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  • Horseback riding a danger sport
  • Horsebackriding helmet debate

 
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    04-12-2010, 10:21 PM
  #11
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
you can have a perfectly good ride and go home and slip in the tub.
exactly!


And...
Yay! For Courtney! Hope she continues to improve.
     
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    04-13-2010, 08:36 PM
  #12
Weanling
Of course riding is dangerous, but I don't agree that helmets should be pushed. At least not helmets with visors. I wear a helmet everyday, but only put the visor on during shows. In most states it is illegal for trainers or trail riding leaders to suggest or make you wear a helmet because of the health risks on both sides. Christopher Reeve broke his neck because when he fell off his horse the visor stopped his head and the rest of the body continued to fall, breaking his neck. I know many say it's stupid to NOT wear a helmet, but you have to be careful of which helmet you put on your head.
     
    04-19-2010, 01:58 PM
  #13
Foal
All the riders at my barn have a saying...

"It's not IF you fall. It's WHEN and HOW BAD."
     
    04-19-2010, 02:28 PM
  #14
Yearling
I think everything is dangerous. Yet that has yet to stop me lol. I think horseback riding is dangerous, yet so is my car, and motorcycle. So many people I know have said, "stop riding the motorcyle and horses, they're too dangerous. Go play golf or something." I just stare at them for a minute and than burst out laughing. I will do what I want no matter how dangerous the situation is. Hell, I'm even planning on taking up street bike racing! How dangerously cool would that be? Haha

Bottom line...don't worry about how dangerous something is. You risk your life every minute of everyday. As soon as you wake up and walk, who knows, maybe you end up falling down the stair and breaking your neck, or as someone said about slipping in the bath tub and busting your head open. Anything can happen, you've just got to be smart about the many dangerous things you can prevent from happening.
     
    04-19-2010, 02:36 PM
  #15
Green Broke
^ exactly pecho! My brother thinks im compeletly crazy for even being around horses, he's always been afraid of them, but honestly, I can't imagine what the feeling of being afraid of a horse is like. If I fall I fall. If I fall and die well then, that sucks, but I would be more miserable if I never rode because I can't live a good life without riding.
     
    04-19-2010, 02:48 PM
  #16
Yearling
Exactly ridergirl!!!! I could never go one without ever riding again. Plus, how often do you hear on the news of people dieing from horseback riding? The majority of people dieing are from car accidents. Yet does that stop us, heck no! Lol My fiance's friend just got in a car accident and died a few days ago. There were five of them in the car, no drinking, just driving home from this place and 2 of them died including my fiance's friend. The other three are alive, but in bad shape I'd imagine. But that certainly doesn't stop us from driving all around, going 80mph or more, swirving in and out of lanes, etc. Hell, I'll admit it, I have a deadly passion for speed, and when there's a nice, clear, straight lane on the highway, I punch it! It's an addiction haha
     
    04-19-2010, 03:44 PM
  #17
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There's a reason horse riding is dangerous. It's the only sport where you have 1200lbs of muscles underneath you that has a mind of its own. We can't make a horse think what we want it to think in certain situations. If a horse spooks at something that we think is "just nothing", they are seeing it at a different perspective. I agree with the helmet thing though, I believe it makes some riders think that "Oh, I have my helmet on. I'll be fine." And it might mkae them ride in a more...reckless manner. Congrats to Courtney!!!!
     
    04-19-2010, 05:29 PM
  #18
Showing
Anabel, that article is right on the money. I really don't like it when people preach that "everyone should wear a helmet because then you won't get hurt". I am not against helmets, I just think that wearing them is a personal preferance (for adults). They might save your life but they will not prevent all injury. Anyway, this was not a debate on helmets so let me get back on point. Horses can be dangerous but IMHO, no more dangerous than anything else. I have had 2 friends get killed on 4-wheelers in the last 10 years and none that I know of get killed in a horse related incident. I don't like atv's and motorcycles and I will not ride one. I know lots of older ranchers that decide "I'm too old to be messing with horses, I'm going to get me a 4-wheeler for checking my cattle." Unfortunately, it was one of these that was killed. He was counting his cattle and drove the atv right over the side of a cliff. If he had been on a horse, that wouldn't have happened. Yes, horses do have a mind of their own, but on a horse that is trained, 9 times out of 10 if you just stick with them in a serious incident, you'll be okay because they will take care of themselves.

As for the whole insurance thing, I had to learn that the hard way. When I was 9 years old, I came off a horse and ended up with a broken arm. Before it was all said and done, after 3 surgeries and all summer in a cast, it ended up being about a $29,000 broken arm. Insurance might be an expensive investment, but it is completely worth it. Especially when you consider that these days, even a semi-serious injury can run medical bills into the millions. I think that 300 or 400 a month is a small price to pay to keep from having to pay millions out of pocket.
     
    07-10-2010, 04:31 PM
  #19
Foal
[QUOTE=smrobs;609568]Anabel, that article is right on the money. I really don't like it when people preach that "everyone should wear a helmet because then you won't get hurt". I am not against helmets, I just think that wearing them is a personal preferance (for adults). They might save your life but they will not prevent all injury.

Disagree!! It is crazzzy not to wear a helmet when riding. I value my brain way too much to risk traumatic brain injury by not wearing a helmet!! I wear a helmet everytime I ride.....EVERY TIME!!
     
    07-10-2010, 04:39 PM
  #20
Green Broke
[quote=ChristineNJ;686781]
Quote:
Originally Posted by smrobs    
Anabel, that article is right on the money. I really don't like it when people preach that "everyone should wear a helmet because then you won't get hurt". I am not against helmets, I just think that wearing them is a personal preferance (for adults). They might save your life but they will not prevent all injury.

Disagree!! It is crazzzy not to wear a helmet when riding. I value my brain way too much to risk traumatic brain injury by not wearing a helmet!! I wear a helmet everytime I ride.....EVERY TIME!!
but that's YOUR choice... people can choose what they want to do with their life, that's your choice, bu its not right to force it upon others. You can say 'hey, it IS safer to ride with a helmet' but really, that's about as far as you can go.
     

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