my local hospital where they said I was extremely close to death, if I hadn’t of had my helmet on I would have died. I was put under sedation by something the doctors gave me, to give my brain some healing time.