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Yes, i would never ride with out one. 121 62.69%
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post #11 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 12:36 PM
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I always wear a helmet. The habit started when I worked at a Girl Scout horse camp and we had to wear helmets when riding for insurance reasons. It became so that I feel naked without one.

The one time I didn't wear a helmet in the last three years, I got bucked off a bat-crap crazy mare and hit my head, which caused me to black out momentarily. If my best friend hadn't been in the round pen with us and jumped between me and the horse, that mare would have trampled me (on purpose) when I was blacked out (the mare came after me with the intent to kill). If I'd been wearing a helmet, I more than likely wouldn't have blacked out and would have been able to get up and out of the way.
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post #12 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 01:08 PM
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I mostly wear a helmet when i ride english and jump.

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post #13 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 01:54 PM
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I used to ride without a helmet, till I learned the hard way. I used to ride my horse and several other horses I thought were safe, without a helmet. Well, the day I learned my lesson, I was fortunate enough to have been wearing my helmet. I had a jumping lesson on my horse in the morning, and I always wore a helmet when jumping. I had three other horses to ride in the afternoon, and I didn't bother to take my helmet off, thankfully. One of the horses, a big bay gelding, was on my safe list. Thankfully, I got on him with my helmet still of from having had the jumping lesson earlier. Every thing was going fine. We were cantering around the arena when he suddenly collapsed. He didn't trip or stumble. He literally just collapsed. My head slammed into the wall and my left leg was pinned completely underneath the horse. The horse was a pretty gentle guy, and he rolled off of me onto his stomach, waited for me to shimmy out of his way, and then got up. Most any other horse would have gotten up on top of me. My helmet was dented and had to be replaced, and my left knee was absolutely shot to hell. I have arthritis in my knee now because of that incident. I would have had a severe concussion and probably brain damage if I hadn't had my helmet on. It was a heck of a lesson to learn, but since that day forward, I always ride with a helmet. You just never know.

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post #14 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by DieselPony View Post
I never used to ride with a helmet, I would only wear one for jumping lessons.
I can't believe how lucky I was, I used to ride a lot of greenies and other people's spoiled brats.

Now I always wear a helmet. If I'm riding someone else's horse it means I am out trail riding and we cover a lot of gravel/pavement/packed earth.

When riding my horse I would be stupid to not use all the precautions. She was declared 100% blind within the past month. We have just started under saddle again but what she does and does not react to is still being figured out.

The thought that mostly changed my mind on helmets was how much money and time I have spent on a university education. I don't want to risk losing that.

But this does lead me to a question: Do helmets expire?
I've had the same helmet for over 10 years. Every time I have come off a horse I've been borrowing one so there is no damage to it yet.
I don't think they expire unless damaged but it can't hurt to have it inspected. I had a helmet that wasn't quite 2 yrs old. The "shell" came apart due to glue so I sent it in for inspection...they were great. No hassles, and sent me a brand new helmet :) I had already bought another one so as to have one while riding but they were pretty quick to return my new helmet and I now have a spare!
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post #15 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 03:36 PM
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In response to the initial question, yes I always wear a helmet. After watching a sister's brain injury recovery and the permanent damage though minor still very real and challenging, I feel its worth any vanity or inconvenience I may deal with. I have a small head so I do look a little silly lol but I don't care, its worth it!
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post #16 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 03:59 PM
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Nope, never have and probably won't.
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post #17 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 04:10 PM
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It's required at my barn, so yes I always wear a helmet.
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post #18 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 04:40 PM
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When I first started riding I took lessons at a lesson barn. All barns around here require helmets, so it's second nature to me to grab it and toss it on...takes all of 3 seconds to fasten it. I can count on one hand the number of times I haven't...the most recent being me hopping up on my gentle giant for all of 30 seconds to walk him, then getting right back off. Honestly, I should have put one on and I regret not doing it now that I'm typing this LOL- I assumed nothing would happen(which nothing did) but like always, better safe than sorry! He could have spooked at anything and I would have tumbled off into oblivion!
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post #19 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 04:45 PM
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I normally don't but I answered sometimes.

I always get on colts with helmets, and anything unpredictable.

However on my broke horses, at work at the barn, etc I don't.

It's a personal decision, that's all there is to it.

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post #20 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 05:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DieselPony View Post
But this does lead me to a question: Do helmets expire?
I've had the same helmet for over 10 years. Every time I have come off a horse I've been borrowing one so there is no damage to it yet.
There's a general rule that most helmet makers agree with - you should replace your helmet about every 5 years. The glue, EPS (styrafoam stuff that protects your head), threads, metal, brads and even the shell material to a point will deteriorate over time. Sweat, fumes, UV rays and all the other things we do to them also play a role.

Anyway - oh dear, this is a dangerous topic for me. I'll just say I always wear a helmet. Point blank, no question, all horses. It just doesn't make sense not to and take such an unnecessary risk. To me, it's like wearing a seatbelt - why would you not take two seconds to prevent yourself from a lot of potential harm? It just strikes me as complete folly.

But to each their own. I can't force anybody to listen, unfortunately.
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