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post #1 of 73 Old 06-17-2010, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Do You Ride in a Helmet? *POLL*

We are getting our horse tomorrow and my mom said I am not allowed to ride without a helmet. The thing is, I want to ride Western and the helmet doesn't really fit the sport. I fI was to compete in barrel racing, do you think I will be made fun of at rodeos?
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post #2 of 73 Old 06-17-2010, 10:26 PM
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Sorry love, but what your mom says, goes. The tone of your post suggests you are not old enough or experienced enough to make the choice to ditch the helmet.

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
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post #3 of 73 Old 06-17-2010, 10:34 PM
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If anyone laughs at you for taking safety into consideration they should be ashamed of themselves.

If you are a minor I absolutely agree that you should have to wear a helmet.

I am not a minor anymore and still choose to wear mine - I have worn mine doing cattle work, barrel racing, showing.

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post #4 of 73 Old 06-17-2010, 10:35 PM
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I always wear a helmet. I took English lessons, but I have a western horse now and ride her western. Mainly trails and stuff. I really trust her and she's very calm but things can happen. Helmets save lives!! I don't think my mare would ever buck me or rear, but what if we were galloping and she stumbled. I could be thrown and crack my skull. No way - I stay on the safe side.

I think it is a personal decision, but for you - obviously being younger, you have to listen to what your mom says. Look into the helmets that are designed to look like Westen hats. They have some neat ones out there. Maybe you could get one of those and have the "Western" look but still keep yourself safe. And you should never feel ashamed to be safe - it really is important!

Here is one link - I'm sure if you google it you can find lots of others!

Tack Wholesale.com : Quality Horse Tack & Horse Supplies : Troxel Western Hat Helmet [04-100]
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Do I ride in a helmet? Hmmmmmmmm, well lets see.

Well no there is not enough room in there to ride.
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If anyone laughs at you for taking safety into consideration they should be ashamed of themselves.
This, 100%. Wear your helmet.
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I always wear a helmet. I took English lessons, but I have a western horse now and ride her western. Mainly trails and stuff. I really trust her and she's very calm but things can happen. Helmets save lives!! I don't think my mare would ever buck me or rear, but what if we were galloping and she stumbled. I could be thrown and crack my skull. No way - I stay on the safe side.

I think it is a personal decision, but for you - obviously being younger, you have to listen to what your mom says. Look into the helmets that are designed to look like Westen hats. They have some neat ones out there. Maybe you could get one of those and have the "Western" look but still keep yourself safe. And you should never feel ashamed to be safe - it really is important!

Here is one link - I'm sure if you google it you can find lots of others!

Tack Wholesale.com : Quality Horse Tack & Horse Supplies : Troxel Western Hat Helmet [04-100]
I really like that! Thanks!
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post #8 of 73 Old 06-17-2010, 10:40 PM
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Helmets save lives.

Darling, what your mother says goes, and you need to understand that it's for safety. I'd laugh at anyone who laughed at you for wanting to live without brain damage or mental ******ation from a wrong fall!!

By the way, there are plenty of helmets with hats on top that look like normal western hats. Besides, I personally find it ridiculous all those people doing something as dangerous as barrels without any safety considerations.
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I have heard of and personally known SO many people who would be dead or seriously (and permanently) injured right now if they had not been wearing a helmet.

When you are older, you can make that decision for yourself. Right now though you need to do as your mother says. Helmets save lives. No one will laugh if you wear one at Western events.

You can have all the trust in the world in your horse and your abilities but the thing is, stuff happens. All it takes is one helmet-less second in a sea of otherwise uneventful rides and your life can be over. Better to have something between your skull and a hoof or sharp rock.
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Do I ride in a helmet? Hmmmmmmmm, well lets see.

Well no there is not enough room in there to ride.
You have no idea how hard I laughed when I read this.
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