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post #21 of 73 Old 06-17-2010, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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The black is OK, but I really like the honeydew or fuchsia. Both are pretty!
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post #22 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 12:08 AM
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post #23 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 01:24 AM
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No, I don't ride in a helmet. I wear one while I ride.

I agree with your mother, you should be wearing a helmet. Doesn't fit the sport? I'd say head gear fits the act of romping around on a 1000 lb flight animal perfectly.

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post #24 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 01:51 AM
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But where do you draw the line??

Do you wear helmets while in the car, ALWAYS on a bike, while crossing the street? Heck, how many of you swim in the ocean (you dont think a shark can grab you in a split second)? or how about just swimming in a pool. Do you wear a life jacket each time you hop in the pool. NO!


You really cant prevent something from happening if it`s you time, it`s your time.

Sure helmets are good, but I know some people who wont hop on a horse (some wont even go near one) without a helmet.

Does everyone who wears helmets ALWAYS wear proper boots, gloves, etc.

Like I know your head is really important, but you always face ways to get hurt or die can you really or even them all?

Cleaning out a horses back feet IMO is just as unsafe as riding...Your head is just by 1000+ pounds of pure power. How many of you who only ride with helmets on put one on before you pick your horses feet?

I`m not against helmets, but really, how can you say you have to have one while riding, but can do so many other things without all the worry?
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post #25 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 02:56 AM
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I always wear a helmet when I ride, 100% of the time. If there's not a helmet around, then I don't get on. Simple as that. It's one of those things where, 99% of the time, it's probably just sitting on top of my head doing not much of anything. But let me tell you, during the rare occasion that I end up on the ground, I'm always very glad that I've got it on.
When I was 16, I had to make a very ungraceful split-second decision emergency dismount off my horse. I slammed my head against a tree, & my helmet wasn't useable again after that. I consider the fact that I came out of it with just a fractured wrist & cracked helmet to be lucky - much better than a cracked skull.
Yes, it's a personal decision, but I'd personally rather be safe than sorry.

AQHA - at the barn where I grew up riding, anyone under 18 had to put their helmets on before they started grooming the horses. Same applied at the stable I taught at last summer.
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post #26 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 03:01 AM
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wear a helmet.
I should and I sometimes do. I need to make it a priority.

A lady told me of a story when I was riding my horse at the arena.She said she was riding her horse on a trail along with her friends and she fell of and hit her head(she had a helmet on) and she got a concussion from it and she also broke her helmet from the fall.

People fall off all the time and should wear them for safety. Some people think they are "lame" but in the end you want to save your head and possibly your life! Don't worry what people think.
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post #27 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 03:15 AM
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I do and I don't..

I wear my helmet ALMOST all of the time. On any horse I ride.

The only exception to this is when I'm on my 12.3 gelding and I'm just vaulting on bareback in the paddock or letting him graze on the front lawn while I sit on him and read a book or something.
I trust him a lot and I've had him for about 9 years so I know his 'ins and outs'. That said.. I know how unpredictable horse and ponies are (so please don't yell at me for what I said above S:)
I've taken my fair share of tumbles from him. In fact he is the only pony/horse I've fallen off of (with the exception of a fainting episode ahah) >__<
No clue why this is, maybe I just got used to his naughty behaviour (bucking, taking off etc.)

I wear a helmet for anything and everything other than this.
And I think that you should wear one too, regardless of your discipline.

Your mum is right (:
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post #28 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 03:39 AM
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See, AQHA, I don't believe that when it's your time nothing can prevent it. I could walk out right now and stand in front of a car and get killed - Or I could stay inside and not.

Injuries to the rest of the body are usually far less severe than those to the head - And you can't get brain damage from any other part of your body.

Cars have inbuilt safety features including air bags to protect the head and neck.

I wear a helmet when I snowboard as well.

That's why I wear a helmet - It protects my noggin - And i'm actually quite fond of it. I don't give a fig what other people do, unless they are on my horses, my property, or are a minor.

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post #29 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 04:10 AM
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I rode western for years with a helmet, even when my friends ditched theirs.

Helmets have saved my life more than once. And you never know when you will get in such a situation. I have fallen off the most "bombproof" horses. Even just your horse stumbling can cause you to fall in a way that you could crack your head like an egg. Accidents happen.

And as a minor, you CERTAINLY need one, IMHO. Kudos to your mother for being a responsible parent and insuring that you see your 18th birthday in the future!

I agree with what some others have said...your attitude and tone really give me the impression you are not old enough to comprehend the possible consequences of not wearing a helmet, and are thus not old enough nor mature enough to make that choice for yourself.

Spyder, that comment on page 1 has me in tears! LOL!

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post #30 of 73 Old 06-18-2010, 04:15 AM
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I'm another who always wears a helmet but I have come off onto my head and I'm fairly certain if I hadn't been wearing I wouldn't be typing right now. I also wear a body protector but that is because when I had one and didn't wear it I broke my shoulder so now I wear it, mainly for support because it helps keep my back straight which stops my shoulder from aching. I fully endorse minors wearing helmets and I think all beginner riders should do as well only because they're more likely to come off because they don't know how to ride or only know the basics. I do sometimes wear my helmet while grooming but that's because it's comfy and I walk about wearing so I've got my hands free and I'm paranoid about spiders getting into. Always wear one on a bike as well because there are several main roads which are very dangerous. Always wear proper boots, I love my boots :) and only tend to wear gloves in winter because most of the reins I've ridden with have been rubber grip ones.

About the swimming thing, I learnt to swim in armbands and with a float now I know how to safely swim I don't but then since I can only swim in a pool there are lifeguards on hand and other people if things go wrong. However I've done some watersports such as sailing, canoing, kayaking etc and you had to wear a lifejacket and a helmet, no ifs and buts. As for sharks, none where I live, far too cold for the dangerous ones :).

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