Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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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