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post #11 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 12:27 AM
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it wasnt that bad jazz! and im fine, now if i was riding a green broke horse yes definitly i would be wearing a helmet. Poncho has his off days, that is the first time in just about 4! yes 4 years ive been bucked off. So i guess 4 years from now ill wear a helmet again when riding the little monster:)

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Not funny stacie, did you read the comment before yours?!

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post #13 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 06:49 AM
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Yes, I wear a helmet. Every ride (though I did forget it recently, but as soon as I realized I wasn't wearing it, I dismounted and got it), no matter the horse.

My first and so far only fall (I've been riding since I was nine, I am almost 25 now), was on a very trustworthy mare (as bombproof as you can get). She didn't spook, she didn't do anything bad, she just tripped at the canter, and I flew straight over her head and onto my head.

Also having had experience working with people who have traumatic brain injuries. I want to do everything in my power to spare myself, and my family from having to go through that, while still being able to enjoy something I love.
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post #14 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy View Post
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).
actually, a helmet can save you, not always, but it can. speaking from personal experience, my life was saved by a helmet =]
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post #15 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 07:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ChingazMyBoy View Post
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.
I was schooling cross country with obstacles on my horse who had never been to that sort of thing. I ended up going to the ER - freaked my husband out because it was the first time ever that I didn't respond to his calls/texts (I was dazed and honestly couldn't remember how to use my iPhone and convinced myself it was broken as a result). He insists I wear it all the time. With as much solo trail riding as I do and as much debris there is on the ground, I figure it can't hurt.

I've actually gotten used to riding with it now and once or twice that I've gotten up to ride without it, it felt weird and wrong so I got off and put it on.

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post #16 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by gypsygirl View Post
actually, a helmet can save you, not always, but it can. speaking from personal experience, my life was saved by a helmet =]
I agree, gypsy.

No, helmet is NOT cure-it-all, but when you have a fall landing on something hard with your head (like when I fell on trails right on rocks, helmet went to trash after that BTW) having a helmet on is very handy. It's also handy to protect the head from low branches on some narrow trails.

I didn't wear a helmet till the day my saddle broke sending me to the accident (thankfully speed was very slow). I got a helmet very next day. Lol!

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post #17 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 09:19 AM
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Yes I always wear a helmet i have only ridden once with out(Not including vaulting)

About 2 years ago I was still jumping low to 2' crossrails and the horse I was riding thought it would be fun to try and go over the 3' rolltop. I was not cool with this lol so i turned hime hard to the fence. well we get to the fence and trying tostraiened out then he bolted and I went flying into the fence of the arena (the fence was metal) I hit my head on it and when I was allowed to stand up (My trainer would always make us lay down for a minute before we were allowed to get up.) We walked over to the fence and it had a BIG dent in it! So my helmet save my noggin then and many more/other times as well!

The barn never fixed the fence so when I left I was like "well i left my mark at *******"
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post #18 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 09:20 AM
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I have never wore a helmet and never will. And as i some have said i just havent been thrown hard enough. My answer is yes i have. Just wont ware one. I know the risks of not wearing one but dont like them.
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post #19 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 09:41 PM
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Want a story? OK...

My mare bolted. Got her stopped, and tried to dismount. Mid-dismount, she half-reared, spun 180 and bolted again. I flew off.

Happily, I was wearing my baseball cap!

Hurt my back some, and there was dust on my baseball cap...but no injury to my head! Who knows what would have happened if I hadn't been wearing my baseball cap! I think everyone should always wear a baseball cap!

FWIW, I usually wear a helmet, but I find anecdotal stories worthless for the same reason my story about my baseball cap saving me is worthless.

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post #20 of 44 Old 07-11-2012, 10:49 PM
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I always wear a helmet, whether I'm walking around the barn on a 25 year old retired schoolmaster or a 4 year old green horse. I don't care if it's the safest horse in the world, a horse is still a horse and even if they've been predictable their entire lifetime, it just takes one thing to make a situation dangerous. That being said, I respect other's opinions--no I don't think it's wise at all not to wear a helmet, but that is your decision because it's your life and therefore your choice, not mine.

I've fallen off once, a couple years ago, in 11+ years of riding. I was riding an older (17 or so?) OTTB mare who always leaned towards the slow side, and I was used to her and had been exercising her consistently for a while. Well, for reasons unbeknownst to everyone, she took over at a crazy gallop. Nothing spooked her; we were just having a nice canter like usual and she decided to take off. It was a haze for me, but I remember trying to gain some control and starting to try and take her in circles to control it, but she would have none of that and twisted and threw me in the opposite direction. I was riding in the outdoor so I fell off a 17 hand mare on what was pretty much finely crushed gravel... it hurt! My helmet showed no signs of damage, but sometimes those things are internal so I replaced it immediately. I didn't have any head damage or any soreness or anything, and it pretty much felt like my head brushed the dirt and came to a rest (I fell on my side), but it could have given me a bad concussion if I had hit it w/out anything between me and the ground :)
Now what we need is hip protectors. Hips are usually an old people problem, but even us younguns riding horses can damage them ;) I couldn't put any weight on my right leg/hip for about a week, and it took about 3 weeks till it was just about back to normal xD
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