Linda was cantering Remmer in a field when he tripped and stumbled for about 20 feet trying to regain his balance. At the end he fell and pitched on his nose. Linda was knocked out for a few minutes and under his feet when he tried to get up. So she was bruised on her body and legs and got 4 broken ribs. Remmer is fine. Thanks to speedy attendance and good care at the hospital (plus the red light - photonic therapy), she was discharged home after the second day as she was recovering quicker than expected and could now walk by herself as well as get up and down from bed. She is at home continuing her recovery and as you know with broken ribs, it will be some weeks before she can ride again. But she is in great spirits and not much pain.
I contacted Parelli and send a note to Linda and Remmer. They said thank you and that she was doing well. I truly hope so.
Due to this accident, the helmet issue and Parelli has cropped up again on all of the forums and is something they should address as a horse corporation. I believe that she should have had a helmet on, it is safer, and offers a good example to everyone, especially kids. I understand the argument that a helmet can offer a false sense of security but, I'd hope that even in that case, it would save someone's life. If they want to market their own, I'd buy a Parelli helmet! Horses are inherently dangerous, no matter how good you are and how good they are. I wear a helmet (most of the time--I know, not good enough) but have been thinking that it may be time for a new one. I bought mine several years ago, it is a Troxel Legacy. In any event, wearing a helmet should be a choice, not a law but, it is a good idea.
If you haven't seen the video (required watching for 4H programs) entitled "Every Time, Every Ride" check it out.
Lastly, a fellow horse lover I constantly coorespond with wrote this. I think it is very insightful and wanted to share with you all, "Now, I wish I didn't have to wear a helmet, but I have people around me that would be hurt if something happen to me -- let a lone all the work they would have to do if I was injured. I think, in someway, it is kind of selfish not wearing one. "
Anyhow, Linda, Remmer, please do take care and get well soon. I am thinking of you and sending positive thoughts to the Universe!