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    07-14-2011, 06:03 PM
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Foal
Exclamation A helmet may save your life

Alright poeple, this little tip may save your life. If you know this tip, awesome! If you don't, take my advice. When it comes to riding, I always tell beginners one thing before heading up to the ring.

PUT ON A HELMET.

Lots of poeple don't wear helmets because they get annoyed, they hurt their head, it makes their head sweaty, or it will ruin their hair. People, if you fall off a horse and land on your head, you can die. Your head is one of the most sensitive parts of the body. So please, put on a helmet and save a life! Even if it is, your own.

For begginers, I would also suggest learning how to ride without stirrups first. In the case that a stirrup fell off during a show, you will have confidence because you know how to ride without stirrups.
     
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    07-14-2011, 06:07 PM
  #2
Foal
Amen, the first thing I always do before even stepping into a ring to ride is put on my helmet. A few weeks ago, I was trying out a BIG Thoroughbred mare who suddenly took off with me. I didn't even see it coming and lost control and she was headed in the direction of a wall, stopped short really fast, and I went flying forward, my head slammed against the wall and I practically rolled off the wall and hit my lower back on the ground (which didn't help, since I fractured my lower back last year). Thank God I wore the helmet! I got up and looked at it and it didn't even have a dent or a scratch on it, which amazed me. It's a sturdy helmet!
     
    07-14-2011, 06:11 PM
  #3
Foal
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Originally Posted by jfisher256    
Amen, the first thing I always do before even stepping into a ring to ride is put on my helmet. A few weeks ago, I was trying out a BIG Thoroughbred mare who suddenly took off with me. I didn't even see it coming and lost control and she was headed in the direction of a wall, stopped short really fast, and I went flying forward, my head slammed against the wall and I practically rolled off the wall and hit my lower back on the ground (which didn't help, since I fractured my lower back last year). Thank God I wore the helmet! I got up and looked at it and it didn't even have a dent or a scratch on it, which amazed me. It's a sturdy helmet!
That is crazy! I hope your back is okay!
     
    07-14-2011, 06:18 PM
  #4
Started
Lots of people don't wear helmets for other reasons too. Do we really need to do this again? I was ready to read something different and so the title seemed deceiving to me. I think it should have read A Helmet May Save Your Life. NO JOKE I wouldn't have clicked it.
     
    07-14-2011, 06:31 PM
  #5
Foal
My back is 100% better now, thanks for asking. Although I still deal with physical therapy things here and there and little bits of pain. But not pain that's bad enough at all that I have to worry about it or deal with it.
     
    07-14-2011, 06:35 PM
  #6
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Originally Posted by WickedNag    
Lots of people don't wear helmets for other reasons too. Do we really need to do this again? I was ready to read something different and so the title seemed deceiving to me. I think it should have read A Helmet May Save Your Life. NO JOKE I wouldn't have clicked it.
100% agreed.
     
    07-14-2011, 06:48 PM
  #7
Yearling
Do we have to get into this? Not even going to comment... I personally DO wear a helmet, but many others don't... it's a personal choice, don't try to control other peoples decisions.
     
    07-14-2011, 07:04 PM
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I agree with Wicked and Corino. If I don't wear a helmet, that's my business. Anyone can tell me to wear a helmet, but it's up to me to listen to their advice. I've heard this soo many times that I've told a few people to walk away and not come back just to criticise how I ride and my apparel. This had been expressed far past death on the forum, there are many threads about it, l with everyone's opinions and thought put in. It's a hot topic that can go downhill fast, I've seen it happen on many threads here.
I'd be more inclined to wear a helmet when I'm on the ground around a horse that isn't dead-broke, than to wear on in the saddle. Never have I hit my head coming off a horse, be it by force or I slipped.
I'd be more than happy to tell anyone who asked my opinion to wear a helmet, but I don't. None ofthe reasons you posted are the reason I don't wear one either. I don't wear a helmet because, in my opinion, riding becomes more dangerous for me. I get claustrophobic with one on and pay more attention to that than the horse I'm riding. It's much safer for me to go without one where I'd be more apt to control a misbehaving horse trying to get me off without a helmet on, than with one. I do, however, recommend one to anyone else. I wore a helmet the first few times I rode when I was younger, and the first time I didn't I felt much more at ease and in control in the saddle. I could keep both hands on the reins at all times instead of constantly fiddling with the helmet. When I was learning how to jump, I wore a helmet. If I'm jumping over a foot, I still wear a helmet; even though I highly dislike it. I dint wear it correctly I would think (more like a hardhat for construction than an actual helmet), but it's better than nothing, eh?
If I ever get into instructing, the first thing I will be teaching is how to dismount properly, an emergency dismount, and how to stop a horse. Sure, I'll make every student wear a helmet, but a helmet can and will only do so much. I'd rather fall correctly, than fall hard on a bone and break/shatter it just because I was trying to keep my head from the ground.
But anyway, my major points..I rambled a bit and apologise.
-The topic has been beaten to death already. And everyone's thoughts are most likely in another thread, if you were to search it.
-I choose to not wear a helmet for a different reason than you posted, not because I'm vain.
-I'd rather someone know how to fall correctly (yes, there is a correct way to fall lol), than to just fall willy nilly because that helmet WILL save them.
And..I think that's it. :3 Those are just my thoughts and opinions though.
You were looking for discussion, right? Or just agreeance..? If it's the latter, please ignore the rest of my post.(:
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    07-14-2011, 09:23 PM
  #9
Weanling
There are a lot of newbie on the forum! Its a good heads up ( punn intended) for others who wouldnt think of it.

I personally tell my kids if they have wheels under them to wear a helmet so 1000lbs of horse! Wear a helmet!
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    07-14-2011, 09:53 PM
  #10
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Oh my god. Not this again. If we don't want to wear helmets, that's our choice, and there ain't one dang thing you can do it.
     

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