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    07-12-2012, 12:13 AM
  #21
Foal
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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.
I ENJOY reading peoples exsperiences, and enjoy the fact alot of people wear helmets. We are all entitled to our own opinion, as of mine for enjoying the storys. My reason for the thread, if you don't enjoy it then why read or post?(:
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    07-12-2012, 08:24 AM
  #22
Yearling
I wear a helmet because it doesn't affect how I ride and I can't see any reason to not wear one. If people don't want to wear a helmet, that's on them. I never look negatively on anyone who doesn't want to do something as long as it doesn't have an immediate impact on me. (Immediate impact being... me having to take care of them due to a head injury, or me having to pay for it.)

... at the end of the day, we're all (or mostly) adults and can do as we please knowing full well what the consequences are. :)
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    07-12-2012, 08:47 AM
  #23
Showing
I wear mine and anyone who rides my horse wears one.

That's all I'm going to say.
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    07-12-2012, 09:31 AM
  #24
Trained
I'm a bit of a hypocrite... I believe everyone should wear a helmet, but I often get on my boy without. I ride him in from the pasture in a rope halter and lead, bareback, with no helmet. I have an excellent emergency dismount, though, and if I feel threatened I get off. I also ride helmetless at the beach, if I intend not to ride along the sand (he is quite strong if I ride along the sand), because I don't like my helmets getting wet and salt water can damage the foam.

HOWEVER, I have had a very nasty fall, about a year ago, where I galloped my boy, then tried to pull him up and he wouldn't. In the process of doing whatever it took to get the result I wanted, I lost both my stirrups, and my balance, and had to give up on trying to pull him up if I wanted to stay on. There wasn't any room to circle him, with thick trees on one side and a deep ditch on the other, so I had to just let him run himself out. I couldn't get my stirrups back, and found myself sliding to one side. Eventually I was clinging desperately to the side of my horse, looking for a soft place to bail out. I lost my grip before I could find such a place.

I don't remember hitting the ground. I do remember getting up and walking after my horse, and I distinctly remember realising my arm was hurting horribly and thinking that I'd broken it (I had fractured my humerus, a hairline fracture just below my shoulder joint)... I don't remember getting back to the road, or getting into any cars. Next thing I remember, I was sitting in the front seat of an unfamiliar car, next to a guy I didn't know (idk why I remember he had short dark hair), thinking that if I wasn't so out of it I would tell him to stop and let me out. Don't recall getting to the hospital, or any of the time I was there. My pupils were different sizes for a week, and my helmet had a HUGE crack from front to back and scrapes with dirt embedded in them so badly I couldn't get it out. That could have been my head :/
     
    07-12-2012, 09:52 AM
  #25
Trained
Blue eyed pony that is scary! I'm glad the man didn't turn out to be a creeper!
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    07-12-2012, 10:12 AM
  #26
Trained
I know DA, I'm so so sooooo lucky! Although honestly even had he been a creeper I probably wouldn't have remembered :/

Mum said the guy's wife told her that they were driving down the road and saw my horse running up and down the road, riderless, and went looking for the rider.... idk how they found me as I was easily 2km away from the road (more than a mile), down a little-known trail, when I came off and I wouldn't have been able to walk far. Maybe Monty wouldn't let them catch him until he'd led them to me? Idk... I hadn't had him hugely long at that point, but long enough that he knew where home was, so I'm actually amazed he didn't go home.

I honestly think I should have been kept in the hospital, all things considered, not sent home and told I was fine. A lot of oddness went on in that ER that day... Mum says the ER staff told us my helmet would be fine, and not to bother getting a new one, and the doctor who checked out my x-ray didn't see the fracture. We got a call a week later asking if my arm was ok because there was something that another doc who took a look at it was concerned about :/ (the hairline fracture!!)

The ER in my town is usually pretty good so idk why all that happened??
     
    07-12-2012, 10:32 AM
  #27
Foal
I wear a helmet about 80% of the time. Like blue eyed pony said when I'm just bareback riding around the pasture I don't wear one. Id just jump off the second something happened. I don't have a good enough seat to ride that stuff out saddleless.
I got a nice concuion a few years back after hitting my head twice in one day. Of course I used to ALWAYS wear a helmet except for that one day. I lost vision in my right eye for about 12 hours and had to go to the ER.
Now I wear a helemt when I ride at my barn. I used to wear it to gaming pratice but ketp getting crap for it. Now if I die I can gladly blame my friends :) plus its 80+ out there. My brain would fry up in the helmet.
I think its everyones choice if they wear one. Its doesn't effect other people. Everybody knows the risk of riding so let them do their thing.
     
    07-12-2012, 10:38 AM
  #28
Trained
Temperature is no reason not to wear a helmet :/ I wear a helmet all through summer, except at the beach, even if I'm riding bareback, because my horse is at his silliest when it's warm (he is used to the heat, and so when it's hot is when he gets fresh)... We quite regularly have 100*F+ days for a month straight in summer and it's not uncommon for nasty head injuries from horse riding/motorcycle accidents to increase in the summer because people don't wear their helmets because it's hot! And because of the heat, LESS people ride over summer - many people spell their horses rather than ride in the heat.

Some people ride in the evening but it's also not uncommon for us to not have much of a temperature drop overnight! I'm talking overheating just sitting around beneath the fan in a bikini type hot. I've been there well after midnight before...
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    07-12-2012, 10:42 AM
  #29
Weanling
Round here its pratically unheard of for someone not to wear a helmet. I always wear one when I'm going out on the road because the drivers can be complete nobs round here regarding horses :/ And I ahve a very visible bright pink cover with a yellow strip round it In the field I generally go by the rule of, if I need a saddle for what I'm doing I need a helmet. Bareback- I think I've only worn a helmet once bareback, and that was mainly to keep the sun out my eyes haha

I don't see the point of having the option of wearing a helmet and not wearing it if you know your going to be doing something with extra risk factors- lorries, sooky horses on the side of the road etc, or if you are doing something wich requires better stickability- jumping or whatever.

Want a story regarding helmets..? Ok heres 2:
1) I was riding a grumpy gelding, Mini, at a riding school doing a jumping round. There was a grid on a diagonal which mini just would not go through. Fell off first right in front of the first part of it. Got back on, eventually got him through it and at the end he suddenly swerved the opposite way to what logic would dictate. I came off real hard and smacked my head. Tried to get beck on. Couldn't walk straight to horse. Still can't properly remebmer what exactly happened. If I hadn't had my helmet on, I may well have had a much more serious concussion

2) Someone else at the riding school, a livery, had a dissagreement with her horse and came off, hitting her head on the side of the school. The air ambulance came (much to my instructors distress!! Scared horses and small kids!) and took her away. If she hadn't worn a helmet, she may well have cracked her skull on the wall.
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    07-12-2012, 02:35 PM
  #30
Weanling
I had a bad accident last summer my new horse from a complete standstill reared up and flipped over on me I was air lifted to the hospital with 8 broken ribs and internal injuries and a concussion. As I was laying in the ICU of the hospital I had a lot of time to think about the worry and pain I caused my family. I love horses and riding very much I can't give it up but I owe it to my family to be as safe as possible. I now wear a helmet every time I get on a horse and if I am riding my young green horse I wear a helmet and a body protector. I do this for my family as well as myself.
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