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Do you wear a helmet?

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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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        09-03-2013, 06:01 PM
      #21
    Foal
    Always. I mostly do trail riding and in some groups, I'm often the only one with a helmet (and consequent helmet-hair ) I don't care. It's my brain...

    Just ONCE, I considered not wearing it, going on a short slow ride with DH (who never wears one). I warmed up at the walk in the ring, waiting for him. My mare spooked, I flew head first in a fence post. Broke the helmet. I'm keeping the helmet as a reminder...
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        09-03-2013, 06:07 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Yes and no... My barn requires you to wear a helmet if you're in lessons so when I'm riding one of their horses then yes I do. If I'm riding somewhere else then I never do. I did learn my lesson the hard way though I was thrown into a wall headfirst and blacked out for quite awhile. I am kind of on the fence about helmets as they can't protect you from all injuries, and they may add a bit of protection but if the horse lands on your head a helmet isn't going to help. When I get my own horse I most likely will not wear a helmet.
         
        09-03-2013, 06:53 PM
      #23
    Foal
    I've gone trail riding without a helmet. In the arena, I always wear a helmet - because it's required by the BO and because I want to. I fell yesterday when I failed to land properly after jump and I was never more thankful for wearing a helmet when riding.
         
        09-03-2013, 07:02 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by rideverystride    
    I am kind of on the fence about helmets as they can't protect you from all injuries, and they may add a bit of protection but if the horse lands on your head a helmet isn't going to help. When I get my own horse I most likely will not wear a helmet.
    I'm not sure I follow your logic on this one. No, of course a helmet won't protect you from all injuries. Nothing will. But they can protect you from some injuries, so why would you not wear one? The only way to never get hurt around horses is to totally avoid horses. Of all the times I've fallen off a horse, the horse (thankfully) has never landed on me, but my head has hit the ground and my helmet has always been an asset and not a hinderance. A seatbelt isn't going to protect me from ever getting hurt in a car, but I always wear my seatbelt. But then, I wear a helmet on a bike, and I wear all the gear all the time on motorcycle. I guess to me, the protection that is offered is worth the effort of gearing up.
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        09-03-2013, 07:08 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Phura    
    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!
    Yes, they expire. The foam has a shelf life. You have 5 years from the date of manufacture. I think some won't last that long - you sweat, get rained on, leave your helmet in the elements of the tack room...the materials will break down even faster. This is true for ALL helmets - bikes, hockey, horses, motorcycles, etc.

    When Should I Replace My Helmet? (expiration dates)

    Sorry for the multi-post mini-rant!
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        09-03-2013, 07:14 PM
      #26
    Started
    I try to most of the time, but sometimes I don't. I know I should, but...
         
        09-03-2013, 07:15 PM
      #27
    Started
    I've had my schooling helmet for years. Never had a fall in it, but do I need to replace it? It's been at least 6, 7 years.
         
        09-03-2013, 07:17 PM
      #28
    Started
    Yes, I wear a helmet!! :)
         
        09-03-2013, 07:31 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    I always wear my helmet, it doesn't matter where or which horse i'm riding. Horses are unpredictable animals and anything can happen, even with the 'safest' or 'bombproof' horses so I don't take any chances (:
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        09-03-2013, 09:45 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    I am a person that can testify that I am alive because I wear one. A bad fall bashed in the back of my helmet and to this day I have no clue what happened. Lost a few days of my life. I never wore one for yrs and I met my husband amd he voiced that I wore now when riding my motorcycle what not with. My horse. Thought he has a point so I started. It was 2 yrs later I had that bad fall
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