The pictures of my 2004 equestrian accident are pretty yucky (graphic) but they need to be posted to educate people.
NOTE: I was wearing a helmet and might not be here today if I was not wearing one.
The story is: I was cantering down the long wall of the arena, my horse spooked at ice sliding off the roof and took off. I hit a steel post that was in the center of the indoor arena and then hit the frozen ground. For some reason, the people threw out my helmet immediately after the accident otherwise it would have been good to examine it for impact analysis.
I sustained a head injury (will have deficits for the rest of my life) a broken nose, broken elbow in two places, leg damage that will never ever be pain free and of course, psychological damage. I am LUCKY to be alive and have only started riding again late last fall 2011. If these images help save even one life, I will be very happy to have shared them.
Kind regards, Elizabeth