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post #41 of 46 Old 05-25-2010, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by shaker View Post
Then again it could have been the helmet that threw him off balanced and caused the whole thing. Maybe there would not have been an accident if he had not been wearing a helmet. Or maybe if he did crash with out a helmet and his head was lighter he wouldn't have hit his head because he could lift his head out of danger faster.

Hypothetical the helmet saved my life is nonsense, there is no way to know for sure what would happen if the helmet was not on.

Air bags, seat belts, and helmets are no guarantee to safety but even worse they can and have caused injuries.

I don't really see how in his case, his helmet could have caused the accident. I don't know if you've ever watched snowboarding, maybe in the olympics? (hate to change but the subject, this is the last time I promise lol) But if you haven't -- This guy was doing a back flip, and ended up smashing his forehead on the edge of the half-pipe. So try and picture the half pipe, and the angle he hit it at... If he hadn't hit the lip, he probably would have handed on his head/neck and maybe broken his neck or worse. It was freak accident, and I don't think that he could've stopped it no matter how hard he tried. The way it sounds, the flip was wrong right from the take off; there was nothing he could have done. If he hadn't worn his helmet, there is no doubt he wouldn't be alive.
I've had my fair share of saves by my helmet too. My horse threw me into a fence once, and I was completely unhurt because I wore my helmet & vest. My helmet has velvet scratched off of it because I hit the fence; that could have been my head. I once had a helmet break when I was thrown off; again, could've been my head.

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post #42 of 46 Old 05-26-2010, 09:34 AM
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Originally Posted by shaker View Post
I have not hit my head riding a horse yet, so I don't wear one riding.

However I fell out of bed one night and hit my head on the night stand so I always wear one when sleeping.

I feel a little old for it, but I never heard of wearing a helmet when I first rode a horse. The good Ol' days when if a car had seat belts they were decorations, and the box of a pickup was just a roomy back seat.

I make my daughter wear one, but like many things it is a case of do as I say and not as I do. When she gets more experience I will let her have the option though.

Life is dangerous and unpredictable, and a helmet does not guarantee safety. You can still get hurt or killed while wearing one. IMHO too many people get a false sense of security from helmets and seat belts.
Exactly. My appraoch to it as well. The times I've come off my horse my cowboy hat protected my head. For me it is the whole image and lifestyle thing. Something ingrained in me from childhood. Like some golfers who wear the whichamacallit short pants.

But like you, I would have young children wear a helmet, and respect anyone who chooses to wear one. There's no sense in pushing someone beyond their comfort zone. And then there are some horse shows and sports events wear a helmet is not only for protection, but it seems to be apart of the image as well. But part of the activity I'm not into. I started over again a little too late for all that.

One time as a kid I went for a butt over tea kettle roll on pavement with our race horse and we both just came up with a few scrapes. Helmets were never an issue back then.
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post #43 of 46 Old 05-26-2010, 09:58 AM
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Well I have an interesting helmet related story (perhaps to steer this thread away from the image related battlefield it is becoming - loosen up guys...). I was out at a racing stable the other day to work some horses for the trainer. I hadn't been there before but was excited to ride trackwork again as it is exhilirating and I just LOVE thoroughbreds. I didn't take my own helmet as I assumed there would be helmets available, unfortunately not the case.

The first horse on my list to ride was the trainers beautiful big 4 year old stallion who had not been ridden for two months.... riding in a racing pad (would have much preferred my beautiful dressage saddle but that would truly be ridiculous). Well I was very uncomfortable with the whole situation. Did I expect to fall off? No. If I did fall off did I expect to end up in hospital? No. I just wanted my helmet on as a precaution against the inherent risk of riding an unpredictable horse in a tiny saddle with my stirrups up around my ears.

As the story goes, I worked the horse (no galloping though) and despite him throwing a couple of half hearted bucks I was fine. Didn't fall off, didn't even come close but at the back of mind was the fact that I had no protective gear on. If I had have come off, it would have been onto a soft sandy track and I probably would have been fine, however I was much further out of my comfort zone without my helmet.

So in addition to my earlier posts (some of which were somewhat condescending towards non-helmet wearers, apologies for the attitude guys) I would like to say that I wear a helmet because it is like my comfort blanket. I feel naked without it. I don't need one every time I ride, but I do want to be wearing one the day that I need it to be there so I want to wear one every time I ride.

When I went back the next day I sure as hell had my helmet with me!

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post #44 of 46 Old 05-26-2010, 12:28 PM
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the only time i ride with my helmet is if My Main Man is having a grudy day, he can be moody and unpridictable sometimes, i also sometimes wear one if im riding off the main property, but that depends on the weather an the horse. and i almost wear one when im working with a horse i dont know or dont ride often.

i understand that anything could happen at any moment, however if you know your horse and what you can handle i think you can determine wether or not it is safe or not.

however if you are a young kid or anything under an experianced rider then you need to have a helmet on for your safety, even if you are a child whos been on a horse your whole life you are fragile and still need that extra protection.

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post #45 of 46 Old 05-26-2010, 12:44 PM
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More relating to the original question of this older thread and not the derailed topic but here is a Link to the New York state helmet law for those that are interested.

Like someone else already posted, I do not see a similar law for Ohio.
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post #46 of 46 Old 05-26-2010, 08:55 PM
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You not only have to consider state law, but also local law. It is possible that your county, town or village has a helmet law that must be considered.

Note that a helmet law may not be enforceable, per se, on private land. However, there are other issues to consider.

You are a minor. If, heaven forbid, you were to fall and get hurt it is conceivable that your parents could be in trouble for your failure to wear a helmet. Doesn't matter if there is an actual helmet law - your parents could be prosecuted for negligence, child abuse or anything else the DA wants to throw at them.

May be a longshot, but stranger things have happened.
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