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    08-13-2009, 12:28 AM
  #11
Foal
Not to be a pess. But you should probably put some sort of leg protection on your horse when you jump!
     
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    08-13-2009, 12:46 AM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by azarni    
I too understand that it's your decision not to wear a helmet, but I've always been curious .. what reasons are there NOT to wear one?
It's such a humid heat here in summer, the reason NOT to wear one is heatstroke. If I'm going to fall, I'd rather the reason be a buck instead of passing out.

Zierra is more than just "her horse"...she darn near helped her out of the womb, trained her from the get go, and knows her inside out, backwards, and upside down. I know that sounds naive...but trust me. A new horse to jumping or new to her and she'd wear a helmet for safety.

And luvmytrakehner - this is actually the ONLY time I've seen Mikolaj ride Zierra even on flatwork without her SMB's this summer...pretty sure it was a whoops, but she ALWAYS rides with them for Zierra's protection.
     
    08-13-2009, 01:00 AM
  #13
Weanling
Thanks, EveningShadows. The best I've heard is, "It gives me helmet hair", which isn't much of an excuse!
Like I said, I'm not judging anybody for wearing a helmet or not. I just didn't "get" why somebody wouldn't wear one.
     
    08-13-2009, 01:09 AM
  #14
Yearling
Why do I get the feeling I'm being mocked?

I don't think it's about fashion as to why you would wear a helmet...I just think there's a higher risk of us falling off from wearing it and getting heatstroke as opposed to falling off without it. Each to their own. Obviously if I were taking lessons on someone else's horse I'd wear one...heck, anything over 2'6 and I'll throw one on just because of the height factor but we're jumping smaller than that and crossrails. Not saying accidents don't happen, but I'm willing to take that risk.
     
    08-13-2009, 01:15 AM
  #15
Weanling
I wasn't mocking you. I'm sorry if it came across that way.
     
    08-13-2009, 08:54 PM
  #16
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by luvmytrakehner    
not to be a pess. But you should probably put some sort of leg protection on your horse when you jump!
I'm really confused by this - why? Boots are entirely an option, and typically used for horses that have specific issues or require extra protection. Tons of people, including professionals, jump without boots. To be perfectly honest, I find boots a bit of a silly "fashion trend". If your horse needs them, great, but don't put them on "just because". As far as support, only SMB style boots offer anything close to "support" and even that is iffy. The rest are made mainly for brushing, or protection from nicks and cuts, which at this height, I'm really not concerned enough about to buy $50 boots. Normally she wears her SMB's but it was so muddy, I couldn't properly clean all the dirt off her legs and it's better for her to be bare legged then chaffing and causing irritation.

As for the helmet, Shay-la kind of nailed it. I know they make all sorts of magical helmets now, but ever since I was little, they all give me severe headaches (trust me, I've tried literally dozens of them) and I have extreme issues with over heating. I actually had an incident where I fainted from my horse while wearing a helmet. We don't have any arena, so in winter you CANNOT wear a helmet or you'll get severe frostbite and in summer, the heat almost kills you on the prairies.

I understand safety and if I ride young or snotty horses, I'll wear a helmet. With Zierra, as Shay-la said, I've had her since she was born. In 10 years (broke her in entirely myself) I've had one fall off her when I was "serious" about jumping and she was quite novice. I was putting her at a fence to big for her and after several refusals, she attempted to jump then slammed the brakes on in mid-air. I flipped over her shoulder (I was wearing a helmet). Hence, the reason I never jump her over 2'6". She's a seasoned pro now, and all I have to do is "hang on" really. If I were to get interested in serious competition again, I'd wear a helmet again as the falls would likely be inevitable as the jumps got bigger and scarier.

So that's my reasoning anyway. You'll see a helmet on my head when I break in my 2 year old
     
    08-13-2009, 08:59 PM
  #17
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by jumpwhat007    
I get that you are 23, and it's your decision, but it's extremely dangerous to not wear a helmet. I am 18, and last october my horse spooked after a jump and I came off. I broke my femur, and if I were not wearing a helmet, I could have suffered major brain injuries as well. My old trainer came off and split her helmet completely in half. If she were not wearing a helmet, that would have been her head.

Heres several other stories of people that would have died without a helmet:
Jessica Jahiel's HORSE-SENSE: True Helmet Stories from HORSE-SENSE Readers

I've fallen off even the most calm horses that are "bomb proof" as well. One time, I fell off and fractured part of my back, during a flat lesson, on a dead quiet school horse that had a bird fly into his head.

Anything can happen, even to the most experienced riders on the most experienced horses.
How many people have fallen down the stairs? How many people have slipped on ice? How many people have been in car accidents?

In each and every instance, a helmet could probably have saved some of them from severe head trauma. Does that mean we should walk around with helmets on at all times? I'm more likely to fall down the stairs and break my neck then I am to fall off of Zierra. It's great if you think it's a huge safety concern, but life itself is a huge safety concern and we can't spend 24/7 paranoid. Everyone has their own opinions and views, and I've stated mine.
     
    08-13-2009, 09:27 PM
  #18
Foal
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
I'm 23, it's my decision Thanks for the comments!
All it takes is one fall and you will regret the decision to not wear one. You should always wear one when jumping, I have seen first hand what can happen when you don't and this girl had the same attitude she was 18 and suffered a MAJOR head injury hopping over some cross poles.
     
    08-13-2009, 09:58 PM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by leapoffaithfarm    
All it takes is one fall and you will regret the decision to not wear one. You should always wear one when jumping, I have seen first hand what can happen when you don't and this girl had the same attitude she was 18 and suffered a MAJOR head injury hopping over some cross poles.
Then that'll be my problem, won't it? Are you going to start wearing a helmet every where you go if you fall down the stairs and get a concussion?
     
    08-13-2009, 10:13 PM
  #20
Foal
(We should probably make a new thread if we're going to talk about helmets, but I'll give my two cents while it's fresh in my mind.)

I, personally, always wear a helmet. Last summer the one time I took it off, my horse and I almost galloped off of a 20 ft cliff into a cement ditch. ("We're going for a trail ride! Western saddles are super safe! Let's start galloping! Oh crap, my horse doesn't steer anymore and we're veering off the path toward that drop off! Wow! If I hadn't violently yanked my horse's face back on the path we would have died!" etc) I've also fallen on my head twice coming off of a horse. The first time, I smacked my head so hard I was seeing pink flashes and couldn't remember locations for an hour and jogged for a quarter mile on a broken leg (I was so out of it I felt no pain) trying to get back to the barn, (horse took off with me and I did a very failed emergency dismount) and the second time my horse randomly bucked me off during a quiet hack around the barn. I hit the back of my head hard on the ground, and actually suffered from whip lash in my neck and back. Both falls are documented in dents in my old helmet.

I'd like to maintain my motor skills, thanks very much. Yes, it's true that my computer could blow up right this second and kill me, or that my rabbit could suddenly turn monty python on my butt and eat me, but I demonstrate extreme caution when working around animals because they're really unpredictable. I even make a point to putting on my helmet before picking out my horse's feet. You never know if right when you bend over next to that hock if a horse fly might decide to have a snack on your pony's tummy...
     

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