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  • Can’t adults decide by themselves on whether or not they want to wear helmets?
  • Are helmets going to be mandatory

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    05-04-2012, 10:33 PM
  #21
Banned
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Originally Posted by dbarabians    
Wearing a helmet should be a personal desicion for an adult.
It is. You can decide to not wear one. Just be ready to be turned away from certain places to ride.

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Originally Posted by dbarabians    
I can see wearing one when eventing that makes sense
This woman is a world class rider who has represented the US in international and olympic dressage. About as low risk a riding sport as it gets. Yet this is what happened to her when her horse slipped doing simple arena flatwork. No jumping. No cantering. No galloping. Just walking.


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Originally Posted by dbarabians    
and in places without legal protection from lawsuits.
Your state is not the only one with an equine liability law. And I can find you lots of boarding stables in YOUR state where you will NOT be allowed to ride YOUR OWN HORSE on their property unless you wear a helmet. Complete non-sequitur.
     
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    05-04-2012, 10:35 PM
  #22
Green Broke
If it's my time to go a helmet or seatbelt isn't going to stop me from dying. I'm not going to be afraid and worry about a head injury every time I ride my horse.

You can eyeroll all you want, go for it. Do you honestly think you doubting what I say hurts my feelings? I don't care whether you believe me or not, I have nothing to prove to you.
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    05-04-2012, 10:36 PM
  #23
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I'm not going to be afraid and worry about a head injury every time I ride my horse.
Yep. We're cowards alright......
     
    05-04-2012, 10:38 PM
  #24
Trained
Mildot insisting that others live in accordance to your standards is not logical or healthy. Your position does not require validation from others. From your post it appears that if what you are seeking. Shalom
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    05-04-2012, 10:39 PM
  #25
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by mildot    
Yep. We're cowards alright......
You came up with that yourself..I never said anything like that..Hmm.

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Originally Posted by mildot    
Your state is not the only one with an equine liability law. And I can find you lots of boarding stables in YOUR state where you will NOT be allowed to ride YOUR OWN HORSE on their property unless you wear a helmet. Complete non-sequitur.
And? You can find just as many stables and facilities that don't require you to wear a helmet.. Simply don't board there..No one said you had to.
     
    05-05-2012, 06:58 AM
  #26
Yearling
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Originally Posted by dbarabians    
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
If AERC requires a helmet for adults tpo participate, unless you don't ride you won't have a choice if you want to compete. Instead opf making a braod statement like that, since you aren't even sure yet if it is required, if it is, the place to take action is with the Board of Directors. Taking that stance at a ride isn't going to get you more than rolled eyes and possible expulsion from the grounds if you are breaking the rules.
     
    05-05-2012, 07:03 AM
  #27
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DrumRunner    
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.
Unfortunately freak incidents do happen...helmets are not 100% guaranteed protection but they certainly help in 99% (figure of speech no I don't have the actual stats) of the situations encountered.
     
    05-05-2012, 07:16 AM
  #28
Yearling
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Originally Posted by dbarabians    
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
db..I am sorry but that is just a silly statement. A helmet protects the head, not every bone in your body and no one here has ever stated that a helmet protects a rider from all injuries.

I also doubt anyone who rides fears injury each time they mounted or I doubt highly they would be riding for long. Wearing a hlemet is simply an easy step to take to add a little more precaution; it isn't fear regardless of how someone rides whether trail, western, eventing, dressage etc....

One fact remainsd however, how you conduct your riding at home or in an otherwise unregulated location is up to you. You choose not to wear a helmet, up to you. If, however, the rules of an association at a sanctioned/licensed event, which would require anyone mounted, regardless of age, to wear a helmet, you either grouse under your breath and comply or you don't ride and if you decide to try and make a statement and break those rules, you risk expulsion from the grounds and possibly higher sanctions from the related association.

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    05-05-2012, 07:27 AM
  #29
Foal
I'm very new to horses, but learned the other day that Canada is the first country in the world to make helmets mandatory for top level dressage competitions. So goodbye top hats. It just makes sense to me and I hope other disciplines in Canada and other countries follow suit. I think once more top level competitions start making helmets mandatory, sleeker protective helmets will come on the market and hopefully more riders will find them easier to wear and will use them. I just can't imagine not wearing one, whether you're a newbie rider, seasoned rider, or competitive rider.
     
    05-05-2012, 07:44 AM
  #30
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Meatos    
I'm very new to horses, but learned the other day that Canada is the first country in the world to make helmets mandatory for top level dressage competitions. So goodbye top hats. It just makes sense to me and I hope other disciplines in Canada and other countries follow suit. I think once more top level competitions start making helmets mandatory, sleeker protective helmets will come on the market and hopefully more riders will find them easier to wear and will use them. I just can't imagine not wearing one, whether you're a newbie rider, seasoned rider, or competitive rider.
THe USEF has made helmets mandatory for dressage for anyone riding through fourth level but optional for those above fourth level..at least for now; one exception, any rider under the age of 18 riding FEI or upper level tests above fourth level are still required to wear a helmet. Still, a helmet is now optional wear (in place of the top hat) for adult upper level riders and judges cannot deduct points if say a PSG rider decides to wear a helmet rather than the traditional top hat. Personally, I like the rule change, maybe not mandatory wear but the optional, uhm, option.

Of course, the companies making the top hats and charging $300 might not care for the new option :)
     

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