Keep your head screwed on!
No matter what type of riding you do, safety is paramount. That’s why we found this recent article from Horse Talk New Zealand detailing changes in one organization’s guidelines for post-fall concussions.
Officials with British Eventing recently announced that all riders competing in its sanctioned events will be suspended for 21 days after suffering a concussion. The reason is that our understanding of concussions is changing–rather than seeing it as an injury with immediate symptoms, we’re now learning that concussion symptoms can show up hours or even days after the fall. Symptoms of more mild concussions may also take more time to dissipate than originally thought.
Bottom line–take care after a fall, especially if you hit your head. Be alert to potential symptoms, even after you wipe the grass stains off your breeches.