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View Poll Results: Do You Wear a Helmet?
Yes, i would never ride with out one. 121 62.69%
No, I never wear a helmet. 23 11.92%
Sometimes, it depends on the horse, conditions, etc 49 25.39%
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post #91 of 102 Old 09-25-2013, 11:19 PM
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I recently talked my boyfriend and myself into wearing our DOT motorcycle half helmet for riding our horses also. Thank Goodness I did, last Thursday evening I was trying out a 16 hand palamio QH for purchase that was barn sour. I was bucked off and thrown about 10 feet in the air coming down on my right shoulder. I am not sure what the outcome would have been without that helmet. I had the wind knocked out of me, and I felt my head hit hard prior to my shoulder, luckily it was an embankment and I landed on some small bushes as well. I had just went around in a circle and was heading back up the hill in the direction of the horses barn area. I barely was starting up the incline, I felt the horses back legs come up in a little buck and then within seconds I just remember a second buck and I was flying through the air. It was pretty scary, first time I was ever bucked off a horse, and not even my own horse. I admit although it was scary, I will get back up in the saddle again, just not that horse. I am still pretty sore, been taking it easy, sore right shoulder, just under neck and lower back, but heating pads, Advil liquid gels and Aleve liquid gels really work, and real hot showers. My boyfriend watched the entire episode and does not want me back on a horse for a long time, and he is a tough Marine, I told him as soon as I am better, I am right back in saddle, I will not give up my passion, just because I was hurt. I am sure several of horse owners have been hurt at sometime or another, its all in the name of the sport. I myself was bucked off a pony and put right back on when I was like 4 yrs. Old, but I really don't remember much about it. I just am so thankful I wore a helmet. If any of you fellow horse owners also ride motorcycles, use a DOT helmet riding your horse as well. They make really cute ones, mine is gray with american flag and eagle on It, and cost pretty much the same as a horse helmet, I paid like $68 and included free shipping, just a thought, better to be safe them one day sorry.....
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post #92 of 102 Old 09-26-2013, 12:00 AM
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I don't wear a helmet anytime, just my personal preference.

Being horseless is the pits!!
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post #93 of 102 Old 09-26-2013, 12:39 AM
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English or western, I always wear a helmet.
It's a health habit - like buckling a seat-belt.
You may never need it but it's a wonderful thing to have when the unexpected happens.
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post #94 of 102 Old 09-26-2013, 02:34 PM
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I used to not wear one until I took a spill off a horse and landed on my face :/ So now I ALWAYS wear one. I'm not taking anymore chances!
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post #95 of 102 Old 09-26-2013, 02:36 PM
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post #96 of 102 Old 09-27-2013, 01:58 PM
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I just feel too uncomfortable even with a simple hat to be willing to wear a helmet... I tend to sweat a lot so a helmet would only make my head sweat more.

Also, I ride old, experienced cold blood draft horses and mules and almost exclusively at walk...
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post #97 of 102 Old 09-27-2013, 02:21 PM
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not dissing those that don't wear them, it's a personal choice but for me I just don't have a good reason not to.

A helmet is inexpensive.... brain injuries extremely expensive

I had to try on a few brands/styles to find the helmet that worked well on my head. I found one that fits me extremely well and now I don't even know it's there
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post #98 of 102 Old 09-27-2013, 03:59 PM
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I usually do. I always do when I'm jumping, or showing English. For western shows I don't. Or if I'm just doing light work at home. If I think my horse is going to be fresh (which is usual:]) I do.
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post #99 of 102 Old 09-29-2013, 05:43 PM
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I always wear a helmet, you can't be to careful.
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post #100 of 102 Old 09-29-2013, 08:18 PM
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Well I'm going to be the odd one out here and say I hardly ever wear one. I'm dumb, I know. I wear one if I'm riding someone else's horse, or a new horse that I don't know or trust, but when I'm on my gelding, I don't wear one.

I trust him and he trusts me.

I'm taking a new horse out in a couple days though (my sister's we just got) and then I will be wearing a helmet because I have never ridden him and it's safe to say he hasn't been officially ridden in a year.

They say he's a gentle guy - perfect trail horse, but better safe than sorry.

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