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post #71 of 73 Old 07-03-2010, 02:20 PM
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My mom used to never make me ride with a helmet. She wasn't taught the importance of a helmet, so she found no need for me to wear one. Then, I got my first horse. He was a 14.3 arabian, cute as can be. I would not get on that horse without a helmet. I didn't feel safe without one. So that's how I started wearing a helmet. I'm so lucky that I was never injured when I didn't wear a helmet, but, looking back at it, I could have died in some freak accident.

Now, I have a 17hh thoroughbred that I am AFRAID to ride without a helmet. It's not that I don't trust him, I totally do, but that is a long fall! It's not worth the risk. I had an arguement with my friend about helmets the other day. She was talking about a video that we had to watch at the beginning of our 4-H year about helmet safety. She said that a girl died because she went on a trail ride with her predictable horse without a helmet, and there was a freak accident.

I then pointed out to her, "don't you do that all the time?" She responded by saying, "Yeah, but I have Thunder," (her horse) "he's not going to do anything."
WHAT???? The girl who died didn't think that her horse was going to do anything either! The thing is, you don't know what's going to happen. Something could pop out of nowhere and spook your horse. You could fly off and hit your head on a rail. YOU DON'T KNOW. Why risk it when you could put a $40 piece of equipment on your head and keep living? YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT COULD HAPPEN, SO WHY RISK IT?
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post #72 of 73 Old 07-03-2010, 07:28 PM
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I wear a helmet now. When I was a kid I too hated the way we always had to wear helmets because "Mum said so" I always used to sneak rides without them. When I started Cavalcading/Trail Riding I stopped I was about 18yrs old, had left home & thought I knew it all. -Since then I have know/heard of, a lot of people who have had bad head injuries. Now Its a piece of my equipment that I need - just like a halter and lead
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post #73 of 73 Old 07-04-2010, 12:05 AM
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YES. End of.
I know of someone (not personally, but she used to ride at my pony club) that now now has an ABI (acquired brain injury) as the result of not wearing a helmet whilst horse riding. I don't know how anyone can even consider not wearing a helmet. No matter how good you are at riding, there's still a danger of serious injury if you neglect to wear a helmet. Look at what happened to Courtney King Dye (US Olympic dressage champion) earlier this year. She fell off her horse, wasn't wearing a helmet and was in a coma for something like 3 weeks.
I mean... isn't it better to be safe than sorry?
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