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View Poll Results: Do You Wear a Helmet?
Yes, i would never ride with out one. 121 62.69%
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post #71 of 102 Old 09-13-2013, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by frlsgirl View Post
We were on a trail ride, and apparently I wasn't going fast enough and holding up everyone else.
Did she pay your medical bills?

There was a story recently, not horse related, of a driver in a fast food drive through lane. Ticked that the line wasn't moving fast enough, the driver, a young female, punched the gas and slammed into the car in front of her. When the police asked the question why, she said she was in a hurry and was trying to speed up the line. Makes you wonder about the quality of education in the US.
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post #72 of 102 Old 09-13-2013, 07:31 PM
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Originally Posted by its lbs not miles View Post
You must have learned to ride back in the 60's like me, since the US Cav gave up horses back in WW II (the old Cav guys -even pre WWII- were old, but still around then..... getting older )

Odd for an old Cav guy to say that. You guy was certainly an exception to to the norm. I've known more than a few in my life . Helmets were never part of their uniform (they wore cloth or felt head gear mostly, although Pith helmets -no head protection there- were not unheard of, but very rare.....just like boots were often skipped in favor of leggings and good walking foot gear except for some of the officers) and I knew none who wore helmets during they "post" Cav days.
His wasn't so much as example but more of a stern demeanor and strict orders. His son and daughter, both instructors, had been riding since just about before they could walk and he indicated they always wore helmets..I saw them both in shows off girl scout camp season (when I learned to ride from their place) and despite the experience of these two, you never saw them without a helmet.

As for when I learned to ride... '76 timeframe; I was newly turned 11. :)
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post #73 of 102 Old 09-13-2013, 10:39 PM
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Sometimes. When I had my own place it was never unless I was jumping or out on the trails with my young mare. At the new barn I'm at I have to wear a helmet & I'll admit I'm having a hard time with the rule. Yes I know the risks & benefits etc, but I still feel like it should be MY choice whether I choose to ride with one or not. Probably very stupid of me but *shrug*

When I'm riding other people's horses or training new horses you can bet it's always on my head. I typically don't know about the horse & never feel as comfortable as I do with my own. Which yeah I know, crap can happen at any time even with my own horses (who I wouldn't call bombproof either), but I dunno.
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post #74 of 102 Old 09-13-2013, 10:47 PM
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Originally Posted by tlkng1 View Post
His wasn't so much as example but more of a stern demeanor and strict orders. His son and daughter, both instructors, had been riding since just about before they could walk and he indicated they always wore helmets..I saw them both in shows off girl scout camp season (when I learned to ride from their place) and despite the experience of these two, you never saw them without a helmet.

As for when I learned to ride... '76 timeframe; I was newly turned 11. :)
Do as I say and not as I do . Thankfully none of the guys I knew worried about it. It would not have done for him to have tried telling me to wear a helmet in 76, in college, still working on weekends and holidays with 4 years of working cattle under my belt at that point and having done 60-100 miles on long weekends camping off my horse when time permitted (something he should have been able to relate to, since I learn much of what I knew from the old timers....even had my grandfathers old WW I coat he gave me to wear during cold and foul weather). Sort of funny now that I think about it. At least 1/2 of what I had was old military gear (boots, leggings, poncho, coat, blanket, belt, canteen, scarf, entrenching tool....I was all set for a Cav that no longer existed ) except for my tack (needed a saddle better suited for work), jeans, shirts and a denim "cowboy" hat (birthday present) that was still in good shape and I was still using 30 years later, but lost it in a fire. Not much different today, except I don't have an old WW I coat anymore and I use an old Cav knife that doubles as my entrenching tool. Ah, but I digress

No one in my family, except for my daughter and grandchildren have ever worn a helmet (I'm the only one who even owns helmets (3 of them -bought for the grandchildren) and my daughter just wears one to set an example to her children). My boys were both over 16 when they started helping out. The youngest doesn't care to ride, just takes care of the horses. My older son, if he rides, rides with whatever's on his head (and feet) at the time (usually a flat cap and sandals or barefoot ....I keep telling him he's going to get a foot broken when one of them steps on him). He's survived his toes being stepped on a few times
with none the worse for wear . It's his feet so his call.

They're always going to be bigger and stronger so you better always be smarter. (One of my grandfather's many pearls of wisdom)
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post #75 of 102 Old 09-15-2013, 08:55 AM
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I try. I really do. After 40+ yrs of riding I figure the odds are stacking up.
I often start a ride with a helmet but it's hanging on the saddle after an hour or so. Sometimes I put it back on after my head cools off. Sometimes I don't.

I'm getting better about it but it's definitely forced. 999 times out of 100 I'm riding alone in the middle of nowhere so I'm arguing with myself to keep it on.
It will be easier this time of year. Already cooling off and the blasted humidity is going away.
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post #76 of 102 Old 09-15-2013, 10:53 AM
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I ride and ALWAYS wear a helmet (although in the UK it's rare you see anyone who doesn't).
My nephew however was riding his bmx (not a horse admittedly) without a helmet, and mid July this year fell off and hit his nose. 3 trips to the hopsital later within a week, he was finally admitted to hospital with a skull fracture that the doctor said would literally enable them to lift off the top of his skull - it had split right around from his nose. 8 weeks later, he's still in hopsital after having to have a bone graft to plug a hole in his skull - brain fluid was leaking out constantly - and now he's had to undergo another op as the bone graft became infected - and on top of this, he developed meningitis after his op to plug the hole! Not on a horse, but he did fall from a much lower height and probably at a much slower speed that if he had been thrown froma horse - so make sure you all wear a helmet. xx
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post #77 of 102 Old 09-15-2013, 12:30 PM
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It is a choice, just make sure you have really good insurance because I don't want to pay your medical bills or long term care facility bills.
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post #78 of 102 Old 09-15-2013, 04:59 PM
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I always wore one, every time every ride, I had one save my life. had a horse freak out and throw me and I landed on my head on concrete.
Now I've had the same horse for a long time and I've been very lax about it. I trust her completely. But I've started wearing it again recently. I moved to a new barn and there are a lot of 4-h kids there.
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post #79 of 102 Old 09-15-2013, 07:36 PM
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I always wear a helmet. I trail ride and sometimes get surprised with a low hanging limb. Saved the top of my head a few times. It is not always about hitting the ground!
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post #80 of 102 Old 09-18-2013, 04:37 PM
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Many years ago, when I purchased my horses and brought them home, my husband made me promise to always wear a helmet. Up until that point, I never wore one. His concern was that I would be riding alone out on the trails 95% of the time. I agreed and have honored his wish since.

Now , keeping in mind that it was his idea about the helmet, let me share a recent event. I was giving him a lesson on Walka (my 16.2h gelding, 15yrs old) and while I put my helmet on after tacking Walka up, Don did not put a helmet on (even after I quietly informed him the extra helmets were hanging in the tack room). Okay.

While instructing him on the correct way to ask for lateral flex, disengage, walk, back ect...I noticed that Walka was getting a bit lazy and resistant. (Sadly Walka detests the arena work, loves the trail, but hey, we all have to deal with stuff) So I asked Don to dismount and I mounted Walka and went through our routine of warm up. He was fine, though not overjoyed, until I asked for a trot and he decided he did NOT want to. So in a split second he bucked twice and on the third I had him disengaged. Needless to say, Don would have been off the saddle and Walka would have discovered a new fun trick. After I worked Mr Walka and said gelding was very compliant and willing, husband remounted, but this time asked to borrow my helmet. No conversation on that was broached. Things can happen fast, even with a horse that usually is very trustworthy.

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