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post #11 of 54 Old 05-04-2012, 09:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ckemom I don't know where you live but that does not apply here in Texas I assure you. I don't know of any horse shows that require you to wear a helmet.
In Texas you cannot sue anyone due to a horse related accident covered in section 87 of the state civil code.
I will only participate in AERC events if I choose to do so as I will not wear a helmet or be forced to do so as an adult. Shalom
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post #12 of 54 Old 05-04-2012, 09:29 PM
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I don't know of any horse shows that require you to wear a helmet.
I'm going to take a very, very low risk when I say that there is no dressage, hunter/show jumping, or eventing show/competition in the US that makes ASTM/SEI-certified helmets optional. Even in Texas.

So maybe you don't know about them, but there are plenty of them.
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At least in the Northeast Region of AERC, helmets while mounted are mandatory.

Might be technically up to the ride managers vs being an AERC rule, but its simply fact in this region.
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At least in the Northeast Region of AERC, helmets while mounted are mandatory.

Might be technically up to the ride managers vs being an AERC rule, but its simply fact in this region.
That's a good point. While the national organization may not require them, the actual show/ride organizer is well within his authority to do so.

End result is the same. Wear it or watch from the sidelines.
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I am in Louisiana, and I do hate to say but you would not participate here. See, no one owes anyone a ride in a show. People can be refused entry for not following posted and written rules. I'm not being confrontational, just stating the facts here where we compete and ride. You do not get on a horse on a show ground without a helmet, and the same rule applies at our trainers barn. Their barn, their rules.
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Mildot those are events you are describing not arenas or horse shows.
I have attended many shows for different breeds in Ft Worth. Helmets are not mandatory in AQHA events Arabian, APHA, or Appaloosa shows I have attended.
One of the reasons they are mandatory is for insurance liabilty.
In Texas section 87 of the Civil code protects equine professionals and livestock owners from being sued due to the inherent danger involved.
No wonder all those big events happen in Texas. Shalom
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Mildot those are events you are describing not arenas or horse shows

I have attended many shows for different breeds in Ft Worth. Helmets are not mandatory in AQHA events Arabian, APHA, or Appaloosa shows I have attended.
One of the reasons they are mandatory is for insurance liabilty.
In Texas section 87 of the Civil code protects equine professionals and livestock owners from being sued due to the inherent danger involved.
No wonder all those big events happen in Texas. Shalom
No, I am describing HORSE SHOWS. You know, dressage shows, jumping shows, eventing......You can call them whatever you want. They are places where people go to compete and show their horses against others. And they happen in....wait for it.....private and public arenas.

Any dressage, jumping, or eventing show sanctioned by the US Equestrian Federation will require helmet usage. State equine liability laws have nothing to do with it.

Breed shows are way behind the curve when it comes to enforcing common sense safety rules and I would not hold AQHA or APHA as a model in this regard. At all.

Also, you might want to check where the AQHA World Congress happens every year. I'll tell you where it doesn't: Texas.
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Mildot, what you're missing is that the OP is riding endurance..Not dressage, jumping, or any of the others you've listed. There are different rules for different situations and shows.

Around here all of the English disciplines require a helmet while western does not, trail does not, and endurance does not (that I know of).. NBHA shows don't require a helmet at all. Other state wide "associations" that show all disciplines don't require a helmet unless it's dressage, jumping, or English equitation stuff..All Western disciplines don't require a helmet and there is only an age requirement of 12 years old to wear a helmet..

I personally don't wear a helmet and never will..If it's required at a show, I simply won't give them my hard earned money as an entry fee.. I had a friend DIE because she had on her helmet riding English Pleasure..her horse spooked, she fell off, the helmet hit her in the back of her neck and killed her instantly..So much for safety..And before you say "the helmet didn't fit", I assure you, it did. This girl was serious about showing and nothing less than winning was tolerated from her trainer and parents.
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Wearing a helmet should be a personal desicion for an adult.
I can see wearing one when eventing that makes sense, and in places without legal protection from lawsuits.
I have owned horses for over 46 years. I have broken both collar bones, fractured an arm, and dislocated my shoulder riding. A helmet would have given me no protection. I do not fear injury every time I ride my horses. That is my choice I alone will deal with the consequences. Shalom
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I had a friend DIE because she had on her helmet riding English Pleasure..her horse spooked, she fell off, the helmet hit her in the back of her neck and killed her instantly.
If the helmet moved enough hit her in the back of the neck then it most assuredly did not fit her correctly.

Was it even an ASTM approved helmet or one of those cheesy "hunt caps" that I see most riders wearing in breed show pleasure classes.

Not wearing one because you think your friend died because she wore one is about as smart as not wearing a seatbelt because "you're safer if you get thrown from the car".

Need an eyeroll smiley really bad here.

And it does seem that endurance orgs don't really care about this issue so feel free to ride there.
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