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View Poll Results: Do you wear a helmet when you ride?
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post #31 of 41 Old 06-09-2008, 02:39 PM
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Is there really any reason to get bent over this?

Common sence would say that a green rider would typically be put on a seasoned horse. Just SO the rider isn't as likely to get hurt.

And seasoned riders usually are the ones to take on green horses. Which can be unruly and more likely to injure you.

It's not like anyone here is testifying before congress...

Let's keep it cool and have friendly discussions.

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post #32 of 41 Old 06-09-2008, 02:53 PM
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LMAO! RFLOL!!!! I saw that and thought pretty much the same thing.

A beginner rider will be on a beginner horse. A beginner rider will always be under supervision and jump 18" or so... an intermediate beginner will blah blah blah....

advanced riders have been there and done that. if they are on a super safe been there done that mount, they are likely to push the envelope. if not, they will more than likely be on a green horse and yada yada yada...


An advanced rider or someone that's been riding a million years is more likely to let their gaurds down. You might be on that hrose you've had for 15 years that never does anything stupid and then... well, seeing as it is a horse... it does something stupid and you get hurt... OR you do something stupid and you get hurt... and blah blah blah.....

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post #33 of 41 Old 06-09-2008, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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lol yeah I agree! A beginner rider is going to be very careful and a little nervous and won't try anything stupid. More advanced riders may be jumping and generally going faster and taking more risks.

I notice that with myself and my sister. I think 'wow! what a great hill to gallop up!' and so I do. My sister is a little nervous so she just canters up. I think i'd be more likely to fall off because of the increased speed and increased likelihood of my horse tripping or shying and making me fall. The increased speed means I'd hit the ground with more force and hence have greater injuries. my sister is less experience so may be more likely to fall, but she's going slower so injuries will be less. This applies only as a general rule, there are always exceptions.

I don't know why My2geldings is so sure the information is incorrect - most doctors read medical journals to gain up to date information on their work. Oh well, I think they're accurate anyway and so long as my university and the government authorities here agree, I should be ok.

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post #34 of 41 Old 06-12-2008, 08:18 PM
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I do now but honestly, I didn't before for a long time. I never had an accident concerning my head so, I don't know, it doesn't really concern me that much. But I do wear a helmet now.

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post #35 of 41 Old 06-12-2008, 08:50 PM
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This is a no question is no reason, what-so-ever, that anyone on a horse should not be wearing a helmet. Western hat manufacturers are coming out with hard helmet western hats for showing now due to the demand and I will be getting one!
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post #36 of 41 Old 06-12-2008, 10:59 PM
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Haha I find I get overconfident on seasoned horses, and young horses are .. well.. young! So I don't win either way. I find I hit my head a lot regardless, so I wear a helmet ;) I don't even have to fall off and I can hit my head... the last show I was at the mare I was riding refused (someone had a flash camera... grr) and she popped up in the front end, I didn't move my face fast enough and cranked my head on her neck.

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post #37 of 41 Old 06-29-2008, 01:57 PM
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I always wear one.

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post #38 of 41 Old 06-29-2008, 04:43 PM
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I figure I'm too accident-prone to not wear one!!

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post #39 of 41 Old 06-29-2008, 06:35 PM
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I can't imagine riding without a helmet. There's never been any question of getting on a horse without wearing one, amongst any of the riders I know - it's so important and it doesn't hurt you to take ten seconds to slip it on.

My friends who've worked with horses always wore them even for going out to catch their horses - you never knew if you were going to be knocked down by accident, after all.

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post #40 of 41 Old 06-29-2008, 10:16 PM
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I wear a helmet.

Sometimes i get on bareback and walk to the other side of the paddock without a helmet, But it's only walking.

Yeah i've been stupid in my day and got on my horse with nothing in a 10acer paddock and galloped around no hands..

But these days i like to keep my head in one piece, Please.
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