Wild Child Tyra Gordon Horse Accident update

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

As most know, our daughter (Tyra) suffered a riding accident at one of her horse shows at Hamilton County in Indiana on 8/27/16.  

She has suffered a severe concussion causing Traumatic Brain Injury, it caused her severe stuttering, tremors, and an inability to walk on her own for the first couple of months.  She has been in therapy for a long while now and is doing much better, but still has some issues that she will be working on for the next year or so they say.

Between the medical bills from the hospital, doctors, speech and physical therapy, any financial assistance is greatly appreciated.

Details of what happened: 
Fiona refused a jump. Ty's bad hip popped (that she had injured in track at school), she had no strength in the hip after that to hold, Fiona went down on her knees (Horse is ok) and Ty went Head Over Heels over Fiona's neck and head. Severe concussion causing severe stutter, shaking, and inability to walk on her own. 

For those who are not "horsie" and familiar with our terms. Refusing a jump means the horse suddenly stops right before they are to jump over their obstacle. That might be at a trot or canter (canter being faster than trot, trot is faster than walk). When a horse (Fiona is an OTTB, Off The Track Thoroughbred, and weighs approximately 1200-1300 lbs) does that, it is sudden and jolts you. When that happened Tyras hip gave way and she couldn't hold herself in place well enough to stay balanced in the saddle. Tyra injured her right hip 1 1/2 years before the riding accident during school track and we've been working with it since and she started riding again in 2016 with the Orthopedic Specialists ok. When Ty lost that balance, that through her weight onto Fionas front-end too much, causing Fiona to go to her knees. When Fiona fell to her knees that then caused Tyra to fly out of the saddle over Fionas head. She landed flat on her back and hit the back of her head on the ground (with helmet on). This was nobodies fault, not Tyras, not Fionas, not Tyras trainer (who is a very good friend of ours and an excellent rider and trainer). This was just one of those days that sometimes happen. You do what you can to make sure you're child is safe, to make sure they know what they are doing, to make sure they have the proper safety gear, etc... so they can do what they love. Sometimes things just happens that you can't always control, this is one of those times. Horses are not for the faint of heart. ;) Fiona is ok and Tyra will be ok. She's a tough girl and a stubborn one at that. ;) And I know she herself, God, and all of us will get her through this.

For all updates about Tyra or if you'd like to help with the medical/financial bills please go to the fundraiser we have set up for that:

Also, don't miss out on the fundraiser items up on eBay that benefit R&M Ranch and/or Tyra's medical/financial bills. Please click the link to view all items 

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