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post #1 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Helmet? Helmet.

So BIG question to you horse people, "Do YOU wear a helmet?"

Im the stubborn kid who HATES them but I wear one, ever since I learned the hard way after getting bucked off and sent the the hospital. After words acouple weeks later I got bucked off again but my head was protected and jusst got the wind knocked out of me.
HELMET HELMET HELMET

I just learned my friend got bucked off today and it sounded TERRIBLE now Im furious because I never pushed her to wear one. Sure its your choice but pardon me for wanting my best friend to be protected.

So what if it "isnt attractive" Id rather have my head on right and my face stilll pretty WITH a Helmet, then have a messed up brain and scarred up face!

So Again, Do you wear a helmet? Got any horror stories of non-helmet wearers? Share, PLEASE
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post #2 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:22 PM
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This has been covered in innumerable previous threads; it's a never-ending argument really.
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post #3 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:28 PM
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This is a discussion we've had multiple times on the forum. Usually ends in an argument, so be prepared.

Personally, I wear one. Its a requirement where I keep my horse, so I have no choice. It's something I grew up doing and something my parents want me to do, so I do it. I see it to be much easier to take the few seconds to clip my helmet on then to be nursing a horrible head injury. While they won't 'save' you they will increase your chances of being safe.

Either way, I have friends who don't wear them. I don't pressure them. It's like what religion you follow, if you wear a seat-belt (on private properties), its each individuals choice and no one should pressure someone to wear one (unless, it's their parents and they are a minor. Then its the parents choice and I believe that all minors should wear one).
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post #4 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:28 PM
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With the people who don't wear helmets being always chastised to wear helmets...
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post #5 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Im very aware there has been, thank you. But Im interested in reading the STORIES as well. The most recent thread about helmets is just the question of if you do or don't wear a helmet.

I wanna hear about exsperiences!(:

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post #6 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:33 PM
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Well, experiences.

I fell off and smashed my head into a very solid Cross Country fence. I walked away with an awesome dint in my helmet and a mild concussion. I was very glad to be wearing a helmet because it would have been much worse otherwise. I've also been kicked in the head coming off a horse, once again if I wasn't wearing a helmet the force of that kick would have probably been fatal.

On the other hand, I've jumped on horses at the farm without a helmet. (Touch wood), I've never come off or gotten hurt. So, I've experienced both sides of the argument really.

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post #7 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:35 PM
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I always wear mine (unless someone in the barn misplaces it). I'm quite an unlucky person so I don't like to take too many chances if I can avoid it.

If someone doesn't want to wear a helmet, that's fine by me. It's not my problem if they end up having a bad accident.
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post #8 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:39 PM
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I wear a helmet and a body protector every time I ride.

A couple of months ago I bad a pretty bad fall. I fell landing on my lower back, smashed my head into the ground and tumbled. I split the foam of my helmet completely through and all the way up to the top of the helmet. It looked like a sword sliced through it. The visor bent and absorbed the impact otherwise I would have broken my nose. Also got a surface bruise over my lower back and kidney area - the body protector prevented that from being worse and kept some rocks from cutting me up.
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post #9 of 44 Old 07-10-2012, 11:42 PM
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I wear a helmet and a body protector every time I ride.

A couple of months ago I bad a pretty bad fall. I fell landing on my lower back, smashed my head into the ground and tumbled. I split the foam of my helmet completely through and all the way up to the top of the helmet. It looked like a sword sliced through it. The visor bent and absorbed the impact otherwise I would have broken my nose. Also got a surface bruise over my lower back and kidney area - the body protector prevented that from being worse and kept some rocks from cutting me up.
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Personally, don't always wear a back protector. Although, if my horse is being a total noob (bucky, reary stuff) then I'll wear one. And, I always wear one when I'm jumping - it's compulsory on most/all cross country courses here.

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post #10 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 12:15 AM
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If I can, I wear a helmet. Anyone who rides besidesmy mom or I (friends, family, etc..) wears a helmet. We have about 5, one being mine. In my area wearing a helmet is almost unheard of, I have only seen one other person wear one. My friends and I have actually gotten made fun of for wearing helmets, but I prefer my head in one piece/functional.

I am very prone to head injuries, and had a pretty serious accident unrelated to horses (14 days in ICU) when I was about ten, and managed to get by with frecuent mild headaches. Then, when I was 12 I fell off of my previous horse and had gotten a concussion. It wasn't bad, but it was enough that I couldn't remember about 2 days. I've had some other falls since then, but no injuries besides being sore at the most.

One story that always made me wear my helmet as often as I can was a trainer that was about 10 minutes away from our previous barn. She had been riding her fantastically trained dressage horse, who had an off day and reared and ended up falling on her. She had a head injury very similar to mine when I was ten, only not as bad as mine(I assume because I was younger I healed better). She ended up, for a lack of a better term, brain dead. I am not sure what happened to her but last I heard she had passed away due to complications of her accident.

So, to me, it's like buckling your seat belt. Sure, you don't have to, but it can really save you in tough situations if you do (another thing I always do lol)
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