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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%
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post #81 of 102 Old 09-18-2013, 03:56 PM
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Yep, always wear a helmet. It's mostly just a habit, after years of my mom always telling me to wear it. It's saved my bacon a couple of times too.
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post #82 of 102 Old 09-18-2013, 08:19 PM
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I always wear one. I have on the odd and rare occasion not worn one, but thats very rare.
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post #83 of 102 Old 09-22-2013, 01:53 PM
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Yes, always, no matter what. It's a personal rule, and also everyone who gets on my horse have to wear one. Even I'm leading the horse on foot in the small round pen.

It's a matter of costs-benefits. Of course there are some circumstances where falling from the horse is really unlikely. But I know of people who fell from dead-proof horses who just slipped. Slight chance, sure. Why should I take it?

What does it cost to me to wear the helmet? Nothing, really, I don't have to prove to anyone that I'm cool and can do without.
What's the benefit if I fall? It can save my head.
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post #84 of 102 Old 09-23-2013, 04:27 PM
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I never wear a helmet, though I know I should. In all reality I think it's a manifestation of my depression. If it's my time to go, I want it to be somewhere I love doing something I love.

On a side note though, anyone who's with me has to wear a helmet unless they know enough about riding and I feel they can make their own decision on it.

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post #85 of 102 Old 09-23-2013, 08:34 PM
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After being thrown head first into the wall of an indoor Ill never ride without one. Even with a helmet on I got a concussion that kept me off computers for a month and headaches for several months after. If I didn't wear a helmet life would certainly be worse.
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post #86 of 102 Old 09-24-2013, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by 1111aqua View Post
In all reality I think it's a manifestation of my depression. If it's my time to go, I want it to be somewhere I love doing something I love.
What if you receive a head injury that isn't bad enough to kill you, but leaves you with a permanent disability (brain injury) that prevents you from ever riding again?

Something where you're not paralyzed per say, but your motor skills have been significantly reduced where you're fully conscious of what you're doing but still need help to take care of yourself.
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post #87 of 102 Old 09-25-2013, 03:59 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.
There are no polite words to describe such an irresponsible act. I'm sorry that happened to you.

I ALWAYS wear a helmet.
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post #88 of 102 Old 09-25-2013, 06:48 PM
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i'm a trail rider and i don't wear a helmet when i ride... almost no one wears helmets on trail rides here in Italy
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post #89 of 102 Old 09-25-2013, 07:15 PM
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Contents of skull

If there is anything in your skull you consider you'd do just as well without, by all means don't bother with a helmet, or wear one "sometimes." If, however, you suspect that you need your brain and all its connections, take care of it. I figure I need every synapse I've got in working order, and all the information I've so carefully fed in over the years.
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post #90 of 102 Old 09-25-2013, 07:58 PM
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I feel somewhat insecure without one. It feels odd to ride without one because I'm so used to having it on. I remember one time falling while riding bareback and my head bounced off the ground sort of, but I had a helmet on. My head still hurt a ton after that, and I wonder how much worse it would be if I didn't have a helmet to protect me.

Head injuries are very serious, in my opinion. So yes, I always wear one. It's not that big of a deal to wear one. :)

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