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        07-11-2013, 04:58 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by toto    
    Thanks for agreeing with me- beau.. I remember back before they had the colorful polo wraps and colorful leg boots- we used vet wrap so our tack would match or so we could have the bright colors just because it was different and loud, lol. Crazy how much things have changed!
    I bet if the boots were around in the 1950's, people would have been using them too.

    Can't use something if it hasn't been invented yet.

    I know that Professional's Choice wasn't around until 1982 when they came out with their boots, so it would make sense that no one wore them in 1952. Yes, less injuries back then possibly but the sport of barrel racing has changed since then too. Seems to me that horses are hauled harder, started sooner, and expected to give more, than back in the 50's. Back then people loaded their horse on the back of the pickup truck, and off them went. Now you've got air ride suspension, shipping boots, reverse slant load, ramps, etc etc.

    Things always change!

    People didn't wear riding helmets in the 1950's either. (Granted not a whole heck of a lot more do now.) But I guess you could say I wear a riding helmet for the same reasons I put sport boots on my horses. No, it is not going to completely prevent any injuries. No, it doesn't offer any support to my neck. But...... I'd rather have that helmet on my head (or in this case, sport boots on my horse's legs) for that chance at reducing injury.
         
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        07-11-2013, 05:35 PM
      #12
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    Originally Posted by beau159    
    I bet if the boots were around in the 1950's, people would have been using them too.

    Can't use something if it hasn't been invented yet.

    I know that Professional's Choice wasn't around until 1982 when they came out with their boots, so it would make sense that no one wore them in 1952. Yes, less injuries back then possibly but the sport of barrel racing has changed since then too. Seems to me that horses are hauled harder, started sooner, and expected to give more, than back in the 50's. Back then people loaded their horse on the back of the pickup truck, and off them went. Now you've got air ride suspension, shipping boots, reverse slant load, ramps, etc etc.

    Things always change!

    People didn't wear riding helmets in the 1950's either. (Granted not a whole heck of a lot more do now.) But I guess you could say I wear a riding helmet for the same reasons I put sport boots on my horses. No, it is not going to completely prevent any injuries. No, it doesn't offer any support to my neck. But...... I'd rather have that helmet on my head (or in this case, sport boots on my horse's legs) for that chance at reducing injury.
    lol maybe

    That's right!

    I didnt think they were around in the 80s-- best years.. 1980s! If they were too worried about the horses legs back then theyd just polo wrap the legs up- pattern aint changed (clover leaf) but the horses have.. and a lot of other things-- im waiting on someone to teach their horse to drive a hovercraft around the barrels, lol.

    Yes agree 10000 percent about the way barrel horses are started and rode today- hey if its legal id load my horse in the back of my truck- save me some gas money hauling a trailer!


    For western riding no- that's what the cowboy hats for- for english riding yes- they had helmets in the 50s, lol. Id be one of the ones that wont wear a helmet yeah I understand your reasoning- it makes you feel better.. same reason some people stall their horses in the rein- piece of mind-- aint bashing ya by the way- do what makes you and your horse preform better.
         
        07-11-2013, 07:33 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    It's cheap insurance from cuts. I don't hardly ride without bell boots and won't run without wraps on. Cuts on the back of the pastern take awhile to heal. My horses wear shoes and while turning tight I'm not risking him knicking himself. He could still pull a muscle or stumble, but least he won't be out simply because I didnt wrap his legs and put bells on him. My favorite boots are the professionals choice Ventech elites, there light and breathable. I use polos though because boots don't fit my horse right, I suggest only using polos if you know how to or have someone show you the correct way.
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        07-12-2013, 09:21 AM
      #14
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by toto    

    For western riding no- that's what the cowboy hats for- for english riding yes- they had helmets in the 50s, lol. Id be one of the ones that wont wear a helmet yeah I understand your reasoning- it makes you feel better.. same reason some people stall their horses in the rein- piece of mind-- aint bashing ya by the way- do what makes you and your horse preform better.
    So Western horses never have accidents where their riders get head injuries? But English horses do?

    I understand that the cowboy hat did in the past, and does today, play an important purpose to shade the working cowboy's face from the sun and the elements, but a squishy piece of material isn't going to do squat for your brain and skull in an accident.

    I respect those that choose not to wear a helmet, but your statement itself is absurd.

    Didn't say they did not have helmets in the 50's, but it just seems interesting to me that people today will go the extra step to protect their horse's legs with sport boots, but won't go the extra step to protect their own head. Or even wear shin guards to protect their own shins from a barrel .... but not a helmet. Again, it's mind boggling to me, but to each his own.

    My helmet does more than "make me feel better". It saved me from serious brain damage 6 years ago when I was slow loping circles with my 3-yr-old filly, who tripped and fell and rolled completely over the top of me. I was lucky to only walk away with a grade 3 concussion (worst you can get without physical brain damage showing on a CT scan). Very lucky. I've worn a helmet since I was 5-yrs-old, and I will never mount up without one.



    Sorry OP. I do not mean to turn this into a helmet debate. I just dislike it when incorrect statements are made.



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    Originally Posted by BarrelRacer23    
    It's cheap insurance from cuts.
    Well said!
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        07-12-2013, 10:33 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Maybe it's just me.

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        07-12-2013, 04:32 PM
      #16
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    So Western horses never have accidents where their riders get head injuries? But English horses do?

    I understand that the cowboy hat did in the past, and does today, play an important purpose to shade the working cowboy's face from the sun and the elements, but a squishy piece of material isn't going to do squat for your brain and skull in an accident.

    I respect those that choose not to wear a helmet, but your statement itself is absurd.

    Didn't say they did not have helmets in the 50's, but it just seems interesting to me that people today will go the extra step to protect their horse's legs with sport boots, but won't go the extra step to protect their own head. Or even wear shin guards to protect their own shins from a barrel .... but not a helmet. Again, it's mind boggling to me, but to each his own.

    My helmet does more than "make me feel better". It saved me from serious brain damage 6 years ago when I was slow loping circles with my 3-yr-old filly, who tripped and fell and rolled completely over the top of me. I was lucky to only walk away with a grade 3 concussion (worst you can get without physical brain damage showing on a CT scan). Very lucky. I've worn a helmet since I was 5-yrs-old, and I will never mount up without one.



    Sorry OP. I do not mean to turn this into a helmet debate. I just dislike it when incorrect statements are made.





    Well said!
    Beau- the point is western riders were rugged cowboys and didnt need a helmet back then because they were tough and a helmet was 'for sissys' lol. It is proper dress for western riding and now they do have western hat helmets.. I don't know what 'self absurd' means? Lol.

    Maybe some people don't plan to fall and they think if they put the thought in their head they will? In all the years I've been riding I've hit my head hard a few times but nothing bad enough that could have killed me.. or id be dead-- its definitely possible and has happened a lot but if im going to die might as well be doing the thing I love! Id rather die riding than in a car wreck and if its my fate so be it-- stubborn.. that's why I don't choose to wear a helmet, lol.

    Yes- you were very lucky! I've seen helmets smashed- even sport bike helmets crack and break-- that what I call luck- could have gone the other way.. my statement wasnt false but fact- I've seen it happen where people wearing perfectly good helmets did not come out so lucky-- my statements aint 'incorrect' theyre fact . but what ever gives you piece of mind.. I can go more into detail if needed.

    Wanted to add- im glad you're still with us- hard to find a good person to chat with.
         
        07-12-2013, 06:26 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by toto    
    Beau- the point is western riders were rugged cowboys and didnt need a helmet back then because they were tough and a helmet was 'for sissys' lol. It is proper dress for western riding and now they do have western hat helmets.. I don't know what 'self absurd' means? Lol.

    Maybe some people don't plan to fall and they think if they put the thought in their head they will? In all the years I've been riding I've hit my head hard a few times but nothing bad enough that could have killed me.. or id be dead-- its definitely possible and has happened a lot but if im going to die might as well be doing the thing I love! Id rather die riding than in a car wreck and if its my fate so be it-- stubborn.. that's why I don't choose to wear a helmet, lol.
    Ahh. Gotcha. Thought you meant something else (gotta love the internet...).

    I wouldn't be caught dead wearing one of those western hat helmets though. I personally think they are hideous!! LOL. I'll wear my regular helmet proudly!

    Yeah, the thing though that doesn't make sense in my mind, is that I never plan to fall off either, but I know it will probably happen at some point in my life. Same way I never plan to be in a car accident, and I have not yet, but I know the odds are that someday I probably will be. So I always wear my seatbelt. There's always other idiots driving on the road who may not be as careful as me; same as there might be other idiots riding horses. Horses have a mind of their own and even the most bombproof horse can have a moment.

    Maybe you should wear a helmet so you don't die doing the thing you love. Who am I going to have a good conversation with if you die and leave me behind?
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        07-15-2013, 01:38 AM
      #18
    Foal
    YES YES YES YES.
    Don't risk an unnecessary injury without them. And I would mess around with polo wraps unless you've had a lesson from someone off the track, they can cause more problems than they prevent.
         
        07-17-2013, 02:24 AM
      #19
    Foal
    I would absoloutley put boots on your horse because barrel racing is a real tough event for any horse to compete in, you do not want your horse to nick the inside of their front legs, that could do bad tendon damage.
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