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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 #31 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 09:49 PM
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Not only do I wear one and insist my children wear them too, I also told my mom that if she wanted to ride with my kids, she needed to wear one too, to set an example. There are two separate occasions on which I am CERTAIN that her helmet saved her life, thank God she was wearing it, even though my children weren't present. She would never ride without one now, either.
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post #32 of 102 Old 09-03-2013, 10:19 PM
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As you can see from my picture, the answer to the helmet question is no, never do.
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post #33 of 102 Old 09-04-2013, 12:13 AM
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I have always ridden with a helmet--it has been required at pretty much every barn that I have ever ridden at.
That said, they also require that they be worn while on the ground with the horse, and I don't adhere to that rule. I think they are uncomfortable...
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post #34 of 102 Old 09-04-2013, 01:50 AM
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I usually always wear one, I had an accident recently which broke my back- one rare time I wasn't wearing one. If I had have worn one I would have snapped my neck as well (have pics in photo thread). I guess I'm a bit on the fence with helmets now :/
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post #35 of 102 Old 09-04-2013, 02:21 AM
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I never have worn a helmet and I most likely never will.

I just rather be comfortable and not hot or itchy when riding. I also rather be concentrating on what I am doing then fussing around with a giant thing on my head.

When its my time to go its my time helmet or not.
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post #36 of 102 Old 09-04-2013, 03:22 AM
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I would never ride without a helmet ...

My friend had a terrible fall from a horse when I was with her. Her saddle slipped while we were galloping, and I turned in the saddle just in time to see the back of her head smack into the ground. The helmet was old and probably needed replacing, but I shudder to think about how her skull would have been damaged if she had been wearing nothing on her head.

On a non-horse-related note, my sister probably had her life saved by a helmet. She was longboarding down a hill, doing over 50kmh (about 30mph), when she wobbled and fell off her longboard. She skidded down the hill, opening up a gash on her shoulder and bruising her body horribly. Afterwards, we took a good look at the motorbike helmet she was wearing and we noticed a gigantic, fresh scrape down the side of it, from crown to jawline. She didn't even remember hitting her head on the ground, but if she hadn't been wearing that helmet, her face would have been a wreck.

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post #37 of 102 Old 09-04-2013, 07:01 AM
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It depends on the situation, if I'm jumping a horse, I always wear a helmet. If I'm riding a spooky or green horse, I will.

I just don't know why so many people are like, "Oh, you should never go without a helmet!" but don't wear a riding vest?
A helmet isn't going to protect you if you're getting tramped or drug by a horse. At least, a riding vest would protect your vital organs(minus your brain, obviously).
But riding vests are super expensive, so it's not likely that everyone would be able to buy one, where helmets have a much bigger market and the cheaper prices.
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post #38 of 102 Old 09-04-2013, 01:30 PM
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Yes, I wear a helmet. I teach special ed and have taught students with TBI's and don't want one for myself.
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post #39 of 102 Old 09-04-2013, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Roux View Post
I never have worn a helmet and I most likely never will.

I just rather be comfortable and not hot or itchy when riding. I also rather be concentrating on what I am doing then fussing around with a giant thing on my head.
Just out of interest, if you have never worn one how do you know how it would feel?

The right helmet is important, I bought Troxel that I loved the look of, and felt fine in the shop, but I HATED it on long rides, uncomfortable, gave me a headache just not nice. I bought an IRH helmet instead and I seriously never think about it when I ride, isn't heavy, no headache, not to hot.

So not all helmets feel like giant aliens perched on your head
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post #40 of 102 Old 09-04-2013, 03:32 PM
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I wear a helmet every time i get on a horse no matter how well trained they are,their still horses. Wearing a helmet saved my life back in 2007. I was on a young horse i broke to ride had 20 rides on her.

Had cantered her before she was fine well that faitful day she decided to cut loose. Went in to a broncing fit took off at a full run my saddle slipped she zig and zagged threw me into the round pen rails. My foot got hung up in sturrip and i got drug half way around the round pen before i came free of my saddle.

My ribs were broke i was cut bruised and banged up to all to heck. After i got back from going to ER i looked at my helmet i was wearing that day four big cracks were my helmet had smashed against the rails of the round pen. Had i not had on that helmet that would of been my head. I would of been brain damaged or worse so i put on my helmet every single ride.

Iv never forgot that day in 2007 it scared me bad took me 3 years before i would canter on a horse again.
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