DARIEN — When Talbot Clarke was a sophomore at Santa Clara University in California, she got hit by a car and and was thrown 30 feet. The then 20-year-old suffered a traumatic brain injury and had to relearn how to chew, swallow, walk and talk. She was in the hospital for eight months, followed by more intermittent hospitalizations.
The now 27-year-old Darien resident still cannot drive, regularly struggles with short-term memory problems and suffers from brain fatigue. But Clarke has regained many of her abilities, including her horseback-riding skills, which she employs during weekly riding lessons at Pegasus Therapeutic Riding.