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    05-07-2012, 06:28 AM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
I am looking at a couple of rides here in Texas and trying to learn as much about the sport as possible.
I last rode in an endurance ride in the mid 90's on a 16 year old gelding that Had never been on one and enjoyed it. It was only 25 miles but had a lot of fun.
Now that I am semi retired and have all these wonderful Arabians I am thinking about trying it again.

Best way to know for sure about if helmets are required at a ride is to contact the ride manager (their contact info should be listed on the AERC regional ride calendar for your area). Should be a simple yes or no answer.

At least in this region, the distance you are riding (LD vs longer) doesn't make a difference in terms of helmet requirements. Even people riding "just the LD" (and I say that very tongue-in-cheek as LD vs "real" endurance is a whole other silly debate) need helmets in this region.
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    05-07-2012, 06:28 PM
Originally Posted by dbarabians    
Like I said if I really like it and want to go to the Tevis then I could overlook the fact that helmets are required swallow my pride and wear one. Shalom
I'll leave this one alone...swallow your pride?
    05-14-2012, 02:54 AM
I wear helmets when required to do so, but if I am riding alone on my own property and/or horse I do not wear a helmet. Like seatbelts I find them to protect from injury 50% of the time. My neck was injured during a fall from over extension of the head and the edge of the helmet hitting the back of my neck; so injuries do and can happen from a properly fitted helmet. But just like a seat belt I find it to be a choice one should have the ability to make for them selves in every day riding, if you ride in an event then due to insurance you may or may not have to wear one.
    05-18-2012, 11:19 PM
I was re reading the Winter Arabian Horse World article about the Tevis.
Included with the article is a picture of the 3rd place finisher Dennis Summers competeing with a ball cap on.
I may make it to the Tevis sooner than I thought or at least put it on my bucket list. Shalom

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